Chronicle March 29, 2016
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False Wall, Hiding Places Found in Winlock Home Where Three Arrested
Warrants: Winlock Man Gets $15,000 Bail for Charge Linked to 2014 Attack With Metal Knuckles
Cody L. Salzer makes his first Lewis County Superior Court appearance Monday on a second-degree assault charge from an incident in August, 2014.
Three people with outstanding warrants — including one man facing a new charge for a 2014 assault — were arrested in a house filled with false walls and hiding places on Easter Sunday in Winlock.
“It was kind of like a big Easter egg hunt,” said Chief John Brockmueller, of the Toledo Police Department.
Cody Lee Salzer, 26, of Winlock, Santana Bates, 18, a transient, and Dawn Learmont, 41, of Vader, were arrested at about 11 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 400 block of Canyon Loop, Brockmueller told The Chronicle.
“There was a false wall in one room and there was a hiding place in the garage where we found two of the people,” he said.
Bates and Learmont had outstanding state Department of Corrections warrants. Salzer had a bench warrant for failing to appear on a summons for second-degree assault in Lewis County Superior Court earlier this month.
Salzer made his first appearance on the second-degree assault charge in Superior Court Monday.
He was granted $15,000 bail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
According to court documents, in July 2014 in Winlock, Salzer repeatedly struck another man in the face while wearing black-colored metal knuckles.
The victim reportedly woke up the next day with eight to nine facial fractures, including a broken jaw, nose, cheek bone, skull, an orbital fracture and broken teeth. He has since received facial reconstructive surgery.
Suspicious Winlock House Fire Under Investigation
A house fire reported Sunday night in Winlock is under investigation, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.
At 9:12 p.m. on Sunday, fire crews received a report of smoke in a home in the 200 block of Shannon Lewis Lane in Winlock. Law enforcement officers were the first to arrive at the scene.
“When I got there, the house was starting to get charged with smoke,” said Lt. Patrick Jacobson of Fire District 15.
Firefighters entered the house and found a small, smoldering fire, which they extinguished.
Jacobson said the circumstances around the fire are suspicious and are being investigated by Sgt. Sam Patrick of the Toledo Police Department.
Residents were not at home when the fire started, Jacobson said.
Three Felony Arrest 1 House
Suspcious WInlock House Fire
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