The Trail Blazers clinched a playoff spot with a 109-86 blowout over the Phoenix Suns last night. Portland will host the Clippers tomorrow night…..Mike Zunino hit his 7th homer of the spring to lead the Mariners to a 5-3 win over the Angels. Felix Hernandez gets his final spring start today against the Indians, KLOG 6:55 pm…..The LCC baseball team will move up it’s home game with Centralia to this afternoon. Start time at Story Field is 4 pm…..Kelso blanked Fort Vancouver 10-0 yesterday as Steven Christian-Zandi spun a five inning one-hitter with 15 strikeouts. Also, R.A. Long beat Washougal 8-5 and Ridgefield beat Mark Morris 15-5…..The LCC softball games at SW Oregon today have been postponed until Thursday…….In prep softball today, Kelso is at RAL and MM at Castle Rock.
Archive | March, 2015
3rd Avenue in Longview was shut down between Hudson and Washington Street for couple of hours last night, as Longview Police and the State Patrol investigated a serious motorcycle crash. A man called 911 a few minutes before 7 pm, saying that a motorcycle had hit a parked car, and it looked like the rider had actually left the bike and went through the rear window of a parked car. As law enforcement and aid crews were responding, witnesses were also reporting that the rider was on the ground, not moving. St. John Medical Center was advised of a full trauma, but there’s been no update on the condition of the rider. The rider’s name has not been released, while the crash investigation continues.
The current owner of the Monticello Hotel is in hot water again, picked up last night after an alleged DUI and hit-and-run incident. Phillip Guy Lovingfoss, 49, was arrested at about 7 last night, after a rear-end collision in front of the hotel. The driver of a Ford pickup claims that someone driving a black Lincoln Navigator was going “way too fast,” and rear-ended the truck. After a brief struggle outside of the hotel, Lovingfoss allegedly went into the building, where he was contacted by Longview Police. Inside, Lovingfoss reportedly refused to submit to a breath test or field sobriety tests. He was arrested inside the building, and was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on a mandatory hold. The incident comes just less than two years after Lovingfoss was arrested for DUI in almost exactly the same place, as taping of the “Hotel Hell” episode involving the Monticello Hotel was getting under way. It’s reported that Lovingfoss has several other DUI incidents in his past, as well.
Longview Police now say that they have the suspect in the recent armed robbery of the Travel Lodge Motel in custody, and they’re now checking to see if he’s involved in other recent robberies around the area. Norman Ray Goodrum, 35, of Olympia was arrested on Sunday, picked up in connection with the motel robbery on Friday, the 20th. At this time, Goodrum is being held on a single count of first-degree robbery, but Detectives are checking to see if he was also involved in last Friday’s Baskin-Robbins robbery, along with tow other recent coffee stand robberies. It’s noted that the description of the suspect in each of these incidents is very similar. Goodrum is currently being held on bail of $50,000, while the investigation is continuing. Contact Longview Police at 442-5800 if you can help out with this case.
Kelso Police are looking into an incident from last night, where a distraught and intoxicated man jumped from the Allen Street Bridge, landing in the Cowlitz River. Witnesses called 911 at about 9 last night, saying that they had seen the man take off his shirt, climb up on the railing and then jump into the water. Officers responded to the area, trying to spot the man as he floated downstream; they say that he was able to get to shore and get himself out of the water near the Elite Fitness building next to the Hall of Justice. They say that rescue was a bit complicated, as the man has only one arm. The man did get out of the water, and didn’t appear to be injured. At this time, no charges have been filed, but the case will be reviewed later this morning. The man reportedly said that he was upset over some relationship issues.
As we start heading to the warmer days of spring and summer, Longview Police say that they’re making a pre-emptive move, announcing that patrols of the Radakovich Rock Pit will be increased to try and reduce the incidence of trespassing. Corporal Brian Streissguth says that this is intended to preserve public safety and to protect private property rights. LPD will have a “zero tolerance policy” in regard to trespassing at the Rock Pit; it’s noted that the property has some serious hazards, along with significant traffic issues. Streissguth also says that the Rock Pit is private property, and is off-limits to the public. He says that vehicles parked at the Radakovich Rock Pit will be subject to tow, while people trespassing on the property will be cited at a minimum, and could be jailed for second-degree criminal trespassing. “Random and frequent” patrols of the property are being set up.
As part of the program to replace aged and encrusted water lines in the city, a replacement project is getting under way in the alley between 15th and 16th Avenue and Baltimore Street. The contractor for the City of Longview is closing that alley, starting today. The closure is expected to last about three weeks. Local access will be maintained as much as possible. Detours will be posted.
Today is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 “Pillars of Strength” Business and Education Awards, to be presented in May by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce. Nominations are being accepted for Business Person of the Year, Workforce Education Best Practices, and Workforce Education Individual Achievement. The education categories include LCC Higher Education Teacher of the Year, LCC Classified or Support Role of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Classified or Support Role of the Year. Awards will also be presented to the Small and Large Businesses of the Year, along with Large and Small Non-Profits of the Year. Full details are available on the Chamber website. The awards will be presented on the evening of Wednesday, May 6th.
A three-day “Financial Reality Fair” for local high school students opens today and runs through Thursday, with local businesspeople and volunteers offering training to as many as 500 local kids. This event is being arranged by Fibre Federal Credit Union, and will be a hands-on simulation. Students will be involved in saving, prioritizing, credit cards, predatory lenders and more. Two sessions are planned today, one tomorrow and two on Thursday. Contact Sharon Cahoon at 575-5728 if you need more information.
Woodland High School Science Teacher Jennifer Cullison is being honored by Washington State University-Vancouver, presented with one of this year’s “Women of Distinction” awards. At last weekend’s 7th annual Women of Distinction Celebration, Cullison was honored in the “Community (non-student)” category. Cullison is being recognized for her work in creating a STEM and Health Sciences program at Woodland High; she also advises the “Free the Children Club,” and has created a local charity to support these efforts. Cullison is also a competitive athlete, and is known as one of the top adventure racers in the United States.