Longview Police continue to investigate a car-versus-pedestrian collision that happened yesterday afternoon in the area of 19th and Beech in Longview. The incident was reported at about a quarter after 3 pm yesterday; those on the scene reported that a ten year-old boy had been hit, suffering some lacerations and a possible ankle injury. The boy was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment, while the driver involved, Richard W. Huebner, 57, was cited for having no insurance. No charges connected to the collision itself have been reported.
Archive | May, 2011
Around a quarter after 9 pm last night, Woodland Police and aid personnel were called to the river bank near the Water Treatment, where it was reported that a man was unconscious. The 911 caller reported that the man was breathing, but was completely unresponsive. Officers say that they did find a 24 year-old man on the Clark County side of the river; he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. His condition hasn’t been updated this morning. Authorities also haven’t said what caused the man to lose consciousness.
Investigators working on last week’s fire at a condemned home on Burcham Street in North Kelso now confirm that the fire was an arson. They say that batteries from the home’s smoke alarms were found in a pile outside the house; they say that materials had been gathered up in a closet, then were set on fire, and they also say that several locations in the house had been set on fire. Flammable liquids were poured in a storage room on the third floor, and holes had been poked in a ceiling, apparently trying to help the fire spread easier. Despite the efforts, much of the fire went out before spreading through the house. A bedroom and a hallway did get some significant damage. Authorities are also checking into the possible connection to vandalism that was done at the home back in February, where someone went through the home, writing detailed and lurid descriptions of child rape throughout the house. A possible suspect in that incident is currently in jail, serving time for unrelated drug and burglary charges. The house at 404 Burcham has been condemned since January, after a landslide eroded the hillside in the rear of the house.
The use of safety razors at the Cowlitz County Jail Annex is being restricted for the time being, after a second inmate slashing incident within a week. It’s reported that a man already being held on attempted murder charges attacked another inmate last Thursday, jumping on the man, holding him down and slashing at his throat with a homemade weapon. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Richard Donald Lloyd Janssen, 33, jumped on his cell mate, Brandon Johnson, 20, then started hacking at his neck. Janssen is under arrest on charges of attempted first-degree murder and third-degree assault, accused of using a sawed-off shotgun to shoot at Department of Corrections officers. Johnson was being held on a domestic violence malicious mischief charge. He was released on Friday, after that charge was dismissed. Jail staff report that Johnson’s wounds were not serious. Jail officials say that they’re now suspending the issuing of razors to inmates. They had been handed out twice a week, giving inmates an hour to shave before they’re collected once again. If a razor isn’t returned, then a lockdown and search is initiated. They say it’s unclear how Janssen got hold of a blade, or how long it was in his possession. Earlier in the week, Clark Malcolm Kemper, 36, came out of a cell and attacked Matthew Peterson, 22. Peterson was also not seriously injured. Kemper is being charged with first-degree assault in that attack.
The State Patrol is sending out additional information on a fatal hit-and-run crash that took place on I-5 near Chehalis earlier this month. Shortly before 10 pm on Saturday, the 21st, a 77 year-old woman was hit and killed on I-5 northbound, as she walked along the freeway just south of Chehalis. Investigators say that they’re now looking for a white, full-size van, described as a 1996-2002 Chevrolet Express or GMC Savana. They also say that the van may have a missing passenger-side mirror, and the amber marker light on the right front corner of the van may be damaged or missing. If you have information on this incident, call WSP Detective Matt Hughes at 360-449-7944, or at 360-772-1010.
Concrete work will have a portion of Washington Way closed for the next couple of days. The City of Longview says that work in the 1300 block of Washington Way is set to begin at 7 this morning, and should be complete by Thursday. Through traffic westbound will be reduced to one lane between Commerce and 15th Avenues. Access to local businesses will be maintained. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.
The County Commissioners continue their public hearing on revised stormwater management rules for the urban areas outside the city limits of Longview and Kelso. The regulations are required under federal and state law. In a hearing held several weeks ago, several local contractors said that the regulations are too burdensome, and will affect many more people that county officials claim. On the other side, it was noted that the regulations are more lenient than similar ordinances recently enacted inside the city limits of Kelso and Longview, and that has city officials asking that the county not pass anything that’s different that those ordinances. The Commissioners say that they’re trying to work with everyone to make the rules less impactful, but still able to pass state and federal muster. Today’s hearing will be held at 10 am, but the final vote on the ordinance won’t be taken until June 21st.
The buttons that help to pay for the annual Go 4th fireworks show at Lake Sacajawea are now on sale at stores all over Longview. The buttons are available at more than 100 locations, and each one gets you into the raffle for prizes that are donated by local businesses. This year’s top prize is a $900 “Fine Dining for a Year” gift certificate. There’s also a Go 4th raffle this year, with a top prize of a seven-night stay at the Sheraton Desert Oasis in Scottsdale, Arizona. Those tickets are five dollars apiece, and are available at Bob’s Sporting Goods, Columbia River Floor Coverings in Rainier, Sporty’s in Clatskanie, and at Link’s Four Corners General Store outside of Castle Rock. That drawing is set for July 5th. This year’s Go 4th celebration runs from Saturday, July 2nd to Monday, July 4th.
For the second time in a week, a black bear was spotted near Castle Rock. A resident of the are near Timberline Acres Road reported seeing the bruin at about 1 pm in Sunday, heading into the woods near a residential development. In the middle of last week, a woman living in the Si Town Road area also reported seeing a bear. Cowlitz County officials notified Fish and Wildlife, also also advising residents of the area to keep their garbage, small animals and small children secure until DFW can follow up.
The Bellevue Bulldogs beat the Lower Columbia Red Devils 5-3 in the championship game of the NWAACC Baseball Championships. The scrappy Devils played beyond expectations, defeating Mount Hood 7-3 earlier in the day to get to LCC’s 12th championship game in Coach Kelly Smith’s 17 seasons. Yesterday also marked the retirement of long time pitching coach Rob Hippi. Devils on the all-tourney team include Jeff Ames, Brent Graham, Bailey Graham, Sam Williams and Ben McQuown…..The Mariners have won 10 out of 12 games after a 4-3 win over the Orioles yesterday. The M’s host the O’s again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The NBA Finals begin tonight in Miami as the Heat host the Dallas Mavericks.