Driving conditions in the local area could be kind of dicey through this afternoon, as snow and ice pellets fall. The Weather Service says that a cold air mass is moving in, affecting the preciptation as it falls. There could be accumulations of ice or snow on local roadways, particularly in areas off of the valley floors. Conditions are expected to dry out later in the day, so it might be advisable to delay any travel for several hours.
Archive | November, 2014
Longview Police and the Cowlitz PUD are responding to a car crash that took place this morning in the three thousand block of Hemlock, knocking power out to several blocks around that area. The collision took place at 7:08 am, with a car hitting a utility pole. The result of the impact knocked the power out in an area bounded by Garfield and Kansas Streets, between 30th and 32nd, affecting 165 customers. It doesn’t appear that anyone was injured, as Longview Police continue to investigate the crash. PUD officials say that the damaged pole will need to be replaced, a process that will take several hours. Repairs are expected to be completed some time around noon today.
Julio Marin Rangel, 47, of Longview is being charged with DUI and reckless driving after he allegedly caused a two-car crash that injured three people yesterday afternoon on I-5 near milepost 54 southbound. State Troopers say that Rangel was driving at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the rear end of an SUV driven by Miguel Miranda Bailon, 43, of Pasco. The impact from the collision sent Bailon’s car off the freeway, where it rolled and then came to rest on its roof. Rangel was taken to St. John Medical Center after the collision, along with Marcos Miranda Bailon, 45, of Cornelius and Ricardo Estrada, 20, of Pasco. After his treatment at the hospital, Rangel was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail, where he’s currently being held without bail. Bailon and Estrada were treated and released.
Few details are being made available at this time, but it appears that at least one person was injured in a multi-car crash that closed the northbound freeway north of Castle Rock for some time. Cowlitz County Deputies and Cowlitz Fire District 6 responded to the crash at milepost 57 northbound, which took place around 10:25 yesterday morning. It was eventually determined that five cars were involved, and a witness reported seeing a convertible “fly off” of the freeway, going into the tree line next to the road. All lanes of the northbound freeway were blocked, with traffic backing up past the Toutle River Rest Stop at milepost 54. At least one person was transported to the hospital, but no other details have been disclosed. The State Patrol is now investigating this crash.
DUI and felony eluding charges are being filed against Kyle Jesse Harding, 23, of Kelso, after he allegedly was involved in a high-speed pursuit early Wednesday morning. Kelso Police say that an officer was directing traffic around a car crash on Kelso Drive at about 1 am on Wednesday, when an SUV sped past the crash site, nearly hitting the officer. They say the driver went through a ditch and a field before getting back on the roadway and speeding off. Speeds got up to 90 miles an hour before the driver crashed near the intersection of Russell Street and Coweeman Drive. It’s reported that Harding tried to walk away from that crash site, but was arrested after a brief foot chase. It’s claimed that Harding had a blood alcohol level of point-246, more than three times the legal limit. He’s being held without bail at this time.
They’re making some changes to the Cowlitz County Fair, moving back to a Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule for next year’s fair. Cowlitz County Event Center Director Mike Moss says that the Fair will now start on Wednesday, July 22nd, and will end on Saturday, the 25th. Moss says that they felt like they needed to make this shift, building on the strong showing of the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo on Friday and Saturday. He also says that this also gives them a better opportunity to showcase the Wednesday night concert, while adding a Thursday night performance of the Rodeo. Admission to the fair will still be free, with separate tickets needed for grandstand entertainment. Get more information on the Cowlitz County Fair web page, or by calling 577-3121.
Fuel up for Saturday’s shopping excursion by heading to the 5th annual CJAC Pancake Breakfast, going from 8:30 to 11 am at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. This is a benefit for the Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center, which helps to provide support and guidance for kids that are involved in the justice system for whatever reason. Along with the all-you-can-eat catered breakfast, they’ll have free pictures with Santa, and a bunch of great raffle prizes. They’ll also be accepting “letters to Santa Claus” for delivery. Call 360-353-3933 for ticket information.
While you’re out and about tomorrow, be sure to swing by the Three Rivers Mall parking lot to drop off a donation for the 7th annual “Stuff the Bus” toy and non-perishable food drive. This is sponsored by the Kelso District Transportation Department, and they’ll be set up in the north parking lot of the mall, between J. C. Penney’s and Target. They’ll be accepting donations from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, with the proceeds going to the Jumbo’s Toy Run and the Lower Columbia CAP Help Food Warehouse.
A tradition of more than three decades takes place on Sunday, as dozens of motorcycles and riders gather for the 32nd annual Jumbo’s Memorial Toy Run. The bikes and riders will meet at the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge next to the Three Rivers Mall, departing at 1 pm. The parade of motorcycles will head through town, and then will end up back at the Elks. It costs ten dollars to participate, or you can donate a brand-new toy of equal value or above. The donated money and toys will then be distributed to needy kids throughout Cowlitz County. Call 577-2002 or 749-3495 if you need more information.
If you want to hit the Black Friday sales, but would also like to have some freedom from minding the kids, there’s an opportunity available today at the Dick Mealy Pool at Mark Morris High School. The R. A. Long Boys and Girls Swim Teams are hosting today’s “Drop and Shop” event at the pool, where you can drop the kids off for a day of swimming and fun, while you go out and get your shopping done. This will be available from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm; kids need to be at least five years of age to take part, and you’re asked to send a sack lunch along with them. They’re going to have games, prizes and other fun activities, including a cannonball contest, inner-tube water polo, a diving contest and a lot more. Registration can be done today at the pool. There is a fee to take part; call 575-7709 for more information.