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Archive | December, 2011

Elder Fraud

Posted on 28th December 2011 at 08:53

Shari Brentin, 47, of Woodland is being accused of bilking more than $10,000 from an elderly woman. Today’s Daily News reports on the charges being leveled against Brentin, the wife of former Woodland Fire Chief Tony Brentin. Woodland Police say that the case got started on the 7th of this month, when bank managers noticed that the victim withdrew ten thousand dollars from her account. Prior to that, she’s never taken out more than $100 at a time. When questioned, the victim supposedly said that she’d given the money to Brentin, to pay veterinary bills for her cat. She claims that Brentin had told her that the vet would kill the cat unless she came up with the money. When Shari Brentin was questioned, she reportedly admitted telling the story to get the money, using about $8,000 to pay personal bills. Last Friday, Brentin was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on one count of first-degree theft, three counts of obtaining a signature by deception or duress, and two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation. Yesterday, a judge found probable cause to charge Brentin with first-degree theft, releasing her on her own recognizance.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 27th December 2011 at 09:09

The Blazers have won 11 straight home openers as they defeated the Philadelphia 76’ers 107-103 last night. LaMarcus Aldridge led a balanced scoring attack with 25 points. Portland hosts Sacramento tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..The R.A. Long boys and girls both take part in the Vince Dulcich Holiday basketball tournament in Astoria starting today. The Rainier boys and girls are also entered. Castle Rock also hosts a boys and girls tournament starting today…..The Lower Columbia Holiday Classic women’s basketball tourney begins Wednesday, an eight team affair at Myklebust Gym at LCC. The Red Devils play Whatcom at 8 pm tomorrow night…..The Huskies continue attending functions prior to Thursday’s Alamo Bowl game against Baylor.

Bragg Update

Posted on 27th December 2011 at 09:07

The remains of Army Specialist Mikayla Bragg of Longview are back in the United States. The Associated Press is releasing a photo of Bragg’s flag-draped coffin arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The 2008 Mark Morris High School graduate was shot and killed last Wednesday, while in a guard tower in the Khowst province in Afghanistan. Additional details on the incident haven’t yet been released. Bragg’s father flew to Dover to meet the remains; he says that they’ll stay there until an autopsy is completed, then they’ll be flown to Joint Base Lewis McChord. From there, Bragg’s body will be transported to Longview for a local memorial service. Bragg’s family says that she was just a couple of weeks away from concluding her first deployment to Afghanistan when she was killed. Bragg had joined the Army shortly after her graduation in 2008; she was assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Knox in May of last year.

House Fires

Posted on 27th December 2011 at 09:06

It was a busy night for local firefighters, dealing with house fires in Longview and Kelso. Around 7:20 pm, a fire was reported at 278 25th Avenue in Longview. Witnesses reported that flames were visible as the house was being evacuated, with the fire spreading quickly. Longview Police were on the scene within a couple of minutes, saying that the house was fully involved in flames, and that the windows were blowing out. Those on the scene also reported that the fire was starting to threaten a neighboring house. Longview Fire crews were joined by Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue in the response. Full details on the fire have yet to be released, including the possible cause and a dollar estimate on damage.

About ten minutes to 11 pm, Cowlitz 2 was called out again, when a fire was reported in bedroom at 1108 South 8th in Kelso. The 911 caller reported that flames were visible, making that report as people were evacuating the house. Kelso Police reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the roof of the house. Firefighters were on the scene in just a few minutes. So far, there’s been no report on the cause of the fire or total damage done. At this time, no injuries were reported in either incident.

RV Chase

Posted on 27th December 2011 at 09:05

State Troopers say that they were involved in a different kind of high-speed chase last night on I-5 northbound, as they pursued a motorhome from Kelso to north of Castle Rock. The first radio call about this pursuit came in just before 9 pm, when a Trooper reported that they were after a motorhome on the northbound freeway, doing 86 miles an hour as they passed the Longview Wye. Cowlitz County Deputies joined in the effort, as the chase passed through Kelso. It was noted that the RV was driving without lights, using all three lanes of the freeway. The chase continued to Castle Rock, going 80 miles an hour as they passed the exit at milepost 49. Shortly after 9 pm, the driver hit some spike strips that were set up at milepost 52. They say that the driver continued on for five more miles after hitting the strips, finally coming to a stop at milepost 57. Amy Renee Mason, 33, was arrested at that point, booked into the jail on charges of felony eluding, hit-and-run, reckless driving and no valid operator’s license. When asked where she was from, Mason reportedly said that “she didn’t remember.” She’s currently being held without bail, awaiting her first court appearance.

Weather Alert

Posted on 27th December 2011 at 09:05

A series of wet and windy weather systems is expected to roll through the area, starting tonight and going through the next few days. The Weather Service says that a strong jet stream is now directed right over the Northwest, dialing the storm track right over this area. The first one of these systems is expected tonight; there’s a high wind warning up for the south Washington and north Oregon coastal areas from 6 pm tonight until 4 am tomorrow. South winds of 50 to 60 miles an hour are expected along the beaches and headlands, with gusts of up to 70 miles an hour. Moderate to heavy rains are also expected. Through the week, they’re predicting three to five inches of rain, with as much as two inches possible in the interior valleys. Rivers and creeks are expected to rise quickly, but no widespread flooding is expected out of this storm track. On Friday, they’re now expecting a cold front, which will drop the snow levels down to the passes. County Emergency Management says that we should keep an eye on the weather forecasts, and be ready for these strong weather issues through the week.

Doctor Suspended

Posted on 27th December 2011 at 09:04

For the second time in a week, a medical care provider in Pacific County has had his license to practice suspended. The Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and the Washington Department of Health are announcing that the license of Doctor Ryan Chamberlin is being suspended immediately, amid allegations of substance abuse. In the charging documents, it’s alleged that Chamberlin appeared to be intoxicated when he treated at least one patient; both the state board and the Health Department say that Chamberlin cannot practice safely, as he poses an unacceptable risk to the public’s health, safety and welfare. Chamberlin is suspended from practicing until these charges are resolved; he has 20 days to respond to the charges and to ask for a hearing. This suspension was announced on Friday; on Tuesday of last week, the Medical Quality Assurance Commission announced the suspension of Ilwaco Doctor Brandon Adams, amid allegations that he was touching female patients in a sexual manner, and was failing to maintain proper records of controlled substances. It’s alleged that he actually traded narcotics for sexual favors in some instances.

Monday Closures

Posted on 26th December 2011 at 09:11

With Christmas falling on Sunday, today is the formal Federal holiday, so there’s a lot of stuff that’s closed today. Of course, schools are still closed with Christmas break, and all city, county, state and federal offices are also closed. Post Offices are closed today, and there’s no mail delivery. The libraries in Kelso and Longview are both closed today, as is the office for the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce. Waste Control is on its regular routes today, but the CUBS buses are NOT running, and the Transit Center is also closed. Most all retail stores are open today, but it might be a good idea to check ahead if you’re going to a specialty store, or if you’re in need of professional services.

Weather Change

Posted on 26th December 2011 at 09:10

After most of this month has been cold and dry, we’re going to get a change in the weather as we head into the new year. The National Weather Service says that we’ll see a series of “vigorous” weather systems over this week, as the jet stream shifts its track to directly over the Pacific Northwest. The first of the frontal systems is expected tomorrow morning, and is expected to be the weakest of the group. Snow levels will drop to three thousand feet, with snow falling at the pass levels. Systems expected tomorrow night and Wednesday night are expected to be wetter and more windy, with the possibility of some localized flooding, mostly in areas that usually flood. Forecasters say that several of their models show that a “deep” low pressure system could come through on Friday, but they’re still now sure about this, and will have to wait some time before they’re sure about what’s coming late in the week. They are advising everyone to monitor weather forecasts through the next few days. As far as yesterday’s system is concerned, there were no major impacts; peak wind gusts were in the 20’s, with no local power outages reported.

Theft/Drug Arrest

Posted on 26th December 2011 at 09:09

Meggen Dael Jones, 21, of Longview is under arrest, after she was connected to a home burglary reported last night at a home on Carolina Street. Around 11:20 pm, a woman living in the 200 block of Carolina Street reported a break-in, with a laptop computer and some other things taken from the home. The woman reports that the theft had taken place some time within the past four days. As Longview Police followed up, they went to a home in the 700 block of 34th, where they met with Jones. Misdemeanor warrants for driving while suspended and third-degree theft popped up, so she was arrested on those. As she was being taken into custody, officers say that they found that Jones was also in possession of heroin. She’s now being held without bail on the two misdemeanor warrants and the felony drug possession.