Longview Police are looking into a possible hit-and-run crash that took place last night near 38th and Ocean Beach Highway. Officers and aid crews were called to the AM-PM at about 11 pm, where a woman claimed that she had been hit by a car that drove off. The woman says that she’d been hit about 20 minutes earlier, while she was walking in the area near the Texaco station kitty-corner from where the 911 call was placed. The woman says that a white passenger car came right at her and hit her, then drove off without slowing down. The woman complained of shoulder pain after the incident, and it was thought that she might have suffered a broken shoulder. She was taken to St. John Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Longview Police alerted the State Patrol about the incident, and they were able to collect some evidence from the scene. No suspects have been identified as of yet.
Archive | May, 2010
One man is under arrest and Kelso Police are looking for a second suspect after a short pursuit reported last night in West Kelso. They say this got started at about 9:30 pm, as Officers went to stop a car in the parking lot at Catlin Elementary School. The Officers say that the driver took off instead, driving to the 300 block of Northwest 2nd before crashing into a garbage can. Craig Loren Meyer, 25, of Castle Rock was arrested for felony eluding, and was also served with a Department of Corrections warrant. Bail on the new charge is set at $25,000. Officers claim to have found illegal drugs in the car, but no charges have been reported in connection with that as of yet. The car involved was also impounded. The area was checked, but the second suspect wasn’t found.
Kelso Police were called about a different kind of intruder at Huntington Middle School yesterday afternoon, when it was reported that a coyote was on the school grounds. School officials reported that the animal was at the school shortly before 5:30 pm. They say that the coyote wasn’t aggressive, possibly because he had a dead rabbit with him. School officials asked Kelso Police to come by and use their sirens to see if that might scare the animal off. They did get the coyote shooed away; Wildlife agents have been notified about the incident.
An auction will be held at 10 am today, selling off the remaining assets of the River Casino in Kelso, the old Wild Grizzly. The card room shut down last October, after 15 months of operation. Dan Dale of Silver Lake reportedly owes the Department of Revenue more than $14,000, along with about $75,000 in back lease payments to the Elks, the owners of the building. All of the restaurant-related items will be sold at auction, with the proceeds going to the casino’s creditors. Restaurant equipment, chairs, tables, signs, security cameras, computers, even two carved grizzly bears will be on the auction block. Dale, the owner of the Riverdale Raceway, tells the Daily News that he personally lost about $750,000 in the casino venture, and he estimates that another $250,000 is still owing. He says that he’s trying to avoid filing for bankruptcy, and is trying to make good on all of his debts. He’s even putting the race track up for sale. The Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge says that it’s actively seeking another tenant for the space, but they’re emphatic in stating that a casino will not be in the works.
After hearing from local citizens in a pair of open houses, the Cowlitz 2 Fire Commission is now planning to hold an advisory vote on how a proposed new Lexington fire station should be paid for. Today’s Daily News reports on the shift by the Commission. In April, they announced plans to pay for the station through the rarely-used Local Improvement District process, imposing a special tax assessment on the property owners in the Lexington station service area. Under state law, that LID could be formed and the tax imposed without a public vote. Cowlitz 2 held two Open Houses to present information on why the new station is needed, along with information on the proposed funding plan. After getting input at both of those events, the Commissioners are now planning to hold a non-binding advisory vote on the issue, and will delay a final decision until July. They’re still planning to hold a public hearing on the proposal tomorro night at the Lexington Fire Station, starting at 5:30 tomorrow afternoon.
LCC’s Spring Transfer Fair is set for today, with representatives from 16 colleges and universities from across the Northwest offering information about moving on from LCC to their four-year institutions. The Spring Transfer Fair runs for 10 am until 1 pm in the LCC Student Center, and is open to anyone interested. Call 442-2411 for additional information.
The Department of Transportation had been planning for round-the-clock paving work that would have had the ramps on I-5 at Huntington Avenue in Castle Rock closed today, tonight and tomorrow, weather permitting. They now confirm that the work originally scheduled for today and tomorrow has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled when the weather improves. It’s planned that crews will be grinding out existing pavement, and resurfacing the roadway. WashDOT officials say that they’re hoping for a work window some time in the next week.
Longview native Spencer Betts is being honored as this year’s Washington State Patrol Trooper of the Year, presented with the 2009 Chief Will Bachnofer Award earlier this month. The 38 year-old Betts has been a State Trooper since 2002, and currently works in District 7, based in Anacortes. Betts was honored for his excellence in eight categories that were judged; Sergeants in each district selected a Trooper of the Year, then Betts was chosen out of that group. Betts graduated from R. A. Long High School in 1990, then went on to Central Washington University. He joined WSP in 2002, and has worked his whole career in District 7, which served Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties.
LCC takes on Spokane at 10 am this morning in the rain-plagued NWAACC Softball Championships at Portland’s Delta Park…..The Padres beat the Mariners 8-1 Sunday. The M’s have today off before hosting the Tigers for two starting Tuesday…..The field is set for the NWAACC Baseball Championships Thursday at LCC. The Devils open with Lane Thursday night at 7:35 pm…..R.A. Long begins preparation for the State 2A Baseball Semi-Finals Friday night at Yakima County Stadium. The Jacks take on Selah at 7 pm. Kelso just missed a 4A semi-final berth with a tough 6-5 loss to Shorewood Saturday…..The Kelso softball team will defend its 4A state title as the Lassies qualified for State with a 2-0 win over Woodinville Saturday.
The Coast Guard says that a “steering casualty” caused a 648-foot freighter to run aground on the Columbia near Kalama yesterday afternoon. Coast Guard officials say that the Pacific Flores was coming from Hong Kong to the Port of Vancouver when the river pilot lost control of the vessel, and it ran aground on its port bow, right near Kalama’s totem poles. The Coast Guard sent a 25-foot response boat, then two tugs arrived and pulled the ship off the sandy shore. The ship was towed to the nearby Kalama anchorage, and will be inspected before being allowed to continue on to Vancouver. The Coast Guard says that the ship carries 600 tons of fuel; it’s noted that the ship was not carrying any cargo at the time of the grounding. All forward tanks on the Pacific Flores have been sounded, and no leaks have been detected. The ship will remain anchored near Kalama until all inspections are complete.