Fire agencies in south Lewis County were hopping yesterday afternoon, dealing with several brush fires reported along I-5 in the Vader-Toledo area. Around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, several fires were reported between mileposts 59 and 60 along northbound I-5. Fire crews from Toledo, Vader and Winlock responded to the fires, along with brush crews from Cowlitz Fire District 6 in Castle Rock. All of the fires were out by 5 pm. The cause of the fires isn’t known at this time.
Archive | August, 2011
Attorneys for Steven Moulton, 22, of Morton claim that he is not competent to stand trial on charges of sexually assaulting an eight year-old boy from Lacey. The Daily News says that they’ve been able to examine a psychologist’s report filed by Moulton’s attorneys, reportedly saying that Moulton is “mentally retarded,” and also suffers from cerebral palsy. The psychologist also notes that Moulton cannot tell time, can’t drive, and is unemployable, for the most part. The report notes that Moulton “hears demons,” and that he responds to their “orders.” On July 9th, Moulton allegedly attacked the eight year-old in a restroom at the North County Sports Complex in Castle Rock, pulling down his pants and pushing the boy to the floor, where he choked and bit him. Moulton is charged locally with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree child molestation and second-degree assault of a child. He’s also charged of under investigation for similar attacks in Lewis and Thurston counties. A hearing on Moulton’s mental competency is currently scheduled for the 22nd of this month in Cowlitz County Superior Court.
The Kelso City Council is holding a special meeting tonight, where they plan to interview the candidates for the open seat on the Council. Four applicants have come forward for the West Kelso seat on the Council, vacated when John Karnofski resigned last month. Tonight’s special meeting starts at 6 pm, where artist Judith Lee, retired businessman Ned Harris, caregiver Kimberly Lefebvre and IT tech Bob Von Roch will be interviewed. All of the interviews will be conducted in open session, then the Council will go into executive session to discuss the qualifications of the candidates. Following that discussion, the Council will return to the open session to make a selection from the four candidates. Tonight’s special meeting is open to the public, but there will be no public involvement in the interview or selection process.
The Washington Department of Transportation is announcing that the ramp from Kelso Drive and Old Pacific Highway to westbound Tennant Way is now open to traffic, about nine hours earlier that had been projected. The ramp wasn’t supposed to re-open until 10 am today, but Wash-DOT officials say that contractors were able to take advantage of good weather, and got the ramp re-opened at 1:30 this morning. WashDOT also says that there’s been a change in the scheduling in the paving project on I-5 down by Woodland. The ramp paving and closures have been pushed back one day. Now, it’s planned that the southbound off-ramp and the northbound on-ramp at exit 22 will be closed from 9 pm tonight until 5 am tomorrow. Tomorrow night, the northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp at exit 22 will be closed for paving, then on Thursday, the southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp will be closed again. Work will shut down at noon on Friday, so as not to interfere with the Labor Day holiday traffic.
The Southwest Washington Blood Program is conducting a blood drive today, going from 12:30 to 6:30 pm this afternoon at the Beacon Hill Baptist Church. The non-profit organization provides blood and blood products to hospitals throughout Western Washington, including Saint John Medical Center and Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. All types of blood are needed, with a daily demand of 14,000 pints at all of the facilities through the region. Blood Program officials say that there is a special need for several types of blood, including O Positive, O Negative and B Negative. You can make an appointment to donate by calling 423-0385.
Mike Carp hit a two-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Dustin Ackley had three hits and two RBI for the M’s. Seattle hosts the Halos again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Seahawks traded cornerback Kelly Jennings to the Bengals for defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. The Hawks also made eight cuts yesterday and have two more today to get down to 80…..The Lower Columbia College volleyball team opens the season tonight with a road match in Oregon City against the Clackamas Cougars. Start time is 7 pm…..Fans of both Kelso and Mark Morris are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes early to insure getting into Longview Memorial Stadium in time for Friday’s 7 pm kickoff between the Scots and Kings.
A 14 year-old Longview Boy is under arrest on a first-degree assault charge, after he allegedly stabbed a man yesterday afternoon at a home in the 2400 hundred block of Alabama. Longview Police were called to the home at about 5:30 yesterday afternoon, where it was reported that a man had been stabbed in the rib area. Witnesses on the scene reported that the suspect had run to another nearby house, while family members took the victim to the hospital, where he was treated and released. Officers were directed to another house several blocks away, where the suspect was located and finally arrested at about 6:50 pm. They say that it looks like the victim and suspect had been walking down the street, apparently getting into some sort of dispute that eventually escalated into the stabbing. The teen was taken to the Juvenile Services Center, as the investigation into the incident continues.
Longview Police are looking into an explosion and fire reported early this morning at Windermere Park, located in the 2400 block of 48th Avenue. At 12:50 am, people living in the area reported hearing an explosion, then they saw that bark chips and a bench at the park were on fire. Officers and firefighters responded to the scene, finding out that the explosive device had been placed inside a garbage can. While they were checking the scene, another woman living near the park also reported that her garbage can had been blown up. She claims that a pipe bomb had been used. That has not been confirmed. The investigation into both incidents is continuing, with no suspects identified at this time.
Two 16 year-old boy are being charged after an incident reported early yesterday morning on Lions Island in Lake Sacajawea Park. Around 3:15 yesterday morning, people living near the lake reported hearing a loud dispute on the island, and that’s when Longview Police contacted the two teens. A field test showed that one had a blood alcohol level of .14. One of the teens is now being charged with MIP, resisting arrest and having an open container in a public park. He was taken to the Juvenile Services Center and booked into custody. The second teen was taken home to his mother, and will be referred to the Prosecutor’s Office on charges of MIP and open container in a public park.
A woman tells Kelso Police that someone tried to steal her purse early this morning. At about 1:15 this morning, a 911 call came in from the victim, claiming that a woman in a Ford Explorer had tried to grab her purse as she was in the parking lot of the stores in the 200 block of Southwest 7th, then the man at the wheel started driving off, dragging her along. It doesn’t appear that the suspect were successful in the theft attempt, so this is being investigated as an attempted robbery and vehicular assault. A possible suspect has been identified, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.