The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office now says that a ten year-old boy who’d been missing for several hours early this morning is now found safe and sound. At about 3 am, Vernonia-area residents reported getting reverse 911 calls, stating that Ian Torres-Peterson had been missing from his home since about 2 am. Searchers were called into the area, with several dozen people responding; at about 7:40 am, the first reports that Torres-Peterson had been spotted came in, then shortly before 8 am, it was confirmed that he had been found. There’s no word yet on why Torres-Peterson wandered away from his house.
Archive | June, 2010
A 38 year-old man is reported to be in serious condition after being attacked by a bull in a field off of Highway 30 east of St. Helens; authorities also say that an Oregon State Patrol Trooper and a Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed the animal. Trooper Justin Oxenrider says that he was patrolling near Warren when he was flagged over by some people that reported the bull attack, taking place at a farm on Millard Road. Oxenrider says that he arrived at the farm, and saw the bull in a fenced field, standing over a man on the ground. Deputy Dave Peabody also arrived on the scene, armed with an AR-15 rifle. The two officers moved to a spot about 40 yards from the bull, and were working on a plan of action when the bull suddenly tossed the injured man into the air, flinging him 10 to 15 feet. Oxenrider and Peabody shot the bull several times, causing it to move away. The victim, eventually identified as Homero Cortez Ortega, 38, of St. Helens, remained on the ground with several open wounds to his abdomen. A reserve deputy who also works as a firefighter arrived and started providing first aid. Oxenrider, Peabody and another unidentified man then shot and killed the bull. The victim was taken by LifeFlight to Oregon Health and Science University, and is still listed in serious condition this morning.
Scott Eugene Collins, 42, of Castle Rock is under arrest on a number of charges, after he supposedly crashed a stolen pickup at a home on Holcomb Spur Road. Shortly after 8 yesterday morning, a man living in the 200 block of Holcomb Spur reported that a man had run over some square steel tubing in his yard, and was now stuck. The driver reportedly said that he didn’t know what had happened, and eventually started walking away. Deputies stopped Collins a short distance from the home, and identified him as the driver. A check of the truck showed that the ignition had been punched, and the steering column had been torn apart. Further checking shows that the truck had been stolen from Third Avenue in Longview. Collins was arrested for possession of a stolen car, obstructing an officer and no valid operator’s license; he’s now being held on bail of $30,000.
A woman living on 19th Avenue in Longview reports that someone was in her house early yesterday morning. The woman called 911 at about 4:20 yesterday morning; she says that she’d gotten up to turn off the TV, then she found a man inside the house. The woman screamed, then the suspect ran through the house and out the back door. Longview Police responded, also bringing in a K-9 to try and track the suspect. The dog worked down into the area near Archie Anderson Park, but the suspect wasn’t found. Police did check the woman’s home, and report that they did lift some fingerprints that may be of help in the investigation. The woman reports that her purse was missing after the incident.
The fireworks stands are now up around the area, and that has local law enforcement and fire agencies sending out the reminders about what you need to do to be safe and legal with your pyrotechnics. First, be sure to purchase your fireworks from a legal vendor. The possession and use of illegal fireworks are misdemeanors, punishable by fines of up to one thousand dollars. The fine is up to $150 for the discharge illegal fireworks, up to $250 for the use of fireworks in a manner that presents a danger to life or property, and there’s a fine of up to $1,000 for putting on a public display with illegal or unauthorized fireworks. You also need to observe the hours for using fireworks; in this area, the allowed hours are from noon to 11 pm today, and from 9 am to 11 pm tomorrow through Saturday. On July 4th, the hours are 9 am to midnight, and on Monday, the 5th, fireworks are legal from 9 am to 11 pm. Fire officials are also reminding us about the “Three B’s” when using fireworks. One: Be Prepared-before you light fireworks by making sure your lighting area is open, and that you have measures available to deal with stray sparks. Two: Be Safe-by making sure that adults are lighting the fireworks, and that you’re in an area where people, pets and property won’t be in danger. Three: Be Responsible-make sure to clean up your debris after the show. Your local fire agency has more information.
The Milwaukee Brewers shutout the Seattle Mariners 3-0 on Sunday. The M’s take today off before beginning a three game set at the New York Yankees tomorrow…..The Bend Elks completed a three game sweep of the Cowlitz Black Bears with a 9-4 win on Sunday. The Black Bears have today off before hosting the Portland Bucks tomorrow night at 6:35 pm…..It was a good weekend for the Kelso teams as all three won the Don Rhoades Memorial Babe Ruth tourneys over the weekend…..The Pacific Tech Legion team plays at The Dalles today at 5:30 pm…..Mark Morris linebacker Jake McCoy was named the West Defensive MVP in Saturday’s Earl Barden Prep Football Classic. The East beat the West 21-17. The East also won 28-9 in the 4A/3A game in Everett.
The Blazers fired general manager Kevin Pritchard shortly before last night’s NBA Draft. Portland traded Martell Webster to Minnesota for veteran Ryan Gomes and draft pick Luke Babbit. The Blazers also selected Elliott Williams of Memphis and Armon Johnson of Nevada…..The Cubs snapped the Mariners six game win streak with a 3-2 victory in 13 innings yesterday. The M’s play at Milwaukee tonight, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears host the Bend Elks this weekend. The Spitball Gang also provides entertainment for tonight’s 6:35 pm game at Story Field…..The Don Rhoads Memorial Babe Ruth tournament is this weekend. The 15’s play at Rister Stadium, the 14’s are at Roy Morse Park and the 13’s battle at Castle Rock.
A Boy Scout leader from Minnesota was rescued from a ravine at Mount St. Helens. Richard Boyd, 49, was one of the adult leaders of the Boy Scout Troop when he slipped and fell on Wednesday. He escaped serious injury. He was plucked from the mountain Thursday. Boyd was one of five adults leaders of the Boy Scout Troop making a hiking trek to the volcano.
Longview Police arrested Dylan Kelley, 23, for his role in Wednesday’s robbery of an elderly woman in the Fred Meyer parking lot. Officers allege Kelly drove the getaway car in the incident. Torey Petersen, 22, is accused of spraying the woman with mace before stealing her purse.
The Longview City Council heard from the owners of Kesler’s Bar & Grill who hope to change their liquor license designation from restaurant to nightclub. The Council voted 4-3 to write a letter of objection over the license change to the liquor control board. Longview Police Chief Alex Perez had submitted statistics he says shows the downtown restaraunt has an abnormal amount of police calls. Kesler’s had hope to change the liquor license in order to take advantage of the more lucritive weekend nightspot model.