The name of the victim in Sunday night’s fatal mishap on the train tracks near Castle Rock still has not been released. A man in his 30′s, thought to be a transient, was hit and killed by a northbound Amtrak train was struck around 6:40 pm on Sunday night. It took about a half-hour to find the man’s body, located near the end of Cowlitz View Drive. The body was turned over to the Cowlitz County Coroner for an autopsy, which has been performed. The Sheriff’s Office says that they do expect to release the victim’s name later today. The investigation into the collision is continuing.
Archive | January, 2012
An investigation is under way after a Rainier man was killed this past Friday, in a tree-falling incident that took place on some property outside of town. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson says that Michael Earlywine, 44, was killed shortly after 1 pm on Friday, as he was cutting a tree on some property in the 74000 block of DeBast Road. Dickerson says that Earlywine was helping a contractor on the property when he was hit in the head, killing him almost instantly. Emergency personnel were called to the scene, but Earlywine was beyond help at that point. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration is following up, along with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Two people are under arrest after action yesterday morning by the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit. Around 9:45 yesterday morning, they went to a home in the 300 21st Avenue, arresting Steven James Schank, 27, of Castle Rock and Debra Maxine Archer, 27, of Longview. Both are now being held for possession of illegal drugs. Bail for Archer is set at $25,000. Schank is currently being held without bail on his drug charge, and is also being held on a couple of warrants. One is a misdemeanor warrant from Longview for driving while suspended, while there’s also a warrant out of King County for misdemeanor theft.
It’s being reported that another four people are stepping forward to contend for one of the two open seats on the Rainier City Council. Today’s Daily News reports that Jeremy Howell, Eugene Murphy, LaNita Hetland and Robert Piercy are joining the five previously announced candidates for the seats opened up by last month’s recall of Russ Moon and Dave Langford. Brian Abel, David Sills, James Bradfield, Michael Kelly Miller and Michael Kreger had previously been announced as candidates. Applications for the open seats will continue to be accepted through the 25th of this month. It’s now planned that the remaining City Council members will appoint a citizens’ committee at a meeting set for the 23rd, then that panel will interview and rank the candidates on the 30th. The City Council will then make selections from those rankings at their first meeting in February.
At last night’s meeting, the City Council also took action to appoint Debbie Dudley as the interim City Administrator, and could give her the job on a permanent basis if she performs acceptably. TDN reports that the vote to give the job to Dudley for the next six months was unanimous, saying that it’s time to have someone available to direct staff and advise the City Council. Dudley will also continue as Rainier’s finance director; she will continue at her current salary for the next six months, then the City Council will evaluate her performance. Dudley says that her initial priorities are to make sure that Rainier’s government runs efficiently, to promote growth, and to listen to citizens. She says that she hopes that the city can get past its recent turmoil, and is looking forward to the future. Dudley replaces Lars Gare, who was fired in July after a “no confidence” vote from the City Council.
Local 21 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is hosting a “Community Action Movie Night” this evening, going from 6 to 9 pm at the Kelso Theatre Pub. They’ll be showing a documentary called “Bloody Thursday,” detailing the formation of the ILWU back in 1934. The movie runs for about an hour, then will be followed by a slide show of “current events” involving the ILWU. Doors will open at 6 pm for dinner and refreshments, then the show is set to start at 7. Organizers say that they expect to fill all 300 seats at the theatre, so they’re advising that you call ahead with your food order. Find out more by going to the Theatre Pub website, or call 414-9451 to pre-place your pizza order.
You can meet with Kelso School Superintendent Rob MacGregor in a Brown Bag Lunch event that’s planned for this afternoon at the Ruth E. Clark Administration Building. Bring your lunch and meet with MacGregor and other district-level administrators to share opinions, ideas and concerns. The Brown Bag Luncheon is set to run from noon to 1 pm in the School Board meeting room. The Ruth Clark Administration Building is located at 601 Crawford Street in Kelso; call 501-1927 for additional information.
The Southwest Washington Blood Program is holding a special blood drive today, running from 12:30 to 6:30 pm at the Beacon Hill Baptist Church. Today’s event helps to support the Puget Sound Blood Center, which supplies blood and blood products to Saint John Medical Center, Southwest Washington Medical Center, along with 70 other hospitals and medical clinics throughout Western Washington. there facilities need more than 14,000 pints of blood each year. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years of age, in good general health, and weigh more than 110 pounds. With the dropoff in donations from around the holidays, this is a crucial time of year for local blood supplies. If you’d like to donate, call 423-0385 to set up a time.
The folks at the Hospice Thrift Store on Commerce Avenue in Longview are going over their donation records, trying to figure out who left a large amount of cash in some clothes that were brought in at the end of last year. Store management called Longview Police at about 10:15 yesterday morning, reporting that a volunteer had found the money in the chest pocket of a shirt that recently had been donated. They’d gone over recent records to try and see if they could figure out who’d donated the shirt, without success at this point. The money has been turned over to Longview Police, who will now go through the process of handling found money. They’re not disclosing the exact amount that was found. The effort to find the person who made the donation is continuing. If you have information on this, contact Longview Police during business hours.
The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-78 last night. The Blazers host the Clippers tomorrow night…..After two wins over Grays Harbor Saturday night, the LCC basketball teams are at Highline tonight with the women at 6 pm and men at 8 pm…..In boys high school hoops, Kelso hosts Columbia River tonight, KLOG 6:55 pm. The MM boys open league hosting Hockinson and R.A. Long is at Woodland…..In girls basketball tonight, Kelso is at Hudson’s Bay…..Civil War bowling this afternoon at 3:15 pm as Mark Morris and R.A. Long tangle. Kelso rolls against Fort Vancouver at Crosley Bowl…..WSU head coach Mike Leach will announce that Mike Breske will take over as the Cougars new defensive coordinator. Breske comes from the University of Montana.
The investigation is continuing into a fatal mishap on the train tracks near Castle Rock from yesterday evening. Around 6:40 pm, a call came in from an Amtrak train on its way from Portland to Seattle, reporting that they’d hit someone on the tracks, about a half-mile north of the intersection with Cowlitz View Drive and Huntington Avenue. Deputies responded, along with Castle Rock Police and a crew from Cowlitz Fire District 6. At first, they didn’t find the victim, but after about a half-hour of searching, the body was located near the end of Cowlitz View Drive. The Cowlitz County Coroner was called to the scene, and the body was removed. The victim’s identity hasn’t been disclosed, pending notification of family members. The Sheriff’s Office does report that the victim is a male in his 30′s, thought to be a transient. The Amtrak train was allowed to continue after about an hour’s delay, while other train traffic was shut down until around 9 pm. No one aboard the train was injured.