Longview Police are working to find the man that robbed the Hemlock Store at gunpoint last night. The store clerk called 911 just before 9:30 pm, claiming that a man armed with a “big revolver” had just robbed the place. The clerk says that the man came in and asked if they had change for a 50; when the clerk opened the till, the suspect pulled his gun, stuck it in the clerk’s face and demanded all of the cash from the register. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect ran off, heading into a nearby alley between Hemlock and Garfield. The clerk reported that they recognized the suspect as a regular customer, and police were able to identify the man after reviewing the store’s security video. They checked the area, even stopping one man at gunpoint around 11:30 pm. That man was released after they determined he wasn’t the suspect. The effort to find the suspect is continuing.
Archive | June, 2011
James Heys-Olfon, 24, of Longview is listed in fair condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, after he crashed his motorcycle yesterday afternoon on Oregon Highway 224 east of Estacada. Oregon State Police say that this happened around 3:20 yesterday afternoon, as Heys-Olfon was riding along the Clackamas River. Troopers say that he failed to make a curve, heading off the highway and down a steep 40-foot embankment. Heys-Olfon landed on some rocks, while the bike continued into the river. A high-angle rescue team was able to get Heys-Olfon off the rocks and to a landing zone, then he was taken by LifeFlight to Portland. A dive team was brought in to get the motorcycle out of the river. Continuing the investigation, OSP now says that charges of DUI, careless driving, no valid operator’s licenses and driving while uninsured are pending against Heys-Olfon.
No injuries were reported when a semi loaded with paper from Weyerhaeuser rolled over on the on-ramp from Third Avenue to Tennant Way. Longview Police say this happened around 12:40 pm, when a truck from Bridge Transport Terminal overturned on the on-ramp. The driver says that he’d just picked up a container with 45,000 pounds of paper, and says he apparently was going too fast at he approached the ramp. He says that the trailer started shaking, then tipped as he attempted to head onto Tennant Way. Another truck had to be brought in as the cargo was unloaded; traffic was slowed, but wasn’t blocked by the wreck. It took about nine hours to get the cargo re-loaded and the truck removed. There’s no word yet on possible citations.
Josiah Leon Raglin, 19, is under arrest on charges of arson and attempted arson, after lab tests connected him to a Longview car fire that took place in April of last year. Longview Police Detectives say that they’ve been able to connect Raglin to a fire that he actually reported on April 7th of last year, an incident that took place in the 1100 block of 17th Avenue. That same day, a Longview Police Officer reportedly found a partly-burned paper sticking out of car’s gas tank in the 1000 block of 16th Avenue. That paper turned out to be Raglin’s discharge paper from St. John Medical Center, and also had his fingerprint on it. Detectives took Raglin into custody after getting the lab results, and he reportedly admitted the crimes. He’s now being held on bail of $50,000, charged with one count of second-degree arson and one count of attempted second-degree arson. Investigators also note that Raglin is not connected to other recent arsons in the Highlands.
The Mariners lost to Atlanta 5-3 yesterday as the Braves completed a three game sweep. The M’s take today off before the San Diego Padres come in for a three game set Friday night…..The Cowlitz Black Bears were rained out against the Bend Elks last night. The Bears take a seven game winning streak to Walla Walla tonight for a three game series against the Sweets. The Bears host the Portland Stars Sunday evening…..The Pacific Tech Legion team is in Twin Falls Idaho for the Cowboy Classic starting today…..The 9th Independence Day Invitational features Junior Legion, Senior Babe Ruth and Babe Ruth teams starting today and through the weekend…..The Blazers offered Greg Oden a $8.8 million qualifying offer. Portland can match any offer Oden receives.
It’s being reported that the former Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy charged with dozens of counts of child sexual abuse may be ready to enter a plea in the case. Columbia County District Attorney Stephen Atchison tells the Saint Helens Chronicle that he’s been informed that the judge in the case had scheduled a plea hearing for John Hinkle, set up for tomorrow. Hinkle is charges with 40 separate counts, arrested on May 6th of this year. It’s alleged that he abused a female family member between 1999 and 2006. The hearing is set for 11:30 tomorrow morning, but Atchison says he doesn’t think that sentencing would be held at that time. It’s also noted that Hinkle is still being investigated for other allegations involving a girl from Scappoose, and for incidents that took place while Hinkle was working as a school resource officer in Rainier. Those investigations are separate from this previous set of charges.
There’s a meeting planned for this evening at Toutle Lake High School, where the Department of Fish and Wildlife will present details on a a new study that’s planned for Silver Lake. The Cowlitz County Commissioners previously approved the formation of an advisory council on Silver Lake, charged with addressing concerns about the lake. This evening, the Silver Lake Advisory Council will roll out its proposed sampling plan, taking water from 20 different locations over the next two years. The Advisory Council has been consulting with several agencies on how to go about the testing, looking at phosphorus and seven other chemicals. This is being called the most extensive testing program ever done at Silver Lake, with a goal of helping to determine exactly what is causing the decline in water quality. Tonight’s meeting is set for 7 pm in the multi-purpose room at Toutle Lake High School; anyone interested is invited to attend.
Several local recreation projects are getting support from the state, awarded grants in this year’s round of funding from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Board. More than $67.5 million was awarded to 234 projects around the state. The big one locally is a $479,000 grant that will help to complete the Al Helenberg Boat Launch in Castle Rock. Those dollars will help pay for installation of a restroom, floats, a security camera and lighting, also helping to complete parking and the the access road. The City of Castle Rock will need to come up with a $160,000 match. Pacific County was a big winner, pulling down more than $4.1 million for projects at the Tokeland Marina, the Tunerville Campground, at Long Beach and Cape Disappointment. Wahkiakum County gets nearly $500,000, with a large grant to help re-develop the Oneida Boat Launch. Other grants will help maintain and repair trails in the Yacolt Burn, the Elochoman Valley and in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Lewis County is also getting more than $327,000 to buy land for a new park near Mossyrock.
Today is the last day to get votes in for the North County Recreation Area, as they compete to win an award in the Pepsi Refresh Project. The NCRA is in the running to land a $50,000 prize, money they say would help to pay for paving of the main parking lot of the sports complex next to Castle Rock High School. You can “vote” for this project by going to www.refresheverything.com, sign up with your e-mail and a password, then log in. You can also log in through your Facebook account. As of this morning, the North County Recreation Association project is ranked number 33, but your vote could help to move it up.
The Mariners will try and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves as they host a day game today at Safeco Field, KLOG 11:30 am. The Braves rallied to win 5-4 last night. Atlanta scored three runs in the 7th inning as Brian McCann snapped a tie with a two run single, his 4th hit of the night…..The Cowlitz Black Bears have won seven in a row after a 4-1 victory over the Bend Elks last night. Matt Maurer got the victory with a stellar outing. The Bears look for the sweep when they host the Elks at 6:35 pm tonight at Story Field…..Pacific Tech split a Legion double header last night, losing to Franklin Pierce 5-0 but winning 6-3. Pac Tech begins a tourney in Twin Falls Idaho tomorrow…..Mitchell Margaris hit a walk-off, three-run homer to give Coldstone a 5-3 win over Skyview.