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Archive | September, 2011

EGT Request

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:35

The Cowlitz County Commissioners are sending a letter to U. S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton, requesting an expedited resolution to the suit that EGT has filed against the Port of Longview. In the letter sent yesterday, the Commissioners note that this is a “very volatile situation,” with a high risk of escalation. They say that there’s a potential for serious injury to citizens and to law enforcement. As yet, there’s been no response from the Federal court. It’s currently expected that Leighton will consider the lawsuit some time in spring of next year.

Sabotage Arrest

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:32

Connor McLeoud, 38, of Rainier is under arrest on charges of second-degree burglary and criminal sabotage, arrested late last night in connection with the rampage at the EGT grain terminal on the 8th of this month. Security at the terminal called the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at about 11:15 last night, relaying information that McLeoud was out with the picketers on East Mill Road. It’s reported that he’d been identified as a suspect in the damage that was done on the morning of the 8th. He was arrested without incident, and is now being held without bail at the Cowlitz County Jail.

BNSF Reward

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:31

A reward of $10,000 is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who were involved in the tampering discovered Monday along the main rail line between Vancouver and Chehalis. Trains were shut down for several hours on Monday, after tampering was found in a dozen spots along a sixty-mile stretch of tracks, reportedly first found around 11 am on Monday near the Longview Junction. Gus Melonas with Burlington Northern-Santa Fe announced the reward yesterday, also saying that inspections have been stepped up, through both the day and night. If you have information on these incidents, you can leave a tip by calling 1-800-832-5452. You do not need to give your name.

Sabotage Arrest

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:30

Connor McLeoud, 38, of Rainier is under arrest on charges of second-degree burglary and criminal sabotage, arrested late last night in connection with the rampage at the EGT grain terminal on the 8th of this month. Security at the terminal called the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at about 11:15 last night, relaying information that McLeoud was out with the picketers on East Mill Road. It’s reported that he’d been identified as a suspect in the damage that was done on the morning of the 8th. He was arrested without incident, and is now being held without bail at the Cowlitz County Jail.

BK Robbery

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:29

Robert Donald Maxwell, 51, of Longview is under arrest on a first-degree robbery charge, after he allegedly pulled a knife and stole a purse from a woman in the drive-through at the Burger King on Oregon Way. The incident was reported at about 7:30 yesterday morning; the victim says that she was in the drive-through when a man came up to her window, showed a six-inch knife, then demanded her purse. The suspect then ran off in the direction of 14th Avenue. Longview Police called in a K-9, and tracked the suspect to the 300 block of Oregon Way. Maxwell was found in between a couple of homes in that area, and was identified as the suspect. He was taken into custody, then a short time later, Officers claim to have found the vest he was wearing, which had a knife in the pocket. Maxwell is now being held without bail in connection with this incident.

Biker Arrested

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:29

The suspect in a high-speed chase that took place Sunday morning on Highway 30 near Clatskanie has reportedly turned himself in. Oregon State Police had put out a call for public help in the case, looking for the rider of a motorcycle that was spotted doing 74 miles an hour on the highway; Trooper Jessica Spurlock says speeds got up to 120 miles an hour as she tried to catch the bike, but then she crashed into an embankment. She was treated for minor injuries after that crash. OSP reported that Nicholas Boehler III, 30, of Westport turned himself in to the Astoria area command office yesterday morning, and is now being held on charges of felony eluding, reckless driving, violation of the basic rule and no valid operator’s license.

Water Main Repair

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:28

Work starts today on water mains in the 1400 block alley between 14th and 15th Avenues in Longview. City officials say that the alley will be closed to all traffic, starting today and running through Monday, October 10th. The closure goes into effect at 7:30 this morning, and you should use alternate routes to avoid any delays.

Job Fair

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:28

Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will be in Vancouver today, personally hosting a Job Fair at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay. She says that nearly 70 employers have signed up for the event, looking to hire people for their companies. The event will run from 1 to 6 pm today, and is open to all job-seekers in the area.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

Posted on 28th September 2011 at 08:09

Oakland pounded Seattle 7-0 last night at Safeco Field. The Mariners end the season by hosting the A’s tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..McKenzie Hastings had 11 kills to lead Mark Morris to a 3-1 volleyball win at Woodland. Hockinson defeated R.A. Long 3-0. In college volleyball tonight, LCC travels to Pierce…..Jenna Dukovic scored four goals to lead MM to a 7-0 win over Woodland in girls soccer. Hockinson beat RAL 5-1. The LCC soccer team hosts Everett in a 4 pm game at Northlake Field today…..The Kelso boys beat prairie 28-31 in cross country action. Prairie edged the Kelso girls 23-36. Ryan St. Pierre and Jessica Bork both were second for Kelso….Former Blazer Arvydas Sabonis is in intensive care in Lithuania after suffering a heart attack. He is in stable condition.

Recall Filing

Posted on 27th September 2011 at 08:39

Local 21 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is filing a “charge for recall” against Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson, claiming malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of his oath of office. The union filed the “charge for recall” yesterday morning, and in the seven page filing, the ILWU contends that Nelson is violating his oath by failing to protect Cowlitz County citizens, failing to serve without discrimination or bias, failing to abide by all laws, and failing to honor the Constitution. The union makes a number of claims; they say that Nelson has been wasting taxpayer dollars, failed to arrest a wanted person, based on the identity and affiliation of the victim, and violation of civil rights, along with other contentions. The filing was made yesterday morning at the Auditor’s Office, and will be forwarded to the County Prosecutor. The Prosecutor’s office will forward the charge to a Superior Court Judge, who will then determine if there’s a legal basis to go forward. If the judge determined that the claim is valid, then the ILWU will need to collect enough signatures to put the recall on the ballot.