A woman loading groceries into her car at Winco claims that someone tried to steal her purse last night. The woman called Longview Police around 10 minutes to 8 pm, saying that two men in a red or maroon Honda were driving by as she was loading her car, and tried to grab her purse. The attempted theft was unsuccessful, as the suspect drove off toward Ocean Beach Highway. Longview Police checked the store’s video of the parking lot, but the pictures didn’t have enough quality to decipher a license plate number.
Archive | April, 2013
Joseph Allen Tucker, 29, of Kelso is under arrest on car prowling charges, after he was identified as the person who stole from a car parked in the Winco lot, an incident reported at about 8:40 last night. A shopper at the store reported seeing someone try a door on one side of a car in the lot; when the suspect found that door locked, he was seen going to the other side, opening the door and grabbing something off of the seat. The suspect was seen heading south on 15th Avenue. Longview Police responded, and stopped Tucker near LCC. He was eventually arrested on a second-degree car prowling charge, and was booked on bail of $1,000. He‘s also being served with a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant.
A man from Bellingham was taken into custody early this morning, picked up after an apparent burglary attempt reported at Bob’s Sporting Goods. Longview Police went to the store at 11th and Hudson at about 2:45 this morning, when an alarm activation was reported. Officers found that a front door of the building was insecure. A search of the building was conducted, along with a check of the area around the building. During that sweep, Officers contacted Ryan Seward-Arestad, 22, of Bellingham, and they eventually arrested him on two counts of third-degree theft. Bail has been set at $500. It’s not known at this time if he was connected to the alarm activation.
The Longview School Board continues its series of study sessions on the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee recommendations at 6:30 this evening. Tonight, they should be getting the details of the communication plan connected to this process, hearing details on how they will present the district’s situation to the public, while also soliciting input from citizens all across the district. District officials say that they plan to utilize a wide spectrum of methods and media in that effort. In addition, the School Board may also take action on a contact award for a wall construction at Kessler Elementary School. The meeting in the School Board Meeting Room is open to the public.
The Cowlitz County Health Department is hosting a special workshop today, introducing the state’s Revised Food Code to the local retail food industry. A number of changes are being made to the food code, to go into effect on Wednesday, May 1st. Two workshop sessions are planned today, providing information on these code revisions to local retail food industry owners and managers. The morning session will run from 9 am until noon, and the second session will go from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center. The last hour of each session will be set aside for questions. If you’d like to attend one of these sessions, call the Cowlitz County Health Department at 414-5599, extension 6441 to get signed up. If there’s high demand, additional workshops may be arranged. Additional information on these code revisions is available on a link posted on the Cowlitz County Health Department website.
It was a good weekend for babies in Southwest Washington and Oregon, as more than $1 million was raised throughout the region in the March for Babies events held on Saturday morning. The Longview March for Babies collected $10,000 for the March of Dimes, helping to support that organizations 75-year effort to battle birth defects and to support prenatal wellness. Since 1970, the March of Dimes has collected more than $2 billion to fund research in birth defect prevention, prenatal wellness programs, neonatal intensive care unit development, family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.
Homers by Jason Bay and Michael Morse gave the Mariners a 2-1 win over the Angels Sunday. The M’s take three of four games from L.A. as they get ready to host the Baltimore Orioles tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The LCC baseball team took four games from Green River over the weekend. Sunday the Devils beat the Gators 18-8 and 11-4…..Mark Morris is at home in prep baseball today as the Monarchs host Ridgefield. R.A. Long travels to Hockinson…..Civil War softball today as Mark Morris is at home against R.A. Long. The Kelso Lassies host Columbia River…..In girls tennis today, RAL is at Hockinson…..The MM girls golf team takes on Washougal at Camas Meadows…..Former Kelso and OSU lineman Colin Kelly has signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
LCC’s Fighting Smelt Forensics team once again performed well in a major competition, placing second at last weekend’s Northwest Community College Championship. Teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana took part in the tournament; the Fighting Smelt had outstanding performances in both debate and individual speaking events. Lower Columbia College collected more points than all other teams in the debate events; in the parliamentary two-person event, LCC walked away with three of the four top spots. Sophomore Dessa Cole and freshman Tanner Willey received gold honors, with Wiley also recognized as the 4th-best speaker overall in the event. Sophomore J. Grant Wylie and freshman Jessie Quick also received gold honors, defeating a Clark College team 3-0 in their final round. Wylie was named as 5th-best speaker in this debate event. King Zeh-Rahk and Jessica Clark placed third in this event. J. Wylie and Quick also took part in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, with Quick landing silver honors, while Wylie got bronze honors. J. Wylie was also presented with the award as the top public debate speaker in the tournament. LCC also took home ten awards in the individual speaking events. Director of Forensics Mike Dugaw says that this was a “perfect way to end the season.”
There were quite a few people planning to speak on the issue, but the Longview City Council put out a “last call” on the topic of alcohol sales at Lake Sacajawea at last night’s meeting, removing the topic from their agenda prior to any discussion or action. Mayor Don Jensen says that they’ll have to go through a formal process to bring this issue back up…noalcohol…This move comes after the Longview Parks Advisory Board unanimously voted to decline doing any work on a proposed policy for wine and beer sales during the Summer Concerts at the Lake. At the last meeting of the Parks Board, several concerns were raised regarding the proposal, including the location the alcohol sales area, along with the financial aspects of the proposal. It’s also reported that there was a tremendous public reaction to the proposal, almost all negative. Jensen says that it doesn’t make any sense to move ahead with a proposal like this when there’s such a huge negative reaction from the public. At this time, the issue is dead, unless two or more City Council members sign a form to put the topic on a future agenda for discussion and development of a formal policy.
Longview Police are investigating an incident reported early this morning, where a woman living in the 400 block of 19th Avenue said that her husband had shot an intruder. Around 12:20 am, the woman called 911, claiming that someone was trying to break into their house. She said that her husband had detained the man, armed with some sort of firearm. A few minutes later, the woman said that her husband had shot the suspect, but he ran away. Officers checked the area, eventually ending up in the 400 block 25th Avenue. They made contact with an injured man in the back of a home in that area, also finding evidence that he’d visited several other homes in the same block. The man was read his Miranda rights, and then was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. Hospital officials say that the man has been released from the hospital, but it’s not known if he was treated for a gunshot wound. James Cody Farris, 36, is now being held on charges of third-degree theft, second-degree car prowling and felony harassment, as the investigation continues.