Authorities in Clatsop County are now working to identify human remains discovered over the weekend by an elk hunter. This past Friday, a man who’d been hunting in the Nicolai Mountain area reported finding a human skull as he crossed a logjam over a small stream. The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office moved into the area on Saturday, recovering the skull, some additional bones, and some clothing. The clothing is described as blue cargo-style pants and a black XXL Adidas shirt. The remains have been turned over to the Oregon State Medical Examiner for forensic examination; it’s reported that they think that the remains have been out in the woods for a year or more. The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help on the case, looking for information possible missing persons. If you can help out on this case, call the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office at 503-325-8635.
Archive | November, 2011
Scott Boag, 51, of Vancouver is going to jail for 90 days, and is also being ordered to repay a Kalama man $100,000, after he admitted to bilking the man to feed his gambling habit. The Daily News reports on Boag’s story, saying that he pleaded guilty last week to charges of forgery and first-degree theft. Over the past two years, Boag forged and cashed checks on the account of the 78 year-old victim, also overcharging him for construction and maintenance jobs at the man’s house. At Monday’s sentencing hearing, it was also noted that if the victim should die, Boag would then be required to continue making the restitution payments to the victim’s family.
Jesse Allen Morton, 24, of St. Helens is pleading “no contest” to arson and reckless burning counts that were filed in connection with a burning spree back in July of last year. On July 5th of last year, fire crews in St. Helens responded to eight fires over the span of just a few hours, all set between 20 and 40 minutes apart. One of those fires destroyed a camp trailer, while another did $50,000 damage to a church. Investigators put together a timeline, eventually leading them to Morton. The South County Spotlight reports that eight counts of first-degree arson, three counts of second-degree criminal mischief and two counts of second-degree burglary were plea-bargained down to felony first-degree attempted arson and two counts of misdemeanor reckless burning. Sentencing is set for next March.
High school basketball got underway last night with jamboree events at Mark Morris and R.A. Long. In a regular girls game, Castle Rock defeated Winlock 54-16. Tonight in boys action, Toutle Lake hosts Toledo and Three Rivers is at Woodland. The Woodland girls are at King’s Way…..Former LCC Red Devil Marice Tolliver led all scorers with 21, but his Evergreen State team lost to Seattle U. 77-54…..Washington State has a 2 pm news conference to discuss the future of the football team. A.D. Bill Moos will announce his decision on the future of head coach Paul Wulff…..In girls bowling, MM beat River by 670 pins as Brittany Yoke had a 408 series. Mt. View rolled over RAL by 244 pins. Prairie defeated Kelso by 105 pins.
The Vernonia woman who was arrested last August for shooting at family members is pleading “no contest” to charges connected to that incident. In the South County Spotlight, they say that Sally Ann Lee, 58, is entering a plea in connection with the August 21st incident on her property near Vernonia. They say that Lee was intoxicated, and apparently was upset over a property foreclosure. She fired several rounds from a .30-30 rifle in the direction of her brother and several other family members. No one was hit. After being charged with attempted murder and other counts, Lee ended up pleading no contest to menacing and felony unlawful use of a weapon. A sentencing date hasn’t yet been set.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a Sunday night fire that destroyed a home in Columbia City Sunday night. Chief Jay Tappan with Columbia River Fire and Rescue says that the fire was reported at 255 M Street at about 7:15 Sunday night, and by the time fire crews rolled up, the home was engulfed in flames. The residents of the home, Charles and Martha Leachman, were not at home when the fire broke out; Tappan says that they had to work hard to keep the fire from damaging other nearby homes. 25 firefighters were involved in the effort, and they were able to keep any other structures from being damaged. The home and its contents were a total loss, estimated at about $500,000.
William Charles Womack, 38, now faces a prison term, after being convicted of multiple counts of child rape, one count of child molestation and a count of intimidating a witness, a verdict that came out of a ten-day trial in Cowlitz County Superior Court. In today’s Daily News, they say that the former Kelso resident will be sentenced on December 23rd. Womack is the first of three defendants to be tried in connection with the abuse of a young girl. Authorities say he sexually assaulted the girl between 2002 and 2008. Tamilynn Roo Ashley, 38, of Longview, who used to work as a clerk at the Sheriff’s Office, has reportedly come to an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, allowing her to plead guilty to second-degree child molestation and failure to report the abuse of a child. She’s expected to be in court today. A third suspect, Allen Darrel Smith, 41, of Kelso, is currently set to go on trial in February. He’s accused of molesting the same victim between 2009 and 2010.
After no response was received from seven voters whose ballots were “challenged” by Cowlitz County Elections, the margin in the Woodland City Council race between Scott Perry and Robert Ripp remains at just one vote, triggering an automatic hand recount. After yesterday’s 5 pm deadline, the tally stayed at 569 for Perry and 568 for Ripp. Cowlitz County Elections Supervisor Carolyn Myers tells the Daily News that final tallies in the November 8th general election will be certified today by the Canvassing Board, then that board will also set a date for the recount. She says that they’ll try to coordinate with Clark County so that the recounts in both counties can be done at the same time. The date for that recount will be announced later today.
Washington rallied from down 17-7 in the 4th quarter to beat the Seahawks 23-17. The Hawks fall to 4-7 and will host Philadelphia Thursday night…..Spokane won the 25th Red Devil Classic with a 93-84 win over Yakima Valley. Mt. Hood defeated host Lower Columbia 87-61. The Devils went 1-2 in the tourney…..Embattled WSU football coach Paul Wulff will meet with A.D. Bill Moos today amid speculation that he will be fired after four seasons in Pullman…..MM and RAL will host high school basketball jamborees tonight. There will be a girls and boys jamboree at R.A. Long, while MM hosts a boys event…..In prep bowling today, Columbia River visits Mark Morris, Kelso is at Prairie and R.A. Long is at Mountain View.
Jared Britton, 22, of Clatskanie is still in critical condition after he suffered multiple fractures in a one-car crash that happened early yesterday morning on Ocean Beach Highway west of Longview. State Troopers say that Britton was the passenger in a car driven by Brandon Warren, 22, of Clatskanie, westbound on the highway at about 2:25 yesterday morning. About three miles west of Longview, Warren apparently lost control of the car, swerving, crossing the oncoming lane and then going off the highway. The car hit a guardrail, a PUD pole and tree before coming to rest down an embankment. Warren suffered fractures in his back, and was taken to Saint John Medical Center; he was treated and released. Britton was taken by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment. Troopers say that the crash was caused by excessive speed, and they also say Warren will be charged with DUI and vehicular assault.