Kelso Police are looking into a vandalism incident reported at Barnes Elementary School, where someone did serious damage to playground equipment that had only been in place since this past Monday. School officials reported the damage yesterday morning, saying that someone dug deep holes and scratched obscenities into plastic portions on six pieces of the play structure. It’s reported that Barnes Elementary School kids and other supporters of the school worked for five years to collect some $20,000 to purchase the new equipment. School District officials say that the loss is insured, but there’s also a $1,000 deductible that they’ll need to cover. If you have information on this case, you should call Kelso Police at 423-1270, or you can leave an anonymous tip on the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 577-1206.
Archive | April, 2010
Steven Michael Kyllonen, 48, of Longview is under arrest, picked up yesterday afternoon at the request of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. They requested that Kyllonen be contacted in regard to a number of sex crimes; the Oregon agency has a warrant charging Kyllonen with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of fourth-degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration. After checking addresses in both Longview and Kelso, Kyllonen was contacted and arrested at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, at a residence in the 1700 block of Delaware. He’s now being held on the fugitive warrant from Oregon, with bail that totals $1,200,000.
Authorities are checking into a fire reported early this morning at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of 33rd Avenue. Crews from Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 responded to 1931 33rd Avenue at about 2:20 am, when flames were spotted outside of apartment building. When the firefighters arrived, they spotted a fire on the north side of the building. They say that a plastic milk jug was on fire, with flames going a foot or so into the air. It’s unclear if any damage was done to the building, and there’s no word yet on who might have set the jug on fire.
The Blazers season came to an end last night when the Phoenix Suns advanced in the NBA playoffs with a 99-90 victory…..Cliff Lee makes his Mariners debut tonight as he pitches against the Texas Rangers, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The LCC baseball team hosts two double headers this weekend as Centralia is here Saturday and Tacoma visits Sunday, both at 1 pm…..The Kelso baseball team clinched the league title with a 13-3 win over Skyview. Also, Mark Morris blanked Washougal 12-0 and R.A. Long beat Woodland 15-5…..MM beat Washougal 13-3 in softball yesterday…..MM won the latest boys soccer Civil War, hitting three shootout goals to defeat RAL…..The UW Spring Football Game is tonight at 7pm….Seahawk great Walter Jones has retired after 13 seasons.
Today is the deadline to have first-half property taxes paid. The County Treasurer’s Office says reminds everyone that they are closed today, but the office will be open at 8:30 Monday morning to process payments. County Treasurer Judy Ainslie also reminds taxpayers that payments can be made over the phone by calling 1-800-2PAYTAX, or 1-800-272-9829, or you can log onto www.officialpayments.com to use a credit card to make the tax payment. The “jurisdiction code” for both phone or on-line payments is 5608. More information is available on the County Treasurer’s web page.
Columbia County now says that a “welcome home” ceremony that had been planned for about three dozen Oregon National Guard members who’ve just returned from deployment to Afghanistan has been called off. The troops from the First Battalion, 186th Infantry will be involved in a demobilization ceremony that’s planned for 10 am this morning at the Mason Armory in Tigard, then it was originally planned that the soldiers would be transported to the Armory in St. Helens. Officials with Columbia County now say that return to St. Helens has been cancelled. The ceremony in Tigard is open to the public, and people are encouraged to attend that event.
After more than 700 people attended yesterday’s rally at the BPA offices in Vancouver, another Community Meeting is planned for this evening in Ariel. The Lewis River Community Council says that the “Better Way for BPA” group will be making a presentation at this evening’s meeting, which is set to start at 6 pm at Yale Elementary School. The meeting is open to anyone who’s interested.
Historic Preservation Month starts tomorrow in Longview, with activities planned for the first four Saturdays through the month. Bill Kasch with the Longview Historic Preservation Commission says that things will kick off tomorrow morning at 10 am, at The Merk building at Commerce and Broadway in downtown Longview. Mayor Kurt Anagnostou will help to kick things off, this year’s Historic Preservation Awards will be presented, and the R. A. Long High School Jazz Band will also perform. On the 8th, Longview City Council member and R. A. Long history teacher Dennis Weber will lead a walking tour of downtown, starting at 10 am. On the 15th, Park Superintendent Al George will lead a walking tour of Lake Sacajawea Park, and Margaret Green of the Willapa Hills Audubon Society will also help a presentation on the bird markers that are posted around the lake. On the 22nd, Kasch will lead a tour of R. A. Long Park and the Longview Library, along with a stop at the Monticello Hotel, and on Sunday, the 23rd, the first “Great Bicycle Tour of Lake Sacajawea” will be held, kicked off by Mayor Kurt Anagnostou. More information on all of these events is available on the City of Longview website.
The Kelso Bridge Market opens on Sunday, but it won’t be in its trademark location this year. Market Manager Betty Erickson says that the Bridge Market is moving, and will be held this year on the lawn next to the Catlin Rotary Spray Park, located at 106 Northwest 8th Avenue in West Kelso. Erickson says that they were looking for some better visibility, so they’re moving out from underneath the bridge, though they do plan to retain the Bridge Market name. The Kelso Bridge Market will be open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, in the open space next to the Catlin Spray Park, next to the Twin City Center in West Kelso.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle is looking to compile a “snapshot” of life in Wahkiakum County, sponsoring the first-ever “A Day in the Life” photo contest. They’re inviting everyone to take a photo of the Wahkiakum County and Naselle area some time tomorrow. Cash prizes will be awarded in four divisions, kids from zero through grade six, grades 7 to 12, adults 18 and over, and a professional category. Organizers say that they’re looking for photos that capture town life, historic sites, local events, neighborhoods, buildings and public spaces. All photographs must be taken in Wahkiakum County and Naselle, and all photographs MUST be taken on Saturday, May first. Entries must be submitted to the Wahkiakum County Eagle by Friday, May 7th. Full details are available on the Wahkiakum County Eagle website.