The Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office confirms that they’re now reviewing the results of the autopsy done on Emanuel “Wes” Wesley, 48, of Longview, to see if murder charges should be filed against the four people involved in his shooting. Chief Criminal Deputy Michelle Schaffer spoke yesterday with the Daily News, reporting that the Constitution’s double jeopardy provision doesn’t apply in cases like this, and that prosecutors are allowed to re-open cases where a defendant is convicted of attempted murder, then the victim dies later.
Archive | July, 2010
CUBS continues its series of Community Input sessions on Transit Alternatives for the local area, with two sessions planned for today. The first will run from noon until 2 pm in the Parkway Cafeteria at St. John Medical Center, then the second will run from 3 to 5 pm at the Wal-Mart store at 38th and Ocean Beach Highway in Longview. The last one of these sessions is planned for Sunday at the Kelso Bridge Market, running from 10 am until noon. If you’re not able to attend one of the input sessions, you can visit the project website at www.cubstransitplan.com, or call Amy Asher at the Council of Governments, her number is 577-3041.
There’s a Bunco Night planned for this evening at the Heron Point Rec Center, raising money for LCC Global Medical Brigades. They’re planning to use the funds raised at tonight’s event to purchase medications for the Brigades’ medical mission to Honduras later this summer. Tonight’s Bunco Night fundraiser runs from 7 to 9 pm; the Heron Point Rec Center is located at 5815 Ocean Beach Highway. Call 430-9241 for more information.
The Summer Concerts at the Lake continue this evening, with a John Denver tribute by Ted Vigil. Those who’ve been at his shows say that they’re amazed by how much Vigil looks and sounds like the original. Tonight’s free concert at Martin’s Dock runs from 6 to 8 pm; you can bring a picnic dinner, but food will also be available for purchase.
Oregon State Police say seven people were injured in a two-car crash that closed Highway 30 in the Wauna area for about two hours yesterday afternoon. OSP says that a Buick LeSabre driven by Jacob Sullivan, 16, of Kelso, crossed the center line of the highway at about 3:40 pm, then collided with a eastbound SUV driven by Heather Gibson, 29, of Vancouver. Firefighters had to extricate Leigha Warner, 16, of Kelso, who was in the front seat of Sullivan’s car. They also had to extricate Mary Millar, 83, who was a passenger in Gibson’s SUV. Sullivan, Warner, Gibson and her two children were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria for treatment; Millar was LifeFlighted to OHSU, and another passenger in Sullivan’s car, David Bayer, 16, of Kelso was taken to St. John Medical Center. He’s listed in satisfactory condition today. It’s noted that everyone involved was wearing a seat belt or was in a child safety seat. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The Pacific Tech Legion team got off to a good start at the State tournament today, defeating Centralia 14-3 in 8 innings. Dustin Hamilton got the win and Mikey Murray had four hits. Carl Johnson, Garrett McCoy and Nolan Enriquez each had three hits. Pac Tech will play the Spokane-Bellevue winner Thursday at 4pm…..Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up all 11 runs in the White Sox 11-0 win over the Mariners. The M’s free fall continues as they have lost 18 of 24 games. Game three of the four game set is tonight, KLOG 4:00 pm…..Wenatchee defeated Cowlitz 9-4 in West Coast League action at Story Field. The Black Bears host the Apple Sox again tonight at 6:35 pm…..The WIAA has announced that the 2011 State 3A and 4A baseball finals will be played at Cheney Stadium instead of Safeco Field. A scheduling conflict caused the move…..The U.S. Senior Open gets underway tomorrow at the Sahalee Country Club just outside of Seattle.
11:00 AM Update: DNR Public Information Officer Steve Hartsell says that mop-up on the Speelyai Fire is continuing today, with seven hand crews, five engines, five water tenders and one excavator currently on the line. He says today’s objective is to strengthen the fire line, and they’ll also work to make sure that the area within 200 feet of the control line is “dead out.” He says that if all goes as planned, they’ll start releasing teams on Friday, with most of the equipment planned for release on Saturday. There’s still a reminder in effect that you’ll need to be careful about fire equipment moving around this area. Incident Commander Kent Stanford says that they’d like to thank the Cougar community and the Woodland School District for their patience, understanding and support during this effort.
Mop-up work is now under way on the Speelyai Fire near Lake Merwin. Department of Natural Resources Public Information Office Steve Hartsell reported yesterday that the fire was 95 percent contained at 8 am, and they were confident of having full containment by late in the afternoon. They currently have the fire mapped at 110 acres, with 180 firefighters on the line yesterday. Incident Commander Jim Shank had praise for the crews that were using explosive cord to cut fire lines around the blaze, saying that those crews were able cut 2,100 feet of line on Monday, working in steep and rocky terrain. Hartsell says that work on the fire is almost 24 hours ahead of schedule, because of all of the hard work done over the past three days. Portable water tanks are now being set up, and crews will now use fire hoses to complete the mop-up portion of the job. Those crews will seek out and extinguish al of the smoldering fuel around the perimeter of the fire. Be aware that water tenders and fire trucks will still be crossing over SR 503 for the next few days, and Forest Roads 6600 and A-1000 remain closed until the fire is completely out.
Child Protective Services took several children out of a house in the 2900 block of Douglas Street in Longview yesterday afternoon. CPS and Longview Police went to the home shortly before 3 pm yesterday, for reasons that haven’t yet been disclosed. During the contact, Officers turned up a felony fugitive warrant from Golden, Colorado on Christopher Gerald Carnel Harper, 24. He was taken into custody on that warrant, with bail set at $15,000.
Authorities are now reviewing the autopsy results of Emanuel “Wes” Wesley, 48, who died one week ago at a hospice in Vancouver. Today’s Daily News reports on the passing of Wesley, who was shot and wounded in his Longview apartment back in February of last year. Cowlitz County authorities are now checking to see if the shooting was the ultimate cause of his death. If that’s the case, then the four people who’ve pleaded guilty to other counts in connection with the case could face murder charges. Wesley was shot in retaliation for some minor injuries that he’d supposedly caused to a small boy. Court documents show that Jennifer Sue Lowe, 27, was mad about some cuts to her son’s face that were supposedly caused by Wesley, and “she wanted to make him bleed.” Edward Scott Pelton, 45, Delayna Ann Stanley, 20, and Ringo Joe Hubbard, 27, then drove to Wesley’s apartment. When he answered after Stanley knocked on the door, Pelton punched him in the face, while Hubbard opened fire with a semi-automatic pistol. Wesley was hit with several rounds, and after his initial surgery, suffered brain damage when an artery burst in his skull. He spent the next 18 months in various hospitals and nursing homes since that time. Hubbard is currently serving a 21-year term for attempted premeditated murder; Pelton is serving 11 years for first-degree burglary with a firearm. Lowe was sentenced to five years for first-degree assault, and Stanley has completed her one-year term for rendering criminal assistance and second-degree assault.
Equachlor has lost a three-year legal battle with Cowlitz County, as a Superior Court Judge rules that the county’s assessment of their new equipment was proper. Speaking to the County Commissioners, Chief Civil Prosecutor Ron Marshall says that last Friday’s decision helps to show County Assessor Terry McLaughlin and his office are working hard to get things right. The case goes back to 2006, when Equachlor built some new facilities on their land that they lease from Weyerhaeuser. McLaughlin’s office put a value of $69 million on the completed equipment, an assessment that wasn’t challenged until 2008, when the company paid its tax bill under protest. They filed suit the next year, asking for relief, going back to 2006. If the company had been successful in its lawsuit, the county would have had to refund about $1.5 million in property tax payments, having to raise that money from all of the other taxpayers in the county. A rough estimate put that bill at about $46 per household. Officials with Equachlor say that they’re still reviewing the decision, and haven’t yet decided if they’ll file an appeal.