An autopsy is being ordered on a 60 year-old Oregon man who apparently suffered some sort of medical problem while delivering a load of hay to a customer near Kelso. Deputies and aid crews were called to the 1500 block of Kool Road at about 5:40 yesterday afternoon, when it was reported that a truck had run into a guard rail. The wife of Jimmie Lee Simmons, 60, of Culver says that they were taking a flatbed trailer load of hay to a customer on Kool Road when he lost consciousness, drifted across the road, and came to rest against the guard rail. CPR was started, and continued as Simmons was taken to St. John Medical Center. He was declared dead at the hospital a short time later. No other injuries or serious damage was reported.
Archive | September, 2010
Todd Marchant, 44, of St. Helens has been found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of his neighbor. On May 9th of last year, Marchant shot and killed Everett Briley, 28, after the men had been involved in a day of golf and drinking beer. Late in the evening, there had been an argument, and both men armed themselves. Briley had a samurai sword, while Marchant had a semi-automatic pistol. Marchant shot Briley once, and he died from the wound. After a week-long trial, a jury acquitted Marchant on charges of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. They did find him guilty of unlawful use of a weapon. Marchant remains in custody until his sentencing, which is currently set for October 7th.
Courtney Allan Haase, 29, of Kalama is under arrest after an incident reported yesterday morning at a mini-storage complex in South Kelso. Shortly before 9 am, the operator of the complex reported that Haase was kicking the door of one of the storage units, apparently trying to get to a woman that was hiding inside. The caller also reported that Haase had been stalking the woman. Deputies arrived on the scene and arrested Haase on charges of unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree domestic violence assault and resisting arrest. Initial bail has been set at $20,000.
Longview Police took Armando Alzatti Martinez, 19, of Longview into custody yesterday afternoon after he was identified as the suspect in a theft reported yesterday afternoon at Bob’s Merchandise. Officers were called to the store shortly before 3 pm, when it was reported that a shoplifter had run, trying to get away with a $225 pair of Danner boots. Store security caught and held Martinez in the 14 hundred block of 11th Avenue; he’s been booked on charges of first-degree robbery and retail theft with extenuating circumstances, with bail set at $20,000.
There’s been no progress reported in the effort to find and recover Dallas Kloke, 71, of Anacortes. The mountain climber has been missing since last Saturday, when he fell from the top of a peak in Whatcom County. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office says that they think that his body has been spotted in a photograph that was taken on Monday, but they still haven’t been able to get into that area. Kloke is a well-known climber, and is also the father of Steve Kloke, a teacher and assistant basketball coach at Mark Morris High School.
The United Way of Cowlitz County is announcing that a successor for Bob Johnson has been selected, reporting that Kalei LaFave is now in the position. They say that LaFave took over the post on the 22nd of this month, working with Johnson for several days to become oriented in the post. LaFave is a Cowlitz County native, and has extensive experience in the local area as the catering director for the Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, and as banquet manager for the Monticello Hotel in Longview. She also worked as an EMT for Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue. United Way Board President Larry Voos says that LaFave’s local background was a factor, along with her extensive record as a volunteer, working on the parks board, as a sign language interpreter, on youth baseball and teaching CPR. They say LaFave has hit the ground running, already meeting with partner agencies, and making presentations about United Way in several workplace settings. Johnson moved into his new position with the St. John Medical Center Foundation on Monday of this week.
Negotiators for Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging and local 153 of the AWPPW continue to meet, still trying to come to an agreement on a new contract between the company and the union. Today’s Daily News has an update on the contract talks, reporting that they’re discussing two major issues, a general wage increase and health care benefits for retirees. They also say that negotiators met with State Senator Karen Keiser of Des Moines, discussing issues connected to changes in state and federal law that might affect health insurance coverage for future retirees. No details on those discussions are being released at this time. Local 153 members continue to work under the old contract, which expired on May 31st. Two contracts offers have been rejected by the rank-and-file, but union officials say that they remain committed to working toward development of a new contract with the company.
The city of Kelso is starting work on the Grim Road paving project. Prep work has already been completed, and the paving work is set to go from 7 am to 5 pm today. The road will be closed to traffic during this work, though the city says that they will try to maintain access for local residents. The street must also be completely clear of vehicles during the work, and those cars not moved may be towed at the owner’s expense. Cowlitz County is also announcing that the closure of Lone Oak Road is being extended to 5 pm today. The road remains closed between Pacific Way and Monticello Drive until this afternoon. Detours are posted for both projects.
Dozens of local kids gave the new playground equipment in the Hemlock Plaza at Lake Sacajawea its official break-in yesterday, and the squeals of laughter show that the new gear gets their stamp of approval. The official dedication of the new playground area was held yesterday; Longview Mayor Pro Tem Don Jensen says that replacement was needed. The City of Longview put up $75,000 toward the new equipment, while the Longview Noon Rotary also took on the replacement as a project, donating $10,000. Another $10,000 came from a Neighborhood Parks Grant, and Lowe’s Home Improvement also put in a $1,200 grant. Along with upgrading the old equipment, which dated back to 1992, the new equipment is accessible to kids with disabilities. Donated labor also helped to cut the cost of the project, saving the city another $32,000.
The fall term Community Conversation lectures begin today at Lower Columbia College, with this term’s them being “The Green Earth: Our Playground and Responsibility.” LCC legal studies and humanities instructor Jerry Zimmerman coordinates the Community Conversation series, working with environmental science instructor Louis LaPierre and Director of Instructional Research Wendy Hall to line up speakers. Things kick off today with author Nena Baker coming in; she will present a lecture based on her book called “The Body Toxic.” The free lecture will be held in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts, starting at noon.