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Fall Book Sale

Posted on 29th October 2010 at 08:03

The Friends of the Longview Public Library are holding their Fall Book Sale this weekend. The sale runs today, tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, with a wide variety of books available for purchase. Hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm, noon to 4:30 pm on Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm Monday and 10 am to 4 pm on Tuesday. Proceeds from the Book Sale will help the Friends of the Library, which provides programs and services to the Library that are not supported by their regular budget. Call 442-5321 for additional information.


Posted on 29th October 2010 at 08:02

The City of St. Helens has once again been transformed into “HalloweenTowne,” and in connection with this celebration, the Olde Towne Business Association is planning an attempt to set a world record tomorrow. They’re trying to set a Guinness World Record for “Largest Gathering of People Dressed in Halloween Costumes.” A number of activities are planned in downtown St. Helens, including Twilight Tour Vampire Makeovers from noon to 3 pm, “Dogtoberfest” and a Pet Fair from 3 to 5 pm, the Little Spooks Parade at 4:30 pm, a Kids Costume Party from 4:30 to 8 pm at The Vault, and the Election of the Mayor of HalloweenTowne at 5:30 pm. The “BilgeRats ‘N Pyrettes” band is also scheduled to perform at 6 pm. Registration for the costume count begins at 4 pm on Saturday, with the official count starting at 5 pm. Admission to the count is a canned food donation, which will go to the Columbia County Food Bank. It’s possible that the folks in St. Helens could have a shot, as the current Guinness record for a “Halloween gathering” is 394 people, set last year in London. However, it’s likely that the record would be extremely short-lived, as they’re planning to try and set a record at the Sunday Night Football game in New Orleans. The Louisiana Superdome seats nearly 73,000 people.

Weekend Events–10/29-31

Posted on 29th October 2010 at 07:58

The Columbia River Reader has its “Downtown Walkabout” on Friday evening, starting at 5:30 pm at the CRR offices on the first floor of The Merk. You’ll get a prize for completing the walkabout, along with food and drink specials at participating locations, along with other fun and activities. It’s free to take part.

Longview Stageworks is extending its production of “Murder at the Mansion,” an interactive dinner-murder-mystery through Friday and Saturday night at the Rutherglen Mansion. Curtain each night is 6 pm. Call 636-4488 for ticket information.

The Loves Street Playhouse in Woodland continues its production of “Seven Keys to Baldpate,” with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Call 360-263-6670 for ticket information.

The Elochoman chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding its annual banquet on Saturday at the Norse Hall in Cathlamet. Games start and the Oyster Bar opens at 4 pm, then the steak dinner will be served at 6 pm. Call 751-8039 or 431-3967 for ticket information.

Tsugawa’s Nursery in Woodland is hosting a Harvest Celebration on Saturday, with a pumpkin weigh-off at noon, a cider press demonstration and tastings, and kids can paint pumpkins for free from 11 am until 3 pm.

The Cowlitz Community Farmer’s Market continues on Saturday, open from 9 am until 2 pm on Saturday in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Expo Center.

The Rainier Marina Market continues on Saturday in downtown Rainier. They’ll have produce, herbs, plants, hand-crafted garden furniture, clothing, soaps, jewelry and other specialty items for sale; the kids will also be able to Trick-or Treat at this week’s Marina Market. The Rainier Marina Market is located at 115 East A in Rainier, next to the Bank of America; hours are 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

The first annual Rainier Pumpkin Festival is set for this Sunday, running from 1 pm to twilight. Bring your carved pumpkins for an “awe-inspiring pumpkin lighting.” There will be free kids games and crafts, a costume contest, a carving contest, hayrides, live music and more. This will be held in the Rainier City Park.

The Oregon Symphonic Band performs in Clatskanie on Sunday, presenting a Halloween program of “ominous overtures, menacing marches and other decompositions.” The concert will be held in the Clatskanie Mid-High Auditorium, starting at 3 pm on Sunday.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 08:07

The Blazers are now 2-0 on the young season after a 98-87 win over the Clippers in Los Angeles last night. Portland heads to New York to play the Knicks Saturday night…..The Giants beat the Rangers 11-7 in game one of the World Series last night. Game two is today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..The LCC volleyball team came up with a huge 3-2 win over Pierce last night. The Devils are now tied for the final spot into the NWAACC tourney…..In prep volleyball tonight, Woodland Hosts Mark Morris, Hockinson is at R.A. Long and Kelso is at Prairie…..In girls soccer, MM is at Woodland and Hockinson at RAL, both 7 pm…..Gates for tomorrow’s Civil War will open up at 5 pm on both sides. In prep football tonight, Winlock is at Toutle Lake and Vancouver Christian is at Wahkiakum.

Shootout Update

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 08:02

An autopsy shows that the man who was involved in a shootout with a Longview Police Officer on Tuesday night died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office released this information from the autopsy report yesterday afternoon, but they’re not releasing any other information about injuries found on the man, nor are they releasing information on the number of shots fired. The Sheriff’s Office also says that this suspect still has not been identified. The name of the Longview Officer involved also is not being released at this time, though it has been disclosed that his police car was hit by several rounds, shattering the windshield and doing other damage. Sheriff Mark Nelson says that this was a “nightmarish” situation, but he says that the Officer reacted to this lethal scenario, and was able to survive. Yesterday morning, people living on Quail Lane reported finding bullet holes in their homes, possibly caused by rounds from the shootout. No injuries were reported at either home. Detectives will work today on trying to preserve evidence connected to the incident, along with working to identify the deceased suspect. The man was shot after a robbery that took place around 8:40 pm on Tuesday at Yoon’s Market on Pacific Way. The Longview Officer spotted the suspect and chased him for about three miles. When the suspect’s pickup broke down near Coal Creek Road and Ocean Beach Highway, he reportedly got out, firing a high-powered rifle. The Officer exchanged gunfire with the suspect before he ran off; around 11 pm Tuesday night, that man was found dead about 100 yards from his pickup.

Knuckles Found

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 08:01

Two Kelso High School students are facing charges after they were reportedly found to be in possession of brass knuckles. Kelso’s School Resource Officer reported finding the weapons on the student at about 11:20 yesterday morning; as the students were being interviewed, Officers also learned about a stolen handgun. Early in the afternoon, detectives went to an apartment on Finch in Longview, and recovered a .25 semi-automatic pistol. Additional charges could be filed.

Toledo Pleas

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:59

The three Toledo High School students thought to be involved in an assault and threats that led to a district-wide school closure earlier this month are pleading not guilty to felony burglary charges. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the court appearance by the three suspects. The students allegedly left the high school campus on the 14th of this month, intent on starting a fight with a Toledo Middle School student. The fight was nipped in the bud by school staff, and the three were sent away. That night, text messages and Facebook postings flew around town, discussing threats that were planned to be carried out the next day. As a precaution, all classes in all schools were called off on Friday, the 15th. The two 14 year-olds and a 15 year-old have been arraigned separately on first-degree burglary charges in connection with the original fight; prosecutors say that it’s first-degree burglary, because the trio entered the building with the intent of committing an assault.

WSH Crash

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:58

Henry Kaut, 71, of Castle Rock is listed in satisfactory condition after he suffered head lacerations in a three-car crash reported yesterday afternoon on West Side Highway. State Troopers say that the crash happened at about 2:15 pm, three and a half miles north of Kelso. Traffic had slowed for the signal at Sparks Drive, but Kaut apparently did not slow down. He rear-ended Robert Ireton, 60, of Kelso, pushing his SUV into an SUV driven by Kyle Small, 24, of Longview. Small and Ireton weren’t hurt. A passenger in Kaut’s car was treated and released from the hospital. Troopers blame the crash on driver inattention, and they say Kaut is facing charges of following too closely and not wearing his seat belt.

Court Actions

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:58

Several people were sentenced to prison yesterday in separate court cases. The Daily News reports on the court activity, starting with the life sentence handed down to Joshua Ray Phillips, 23. Back on August 19th, a jury convicted Phillips of solicitation of murder, second-degree robbery, and second-degree theft. He was acquitted on a first-degree robbery charge. He’d been accused of robbing two women in October of 2008, then he tried to hire a jail inmate to kill a prime witness in the case. This was Phillips “third strike,” and under that law, he’s automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole. An appeal is being planned.

Dylan Daniel Kelley, 23, of Longview and Torey Antion Petersen, 22, were both sentenced in connection with a June 23rd strongarm robbery of an elderly woman, an incident that involved the pepper-spraying of the victim, and a standoff with police. After entering a guilty plea on Tuesday, Petersen was sentenced to seven years in prison, while Kelley got a year behind bars.

Thomas Jeffrey Cecil, 26, of Longview will spend 43 months in prison, after he was sentenced on multiple charges connected to an incident on July 22nd. A Longview Police Officer was trying to arrest Cecil, who then dragged the Officer with his car. On Tuesday, Cecil entered guilty pleas for intentional second-degree assault with reckless infliction, third-degree escape and possession of heroin. He also entered an Alford Plea on a third-degree assault charge, reportedly saying that he didn’t recall the facts of the incident, but admitting that authorities had enough evidence to convict him.

Sentencing has been set for Tuesday, December 7th for Vincente Osorio Huerta, 36, of Kelso, after he admitted to molesting four young females between 2003 and this year. Huerta is pleading guilty to separate counts of first-degree child molestation, with each count involving a minor female victim. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted; sentencing is set for 1 pm on December 7th.

Campaign Report

Posted on 28th October 2010 at 07:57

If you’re tracking local campaign events, GOP Senate candidate Dino Rossi is scheduled to be in Woodland this afternoon, taking part in a 2 pm Woodland Small Business Roundtable. That event will be held at Woodland Truck Lines on Schurman Way. Democratic Congressional contender Denny Heck is planning to kick off a round of phone canvassing and doorbelling in Longview, starting at 3 pm today at the Cowlitz County Democratic Headquarters, located at 536 Oregon Way.