The Portland Trail Blazers return to action tonight as they host the New York Knicks, KLOG 6:05 pm…..The Seattle Mariners announced that Ryan Garko is being waived, opening the door for Mike Sweeney to make the opening day roster. The M’s take on the Rangers in Surprise, Arizona today, KLOG 12:55 pm…..Arizona manager A.J. Hinch says Jeff Bailey of Kelso made a great impression, but he will not make the opening day roster. Bailey has hit .430 in the Cactus League so far this spring…..The Mark Morris baseball team plays at Ephrata this evening at 6 pm…..Kelso seniors Justin O’Neil and Tim Davison have been named to the East roster for the East-West All-Star football game June 26th in Everett…..The Kelso softball team is ranked #1 in the first Seattle Times 4A rankings.
Archive | March, 2010
Additional details are now being released about Monday’s major action by the Narcotics Task Force, where multiple search warrants were served in multiple locations, resulting in arrests in both Cowlitz and Lewis Counties. Task Force officials say that this follows up on the bust of the “Riesbeck” drug ring that was busted in February; they say that Anthony “Tony” Riesbeck is continuing to coordinate and direct this drug trafficking organization, even though he’s in jail, awaiting trial. On Monday, search warrants were served at homes in the 100 block of Conifer Lane in Toledo, the 600 block of Military Road in Winlock, the 100 block of Bones Road in Toledo, the 500 block of Rosewood in Kelso, and the 500 block of 18th Avenue in Longview. Agents also went to the 100 block of Burma Road near Castle Rock, where a van and a travel trailer were seized, with search warrants pending on those. Five people were arrested and booked into the Cowlitz County Jail; Otis Pippen, 47, of Kelso, Stephanie Scheide, 27, Jodi Moline, 33, of Castle Rock, Randy Chalupa, 47, of Longview, and Erica Lewis, 34, of Toledo. All except Scheide are facing drug-related charges; Scheide is being held on a Thurston County warrant. In addition, Rhonda Lowders, 55, of Kelso is being referred to prosecutors on a meth possession charge. Andrea Bundy, 29, David Gregson, 45, and Kai Williams, 35, of Toledo were booked into the Lewis County Jail, along with Collin “Roo” Alvord, 32, of Winlock. Authorities are still on the lookout for Gilbert “Poncho” Leal, 36, who eluded police after a car chase through Kelso. More than a pound and a half of meth, and a large amount of stolen property was recovered during the investigation. Authorities say that they expect to recover more stolen property and make more arrests as the investigation continues.
The Longview Police Street Crimes Unit also reports making an arrest connected to the Task Force bust. Detectives say that Denise Christine Shaw, 45, of Longview called a cell phone owned by Randy Chalupa, following his arrest on Monday. The detective reportedly got Shaw to think that he was taking over for Chalupa, and made arrangements to sell her a half-ounce of meth. When she arrived to conclude the deal, Shaw was arrested for attempted possession of meth, and is now being held on bail of $20,000.
Roy Steven Jorgenson, 59, of Woodland is being sentenced to nine months in jail, the term connected to his conviction for second-degree assault in the May, 2008 shooting of Chad Wilson, 41, of Kalama. Jorgenson shot Wilson four times as the men were fighting at Wilson’s high-end home development near Kalama; last week, a jury found Jorgenson guilty of second-degree assault, after Jorgenson claimed self-defense. Today’s Daily News reports on the court proceedings. Prosecutors had asked for a first-degree assault conviction, but the jury came back with the lesser charge. Prosecutors also failed to file the paperwork that would have added a firearm enhancement to the sentence. Superior Court Judge Jim Warme reportedly says that this is “as bad as any conduct that he has seen” in regard to a second-degree assault, but he was limited by law to a maximum term of nine months in jail. Wilson is reportedly “outraged” by the verdict, and has started a website www.cowlitzinjustice.com,” where he describes his version of the incident, and shows this wounds. Wilson has undergone 14 surgeries since the shooting, and has permanent damages from those wounds. Jorgenson was taken into custody after the sentencing; he faces another court date in May, stemming from a separate arrest in November for DUI and unlawful possession of a gun.
Longview Police are looking into a report that a woman snatched a purse from a patron at the Spaghetti works restaurant on 14th Avenue. This incident was reported at about 8:45 last night; the victim says that she had her purse sitting on a table, when the suspect came by, grabbed the purse and ran out. The suspect was last seen running up the alley between 14th and 15th Avenues. The victim’s husband tried to give chase, and reports that it looks like the suspect was throwing things out of the purse as she ran, finding a trail of items heading toward 15th Avenue. The suspect is about 5’5″ to 5’8″, with dark hair in a bun, wearing dark clothing and carrying a black satchel. The suspect has not been identified.
It’s being reported that the Feds are not budging in their demands that a pontoon at the Puget Island Ferry that was reconstructed with steel from Mexico be replaced with one made from American steel. Both the Wahkiakum County Eagle and the Daily News are reporting that the Federal government is holding firm in its demand that the Stimulus-funded reconstruction project adhere to the “Buy America” rules. The Federal Highway Administration has sent Wahkiakum County a letter, saying that allowing Bergerson Construction of Astoria to skirt these rules would be an “unfair advantage,” and could have negative effects on the competitive environment of future Federal-Aid contracts. FHA officials reportedly re-stated that position yesterday, and at least one Congressional member says that they support the Federal requirement in this case. Brian Baird’s office reportedly said that they will not be asking for an exception. The Wahkiakum County Commissioners are still hopeful of getting a waiver, and are asking County Counsel to continue that effort. It’s also expected that Bergerson Construction will be taking the lead in the pursuit of that waiver.
Today is the deadline for nominations for this year’s Crystal Apple, Workforce Education and Business Excellence Awards from the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce. The Crystal Apples are presented to local teachers, administrators and classified or support employees who are promoting excellence in the schools. The Workforce Education awards honor employer organizations and individuals who are showing achievement in providing high quality workforce education and training in Cowlitz County. The Business Excellence Awards are presented in three categories, large business, small business and business individual. The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Business and Education Awards Ceremony, planned for May 5th. You can download nomination forms from the Chamber website. Call the Chamber at 423-8400 for more details.
The Mark Morris High School Knowledge Bowl team reportedly had the school’s best showing at state in some 20 years, placing third at last week’s competition in Richland. R. A. Long placed eighth in the competition. Teams answered questions in a wide range of subjects, and the Daily News reports that Mark Morris was evenly matched with the top contenders until the final round, when they got tripped up on a series of difficult math questions. Pullman ended up taking the top prize, followed by Selah and Mark Morris.
The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force was involved in a major operation yesterday morning, serving multiple search warrants at multiple locations around the area. Task Force officials say that full details on the operation will be released later today, but they have disclosed that nine people were taken into custody yesterday on a variety of charges, and they’re still looking for a tenth suspect. They say Gilbert “Poncho” Leal, 36, evaded officers after a car chase yesterday morning in Kelso. That chase started in West Kelso, went across the Cowlitz Way Bridge, then ended near the freeway in the area of 12th and Cowlitz Way. Leal abandoned his car in that area and headed into the brush. A K-9 was brought in to try and track him, without success. Gilbert “Poncho” Leal is a black male, 5’5″ and 190 pounds; authorities say that he’s extremely resistant to police, and was also involved in a similar incident back on January 10th. If you have information on his whereabouts, call 911 right away, or leave an anonymous tip on the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 577-1206. Full details on the other arrests are expected later today.
Woodland Police are investigating a death that was reported yesterday afternoon at the Lewis River Inn. Officers went to the motel at about 1 pm yesterday, after motel employees reported that two women had come to the facility, claiming that their brother was there, trying to kill himself. Officers arrived and went to the room that had been rented by Michael O’Doherty, 46, of Vancouver; they found him dead inside the room. They say that it looks like he had been dead for several hours prior to their arrival, but there were no signs of violence or foul play. O’Doherty had last been seen this past Saturday, at the home of a relative. On Sunday, he was listed as a missing or endangered person by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. They say that O’Doherty had left a suicide note at the relative’s home on Saturday, and a similar note was found in the motel room. They say that it looks like he may have overdosed on prescription drugs; an autopsy is planned, with toxicology tests pending.