Longview Police are looking into a report from a woman living in an apartment on 9th Avenue, who claims that a man came into her apartment yesterday afternoon, and tried to sexually assault her. The woman called 911 shortly after 1:30 yesterday afternoon, claiming that a hispanic male his his 40′s had come into her apartment on his own, and tried to have sex with her. The woman says that the man told her that he knew someone who lived upstairs. The man left, driving off in a white Mercury Sable. The woman provided a description of the suspect, and she also reported that he was followed down to the area around 11th and Broadway. She also claims that the suspect returned to her apartment just after 3 pm, but he ran off when her boyfriend answered the door. A possible name for the suspect did come up as Officers were checking the area, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.
Archive | April, 2010
Terry Vik, 65, of Puget Island is being charged with two counts of second-degree animal cruelty, accused of failing to tend to an elderly horse and a young cow on property that he owns. Today’s Daily News reports on the initial filing by the Wahkiakum County Prosecutor’s Office; last month, the story broke about alleged neglect of a herd of cows owned by Vik, claiming that he failed to provide feed, clean water or shelter for about 45 head. The paper reports that Vik is now feeding the herd, and is also paying for their veterinary care. Based on those actions, Wahkiakum County Prosecutor Dan Bigelow says that he made the decision to file just the two counts at this time. He says that additional charges could be filed. At this point, Vik could face up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 and two years of probation on each count. The state would also seize his herd, and he would be required to attend mandatory education and counseling.
The Ethnic Support Council is kicking off its annual membership drive this evening, holding an “early Cinco de Mayo Celebration” this evening at the Guadalajara Mexican Grill and Cantina on Ocean Beach Highway in Longview. Cindy Lopez Werth with the Ethnic Support Council also says that this will be the kickoff of an expanded sexual assault outreach program in the local Hispanic community. She says that the Council will be teaming up with the Emergency Support Shelter on the state-funded outreach program. Shelter Director Sherrie Tinoco says that sexual assault is a significant problem in the Hispanic community. Tinoco says that while Hispanics make up 6.4 percent of Cowlitz County’s population, the number of Hispanic and Latino clients at the Shelter came in at 13.5 percent in 2008. A number of local elected officials and law enforcement leaders will be at tonight’s kickoff, which will run from 6 to 8 pm. Complimentary light Mexican refreshments will be provided, and there’s also a no-host bar. The Guadalajara Mexican Grill is located at 46th and Ocean Beach in Longview. Call 751-4427 for more details.
Mark Morris High School has a contingent attending this year’s national DECA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and the team of Matt Farquhar, Maddie Ford and Sari Rybar has placed first in the entire nation in the Chapter Awards competition at this year’s International Career Development Conference. Ford says that it was a demonstration of their activities through the school year. Additional competitions are going on today; the Mark Morris kids will be touring of the higher education facilities in the area like the University of Kentucky, then they’ll be returning home tomorrow. Mark Morris has a team of five involved in this year’s DECA competition, while Kelso High School has 12 students competing against thousands of other students from across the country.
Felix Hernandez lost for the first time in 10 decisions as the Kansas City Royals beat the Mariners 3-1 last night. The M’s and Royals play again today, KLOG 4:00pm…..Phoenix beat Portland 108-88 last night as the Suns take a 3-2 lead in the NBA playoff series. Game six is in Portland Thursday night…..Kelso clinched at least a tie for the league title with a 13-1baseball win over Heritage. Also, R.A. Long completed a suspended game, beating Hockinson 5-0. Today the Jacks host Woodland and Mark Morris is at Washougal…..RAL beat Hockinson 9-1 in softball. Today, Kelso is at Mountain View…..The LCC softball team is at Mount Hood today at 3 pm…..In girls golf, MM beat Woodland 275-282 and RAL downed Washougal 247-313.
The Mariners lost all three games in Chicago over the weekend. The White Sox won Sunday’s game 3-2. The M’s send Felix Hernandez to the mound today at Kansas City, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The Blazers are at the Suns tonight for the pivotal game five of the first round NBA playoff series, KLOG after Mariners. Portland tied it up with a big win on Saturday…..The LCC baseball team won two of three games with Green River this weekend, although the Gators took Sunday’s game 10-4…..The Kelso baseball team plays at Heritage this afternoon…..Clackamas swept LCC 9-2 and 3-1 in softball Saturday. The Devils are at Mount Hood tomorrow…..In prep softball today, Washougal is at MM and RAL is at Hockinson…..In girls golf today, Woodland is at MM and RAL visits Washougal.
Peter Miller Schwert, 28, of Scappoose is under arrest after he allegedly fired several shots at employees of a restaurant, where he’d been cut off from having more drinks in the bar on Friday night. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson says that this happened late Friday night at Mark’s on the Water, a floating restaurant in the Columbia Channel, near Scappoose. Schwert, who runs another business located near the restaurant, is apparently a regular at the lounge. Dickerson says that Schwert was cut off late Friday night, then got into a verbal fight, and was escorted off the property. It’s reported that Schwert then returned a short time later, firing several rounds from a semi-automatic handgun. Dickerson says that they think that Schwert was intoxicated at the time of the shooting; he allegedly confronted employees of the restaurant as they were leaving, firing two shots at one employee and his 14 year-old son, who also works at the restaurant. Several more shots were fired as the pair drove away. It’s estimated that at least eight rounds were fired. Schwert was arrested near the scene, and is now being charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of menacing, two counts of pointing a firearm at another person, four counts of unlawful use of a weapon, four counts of reckless endangerment and one count of unlawful possession of a gun. Schwert is being held on the Columbia County Jail, , with bail that totals $88,750.
Two teenage boys from Longview are under arrest on second-degree assault charges, after they allegedly set a 14 year-old boy from Kelso on fire Friday night. Kelso Police were called to the area of Coweeman Middle School Friday evening, when it was reported that a group of teens were playing with lighter fluid. Officers stopped a group of five boys in the 2300 block of Allen Street, reportedly spotting one putting a can of lighter fluid into another’s backpack. It was also noted that one of the boys was shirtless, even though it was raining. When that boy was questioned, he reportedly said that one of the others had sprayed him with lighter fluid, then the 15 year-old threw a lit match on him. The boy rolled on the ground to put out the flames; the victim says he wasn’t hurt, but his hair was singed. When the suspects were questioned, they reportedly said that they were trying to scare the victim; both were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.
Longview Fire, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and the County Dive Team worked together to rescue a 39 year-old Kelso man who’d flipped his kayak Friday night on the Cowlitz River. Rescuers were called out at about 11 pm on Friday, after getting reports that a man was hanging onto a capsized boat in the area of the Harry Morgan Bridge. Longview Fire responded first, then asked for Cowlitz 2 to bring their Zodiac, along with the County Dive Team. Longview Fire Battalion Chief Ralph Burgoyne says that he was able to throw a rescue bag to the man, but he didn’t hang onto it, deciding that he needed to hang onto his kayak. It took about 45 minutes for the divers and Cowlitz 2 to reach Sean Porter and his overturned kayak, eventually hauling him to the shore. He was treated for some mild hypothermia, then was released from St. John Medical Center.
The train tracks heading across Industrial Way near Oregon Way remain closed, after a Saturday night derailment of five rail cars carrying grain to the Port of Longview. Longview Police say that the incident took place at about 5:30 Saturday evening; authorities say five cars jumped the track when a rail broke, blocking Industrial Way in both directions. Detours were set up, while a crane was brought in to move the cars out of the roadway. Industrial Way re-opened early Sunday morning, but repairs on the railway are expected to take another day or so. No injuries were reported.