The U. S. Department of Agriculture is giving its OK to Seattle-based Hawaiian Waste Systems, issuing a “finding of no significant impact” on the company’s application to ship garbage from Oahu to a landfill in Klickitat County. The FONSI was issued yesterday, after months of review by federal officials. Larry Hawkins with the USDA says that this now clears the way for development of a compliance agreement, and once that’s in place, the Hawaiian Waste Systems will be able to start shipping the garbage from Hawaii to Washington. It’s planned that the containers of shrink-wrapped bales will come by barge, then will be transferred to rail cars or trucks at the Port of Longview. Hawkins says that the compliance agreement can be settled in a day or two, but it’s unclear exactly when the first barge might arrive in Longview. It’s also planned that federal inspectors will monitor the handling of the trash in both Hawaii and in Washington.
Archive | May, 2010
Longview Police are investigating a report that a man was assaulted Wednesday night at a lounge on Washington Way. At about 7 am yesterday, staff at St. John Medical Center called LPD, reporting that a 24 year-old man was in the Emergency Department, getting treatment for injuries that he claims came from an assault. They say that the man’s mother brought him in, after he claimed to have been unconscious all night. The story was that three other men had attacked the victim, leaving him in the parking lot. The man was unconscious when Officers first arrived at the hospital, and they weren’t able to interview the man until after 9 am. After that interview, the man was released from the hospital. Officers also interviewed employees at the lounge, but no suspects have been identified as of yet.
Deputies were out in the area around Robert Gray Elementary School yesterday morning, looking for a suspicious man who’d been seen near the school. Deputies were first called about a man who’d been riding his bike around the school, shortly after 9 am yesterday. The man was identified, and they learned he had an outstanding warrant. As Deputies arrived, the man apparently ditched his bike, and went into a field near the school. It was reported that the man was “crawling around” in the field as Deputies tried to track him down. Just before 10 am, additional reports came in about a man seen running in the area of Olympia Way and Independence Way. Deputies continued to check the area until after 1 pm, but the man was never located.
Jeremy J. Lewis, 30, of Kelso is under arrest after he allegedly tried to run away from a traffic stop early this morning in South Kelso. Kelso Police made a traffic stop just before 2 am in the one thousand block of South 12th, and the driver of the car allegedly tried to run. The Officer involved deployed a Taser, and Lewis was taken into custody. He’s now being charged with resisting arrest and driving while suspended, along with a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant. Bail on the new charges totals $500
The Longview City Council is directing staff to draft an ordinance that would ban smoking in smaller parks in the city, and would restrict smoking to designated areas in larger parks around the city. The Council voted unanimously to move ahead on the ordinance at last night’s meeting; City Manager Bob Gregory says that the Council will clarify the boundaries when the draft ordinance comes back. The Council’s action comes after hearing a report from an Ad-Hoc committee that was formed last year; Jessica Bell with the County Health Department was on that committee, which also worked to solicit public input on the issue. Bell says that they did a variety of surveys, and after all the data was compiled, they found that 65 percent of respondents favored restrictions on tobacco use in the parks. She says that enforcement of the restrictions could be similar to the animal control regulations that are currently in place. Gregory says that staff agrees with that approach, saying that police wouldn’t be actively engaged in enforcement, but they would have the ability to issue a citation when violations arose. It’s planned that the draft ordinance will be presented next month.
The annual Salal Spring Arts Festival is set for today at Lower Columbia College. The day will feature exhibits of visual art, fencing demonstrations, music, dance, a writing workshop and poetry reading. Seattle poet Susan Rich is today’s special guest; she’ll be involved in a 2 pm writing workshop at the Rose Center for the Arts , titled “The Art of Revision.” At 5:30 pm, Rice will take part in a reading and book signing. Artwork by students will be on display from 12:30 to 4 pm in the lobby of the Rose Center; between 11 am and 4 pm, Digital Audio students will be releasing their new CD. Live performances are planned between 1:15 and 5 pm, and things are capped off with the 6 pm launch party for the 2010 edition of LCC’s award-winning “Salal Review” arts magazine. The SLIP Club pottery sale will also continue from 10 am until 4 pm today. All of the events are centered around the Rose Center for the Arts, and admission is free.
11:30 am update: Today’s rain has also caused delays at the NWAACC baseball tourney at Lower Columbia College. Today’s early games have been washed out, and are now scheduled for this afternoon and evening. The new schedule has Tacoma playing Edmonds in a loser-bracket game at 4:35 pm, followed by Lane and Columbia Basin at 7:35 pm. The quarterfinal games originally scheduled for this afternoon and evening are now scheduled for tomorrow, with Treasure Valley against Chemeketa scheduled for 9:35 am, followed by LCC versus Bellevue at 12:35 pm. Games are currently planned for 4:35 and 7:35 pm, but the teams have yet to be determined.
10 am Update: The Kelso softball opener against Kentlake in the State 4A tourney has been rained out today, and will be rescheduled for tomorrow…..LCC beat Lane 7-2 in the opening round of the NWAACC baseball championships. The Devils take on Bellevue tonight at 7:35 pm in quarterfinal action. Four games are slated today beginning at 9:35 pm…..R.A. Long takes on Selah in the 2A baseball semi-finals tonight at 7 pm. The action is at Yakima County Stadium…..The Mariners return to action tonight in Anaheim against the Angels, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The State tennis and track and field championships begin today. The tennis is at UW in Seattle and the track meets are at Mount Tahoma HS…..Oklahoma beat UW 6-1 in the NCAA softball Super Regionals. Game two of the best of three is tonight.
Two men are under arrest in connection with an assault that took place in the parking lot of a West Longview restaurant early on the morning of March 28th. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Timothy Lynn Kuljis, 39, was arrested yesterday in Vancouver, then Michael Christopher Rice, 26, was arrested a home west of town. Both men are suspected of being involved in the beating of a 33 year-old man, found lying in the parking lot of Henri’s Carousel restaurant, bleeding from severe wounds to his face and head. The victim suffered multiple fractures in the attack, which apparently was part of a robbery. Authorities report that the victim spent three days in a coma after the incident, and has only recently regained his memory of the incident. Both Kuljis and Rice are being charged with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery, with bail set at $100,000 apiece. The investigation is continuing into the incident, and anyone who might have information or who might have witnessed the incident should call the Sheriff’s Office at 577-3092. You can also leave an anonymous tip on the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 577-1206.
After serving a search warrant at a residence on Home Court in Kelso, the Narcotics Task Force reported making four arrests early yesterday morning. Task Force officials say that they got the warrant after an undercover agent allegedly made a controlled drug buy from Victoria Ortega Barrera, 30. After that controlled buy, search warrants were served at Barrera’s home and at another home on Kiltie Place. They claim to have seized three pounds of meth at the home on Kiltie Place, along with paperwork and other items related to drug sales. Jose Luis Ortega Barrara, 37, was arrested there, charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver. His initial bail was set at $150,000. Victoria Barrera was arrested during a traffic stop, charged with suspicion of meth delivery, with bail set at $30,000. The Longview Police Street Crimes Unit was also involved, arresting two people seen leaving the homes. Jesus Miguel Villareal, 41, of Longview was arrested for suspicion of possession of meth with intent to deliver, with bail set at $50,000. Jaime Arturo Espinosa, 22, of Kelso was also arrested for suspicion of meth possession, with bail of $20,000.
Former Clatskanie Police Officer Joseph Harrison has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, after he pleaded guilty to charges of two counts of first-degree burglary, and one count of official misconduct. Last August, the 35 year-old Harrison was arrested on charges that he had illegally entered three homes in Clatskanie during April and July, stealing vicodin and oxycontin. Oregon Attorney General John Kroger reports that Harrison entered the guilty pleas in Columbia County Circuit Court, and has also been sentenced to three years probation. If he violates the terms of his probation, he’ll face up to 19 months in prison. Kroger says that law enforcement officers have enormous responsibility and power, and must be held accountable when they break the law.