The 15 year-old who caused a lockdown of eight Longview schools and Lower Columbia College back on March second is heading to juvenile detention for seven to nine months. The schools were locked down when the teen flashed a large knife in the cafeteria at Mark Morris High School, then walked out of the building. The Daily News reports on the sentencing, saying that the 27 to 36-week term of detention is longer than the standard sentence of 30 days. It’s speculated that the exceptional sentence is based on a “diagnostic evaluation”; it’s also noted that the teen is being investigated for a gun theft from last May. The teen remains at the Cowlitz County Juvenile Services Center, until authorities determine which state facility he’ll be transferred to.
Archive | April, 2011
A drug overdose call ended up with the arrest of Sadie Fern Lamberson, 27, of Longview. just after 10:30 pm, Police and aid personnel were called to a motel on Washington Way, where it was reported that a woman had OD’d, but she was conscious and breathing. Officers checked the scene, eventually turning up two fugitive warrants on Lamberson. She’s now being held on a $20,000 warrant from Umatilla County, Oregon, for failing to appear in court on a dangerous drug charge. She also has a $2,500 warrant from Okanogan County, on unspecified charges.
Three people were injured in a two-car crash that took place yesterday afternoon on Highway 30 in Rainier. Shortly after 1 pm, a passenger car with two people aboard crashed into a semi near Mill Street in Rainier. The two people in the car and the truck driver were all taken to Saint John Medical Center for treatment. Their names and conditions haven’t been released as of yet. The westbound lane of the highway was shut down for about an hour. Rainier Police continue to investigate the crash.
Leonardo Armado Cruz-Leon, 24, of Woodland is being held without bail on several charges after he was supposedly found prowling a semi parked at Northwest Pet Products on North Pekin Road. Employees called 911 at about 6:20 yesterday evening, when Cruz-Leon was reported found inside the truck. Woodland Police say that he gave another name at the time of his arrest, then his real identity was confirmed at the Jail. Cruz-Leon is now charged with first-degree car prowling, and was served with two misdemeanor warrants from Longview. He’s also being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. There’s no bail on any of the charges.
Woodland Police say that they didn’t have to work real hard to track down the suspect in a burglary at a mini-mall of Goerig Road, after he left his driver’s license behind at the crime scene. They say this goes back to the 13th of this month; they say Jeremiah Seth Cunningham, 25, tried to use golf balls to break doors and windows, then he tried to “jimmy” a door, using his driver’s license. The license got stuck, and he ended up leaving it behind. Cunningham eventually got into one store, then tried to break through a wall to get into the store next door. When Officers checked the scene, they recovered the license, then looked at security video, which showed Cunningham committing the crime. They say Cunningham works out of town, and couldn’t be found for several days. They caught up with him at home on Sunday, the 24th, and when questioned, Cunningham said that he didn’t remember much about that night, as he was “quite drunk.” He says that he did remember “scratching” a hole in a wall, and trying to use his driver’s license to open a door in an effort to find more alcohol. Cunningham was arrested for burglary, attempted burglary and malicious mischief; he was later released on his personal recognizance.
The investigation into Saturday’s fire at a home on Sightly Road near Toutle continues. Aaron Schooling of Toutle is still listed in serious condition in the burn unit at Legacy Emanuel Hospital after having suffered burns to his hands, face, arms and chest. A witness to the incident now tells Cowlitz Fire District 6 that Schooling was injured when a brand-new butane lighter blew up as he was trying to light a fire. District 6 Chief Eric Koreis tells the Daily News that this brings a new aspect to the case, and he’s now referring it to the county fire marshal.
The Kelso School Board has chosen a successor to Huntington Middle School Principal Elaine Cockrell, who’s retiring at the end of this school year. Last night, the Board approved the hiring of Christopher Clark, who comes to Kelso from the North Franklin School District. He’s worked as an assistant principal at Connell High School. Prior to that, he worked as a history and physical education teacher in the Naselle School District. Superintendent Glenys Hill says Clark has demonstrated a consistent dedication to increasing student learning and achievement. Cockrell is retiring after 24 years with Kelso Schools, starting as a teacher for nine years; she then moved up to be assistant principal at Huntington for four years, then spent the last 11 years as principal.
Saying that enrollment is declining while costs continue to escalate, the Longview School District is shutting down its auto mechanics program at the end of this school year. The Daily News reports on the action at last night’s School Board meeting. District officials say that fewer and fewer students are enrolling in the program, while costs of keeping up with the advanced technology in today’s cars continue to rise. Executive Director of Leadership and Learning Chris Fritsch says that the program currently costs $150,000 to $170,000 a year to run, including the amount of teacher Randy Bailey’s salary, equipment upgrades and $6,000 a month to LCC, reimbursing the college for a jointly-used shop and classroom. Bailey says that he’s been informed that he’ll be laid off at the end of this school year, after 25 years as the auto shop teacher.
You’re invited to a “Community Vision Session” this evening at the Longview City Hall, to talk about what Longview’s downtown should look like. This evening’s session is part of the America Downtown program that the city is purchasing from the National League of Cities. This program provides hands-on help to city officials, looking to start, refocus or energize downtown enhancement efforts. Tonight’s Community Vision session runs from 7 to 8:30 pm in the City Council chambers, and will be followed by a City Council workshop. All who are interested can attend.
The home team continues to win in the first round NBA Playoff series between Portland and Dallas. The Mavs won 93-82 last night to take a 3-2 lead. Game six is Thursday night back in Portland…..The Mariners send Felix Hernandez to the mound today when the Mariners begin a three game set at Detroit, KLOG 3:00 pm…..Kelso hopes to host Hudson’s Bay in prep baseball today. R.A. Long hopes the weather clears to play at Hockinson…..The Kelso softball team blanked Columbia River 10-0 yesterday. Today…..The Kelso track teams compete at Fort Vancouver this afternoon at 3:30 pm…..In boys soccer, Prairie edged Kelso 1-0 and Hockinson blanked Mark Morris 2-0. RAL hosts Washougal tonight at 7 pm…..Washougal beat RAL 221-247 in girls golf. MM hosts Hockinson today.