Rainier Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are checking into a report of an armed robbery that took place last night in downtown. Shortly after 10 pm last night, a woman called Columbia County 911, claiming that she had been robbed at knifepoint. The woman says that a hispanic male accosted her outside of a downtown restaurant, stealing her purse and the car that she was driving. She also claims that the man said that he had been sent to kill her. Rainier Police alerted other nearby jurisdictions, also asking for additional resources. The area was checked, and they did find the car that had been taken. That was impounded for additional forensic examination. The suspect is described as a hispanic male, wearing a sweater of unknown color and blue jeans. The investigation is continuing.
Archive | January, 2011
Oregon State Police are out with the details of that Wednesday morning crash that closed Highway 30 near Columbia City for about 90 minutes. OSP says that the crash happened at 7:10 am on Wednesday, and involved four vehicles. Michael Coy Gibson, 21, of St. Helens had been southbound when his 1990 Volvo crossed the center line of the highway and collided with a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Donald Marion Dealy II, 62, of Aloha. Dealy’s car was then hit by an SUV driven by Shyla Ann Watt, 38, of St. Helens, then was hit again, this time by a car driven by Jeffrey Lee Howell, 58, of Warren. Gibson and Dealy were taken to hospitals in Portland, while Watt and Howell were unhurt. Gibson was cited for DUI, and OSP says that additional charges are pending.
Washington’s “initiative king,” Tim Eyman, was in Longview last night, helping to kick off the petition campaign to put the city’s red light camera ordinance in front of voters. Speaking to the City Council, Eyman says that cities around Washington and around the country are putting these cameras in for the wrong reasons. Eyman joined with local realtor Mike Wallin to kick off the signature campaign. Wallin says that they need to gather 2,766 signatures in the next 60 days to get the “Let the People Decide” initiative on the May ballot. If passed by the voters, Initiative 1 would repeal government-imposed automatic ticketing cameras in Longview, would require the Longview city government to get voter approval before trying again to install the cameras, would remove the “profit motive” by limiting fines, and would protect democracy and due process. Eyman says that the initiative is identical to one that was passed last November in his home town of Mukilteo; Eyman claims that more than 50 percent of registered voters signed that petition, and more than 71 percent voted in favor of the initiative. It’s claimed that at least two members of the Longview City Council have already signed the petition. You can find out more about this campaign and upload a copy of the petition by going to www.BanCams.com.
An emergency has been declared at the Longview Water Treatment Plant, as plant operators are once again dealing with a filter failure at the facility. Longview City Manager Bob Gregory says that this is pretty much identical to other recent filter failures. Gregory says that the problem was discovered on the 12th of this month, when the plant operators noticed a failure in the filtration media on filter number one. He says that this is similar to filter failures that took place in May of 2006, April of 2007, and February of 2008. The repair will include a rebuilding of the filter floor, installation of new underdrains, and replacement of the filter media. The repair is projected to cost about $150,000, with 85 percent coming from Longview’s Water Utility, and 15 percent coming from the Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District, as a part-owner of the plant.
The annual Beacon Hill Elementary School Extreme Team garage sale is set for tomorrow in the school gym. As usual, they’ll have a huge amount of material up for sale, including a 40-inch Mitsubishi television, household goods, apparel, appliances, furniture and more. They’re also accepting donations for the sale this afternoon and evening, from 4 to 7 pm at the school. The sale itself will run from 8 am until 2 pm tomorrow in the school gym, with all proceeds going to the Extreme Team. The Extreme Team trains kids in juggling, unicycling, tumbling and other skills, which they put on display in parades, fairs and other events. The Extreme Team has been featured several times at Portland Trailblazer games, along with other sporting events. Call 431-5158 for more details. Beacon Hill Elementary is located at 257 Alpha Drive, just off West Side Highway, north of Kelso.
The Associated Students of Lower Columbia College are putting on a Comedy Night tonight, featuring comedian Ty Barnett. Barnett is billed as “funny, thought-provoking and edgy”; he had his first TV performance back in 2003, when he performed on Start Search. Barnett has also appeared on Comedy Central, and was a runner-up on season 4 of “Last Comic Standing.” These days, he’s a regular on Jay Leno, and has also performed with Chris Rock, Al Green and Robert Schimmel. Tonight’s show is set for 7 pm in the Rose Center for the Arts. Tickets for LCC students are five dollars, seven dollars for non-students. You can also check for tickets by calling 575-TIXX. It’s also noted that there will be adult language in the show, so only adults will be admitted.
Sgt. Willie Halliburton of the Portland Police Department will be performing all weekend long at Harvey’s Comedy Club in NW Portland, with proceeds from the shows going to support the families of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter and Lincoln City Officer Steven Dodds. Shows are planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Donations to help the families will also be accepted during the shows.
A concert to benefit Lower Columbia CAP is planned for Friday night at Payton’s Produce on Washington Way in Longview. Billed as “Apples for Amplifiers,” three bands are scheduled to perform, going from 8 to 10:30 pm. A portion of the proceeds will go to CAP and their small business development program. It’s an all-ages show.
The Woodland Chamber of Commerce is holding its 2011 installation dinner on Saturday evening, also presenting the 2011 Citizen of the Year, Employee of the Year and Business of the Year awards. This runs from 6 to 9 pm at the Oak Tree restaurant. Call 360-225-9552 for more information.
Kelso came up with a big 61-45 victory over Columbia River in boys hoops last night. Also, Hockinson beat R.A. Long 70-57 and Mark Morris downed Washougal 58-47. Tonight, The Jacks will host Washougal…..In girls play last night, Mark Morris beat Washougal 54-45 to move into a tie for first place. Hockinson beat the RAL girls 45-15. The Jills are at Washougal tonight and the Kelso Lassies host Columbia River, KLOG 6:50 pm…..MM swam past RAL 120-41 yesterday. Tomorrow the SW Invite runs all day at MM beginning at 10 am…..The District 3A/2A bowling tourney begins today at Crosley Lanes in Vancouver…..The Celtics beat the Blazers 88-78 last night….The LCC basketball teams host Green River tomorrow, women at 5 pm and the men at 7 pm. Both games are right here on klog.com.
The formal arraignment of 21 year-old Daniel Butts of Kalama in Columbia County Circuit Court had to be put off, after the defendant became disruptive and interrupted his lawyers on several occasions. Butts was supposed to be arraigned on 24 counts connected to the January 5th shooting of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter; he demanded that all 24 counts be read to him, even though he had a paper copy in front of him. During the brief video-linked hearing, Butts also complained that his guards were making too much noise, and he bantered several times with his court appointed attorneys. The Deputies guarding Butts put him back in his chair, then stood behind him for the duration of the hearing. Butts’ attorneys told Judge Ted Grove that it’s clear that there was a “problem,” and the hearing was adjourned a short time later. Now, Butts’ attorneys, District Attorney Stephen Atchison and Judge Grove must meet to set another time for the arraignment. It’s also possible that a mental evaluation might be requested. Butts is charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, robbery, burglary, reckless endangerment and car theft in the January 5th incident.
Longview Police are announcing that several arrests have been made in connection with the recent gang-related graffiti sprees that have been going on over the past few months. The Daily News reports that five teenage boys were actually arrested a couple of weeks ago, but the announcement wasn’t made until yesterday, when the case actually went to the prosecutor’s office. The teens between the ages of 14 and 16 call themselves the “Chicano Pride Gangsters,” and are facing 81 separate counts for criminal street gang graffiti, five counts of conspiracy and one count of burglary. This group was reported to be involved in the damage done to the McClelland Arts Center late last year. It’s noted that this group does not appear to be related to the spate of graffiti reported earlier this week in the Colorado Street area. The investigation into that graffiti spree is continuing. It’s noted that the “CPG” teens are not in custody, as they haven’t collected enough “points” to be booked into Juvenile Detention.