Despite dealing with a highly intoxicated man who has access to multiple firearms and who claimed to have bombs in his house, Kelso Police were able to end a two-hour standoff at a trailer park off of Allen Street peacefully last night. This got started shortly after 6 pm, when a man called 911 from the trailer park behind the Taco Bell. The caller says that he had been visiting Ronald Charles Kennedy, 47, who proceeded to become highly intoxicated, and threatened to commit suicide. The caller claims that Kennedy put a gun to his head, but the caller got that weapon away. Kennedy then pulled another gun, and pointed it at the caller. The caller punched Kennedy, got away and called 911. Police surrounded the trailer, also evacuating neighboring trailers and shutting down traffic on Allen Street. Over more than two hours, officers continued to try and talk with Kennedy, who reportedly said “Just shoot me” at one point. They also say Kennedy claimed to have bombs wired outside of his door. The negotiations continued, and police were eventually able to peacefully take him into custody at about 8:30 pm. Kennedy is now being held for making bomb threats and on a single count of first-degree assault.
Archive | January, 2015
Some additional information is coming out about yesterday morning’s rescue in the Cowlitz River; initial reports indicated that a youth or a child was floating down the river, but Longview Police now confirm that it was an adult male that was pulled out of the water shortly before noon. Calls about someone floating down the river start coming in at about 11:40 yesterday morning; callers said that a “youth” wearing a red coat was floating on the Longview side of the river. The person was seen going past the Frontier convalescent center; police and fire personnel responded downstream, and a Longview Police Officer was able to grab the man and pulled him out, using a dock next to some condos on River Road. The man was transported to Saint John Medical Center by AMR. No other details on he ended up in the water, but he was able to tell police that he was walking along the river bank and fell in, grabbing a log that was floating by. The man’s name has not been released.
Weyerhaeuser is out with fourth quarter and full year financial results today, announcing that the company had net income of $166 million in the fourth quarter, on net sales of $1.8 billion. That compares to net income of $43 million in the same quarter last year, on the same amount of net sales. For all of 2014, Weyerhaeuser had net income of $1.8 billion on net sales of $7.4 billion, compared to full-year earnings of $540 million in 2013, on net sales of $7.3 billion. President and CEO Doyle Simmons says that they demonstrated their commitment to driving shareholder value in 2014, divesting their homebuilding business to become more focused on being a forest products company. For the year ahead, Simmons says that they remain “relentlessly focused” on driving that value through operational excellence, capitalizing on improving markets and delivering value to shareholders.
Additional information on the upcoming suspension of inmate visits and commissary services at the Cowlitz County Jail is coming out. The suspension will start tomorrow, and Cowlitz County Corrections now says that the suspension should last between 45 and 60 days. A new video visitation system is being installed, and the Corrections Department is also switching over to a new commissary services vendor. Corrections officials say that these changes are part of the ongoing effort to increase efficiency and to enhance future visitation opportunities. Phone services at the jail will remain uninterrupted, and visitation with legal counsel will also continue to be available. Contact Cowlitz County Corrections at 577-3094 if you need more information.
Starting today, traffic on an aging bridge on Ocean Beach Highway will be reduced to one lane, as replacement of a deteriorating bridge deck gets under way. The bridge is just west of Stella, near Bunker Hill Road. The Washington Department of Transportation says that this portion of Ocean Beach Highway was first built back in 1930, was widened in 1950, and carries about 4,200 vehicles per day. The westbound lane of this bridge is built on rock, while the eastbound lane is supported by a bridge with a wood deck. The deck has been monitored for several years, and recent analysis shows that replacement is needed. Starting today, flaggers will direct traffic in each direction, with delays of up to a half-hour possible through that area. Work is being done during daylight hours. If you’re heading to or from the coast, it might be a good idea to use Highway 30 in Oregon.
Tomorrow is the deadline for local artists to get their submissions in for the 2015 Salal Review, LCC’s award-winning literature and arts magazine. Artists with connections to the Lower Columbia area are invited to submit pieces of visual art in any medium. Details for submission are available on the LCC web page.
Tomorrow is also the deadline for Medical Health Care Capacity Grant applications to the Health Care Foundation. This grant program is designed to support projects that improve access and capacity of medical health care services to underserved populations in Cowlitz County. Get details on the Health Care Foundation web page, or call 423-3591.
With the abundance of razor clams continuing on Washington beaches, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is once again opening up an eight-day dig. Today through Sunday, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks are open for digging on the evening tides; Copalis will also be open for digging tomorrow night only. Next Monday through Friday, only Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open. Make sure to have your current license, dress for the weather, and observe the bag limit regulations.
If you’re planning to head to a party or a sports bar to enjoy Super Bowl XLIX, remember that the State Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies are going to be out and about through the entire weekend, on the lookout for impaired and aggressive drivers. This is part of the Target Zero program, the effort to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2030. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler also reminds you that a DUI can cost you between $5,000 and $10,000 to deal with, along with the boost to your auto insurance rates. If you plan to party on Sunday, be sure to have a designated driver, take a taxi or make some other arrangements to avoid driving after drinking.
From 4-7 pm today, you can drop off donations for the annual Beacon Hill Extreme Team Garage Sale, which is planned for this Saturday. Donations should be clean, and in good working order. If you can’t drop the donations off, call 360-749-7245 to arrange a pickup. The sale itself will run from 8 am until 2 pm at Beacon Hill Elementary School, raising money for the student group that performs at a variety of events through the year.
They’re celebrating the end of the Youth basketball season Friday evening with a Brownie Bash and Dessert Auction at the George Bales Community Center up on Rose Valley Road. Brownies will be served, there will be a short ceremony to honor volunteers who helped to make the season happen, and there will also be a Dessert Auction, to help raise money in support of the Community Center. Things get started at 6 pm, and the auction winners will be announced at 7. Call 751-3412 for more information.
Each weekend through the end of this month, Gallery 505 in Toledo is hosting a Metal and Glass Artwork Show, featuring works from a dozen different local artists. Hours at Gallery 505 run from 2 pm to 6 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. They’re located at 205 Cowlitz Street in downtown Toledo.
Friday Night Open Gym continues at Youth and Family Link on Douglas Street in Longview, starting at 6:30 pm. There is a charge of $3 per adult to take part in the open basketball sessions. Call Youth and Family Link at 423-6741 for more information.
Saturday is a “No-Joiner Fee Day” at the Southwest Washington YMCA, going from 8 am until 4:30 pm. New members can join the Y by just paying the first month’s dues, with no additional joining fee. Membership will grant access to all of the Y’s facilities, and will also make you eligible for reduced rates on special programs offered by the Y, along with free drop-in day care and an afterschool program for kids age 10 to 17. Call the Y at 423-4770, or go to their website at longviewymca.org for more information.
Longview Parks and Recreation is putting together an impromptu “Seahawk Run and Walk,” starting at 10 am Saturday morning, doing a lap of Lake Sacajawea. Parks and Rec says that this is a low-key, fun event, with no timing, no awards and no cost. Strut your Seahawk bling and celebrate Seahawk pride, while also burning off a few calories prior to Sunday’s big party. The Seahawk Fun Run and Walk will start at 10 am at the Lions Shelter, located at 17th and Nichols Boulevard.
Altrusa’s “Bertie Bear” is coming out of hibernation for a special event planned for Saturday at the Longview and Kelso Libraries. From 11 am until 1 pm at the Kelso Library and from 2 to 4pm at the Longview Library, Bertie Bear will be giving out free books and hugs to pre-school through elementary school kids. The Altrusa Breakfast Bunch is putting this event together; if you have donations of children’s books, the Breakfast Bunch will also make sure those books get to local charities that serve local kids.
There’s a special dinner event going on Saturday afternoon and evening in Rainier, a benefit for HOPE, Rainier’s local food bank. The “Souper Bowl” dinner and auction fundraiser will run from 4:30-7 pm at the Rainier United Methodist Church; dinner will include a variety of soups, salad, bread, beverages and dessert. Auction items will include a soup-themed gift basket, gift certificates and locally-made ceramics. Tickets are available at HOPE, or at Glaze Gifts and Giggles in Rainier. Call 503-728-4228 for more information.
It should be an awesome night of blues music on Saturday at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, as “The Boogie Cat” from Portland, Norman Sylvester and his daughter, LaRhonda Steele come in for a show. Sylvester has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, while Steele has performed at the Lincoln Center and the Waterfront Blues Festival. Curtain is set for 7:30 pm Saturday night; call 575-TIXX for ticket information, or go to the CTPA web page.
Out in Naselle, the Appelo Archives Center is holding its 5th annual Old Time Loggers Reunion, going from 10 am until 2 pm. Harvey Johnson, Jr. and Merlin Durrah will be the guests of honor at this year’s celebration. Everyone is invited to come by and celebrate, and their café will be open for lunch.
The Seahawks are done with media expectations and can now focus on Sunday’s Super Bowl game with the Patriots. Go Hawks!…..The Blazers try and snap Atlanta’s 17-game win streak today, KLOG 3:05 pm. LaMarcus Aldridge was named to the All-Star Game but Damian Lillard was snubbed…..The LCC basketball teams return to their newly remodeled gym for tomorrow’s game with S. Puget Sound, women at 1 pm and men at 3 pm…..In girls hoops last night, Sarah Luedke scored 30 to lead R.A. Long over Bay 64-33, Ashley Coons with 25 as MM downed Ridgefield 65-23 and Loryn Musgrove had 25 as Kelso needed OT to beat Hockinson 59-48. The Lassies host Fort tonight…..The Kelso boys beat Fort 49-47. Tonight, RAL at Bay and Ridgefield at MM on Hall of Fame Night.