The second-degree murder trial of Scott Wesley Humphreys, 49, of Longview is now under way. Today’s Daily News reports on the first day of testimony, with prosecutors claiming that an agitated and obsessed Humphreys shot his uncle at point-blank range, while the defense is claiming that Humphreys shot and killed David “Lonny” Peterson, 62, in self-defense. It’s reported that Humphreys was obsessed with the so-called December 21st “Mayan Apocalypse,” and had stayed up the entire night before the shooting to see if the world was going to end. Deputy Prosecutor James Smith says Humphreys was thinking “dark thoughts” due to the prophecy. After a night of drinking, Humphreys reportedly went to his uncle’s apartment, and asked to see his gun. It’s claimed that Humphreys was “agitated and angry,” and ended up shooting Peterson in the abdomen. Defense attorney Terry Mulligan claims that Peterson had become “bossy” to Humphreys in the days leading up to the shooting, ordering him around and threatening Humphrey’s loved ones if he didn’t do what Peterson said. He claims that there was a struggle over the gun, Humphreys was able to pull it away, and then Humphreys shot his uncle as the bigger man charged. Testimony continues today in the trial, which is expected to last about a week.
Archive | January, 2014
Longview Police assisted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in locating and arresting a suspected identity thief. Around 12:40 pm, Longview Officers were to a residence in the 2600 block of Ocean Beach Highway, where they picked up Deborah Marie Wisner. She was turned over to Detectives from Lewis County, and then was booked into the Lewis County Jail on a single county of identity theft. Wisner is currently being held without bail on that charge; details surrounding her arrest haven’t yet been disclosed.
Be aware that local law enforcement plans to be out in force Sunday evening, looking for impaired drivers heading home from Super Bowl celebrations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days of the year for drunk drivers; statistics show that 43 percent of traffic fatalities on that day are due to impaired drivers. Officers from local police departments will be joining with Sheriff’s Deputies and the State Patrol, aggressively seeking out drunk drivers over this coming weekend.
Katrina Bowen, 37, of Winlock is pleading guilty to stealing $178,000 in scratch-off lottery tickets from the convenience store that she was working at in Toledo. The Centralia Chronicle reports that Bowen entered her guilty plea earlier this week in Lewis County Superior Court, admitting that she stole about 500 lottery tickets per day over several months as she worked at the Toledo Flying K. The maximum prison term for first-degree theft is 15 years in prison, but someone with Bowen’s criminal background would have a standard sentencing range of zero to 90 days. However, because Bowen has pleaded guilty to a “special circumstance,” the judge could impose an exceptional sentence. The date for sentencing wasn’t announced.
The Columbia County Community Action Team is putting on a Veterans Stand Down event tomorrow at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens. Homeless veterans will be brought in to have access to a variety of support services and basic needs, looking to connect those veterans with the resources they need to start rebuilding their lives. The Columbia County Stand Down will run from 9 am to 5 pm tomorrow, and is open to all area veterans and their families.
Weyerhaeuser reported fourth-quarter and full-year results this morning, and while the company reported a profit, some after-tax charges kept the financial picture being even better. The Federal Way-based timber giant reports full-year earnings of $540 million on net sales of $8.5 billion, compared with net earnings of $385 million on sales of $7.1 billion the year before. The full-year earnings also include after-tax charges of 114 million dollars for “special items,” mostly dealing with a previously announced “real estate impairment.” Fourth-quarter-share earnings came in at 27 cents per share, “missing the Street” by a penny. CEO Doyle Simmons says that they’re working to be a “truly great company” for shareholders, and were able to double earning in 2013, along with increasing dividends by 30 percent. Looking ahead in the first quarter of 2014, Weyco is expecting “significantly higher” earnings in the Timberland sector, higher earnings in Wood Products, and lower earnings in the Cellulose Fibers sector.
There’s a Community Comedy Night planned for tomorrow evening at Lower Columbia College. The ASLCC is putting on the show, which will feature Sammy Obeid, a Lebanese-American who has taken his double-major in Business and Math from U-C Berkeley and applied that to his comedy, bringing laughter to crowds across the country. Obeid has worked with stars like Robin Williams, Russell Peters and Dana Carvey; he’s also appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show and “America’s Got Talent.” Obeid reportedly has a style that’s described as “intelligent, inspiring and a youthful perspective that reaches all ages.” Tomorrow night’s show at the Rose Center for the Arts is scheduled to start at 7 pm. Admission for community members is five dollars per person; LCC students, faculty and staff can pick up two free tickets with their LCC ID card. Tickets are available at the Student Activities Office in the LCC Student Center, or at the Rose Center box office on the night of the show.
The annual Beacon Hill Extreme Team Garage Sale is planned for tomorrow at Beacon Hill Elementary School. The Extreme Team is a group of Beacon Hill students that performs on unicycles, juggling and double-dutch jump-roping at events all around the region, including parades and Blazer basketball games. Donations for the event are being accepted today form 4 to 7 pm at the school. You can either deliver the items, or call 749-7245 to arrange a pickup. All items should be clean and in working order. The Garage Sale itself will run from 8 am until 2 pm tomorrow in the school gym. They’ll also have a concession stand open. All proceeds from the sale will support the Beacon Hill Extreme Team.
The Seahawks had all the players participate in practice yesterday as they get ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl game with the Broncos. The player media availabilities have ended and now the focus is on the game itself. GO HAWKS!…..LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard were named reserves for the upcoming NBA All Star Game…..Columbia River defeated the Kelso boys 58-50 last night in boys hoops. Tonight, R.A. Long is at Hockinson and Mark Morris visits Ridgefield…..Last night the MM girls beat Ridgefield 83-31 and Hockinson downed RAL 57-52. Tonight the Kelso Lassies host River, KLOG 6:55 pm…..R.A. Long hosts Mark Morris in Civil War wrestling tonight…..The LCC basketball teams host Highline at MM tomorrow, women at 1 pm and the men at 3 pm.
Students from Mark Morris and R. A. Long High Schools will be fanning out across the area Saturday morning, as the week-long Civil War Food Drive gets under way. The students are kicking things off with a Walk-n-Knock, with a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food and $15,000 in cash donations for the Help Food Warehouse. Donation bins are also being set up at the Longview Fred Meyer store.
You can get breakfast and help out the MM/RAL Graduation Celebration Committee by going to Applebee’s on Saturday morning. They’re hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser, with a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds helping to support the Committee. Tickets will be available at the door of the restaurant.
Signups for this year’s edition of Castle Rock/Toutle Lake Girls Softball starts this weekend, going from noon to 4 pm on Saturday at the North County Recreation Complex, next to Castle Rock High School. Other regular signup dates are on February 8th, 9th and 15th. Late signups will also be accepted later in the month, but there will be an extra $50 fee for late signups. Call Cortney Byman at 274-7732 for additional information.
The first Angel Closet Dress Giveaway of the year is planned for this Saturday. Local girls can get formal dresses for Winter Ball or upcoming Proms by heading to the Angel Closet at 1811 Washington Way in Longview between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday. This is a ministry of the Valley Christian Fellowship; call 360-200-9735 for more information.
The Lower Columbia College Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be honored Saturday night at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Kelso. Four former LCC standouts will be inducted in this year’s class. The social hour starts at 6:30 pm, followed by the dinner and program at 7:30 pm. Call 442-2112 for reservation information.
There’s a Community Comedy Night planned for Saturday night at the Rose Center for the Arts, featuring nationally-known comedian Sammy Obeid. He’s performed with a number of A-list comedians, also appearing on shows like “Conan” and “America’s Got Talent.” Showtime is set for 7 pm on Saturday. Get tickets at the LCC Student Center, or at the Rose Center box office on the night of the show.