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Archive | January, 2011

Teen OD

Posted on 31st January 2011 at 08:57

A 17 year-old Kelso boy is being referred on drug possession charges after an apparent overdose incident that took place late yesterday afternoon at a home on Schoolhouse Road. At 5:45 pm, a 911 call came in, reporting that the teen had been found unconscious and not breathing. The teen’s stepfather, who is a nurse, started CPR, and reportedly got the boy breathing again. When paramedics arrived a few minutes later, they administered Narcan, and the boy revived completely. Shortly after 6 pm, it was reported that he was sitting up, conscious and breathing. When questioned about the incident, the teen reportedly admitted that he had smoked part of a Fentanyl patch; remnants of the patch were found in the room. A summons to Juvenile Court is being issued.

Meth Sentence

Posted on 31st January 2011 at 08:56

One of the ringleaders of a major meth sales ring that was based in the local area is heading to Federal prison for more than 13 years, sentenced last week in U. S. District Court in Tacoma. The U. S. Attorney’s Office reports that Anthony Reisbeck, 43, of Silver Lake will also have five years of supervised release after his sentence is completed. They say that Reisbeck was the leader of a meth distribution ring that was based in the Longview-Kelso area, distributing pounds of meth each week. In May of 2009, Reisbeck sold drugs to an undercover informant, then he was arrested just less than one year ago. At the time of his arrest, Reisbeck was in possession of nearly 12 ounces of meth, marijuana and $6,100 cash. After his arrest, Reisbeck tried to run the enterprise from jail, but those calls were monitored and recorded by law enforcement. Reisbeck is the third of four people arrested, convicted and sentenced in connection with this ring. Michael Waddington and Randy Chalupa were both sentenced to ten years in prison. The last co-conspirator facing Federal charges, Erica Lewis, will be sentenced next month.

Task Force Action

Posted on 31st January 2011 at 08:56

Four men are under arrest after action taken by the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force late last week. The arrests were made Friday afternoon in the 1000 block of the Lewis River Highway, picked up for alleged manufacturing or delivery of illegal drugs. All four also faces additional charges, including holds being places by Immigration and Naturalization. Ramiro Chavez-Vega, 23, of Ridgefield is being charged with possession of a stolen gun, being an alien in possession of a gun, and altering the identification of a pistol. Rodolfo Chavez-Vega, 32, of Vancouver has outstanding warrants for domestic violence assault, DUI, driving while suspended and hit-and-run. Sergio Adrian Luna, 23, of Vancouver is being held on the main drug charge, along with the Immigration hold. Javier Cruz-Pegueros, 38, of Vancouver is being held on a Longview DUI warrant, along with the Immigration hold. The investigation continues, and additional charges are possible.

Herrera Beutler Visits

Posted on 31st January 2011 at 08:54

Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has a full schedule planned on her first visit back in Washington state. Today, she plans to tour Pacific Coast Shredding, followed by a tour of Woodland-area farms. Tomorrow, Herrera Beutler starts off in Ilwaco, with a noon lunch meeting at Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company. At 2:30 pm tomorrow, she’ll meet with the owners of Open Box Creations in Cathlamet, followed by a 4 pm tour of Longview Fibre. She holds her first-ever Town Hall meeting tomorrow evening in Longview, running from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Cowlitz PUD Auditorium. Wednesday morning, Herrera Beutler will tour the Tumwater Family Practice Clinic, also meeting with local doctors. That will be followed by a tour of Providence Centralia Hospital, then a tour of Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. Thursday morning kicks off with a tour of the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, and then Thursday evening, she’ll hold her second Town Hall, running from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Battle Ground City Hall.

NW Voices

Posted on 31st January 2011 at 08:54

The Northwest Voices literary series continues today, celebrating William Stafford’s birthday with a visit to the local area from poet Lana Hechtman Ayers. She’s originally from New York, and now lives in Kingston, up on the Olympic Peninsula. She’s been nominated for the National Book Award, and currently runs “Night Rain Poetry.” Ayers is the publisher of a couple of current poetry series, and also is the poetry editor of the “Crab Creek Review. Along with her ongoing interest in poetry, Ayers holds masters degrees in math and psychology, and wants to return to school to study astrophysics. Ayers will be involved in two events in the local area today, the first being a 3 pm workshop in room 119 of the Main building at LCC. At 7 pm, there will be a birthday celebration at the Longview Public Library, with cake, an open mike, then a reading from Ayers herself. Both events are free and open to anyone interested.

Cheetah Sightings?

Posted on 31st January 2011 at 08:53

For the second time in a week, Longview residents are reporting that they’ve seen a large, spotted cat, both times being described as a cheetah. The first incident took place last Tuesday in the 500 block of Olson Road, then a call came in yesterday afternoon in the 3100 block of North Ammons Drive. A woman living in that area reported seeing the large cat at about 2:20 pm, going in and out of the bushes. She also reports that the cat seemed to be domesticated, reportedly very calm while local residents took pictures. The first report also indicated that the cat seemed to be “tame.” The Humane Society responded to the area, and with help from a local veterinary worker, they captured the animal at about 5 pm. Humane Society Director Rick Johnson says that the large cat had been reported as missing by a Longview woman around one week ago; it’s noted that she had a permit for this type of animal, so it was returned to her after its capture and examination.

KLOG Monday Sports

Posted on 31st January 2011 at 08:53

Klay Thompson scored 25 points to lead the WSU Cougars to an 87-80 victory over the Washington Huskies last night in Pullman. The women’s rivalry was won by the Huskies, who beat the Cougars 64-52. It was UW’s 31st win over the WSU women…..LCC will begin the second round of league play Wednesday at home versus Tacoma. The LCC women beat Green River 79-63 Saturday, while the Green River men bounced the Devils 73-69…..The Kelso boys host Hudson’s Bay tonight in prep hoops, KLOG 6:50 pm…..In girls play tonight, Woodland is at R.A. Long and Mark Morris is at Hockinson…..LB Nick Holt of Seattle Prep says he will walk on and try to play for his dad, UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt…..Owen Frasier has been hired as Woodland HS baseball coach.

Teen Death Update

Posted on 29th January 2011 at 09:01

The County Coroner’s office says that there were no signs of foul play or serious trauma connected with Thursday’s death of Luis Enrique Garcia of Longview. The Mark Morris High School junior was declared dead at St. John Medical Center Thursday evening, after he had collapsed at the home of a friend at about 5:30 pm. County Coroner Tim Davidson says that it looks like Garcia died of a heart malfunction, but he’s having to wait for additional test results to see if the problem was congenital. Garcia had been at the 20th Avenue home of a friend, “wrestling around” with some others in the back yard when he collapsed. Officials with Mark Morris say that it’s hard to gauge the impact right now, as many of Garcia’s classmates weren’t in school on Friday, and Monday is a school holiday. She says that they do plan to have counselors available for students and staff on Tuesday when classes resume.

Baby Injured

Posted on 29th January 2011 at 09:01

Scott Daniel Sparks, 30, of Kelso, is being held without bail on a first-degree assault of a child charge, after he allegedly injured a three month-old baby. The child was taken into St. John Medical Center last Monday, then was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Hospital officials say that the baby’s injuries are consistent with “shaken baby syndrome,” and following that announcement, Sparks was arrested Friday afternoon. It’s reported that the baby is in critical condition, and that the injuries are life-threatening. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Teen Death

Posted on 28th January 2011 at 09:21

An investigation is under way after a 17 year-old Longview boy was found dead late yesterday afternoon. Longview Police were called to a home in the 200 block of 20th Avenue at about 5:30 yesterday afternoon, where the teen was found deceased. There’s been no details released as of yet regarding a possible cause of death. It’s reported that the teen went to Mark Morris High School, and was also involved in mixed martial arts. No names have been released at this time, as full notifications to next of kin haven’t been completed. An update on the case should be out later today.