Longview Police continue to look for the suspect from a car and foot chase that took place yesterday morning. The car chase started shortly before 7 am yesterday morning, when an Officer spotted a stolen car in the area of Oregon Way and Beech. They say that the suspect sped off, going up Arkansas, then out to the end of the streets in the area of Archie Anderson Park. The suspect apparently drove up onto the dike, and that’s where a passenger jumped out of the car, injuring his back. The suspect continued on, crashing into a carport in the 200 block of 21st. The driver then ran off. A perimeter was set up, some streets were blocked and a K-9 was brought in to try and track the suspect, without success. The man who jumped out of the car was taken to St. John Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Police say that he’s not being charged with anything. The operation was visible to drivers on Industrial Way, with other surrounding streets were blocked until about 9 am. The suspect has not been located, but Sergeant Doug Kazensky says that they do have some possible leads.
Archive | December, 2011
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is filing its response to claims made by Clark County in its lawsuit opposing the federal government’s decision to allow the tribe to establish a reservation near La Center. The Vancouver Columbian reports on the brief filed last week in Washington, D. C., offering point-by-point responses to issues raised in the suit filed by Clark County and other opponents to a proposed casino complex next to I-5. Clark County and the other plaintiffs contend that the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk erred when he determined that the Cowlitz were eligible to have land put into trust. They also claim that the current development plans being put forward by the tribe have inadequate mitigation for stormwater, traffic, light and noise. In last week’s filing, the tribe echoes the Federal government’s response to the suit. A scheduling conference regarding the suit and these filings is currently scheduled for February 10th; at that conference, a timeline on how the case will proceed will be determined.
Work is proceeding on the I-5 West Coast Green Highway Project, the effort to build the nation’s first “electric highway” along the freeway from the Canadian border to the southern border of Oregon. Yesterday, officials announced that construction is now under way on the first “fast-charging” station in Washington, being built at a shopping center in Bellingham. The goal is to build charging stations every 40 to 60 miles along the freeway, including one in the Kelso-Longview area. The exact site hasn’t been determined, but it’s expected to be within a mile of the freeway; most are being built at stores or shopping centers in close proximity to the freeway. These stations are part of a joint public-private effort involving Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia, preparing the infrastructure to serve electric cars and other vehicles using alternative fuels. It’s planned that the station will be up and running by this spring. This would be the area’s second electric car charging station; there’s currently a station available at Columbia Nissan on 7th Avenue in Longview, with one “level 2” charger available to the public during the hours that the dealership is open.
We’re heading into the New Year’s weekend, and under state law, you can buy fireworks to celebrate the event, today, tomorrow and Saturday. At least two local groups now have stands set up, including one stand at 820 Ocean Beach Highway, in the parking lot of Jeff Tack’s Longview Eye and Vision. The stand is being sponsored by the Faithful Servants Transitional House, and proceeds will be used to help fund a new women’s home that’s planned for opening next month. Sale hours are noon to 9 pm each day. The other local fireworks stand will be set up at the Ocean Beach Highway Safeway store. Fire officials emphasize that the legal window for setting off the fireworks is from 6 pm on New Year’s Eve to 1 am on New Year’s Day.
The Huskies will try and hold down explosive Baylor in tonight Alamo Bowl, KLOG 5:00 pm…..The UW basketball team opens Pac-12 play at home tonight against Oregon State. The WSU Cougars host Oregon tonight in Spokane…..Whatcom downed LCC 60-52 at the Lower Columbia Holiday Classic women’s tourney. LCC takes on Seattle today at 3 pm. The LCC Alumni take on Centralia at 1 pm…..The LCC men’s game with Mt. Hood tonight as been moved to Portland CC in Portland at 6 pm…..In boys hoops, Rainier beat R.A. Long 58-36. Mark Morris plays #4 Snohomish at 5 pm today at the Mountlake Terrace Tourney….At the MM girls tourney, Wilson beat the Monarchs 63-57 and Heritage edged Kelso 40-38. Kelso plays Wilson at 1:30 pm and Mm plays Heritage at 3 pm.
Gerald Wallace scored 25 and LaMarcus Aldridge 24 as the Blazers beat the Kings 101-79 last night…..The Lower Columbia Holiday Classic women’s basketball tournament begins today at 1 pm and runs through Friday. LCC takes on Whatcom tonight, KLOG 7:55 pm…..Roosevelt beat R.A. Long 84-42 at the Astoria boys basketball tourney. The Jacks play Rainier today…..Astoria downed R.A. Long 36-26 in girls play. The Mark Morris girls also host a tournament starting today with Kelso one of the teams…..Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was named a Pro Bowl starter, the first Seattle player honored since 2008…..Husky RB Chris Polk says he has submitted his name for NFL Draft evaluation, but insists he hasn’t made a decision yet. The Alamo Bowl game is tomorrow.
Longview Police are currently involved in a pretty major operation in the Highlands at this hour, working to track down a suspect from a car and foot chase. The car chase started shortly before 7 am, going out to the end of the streets in the area of Archie Anderson Park. The suspect apparently drove up onto the dike, and that’s where a passenger jumped out of the car. The suspect continued on, crashing into a carport in the 200 block of 21st. The driver then ran off. A perimeter has been set up, and a K-9 is being brought in to try and track the unidentified man. Drivers on Industrial Way and surrounding streets may notice the police activity, and some streets in that area may be blocked.
We’re getting word that a military memorial service is being set up for tomorrow at Fort Knox in Kentucky, the home base of Army Specialist Mikayla Bragg of Longview. It’s being reported that Bragg’s father, stepmother and mother will attend tomorrow’s service, then all will return home. Fort Knox Garrison Public Affairs says that the service will be held 2 pm eastern time, 11 am our time in the Prichard Place Chapel. The Daily News also reports that a local memorial service will be held next month, but the exact date, time and location hasn’t yet been set. The 21 year-old Mark Morris High School graduate was shot and killed on Wednesday of last week, while in a guard tower in Afghanistan. She was just a couple of weeks from wrapping up her first deployment in the Middle East, as a member of the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Governor Chris Gregoire is expected to issue a directive to have flags all across the state lowered to half-staff in Bragg’s honor. Several organizations in this area have already lowered their flags, after getting the news late last week.
While a few trees got knocked down, there were no major impacts from yesterday’s weather system that blew through. Wind gusts of 36 miles an hour were recorded in Kelso, and 35 miles an hour in Kalama, while Castle Rock got hit with the brunt of the rain. As of 4 am, Castle Rock had 1.63 inches of rain over the past 24 hours, Longview’s recording station had .84 inches, while Kelso had .59 inches. No power outages were reported, but there were a few brief road blockages, due to downed trees. The Weather Service does have a flood warning up on the Grays River near Rosburg, running from late last night until this morning. As of 11:15 last night, the river at Rosburg was running at 12 feet, right at the local flood stage. The river was expected to crest early this morning, but now they’re saying that the crest is expected around noon today, with some minor flooding of roads expected in that Rosburg-Altoona area. Forecasters say that the next system that’s coming in should slide to the south of us. High wind warnings are currently up on the central and southern Oregon coasts, with strong winds and heavy rains expected through the day and into the evening.
Washington and Oregon law enforcement agencies are out with preliminary statistics for the Christmas weekend. The Washington State Patrol reports that they arrested 161 people on DUI charges over the holiday weekend, down from 194 one year ago. However, the number of fatal car crashes was up from last year. There were three fatal collisions, compared to none over last year’s Christmas holiday period. They suspect that a 47 year-old Chehalis man was impaired by drugs or alcohol when he drove around some barricades on Highway 2 in Snohomish County, going onto a pedestrian walkway, killing one man and injuring another. The other fatal crashes were in Island and Thurston Counties. Oregon State Police report only one fatal crash, with one person killed in a two-car crash on Highway 99 near Eugene. OSP also reports 28 DUI arrests, down from last year’s total of 36. You’re reminded that emphasis patrols will be continuing through this next holiday weekend, with local law enforcement joining the state agencies in the crackdown on drunk drivers.