It was quite a mess yesterday afternoon on I-5 near Woodland, after a semi trailer loaded with chickens headed for the Foster Farms plant in Kelso rolled over, one of six vehicles involved in a crash that closed two lanes of the northbound freeway for several hours. State Troopers say that this got started around 3:30 pm, when Mark Backstrom, 54, of Longview swerved to avoid cars that had stopped for a loose dog. He hit the inside bridge rail, and then came to a stop. Backstrom’s pickup was hit by a semi driven by 49 year-old Richard Sheard of Vancouver. As traffic slowed, Robert York, 43, of Toledo rear-ended three other vehicles. One of York’s trailers, which were loaded with live chickens, rolled over, spilling the chickens onto the road. Two lanes were shut down as tow trucks came in, and efforts were made to corral the loose chickens. Two drivers in the cars that were rear-ended were treated on the scene. Traffic backed up to the SR 502 off-ramp as this cleanup continued until about 7:30 pm. In the end, Backstrom was cited for an unsafe lane change, while York was cited for speeding and for following too closely.
Archive | December, 2014
No injuries were reported after a minivan slammed into the side of the Carnival Market out on West Side Highway. Deputies say that this collision happened at about 10:15 yesterday morning, as an elderly female was pulling into the store’s parking lot. They say that she apparently hit the gas instead of the brake, sending the minivan into the building. People inside the store say that shelves were knocked down and that the van made a “big hole” in the side of the building. Further examination showed that the damage was not significant, and that no one was hurt. At this point, no citations were issued. It’s expected that the driver’s insurance will pay for the damage done.
Probable cause to hold Brian Slay, 32, of Woodland on attempted murder and burglary charges has been found in Clark County Superior Court, after he allegedly went into a home near Amboy on Christmas Eve, and then engaged in a shootout with the homeowner. The Vancouver Columbian reports on the incident, saying that the owner of a home on Northeast 216th interrupted a burglary last Wednesday afternoon; the retired Customs agent pulled his own concealed handgun, and confronted the suspect. Slay apparently said “don’t shoot” several times as he ran into a back bedroom, and then came out with a gun of his own. It’s reported that the two men exchanged gunfire at least twice before the homeowner found cover and called 911. Slay was eventually tracked down and arrested, and is now being held on bail of a half-million dollars. Slay’s girlfriend is also under arrest for allegedly rendering assistance to Slay, and an effort is also under way to locate another suspect.
Overnight lows dipped into the mid-20’s, and forecasters say that we could see several more days of this extreme cold. Today’s high is expected to only get up to about 36 degrees, and tonight’s low is expected to be down around 20. Tomorrow is supposed to be pretty close to today. There’s also a possibility of some extreme wind chill during this cold snap, with a Wind Advisory in effect until 6 pm tonight in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, Clark County and the North Willamette Valley. Strong winds are expected, particularly in the east county and up the Gorge. Up in the mountains, wind chills could be as low as 25 degrees below zero. Be sure to take precautions against that wind chill if you plan to be outside.
They’re getting ready to swing the doors open on the new “Regal Three Rivers Mall 12 and RPX,” with a “soft opening” planned between January 11th and 13th, followed by the Grand Opening on Thursday, the 15th. During the soft open, they’ll be showing classic films for three dollars per show, and will also be selling popcorn and soft drinks. Regal Crown Club members will actually receive free popcorn and soft drinks during this initial week of operation. Events to benefit local charities are also planned; proceeds from Sunday, the 11th will go to Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity, Monday’s proceeds will help the Daily News Neighbors in Need effort, and Tuesday’s take will go to Lower Columbia CAP. The other Regal Cinemas in Kelso and Longview will also be closing on the 11th, with both of those buildings being put up for sale.
The man who was known throughout the area as “Mr. Magic” is gone at the age of 90. Family members say that Donald R. Sheldon passed away on the 23rd at a care facility in Vancouver, with them at his side. Born in California, Sheldon served in the Army during World War II, before moving to Longview in 1947. He worked at Pacific Northwest Bell until 1983, which is when he started working at the Steele Memorial Chapel. Along with his work at the chapel, Sheldon was immersed in community, serving with the Lions Club, the Elks, the Masonic Lodge, KLTV and the Chamber of Commerce. He entertained hundreds of kids over the years as “Mr. Magic,” and was also an avid square dancer. A memorial service is planned for 2 pm this Saturday at the Steele Memorial Chapel; preceded by a viewing from 10 am to 5 pm this Friday. In lieu of flowers, family members are asking that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.
The LCC women defeated Yakima Valley 80-56 at the LC Holiday Classic. The Red Devils take on Blue Mountain at 11 am this morning at MM…..Clackamas needed OT to beat the Mark Morris girls 70-61 at the Nike Interstate Shootout. The Monarchs take on West Albany at 1 pm today, FM 101.5 The Wave. R.A. Long beat Clatskanie 42-30 at the Astoria tournament. The Jills play tonight at 6:15 pm…..The MM boys host Fort tonight (FM 101.5 The Wave) while RAL is at Hockinson…..In men’s college hoops, Gonzaga held off San Diego 60-48, BYU over Portland 97-88 and Oregon downed UC Irvine 69-67…..The Portland Trail Blazers return to action tonight, hosting the Toronto Raptors, KLOG 6:05 pm.
Two juveniles are in custody on robbery charges after a car-prowling incident reported yesterday evening out on Ocean Beach Highway. A man called 911 from the 42 hundred block of Ocean Beach Highway just before 6 pm yesterday, saying that he had a car prowler “trapped” in his car. The man says that one of the suspects was armed with a hammer, and that the suspect swung it at the caller as he tried to walk away. Deputies were on the scene in seconds, and eventually took two young males into custody. They also claim to have found a hammer in the yard of the home where the teens were arrested. Deputies say that items stolen from at least two vehicles were recovered. The two male suspects are now in custody at the Juvenile Services Center.
The Woodland Moose Lodge reports that someone vandalized their nativity scene on Davidson Avenue. Around 2:30 pm yesterday, lodge members contacted Woodland Police, saying that someone had stolen Baby Jesus from the Christmas display. They also say that a piece of burned wood was left inside the scene, and that the suspects may have tried to set the display on fire. The Christmas Tree from the display was also found inside the fireplace at a nearby park. No suspects have been identified.
The Sheriff’s Office says that they still have no information on the whereabouts of a crewman who’s missing from a ship that’s docked at the Port of Kalama. It’s believed that a 37 year-old man from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar jumped overboard late Thursday night or early Friday morning, and hasn’t been seen since. Crew members say that it was the man’s first trip aboard the “Unico Stella,” a bulk cargo carrier that’s registered to the Marshall Islands. Fellow crew members say that the man had shown some signs of depression, and his flip-flops were found next to the ship’s railing. A search of the nearby shoreline was conducted, without success. Anyone with information on this case should call the Sheriff’s Office at 577-3092.