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Archive | April, 2013

Sword Incident

Posted on 25th April 2013 at 16:04

Roberto Antonio Schneider, 25, of Woodland is being charged with felony harassment and reckless driving, after an incident where he allegedly skidded to a stop at a church on Park Street, then pulled out a samurai sword and threatened another man. This incident was reported to Woodland Police at about 8:45 last night, in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church. One witness reported that Schneider sped into the lot, skidded to a stop, then got out with some sort of “bar or a rifle.” A few minutes later, another man called 911, claiming that Schneider had threatened him, armed with a sword. The second man claims that Schneider told him “the next time I see you, you’re a dead man.” Schneider then sped off. Woodland Police contacted Schneider at a home on Upland Drive, taking him into custody a few minutes before ten pm. A sword was also logged into evidence at that time.

Shop Fire

Posted on 25th April 2013 at 16:04

The cause of a fire that destroyed a shop outside of a home in the seven thousand block of Old Pacific Highway North is still being investigated. Crews from Cowlitz Fire District 6 in Castle Rock were joined by Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, Cowlitz District 3 in Toutle and by the Toledo Fire Department in dealing with the blaze, which was reported around 6:15 pm, and which was visible from I-5. Flames were seen shooting out of the shed, and several explosions were reported. It took about 90 minutes to get the fire knocked down; the shop and its contents were a total loss, including several vehicles that were in and around the building. No one was home at the time of the fire, and it’s reported that this home was in the process of foreclosure. There’s been no dollar estimate on damage as of yet.

Catlin Paving

Posted on 25th April 2013 at 16:03

The 100 block of Catlin Street in Kelso is closed once again, as the City of Kelso returns to complete some asphalt repair work. Catlin Street is closed between Southwest 1st and 2nd Street, and there’s also a lane narrowing on 1st Avenue, as well. Work is planned from 8 am until 4 pm. The city is dealing with a portion of the roadway that has “subsided,” due to a loss of underground material as a result of a damaged stormwater pipe. The city is planning to do some re-paving, to try and level out the area that has dropped. More information is available from the City of Kelso at 423-6590.

Front Avenue NW Work

Posted on 25th April 2013 at 16:03

The City of Castle Rock is continuing the Front Avenue Northwest Improvement Project, with work starting today in the area between Huntington Avenue North to Jackson Street Northwest. City officials say that they’re going to be replacing sanitary sewer mains and services. From Monday to Wednesday of next week, they’re anticipating the connection of the sewer main on Cherry and Barr Streets; they say that access to the area will be extremely limited while this work is going on. Local residents will be notified further with specific dates, times and extent of access restrictions. They’re also anticipating that Front Avenue Northwest will be closed to vehicular traffic from Huntington Avenue North to Shintaffer Street Northwest; access to Cowlitz River Dental and the Red Canoe Credit Union will be maintained, as will residential access to Barr Street and Cherry Street Northwest. Contact the City of Castle Rock at 274-7478 if you need more information.

Community Conversations

Posted on 25th April 2013 at 16:02

The President of the World Trade Council and the Chief of Staff for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce will be the featured speaker at today’s installment of the Community Conversation lectures at Lower Columbia College. Eric Shinfeld is scheduled to talk about “Increasing Washington’s International Competitiveness,” in a free lecture set to start at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Literacy Night

Posted on 25th April 2013 at 16:01

The 3rd annual Family Financial Literacy Night is set for this evening at the Youth and Family Link Building on Douglas Street in Longview. This free event is being co-sponsored by the Lower Columbia CAP Financial Independence Center and the Cowlitz Assets Building Coalition, and will have a variety of activities for all ages of the family. Kids from age 5 to 9 will be able to build their own piggy bank, kids from age 10 to 13 can participate in an interactive business scenario called “Bizkids. Teens between 14 and 18, they can take part in a workshop called “Financial Reality,” getting those kids to imagine and investigate their futures in the world of work. For adults, a “Moneysmart” money management workshop is planned. The Family Financial Literacy Night is free, with a family-style dinner planned, but advance registration is needed to be involved in that. During dinner, there will be a presentation titled “Tips for Talking with Your Family About Savings Strategies.” Call Lower Columbia CAP at 425-3430, extension 248 if you need more information.

KLOG Thursday Sports

Posted on 25th April 2013 at 15:52

The Mariners are back home after dropping two of three games at Houston. The M’s lost to the Astros 10-3. The Angels take on the M’s tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Kelso baseball team beat Prairie 11-1 in 5 innings yesterday. The Scots can get into a three-way tie for first with a win over Prairie tomorrow and a Mountain View loss to River. Today, Mark Morris is at Washougal…..The Kelso softball team lost to Prairie 9-5 yesterday. The Lassies host Hudson’s Bay today. R.A. Long rallied to beat Hockinson 11-8…..RAL hosts MM in girls tennis today. Kelso is at Bay…..The MM boys soccer team plays at Hockinson tonight at 7 pm…..The Seahawks are without a first round pick as the NFL Draft gets underway later today in New York. The Hawks first pick is a 2nd rounder, the 56th selection.

PUD News

Posted on 24th April 2013 at 16:05

It appears that the Cowlitz PUD Commission is getting ready to remove the “interim” tag from Don McMaster’s job title, taking steps to name him as the utility’s permanent General Manager. At yesterday’s PUD Commission meeting, a resolution was introduced to name McMaster as the permanent GM, with formal action planned at the first meeting in May. PUD Commission Chair Buz Ketcham says that McMaster is eminently qualified…ketcham…McMaster has been serving as the interim General Manager since January, appointed after the firing of Brian Skeahan. McMaster has more than 30 years of experience in the electric utility business, coming to the Cowlitz PUD in 2006. He worked previously at the Franklin PUD in eastern Washington, along with more than 20 years with the Grays Harbor PUD. Prior to his appointment as the interim GM, he was working as the utility’s Chief Operating Officer. In other business yesterday, a move to terminate the PUD’s contract with the law firm of DLA Piper was thwarted. Commissioner Ned Piper offered a motion to terminate the contract, wondering if the utility would be on the hood for as much as $100,000 in costs connected to an internal employee investigation, thought to be tied to the Skeahan controversy. That motion failed for the lack of a second, so the contract will remain in place.

Car/Pole Collision

Posted on 24th April 2013 at 16:04

Longview Police are still working to find the car that was involved in yesterday morning’s hit-and-run crash at 32nd and Hemlock, a collision that knocked power out to 149 Cowlitz PUD customers for nearly five hours yesterday morning. The collision was reported just after 7 am, with the vehicle knocking down a city light pole, also shearing off a utility pole. 911 callers say that the driver involved pulled over at first, but then drove off. It was reported that vehicle may have been a gray minivan, having sustained substantial front-end damage in the collision. A trail of fluids leaking from the vehicle led northbound; officers were able to follow the trail for several blocks, but were not able to find the vehicle. Repairs on the damaged pole and lines were completed just before noon.

Ship Incident

Posted on 24th April 2013 at 16:03

A crewman from a ship at the Kalama Export facility on North Hendrickson Road was evacuated yesterday afternoon, apparently after some sort of medical emergency. Deputies, Kalama Police and aid crews were called to the facility at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon, after it was first reported that someone may have been shot on board the “Inceege.” Upon arrival, it was determined that no one had been shot, and that this was actually a medical issue. The crewman was evacuated by medical personnel; other details on the incident haven’t been disclosed, but the incident was reported to the Coast Guard.