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Archive | July, 2011

Dish Fight

Posted on 26th July 2011 at 07:58

Kelso Police are looking into the circumstances over a family dispute that got out of hand last night, with dishes smashed and family members duking it out. Officers were called to the 1400 block of Ross Avenue shortly after 5 pm, where a woman first claimed that her son had been stabbed. A man on the scene also reported that he was bleeding from the head, apparently after having been hit in the head with a rock. Officers got everyone separated, and found that a fight over washing dishes had gotten out of hand. A 40 year-old man reportedly got mad when his teenage kids wouldn’t wash the dishes, and he started smashing them. They say that the teens also started smashing dishes, then a “full-on fist fight” ensued. The man received a minor head injury from someone that apparently was using a screwdriver to defend themselves. Officers say that there was a large amount of damage inside the house, but at this point, no arrests have been reported. The case will be reviewed further for possible charges.

Snap Crash

Posted on 26th July 2011 at 07:57

It’s speculated that a medical problem may have led to a crash yesterday morning in a parking lot off of Cascade Way, with multiple vehicles and a building damaged. Longview Police and aid personnel were called to the parking lot of Snap Fitness at about 10:20 yesterday morning, where it was reported that an SUV had gone out of control. The rig hit a Postal Service vehicle and an empty car, then hit a parked trailer. Witnesses then report that the SUV immediately went into reverse, speeding back across the parking lot before crashing into the corner of the Shell station at Cascade Way and Ocean Beach Highway. The driver of the SUV, Duane Winjum, 49, of Longview, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Longview Police also say that it looks like he had some sort of medical issue. He was taken to St. John Medical Center, where he was treated and released. At this point, Longview Police say that it doesn’t appear that Winjum will face any charges in the incident.

Castle Rock Work

Posted on 26th July 2011 at 07:57

The downtown renovation of Castle Rock enters its second of three phases, leading to the closure of two blocks of Cowlitz Street West for some time. Starting today, Cowlitz Street will be closed between First Avenue and Huntington Avenue. Two-way traffic will be allowed on First Avenue through the intersection on Cowlitz, but drivers heading south on Huntington will not be able to cross Cowlitz Street. The parking lot on Jackson Street will remain open, and they’ll also be maintaining pedestrian access to all businesses in the work area. The $1.9 million renovation project began in May, and is about one-third completed. The intent of the renovation project is to make downtown Castle Rock more inviting and accessible to visitors and to businesses. Completion is projected for November.

Longview School Budget

Posted on 26th July 2011 at 07:56

The Longview School Board got its first look at the 2011-2012 budget last night, looking at expenditures of just less than $68 million in the coming school year. The budget is $463,000 smaller than the 2010-2011 budget, reflecting a loss of state and federal funding, along with a continuing trend of declining enrollment. Even with the reduced revenues, Superintendent Suzanne Cusick says that they’ve been able to preserve or reduce class sizes in this budget, along with preserving programs. Two teaching positions and 15 classified staff positions are cut in this year’s budget, but district officials say that those personnel cuts are due to the enrollment decline, rather than the reduction in revenue. Those reductions include 5.5 full-time-equivalent positions in Special Education, but Cusick says that they determined that the Special Ed program was “overstaffed,” and that those cuts could be made without harming the services provided to the 995 Special Education students anticipated in the coming school year. Once again, the total number of students in Longview Schools is expected to drop, down 72 students from last year. Finance and Facilities Director Larry Mayfield says that there are still some minor adjustments to make to the budget, then the final document will be presented to the School Board for a public hearing and adoption on Monday, August 22nd.

School Staffing

Posted on 26th July 2011 at 07:55

Both the Longview and Kelso School Districts are announcing personnel moves. Chris Fritsch is being promoted to an Assistant Superintendent position in the Longview School District, moving up from his previous position as Executive Director of Leadership and Learning. Fritsch first started with the Longview School District in 1981, working as a substitute teacher and a coach. He went to Texas for a couple of years, then returned to Longview in 1984, where he started work as a teacher and administrative assistant. Along with a brief stint in the North Beach School District, Fritsch has worked his way up the ladder in Longview Schools, serving as an assistant principal and a principal before being promoted to an administrative position in 2008. Dana Jones is the new Executive Director for Leadership and Learning, coming to Longview after working in education positions across the country.

In the Kelso School District, they’re announcing that David “Chris” Rugg is the new Principal at Coweeman Middle School, approved yesterday in a special meeting of the Kelso School Board. Rugg comes to Kelso from the Brush School District in Longmont, Colorado. He has 23 years of experience in education, 18 of which have been in administration at the middle school or high school level. They say he has extensive experience in a “standards-based grading system,” and is also bi-lingual, having lived for some time in Colombia.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 26th July 2011 at 07:49

The Mariners extended the club record to 16 straight losses with a 10-3 setback to the Yankees. The M’s and Yanks play again today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..Seven Cowlitz Black Bears will take part in the West Coast League All Star Game in Corvallis tonight. Spencer O’Neil, Billy Flamion, Kyle Garlick, Mitchell Walding, Braxton Miller, Jeff Gold and Porter Clayton will all be on the West team…..Pacific Tech begins play at the State Legion baseball tourney tonight. Pac Tech takes on the host team Pepsi Pak at 7 pm tonight in Selah…..The NFL free agent frenzy begins after the NFL and players agreed to a new contract. The Seahawks hold a first team meeting tomorrow night…..Pac 12 Media Day is in Los Angeles today as football coaches take the podium to discuss the upcoming season.

KLOG Monday Sports

Posted on 25th July 2011 at 07:53

The Mariners set the franchise record by losing their 15th straight game. The Red Sox beat Seattle 12-8 yesterday. The M’s take on the Yankees in the Bronx today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..Jeff Gold fired a six-hitter leading the Cowlitz Black Bears to a 2-1 win over Corvallis. The Bears next game is at home Wednesday against Bellingham…..The Kelso 14 Babe Ruth team won the State championship with a 15-2 win over Thurston County. Kelso moves on to Regionals…..Centralia won the 15 State with a 6-3 win over Hazel Dell. Midland beat Kalama/Woodland 13-12 to get the final berth to Regionals…..The Kelso Renegades went unbeaten to win the NAFA National in Aurora, OR…..Matt Hartley fired a 136 to win the 35th Columbia Ford Amateur Golf title.

Highlands Stabbing

Posted on 25th July 2011 at 07:43

Longview Police are working to find a suspect in a stabbing reported yesterday afternoon after a fight that took place in the 200 block of 24th Avenue. Officers were called to the area at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon, when it was reported that several people were fighting, one armed with a bat. Police say that the fight had broken up by the time they arrived, but a few minutes later, a call came in from the Emergency Department at St. John Medical Center. A 41 year-old man had been brought in with a stab wound to his chest, and was undergoing emergency treatment. That person is listed in stable condition this morning. The victim was able to identify a possible suspect; Detectives followed up with a number of interviews, but they haven’t been able to find that person as of yet.

Casino Fight

Posted on 25th July 2011 at 07:43

A 28 year-old man who was injured in what Longview Police say that may have been a racially-motivated fight Friday night at the Cadillac Island Casino is out of the hospital. Longview Police say that Bobby McCracken was hurt in a fight outside of the casino, after he’d allegedly hurled some racial comments at a black man who was in the area. Tyrice Clark, 29, says that he felt threatened by the slurs that McCracken was calling out, so he struck first, to prevent any further attack. McCracken, who was reportedly intoxicated, fell after just one punch, hitting his head on the sidewalk. A bystander found McCracken and called for help; McCracken was found to have a fractured skull, and was eventually taken to Oregon Health and Science University. They report that he was discharged yesterday afternoon. Police continue to investigate the incident, but so far, no charges have been filed.

Saturday Drowning

Posted on 25th July 2011 at 07:42

The Sheriff’s Office reports that a 59 year-old man from Battle Ground drowned on Saturday, after falling into the Columbia River near Woodland. Deputies say that the man was found in the water at about 1 pm on Saturday, in the area of Lions Day Park. Another person at the park found the victim in the water, with a fishing pole floating nearby. Deputies say that it looks like the man fell into the water, but there were no witnesses, so they don’t know exactly how this happened. The victim’s name hasn’t yet been released, as next of kin haven’t been contacted.