Two children were taken into protective custody yesterday afternoon, as Longview Police responded to reports that a toddler was repeatedly escaping from a home, and the adults inside were in possession of drugs. Officers were first called to the 300 block of 21st at about 2:30 pm, when a woman reported that an 18 month-old boy was running around in the street, wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper. They found out where the child lived and returned him to that house, but less than 20 minutes later, it was reported that the boy was out again. When police questioned the man inside the house, Steven George Foster, 46, said that the boy had recently figured out how to open windows, and was then crawling out of them. As Officers checked further, they claim to have found illegal drugs on Foster, and on Nicole Renee Williams, 19. Both were arrested and booked for possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Child Protective Services responded to the scene, placing the children with other family members.
Archive | October, 2011
Staff at the First Baptist Church in Longview reported a possible burglary yesterday morning, saying that someone cut a hole in the cyclone fence, then got inside and stole batteries from two of their mini-buses. They also say that the suspect broke into a storage shed, removing paint, painting equipment and a pair of gas cans, but those items were found stacked just outside the fence. It’s speculated that the suspect may have been scared off before they could make off with the items. No suspects have been identified.
A man that owns property in the 700 block of Hazel Dell Road reports that a large amount of material was missing from the property yesterday afternoon, claiming that 63 tons of steel beams were gone. Deputies talked with the renter on the property, and he said that a crane company had come in and removed the beams a couple of weeks ago. The company that did the work has been identified, and the property owner plans to get in touch with them today, to see where the beams were taken to.
After arrest warrants were once again drawn up for Ron and Jonathan Reynolds of Toledo, it appears that the drawn-out saga over the 1998 shooting death of Ronda Reynolds may finally be over. After he’d issued, then quashed warrants twice before, Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod once again issued arrests warrants for the father and son last Friday morning. He says that state law required him to issue the warrants, despite what the Lewis County Prosecutor said about the limitations in the case. Ron and Jonathan Reynolds both voluntarily appeared in Lewis County Superior Court late Friday morning, where Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer once again stated that he would not pursue the case, due to a lack of admissible evidence. Based on that, Superior Court Judge James Lawler released both men. Neither man made any statements during the hearing, and refused to speak with the press afterward. Unless new evidence emerges, the case is closed.
Oregon State Police say that a routine check of fishing licenses on the Columbia River near Rainier led to the arrest of a man wanted on sexual abuse charges in Marion County. Late last week, Keizer Police went to Vancouver to arrest Thomas Leroy Webb, 49, on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, claiming that he’d been abusing a juvenile female. Detectives developed information that Webb had left the area aboard a 27-foot sailboat, possibly heading downriver. St. Helens Police did some checking, and confirmed that Webb had been in the area. Friday afternoon, as Fish and Wildlife Troopers were checking sturgeon anglers, they spotted Webb’s boat near Goble. They stopped the boat and boarded, where Webb was taken into custody on the felony warrant. Evidence on the boat indicated that Webb was planning to leave for an extended period of time. The boat was driven back to St. Helens, while Webb was booked into the Columbia County Jail, awaiting transfer to the Marion County Jail in Salem.
The Washington Department of Transportation now says that the Longview Wye reconstruction project is essentially complete, six months ahead of schedule and considerably under budget. WashDOT officials say that the $45 million project replaces two cramped interchanges that were less than a half-mile apart, with 10 new ramps that will help drivers smoothly and safely transition from I-5 to Tennant Way and Talley Way. The City of Kelso is also excited about construction that will help to open up property south of the Wye for commercial development. A celebration of the project’s early completion is planned for 1 pm tomorrow. WashDOT is also announcing that the Lewis and Clark Bridge painting project is now shut down until the spring. Several sections of the bridge have been completed, but work crews will need to to be suspended during the wet and windy portion of the fall and winter. Several sections of the bridge will remain wrapped in cables, and a height restriction of 16.5 feet will remain in place.
Today is the deadline to get your second-half property taxes paid in Washington. Cowlitz County Treasurer Kathy Hanks says that her office will be open from 8:30 am to 5 pm today to accept payments, or you can mail them, as long as the payments are postmarked today. You can also make payments over the phone or over the internet. Call 1-800-2PAYTAX (800-272-9829) to use your credit card, or you can go to www.officialpayments.com to make your payment. If you go on-line, use Jurisdiction Code 5608 to make your payment. If you have other questions, you can call the Treasurer’s office at 577-3060 after 8:30 am.
Seven girls from R. A. Long, Mark Morris and Three Rivers Christian are winners, picking up the top prize in the regional “Girls Generation” robotics competition that was held this weekend down in Beaverton. 23 teams from across the northwest were involved in a game called “Logomotion,” which involved head-on-head competitions between 120-pound robots; the robots were required to pick up inflatable tubes, then hang those tubes on hooks that were nine feet in the air. They also had to deploy a “minibot” that would climb a ten-foot pole. Their team name is “Bits-N-Bots,” and is comprised of Stephanie Herrera, Kyleen Koenig, Karina Dautenhahn, Madison Eaton, Kory Gonzalez, Danielle Leslie, and Ashtyn Grant. As a rookie team, this was their first-ever win at this level of robotics competition.
Kids have some options available tonight, along with the traditional trick-or-treating route. The 10th annual Street of Screams will run from 3:30 to 7:30 pm tonight. Hosted by the Longview Pioneer Lions, the event will be held in a new location this year, going into the old Wild Grizzly Casino space, next to the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge, off of Grade Street in Kelso. This event is for kids ages 3 to 12; admission is a dollar or a can of food. All food donations will go to local food banks. Witches Hollow is a free community event that will be going on this evening in Commons Park in Kelso, right across the street from City Hall. The park will be converted into a haunted castle, open for area kids from 5 to 9 pm tonight. This is open to all area kids. At the First Baptist Church in Longview, they’re holding a free Harvest Carnival form 5 to 8 pm, with games, prized and treats for pre-school and elementary school-age kids. From 6 to 8 pm at the North Gate City Church on Minor Road in Kelso, they’re having a “Hallelujah Night,” billed as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for all ages through 6th grade. Children will need to have an adult or guardian accompany them to this event.
Cincinnati defeated Seattle 34-12 in NFL action yesterday. Rookie Andy Dalton threw for two first half touchdown passes. The Hawks drop to 2-5 and travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys Sunday…..The Kelso volleyball team opens 3A District action with a 5 pm match at Columbia River HS…..Mark Morris shutout Centralia 5-0 in 2A girls soccer District action Saturday. The Monarchs play Black Hills at 7 pm tomorrow night at Tumwater HS…..Both MM boys and girls cross country teams captured 2A District titles Saturday. Both MM rosters qualify for the State meet Saturday in Pasco…..The Huskies became bowl eligible with Saturday’s 42-31 victory over Arizona. The Dawgs host the Oregon Ducks Saturday night in the final game at Husky Stadium before renovation begins.