Lewis County News October 27, 2021

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Lewis County News October 27, 2021


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Trick-or-treaters during Halloween 2019

By Lynnette Hoffman 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. Napavine: Napavine will be having a trunk-or-treat at the fire station. It begins Sunday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m. It’s sponsored by Napavine Police Department and Napavine City Hall along with LC Fire District and Let’s Play Something. If it’s at a fire station, you know

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it’s going to be fun. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Toledo: Toledo First Baptist Church is having a “Hero’s Unmasked Harvest Festival” starting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday and lasting until 5:00 p.m. The event will include games and trunk-and-treat festivities. Vader: Vader Assembly of God Church will be hosting a Fall Family Festival on Sunday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall (right across from Werden Park). There will be food, games and candy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please, NO gory costumes as this is a family event. Winlock: Winlock Assembly of God is offering a worship night starting at 5:00 p.m. They will also offer soup, games and candy. Winlock Trunk-or-Treat: This great event will happen at the Plaza (next to the tracks) like last year. Last year the Plaza See halloween Page 4

By Lynnette Hoffman 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. Upon the arrival of the Chehalis K9 officer Ayers and K9 Tiesto, they conducted a track that led behind the bank to the south and traveled west to a gravel parking lot about a block away. At the end of the track fresh tire tracks showed a vehicle left rapidly. While investigating a citizen who had been in the bank at the time and walked out around the same time as the male who robbed the bank noticed the male (suspect) was acting unusual and began watching him. The male


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as the suspect’s girlfriend. Both stated they did not know where he was, he had returned a short time ago and left again on a motorcycle. The father allowed a check around the area by the truck and a barn however the suspect was not located. The father was advised to contact law enforcement if he heard from his son or have him turn himself in. The white F250 was impounded at that time and placed into evidence. Sgt. Pennington had been in contact with the neighbor who initially wanted to be totally anonymous but has since contacted the media. The neighbor was asked to watch the property while the suspect's father and mother had left for a planned trip. The neighbor had provided Sgt. Pennington information that it appeared the suspect had returned to the father’s house due to dishes in the sink that had not been there prior. Sgt. Pennington drove to the house at some point and did not find a possibility the suspect was there at the time, however according to the neighbor he had been there. On Tuesday the neighbor again had been in contact with Sgt. Pennington to advise him that the suspect and his girlfriend were at the house right then. The

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went south behind the bank building and then west towards the gravel parking lot. At some point the witness stated the male took off his black jacket and began running towards a white truck in the gravel lot. The same lot the Chehalis K9 tracted the suspect’s trail to. The witness was now in their own vehicle traveling in the same area. The white truck had left at a rapid rate. When the truck stopped at a stop sign, the witness was able to take a photo of the rear portion of the vehicle. The truck was distinctive with damage and decals which were clear in the photo. The license plate was fuzzy but law enforcement units working together were able to get the vehicle's owner and address. Sgt. Pennington of the Toledo Police Department remained at the scene collecting statements and evidence. Sgt. Godbey LCSO and the chief drove to the Winlock address to see if the vehicle was present. Upon pulling into the driveway the white Ford F250 was located backed up to a trailer. Additional units were called to the scene before attempting contact at the house. A male came out who was interviewed and was found to be the suspect’s father. A female was also there who was identified

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It’s here, Halloween is coming this weekend and the weather as of now, looks nice. There are many events around Winlock, please look for the information in the paper this week. Trinity Rebekah Lodge in Napavine has a few events coming up. They are offering a bake sale at IGA Winlock on Friday, October 29 starting at 9:00 a.m. until sold out. They make some of the best goodies so stop by to buy a few of their homemade items. They will also be having a Holiday Bazaar on November 12 and 13. Lunch will be served both days, it will include a bake sale and a quilt to raffle. This lodge is always doing some type of fundraising, if you can help them out, they would appreciate it. In the past 6 months, remains were found on Raybuck Rd. in Winlock. They do not have the DNA test results back, but they do have the anthropological report. The report indicates that the remains are a male, white or hispanic, 18-35 years of age and between 5’7” and 6’2”. If you have any information you are advised to call the Lewis County Coroner at 360-740-3367, this is a tip line so all messages will be retrieved. There is a guy in Winlock by the name of Scott Douglas who is accumulating a lot of eggs. I had the pleasure to message him and he would love to offer these eggs to the citizens for a nominal price. Give Scott a call at 803-341-7016.

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Gary Stamper

1954-2021 Gary Bart Stamper, a big-hearted man who loved to tell strangers about his beloved hometown of Mossyrock -- “tucked halfway between Seattle and Portland and 20 miles east of I-5” – died Sept. 29, 2021, after a five-week battle with COVID-19. He was 67. Born May 22, 1954, Gary was the secondyoungest of Nelson and Bernadine Stamper’s nine children. Growing up in Gary Stamper Riffe and then Mossyrock, Gary learned the value of family and frugality. Times were sometimes tough, but the humble family home was rich with love. Though his mom ran a tight ship, young Gary and his friends found plenty of (mostly harmless) mischief in neighboring fields, on county roads and along the banks of Klickitat Creek. In high school, “Bones,” as he was known, earned straight A’s in basketball, baseball and football. His classmates voted him Most Popular, Friendliest, Peppiest and Best Personality his senior year, but loved ones joke that it was only because Mossyrock High School had a graduating class of about 10 in 1973. (Later in life, Gary would See stamper Page 3

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Chief responded to the area and requested additional resources. Before units attempted to contact the suspect at the house, a neighbor walking back to his house was contacted by a Winlock officer who was staging for additional units. At that time the suspect left the driveway in a dark toyota truck towards Winlock-Vader road where the chief had staged additional units. The chief began following the truck which was picking up speed long before emergency lights and sirens were activated. Winlock officer advised he spoke with the neighbor and confirmed the suspect was in the truck. At that point, the chief activated emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the suspect however the suspect increased speed and attempted to evade arrest. Units from Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Napavine Police Department, Winlock Police Department and LCSO's motor unit assisted. As the suspect continued to travel at a high rate and refusing to stop eventually led him to South Military Rd. and Highway 505, where Deputy Riordon took the lead and attempted several times to use a PIT maneuver to end the chase. The suspect drove erratically to avoid the pit. After turning on Camus Road, the PIT was attempted again and the suspect would slam on the truck's brakes until finally Deputy Riordan and the chief were able to stop the suspect. David Deming was taken into custody without incident. Per Toledo Chief of Police Sam Patrick “This was clearly everyone working together. From the Bank teller being calm, keeping the suspect from harming anyone to the assistance from the various agencies. Also,the citizen who noticed something wrong watched and documented the suspect leaving the bank and photographed the vehicle used. The neighbor who provided Sgt. Pennington information

about the suspect.” It was all a collaboration to keep Lewis County safe. Mayor Steve Dobosh stated, “My suggestion and with the city council’s approval, we got the right man! I couldn’t be happier with the job he performed to catch the suspect. Sometimes luck has something to do with things, maybe with a little luck and a lot of experience Chief Patrick was able to do his job with success. They had the suspects truck in custody within 2 hours. Once the high speed chase occurred, they were able to apprehend the suspect. Officer Pennington (aka bloodhound Pennington per Mayor Dobosh) found the suspect's jacket which included DNA from the gloves. Some people don’t take their job seriously, but the Chief does and it shows. Thank you to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Chehalis Police Department, Napavine Police Department and Winlock Police Department.” Sheriff Snaza who’s deputies were involved stated, “This was a great team effort in apprehending this individual. We were able to apprehend this young man in 4 days without any incident. I am very pleased with all involved. Chief Patrick did an incredible job on this as did other departments that worked on this case.” Napavine Chief of Police and former Chief of Police for Toledo John Brockmueller stated, “Because of the fantastic partnerships between Toledo Pd, it’s citizens and other outside agencies, the bank robbery suspect is in custody. Hats off to Chief Patrick and Sgt. Pennington for working hard like you always do to get justice for your citizens. Great job!” Thanks go to Chief Patrick for giving such a detailed press release. The citizens have all the pertinent information because he cares about his community and wants everyone to know it’s safe.



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be voted Least Popular at every airport because he’d hold up the TSA line playing Luggage Tetris as he swapped this T-shirt for that quarter-zip to avoid overage fees for his overweight suitcases). After high school graduation, Gary headed off to college, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Washington University and a master’s in school administration from Heritage University. He then returned to his alma mater, MHS, as a teacher / athletic director (1985-2007) before becoming vice principal / athletic director at North Beach High School (2007-2010) and then principal at White Pass Junior-Senior High School (2010-2015). In June 1981, he and fellow Mossyrock alum Hildegard Williams wed. They welcomed daughters Sheena and Michele before parting ways in 2007. The girls – and basketball – were his pride and joy. He celebrated both on Sunday nights, which were reserved for spaghetti dinners with the Belcher family at Grandma and Grandpa Wiedemann’s house, followed by lessons in Gary’s favorite classroom: the Mossyrock Middle School gym,

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where his syllabus focused on free throws and 5-5-5s. “Coach G’Stamp” took over the Vikings’ girls’ basketball program in 1994 and led the team to the state tournament 10 times in 13 years. The team brought home the top prize – the state 2B championship title – in 2007, Michele’s senior year. Too modest to ever take credit himself, Gary insisted the players alone deserved the accolades. Gary hung up his whistle after that championship win, walking away on top with a 259-81 record over 13 seasons. Years later, he’d still make the annual pilgrimage to Spokane to cheer on the next generation of hoops stars. When his favorite players, “Best Buddy SheenaBird” and “Best Buddy Michele,” added to their rosters by becoming parents themselves, the once-tough coach became Grandpa Gary, the giver of hugs and candy. His daughters marveled at how soft he’d become. That softness was ever apparent to Bobbi Barnes, whom he started dating in 2015, the year he joined the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners. When Gary wasn’t at the courthouse or visiting his constituents on the east end of the county, he and Bobbi would embark on unforgettable (mis)adventures: from missed flights and misplaced luggage to wrong exits and wonky heaters, there was always something to laugh about later – sometimes much later. They enjoyed trips to concerts and 5Ks -- as well as exploring the Pacific Northwest’s trails with their beloved “doodle” dogs, Clark and Sawyer. In addition to traveling, Gary loved helping others. It was second nature to him. Whether it was purchasing furniture for a widowed mom, buying shoes for a child in need, building a wheelchair ramp for a student or helping a troubled teen at school, Gary’s generosity shone through time and again. Some of the recipients of his kindness didn’t even know they’d been helped: the momma bird he donated his kayak to so she’d have a safe place to nest; the “slender skunk named Chips” for whom he launched a Meals on Wheels dinner-delivery program; the countless squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons and other four-legged friends he fed around – and sometimes inadvertently in – the house. His altruism knew no limits. Gary could be a bit of a hoarder, too. He amassed a huge collection of shoes and baseball cards as well as more bed sheets than one person could ever use (but they were on

sale!). And no trip to Costco was complete without picking up blueberries, Frosted Mini Wheats and /or Smart Pop popcorn for his loved ones. It’s that thoughtful, giving nature that will be sorely missed by so many. Gary is survived by his spouse Bobbi Barnes in Mossyrock; two daughters, Sheena Woods (with husband Emmet and their children, Rory and Reese) and Michele Gore (with husband Jesse and daughters Hadley and Emma); a stepson, Tyler Walster (with wife Jessica Walster and daughters Olivia and Kambree); a stepdaughter, Kelly Walster (with Charlie Chancellor and daughter Cree); a brother, Terry (Pam) Stamper; five sisters, Lois Wilson, Marilyn Wright, Audrey (Dick) McClanahan and Lola (Otis) D’Agostino; and an extensive network of cherished family members and friends. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Bourque, and two brothers, Jim Stamper and Allen (Cookie) Stamper. A celebration of Gary’s life will take place at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in the Blue Pavilion at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, with Pastor Wayne Nelson officiating. Light refreshments will be provided immediately following the memorial service. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly as the facility’s large doors will be left open to improve airflow. The family will hold a private interment ceremony at the Klickitat Cemetery in Mossyrock at a later date. Arrangements are by Cattermole Funeral Home in Winlock. For those who wish to make a donation in his honor, the family suggests considering one of three scholarships that have been created in his memory through the following: Mossyrock Viking Scholarship Fund: P.O. Box 438, Mossyrock, WA 98564. White Pass Scholarship Fund: In care of Gary Stamper Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 495, Randle, WA 98377. The Economic Alliance of Lewis County (formerly known as the EDC): P.O. Box 916, Chehalis, WA 98532. Cards for Gary’s family can be sent to: To the family of Commissioner Stamper, c/o Lewis County BOCC, 351 N.W. North St., Chehalis, WA 98532.

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was full of trunks or treaters and everyone dressed up. They did such a fabulous job last year that this year will be spectacular. Falloween Festival: This event is at the Winlock Community Building. They will have a haunted house, fun games and prizes as well as concessions. Concessions will be available for a small price. Business Trick-or-Treat in Winlock: Some will be handing out candy on Halloween and others will do it on Friday. School dress up day is Thursday, I have not been told if any businesses will be doing Trick-or-Treat on Thursday. All of these events are going to be fun. It’s going to be so fun seeing every Trunk-or-Treat. We hope you have the time to visit your local Trunk-or-Treat or come to another city nearby. Lots of candy will be given so make sure to bring your halloween pumpkins to fill up.

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