A dog is in quarantine at the Cowlitz County Humane Society, and a 37 year-old woman is undergoing medical treatment after it was reported that she was attacked at a home in Castle Rock. This incident was reported shortly after 8 pm last night, at a home in the 100 block of Winfield. Those on the scene say that the dog belongs to a neighbor, and apparently attacked a 37 year-old woman. They say that the woman suffered wounds to her back, arms and legs; they say the wound to the arm was so severe, that a tourniquet was applied. The dog was described as a pit bull, but the breed hasn’t been verified. The victim was taken to Saint John Medical Center for treatment, while Animal Control officers took possession of the dog. The investigation into the incident continues.
Archive | March, 2010
A St. Helens man who was riding the Harley Davidson motorcycle that he’d just bought is dead after he crashed that bike Saturday afternoon on Highway 30 near Deer Island. Oregon State Police say that John Anthony Rethati, 29, of St. Helens was westbound shortly before 2 pm on Saturday, following his father. Near Tide Creek Road, Rethati lost control of the motorcycle, crashing into a guard rail. Rethati was ejected over the guard rail, while the bike continued down the road. Rethati died at the scene; it’s noted that he was wearing a helmet. The westbound lane of the highway was closed for about three hours for the crash investigation.
Washington State Troopers continue to investigate Friday’s crash on West Side Highway near Gray Road, sending Ashley Foster, 24, of Castle Rock to the hospital with serious injuries. Troopers say this happened at about 11:40 Friday morning, as Foster was northbound. Her Honda CRV went off the road, rolled several times, then hit a wooden pole. Foster was wearing a seat belt, but she suffered a number of fractures, and was taken by LifeFlight to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. She was originally listed in critical condition, and her condition hasn’t been updated this morning. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
A truck driver from Vancouver was cited after a crash reported Friday afternoon on I-5 in Kelso. State Troopers say James Dart, 60, of Vancouver was southbound shortly after 1 pm on Friday, driving in the center lane. Near Allen Street, he lost control of the tractor-trailer, swerving into the median and hitting the cable barrier. The truck jack-knifed, partly blocking the left lane of the freeway. They also say that about 40 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the truck, but the load did not spill. Troopers blame the crash on excessive speed, and Dart was cited for driving with his wheels off the roadway.
The Cameron Family Glass plant at the Port of Kalama was sold at auction on Friday. The Daily News reports that a newly-formed company called Bennu Glass LLC submitted the only bid for the facility, coming in at $64,794,591. It’s reported that Bennu Glass was formed last week, and they also say that the company does plan to invest about $25 million to $30 million in the facility to be able to get it up and running. The paper says that Bennu hopes to have the plant running within a year. Based in Pennsylvania, the Cameron family had invested $100 million in the facility, which was built by Longview-based J. H. Kelly. There were problems from the outset, when the facility’s new glass smelter leaked, nearly destroying the entire plant. They say the initial leak cost $12 million to repair, then there was a second, smaller leak in September, just prior to the plant’s closure. Bennu hasn’t disclosed any details about how they plan to proceed, nor has there been any disclosure on how the proceeds of the auction will be dispersed.
The Army Corps of Engineers is out with a proposed plan for dealing with sediment coming from the Toutle River, announcing a pilot project that’s planned in the north fork of the Toutle River, above the current Sediment Retention Structure. Last week, the Corps issued a joint Public Notice with the Department of Ecology, proposing to implement a pilot project with “Grade Building Structures” as part of the plan to control sediment coming down the river. The GBS are better known as pile dikes, and a series of them would be built in an area where Pullen Creek meets the North Fork of the Toutle. The plan is that the dikes would slow the river, causing the sediment to fall out in that area, before it gets to the SRS and then downstream. This is one of several measures that are under consideration for dealing with the sediment coming down the river. Public comment on this pilot project is being taken through April 21st.
It’s going to be done as a video conference, but the final report from the Congressional Mt. St. Helens Advisory Committee will finally be presented next month. It was reported on Friday that the Committee will confer with Congressman Brian Baird and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell on Tuesday, April 13th, using a video link to connect with the Federal legislators. It’s intended that the Committee will formally present its recommendations, and will also ask questions about next steps. Working for more than a year, the Committee is recommending a “hybrid” management plan for the volcano and its surrounding area, suggesting that the Monument remain under Forest Service management, but that it should get a separate line item in the budget. It had been planned that this report be made in August of last year, but it got tied up in the Health Care Town Hall controversy, and was cancelled.
Family members report that Elijah Manuel Jackson died last week at the age of 99. Jackson was known in this area as one of the pastors for the House of Prayer for All Nations in Longview. He was born in Texas and lived in California and Portland before ending up in Longview at the church on 9th and Delaware in Longview. Jackson’s family tells the Daily News that they were actually on their way back to California when fate intervened; they were visiting Longview when the local pastor at the House of Prayer for All Nations took ill. Jackson was preaching in his place when the pastor died, and he stayed on. A memorial service was held Saturday at the House of Prayer for All Nations in Portland, with church officials and deacons from all over the region in attendance.
The Portland Trail Blazers beat Oklahoma City 92-87 last night to tie the Thunder for the 6th position in the Western Conference. Andre Miller scored 26 points to lead the way…..The Cubs beat the Mariners 1-0 yesterday. The regular season begins a week from today. The M’s play the A’s today, KLOG 12:55 pm…..LCC went 4-0 in a trip to Pasco and Walla Walla. The Devils open league play at home Saturday against Grays Harbor…..The LCC softball team had its Sunday action rained out in Centralia. The Devils beat Olympic 7-2 and then lost to Bellevue 5-4 on Saturday…..UW spring football practice begins tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm…..John Moses, 88, passed away over the weekend. Moses and his brothers were well known as barnstorming basketball players from Castle Rock.
It’s not a completely done deal yet, but it looks like the Longview City Council is close to adopting a zoning change that would allow expanded sales of agricultural products in certain areas of the city. Mayor Kurt Anagnostou says that he’s aware that this discussion is focused on Bonnie Doble’s property off of Pacific Way, but he says this measure might also help to preserve the New Deal-era “Sustainable Farming” lots out in the CVG area. The Council once again re-visited the issue of agricultural product sales in certain residential areas, after the Mayor and Council member Ken Botero signed on to a proposed amendment to the zoning code. Under the proposal, owners of lots that are two acres or larger in size that are growing and selling produce would be able to support those offerings by bringing in produce from outside vendors, not to exceed 50 percent of their annual output. Backers of the change say that it will help make more fresh produce available in neighborhoods, and will also encourage “buying local.” Opponents say that the change is opening the door to having commercial activities in residential areas. After more than an hour of discussion and citizen input, the Council voted 4-3 to direct City Attorney Marilyn Haan to develop a draft ordinance that would allow the expansion. It’s planned that the ordinance will be in front of the Council at their meeting on April 8th.