After an examination by federal officials, the injured sea lion that has been stranded on a Cowlitz River sand bar has been put down. Mike Nicholson with the Cowlitz County Humane Society says that the animal had at least two serious injuries, one to the eye and a probable broken jaw. He says that the sea lion was unable to eat, drink or move, and had been stranded on the sand bar for about a week. The cause of the injuries is still unknown. The remains will be taken to Portland State University for a necropsy
Archive | April, 2015
While Detectives continue to investigate Tuesday night’s shooting at a home on Monahan Road, the man who allegedly pulled the trigger is now in custody. Martin Joe Anderson, 41, was arrested late on Tuesday night, booked on charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and felon in possession of a gun. He’s accused of wounding James Blood, 40, of Castle Rock, who allegedly had come to Anderson’s house, upset over Anderson’s relationship with Blood’s estranged wife. Anderson allegedly fired one round from a 9-millimeter pistol, hitting Blood in the leg. There are some conflicting stories being told; Blood’s estranged wife says that’s Anderson was trying to protect her. A search warrant was served yesterday at Anderson’s home, looking for additional evidence. Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman is leading the investigation; call the Sheriff’s Office at 577-3092 if you have any information on this case.
Longview Police are looking into a possible stabbing that took place somewhere in the city last night. A few minutes after 9 pm, employees at the St. John Medical Center Emergency Department called LPD, saying that a man had come in, claiming that he had been stabbed several times. The victim wasn’t able to say where the attack had taken place, but he was able to provide some possible suspect information. At this point, no arrests have been reported.
The Portland Trail Blazers season ended last night with a 99-93 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Blazers now have to deal with impending free agency of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wes Matthews and Robin Lopez…..The Mariners beat the Rangers 5-2 to complete a series sweep. Seattle is at red-hot Houston today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..Madison Cathcart had three homers and seven RBI’s in R.A. Long’s 11-0 softball win over Mark Morris. Kelso won its 10th straight, an 8-4 win over Skyview. The Lassies host River today at 4 pm…..The LCC softball team swept two from Clark 11-1 and 7-5. Krystina Fischer won both games…..The Kelso baseball team beat Prairie 3-2. Hudson’s Bay downed MM 10-5……The RAL girls tennis team defeated MM 4-2 yesterday.
An investigation is under way after a report of a robbery that took place last night in the Highlands. Shortly before 11 pm, a man called 911, claiming that a group of four men may have kidnapped a woman off of the dike between 26th and 27th Avenue. The man also claims that one of the suspects had put a knife to his throat. The 911 caller then said that the woman had returned a short time later, but she was bleeding from the head. Police conducted some interviews, and found that no one had been kidnapped, but there was a robbery. The suspects had forced their way into a home on 26th Avenue, one of them armed with a knife. The men threatened the female occupant, and then stole a bicycle and some jewelry. They say that the investigation has been difficult, since those involved have not been very cooperative. The investigation continues.
Woodland Police say that there was a possible carjacking that took place last night at the Walmart store. Employees at the store called 911 shortly before 11 pm, saying that a man with a knife had attacked a woman in the parking lot. They say that the woman received a cut to her hand, and then the suspect stole the woman’s car. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 5’5” and 160 pounds, 35 to 40 years of age. It’s also noted that the suspect had “pock marks” on his face. The suspect took off in the woman’s dark green 1996 Subaru, and it’s thought that the suspect may have been heading north. Law enforcement agencies in Thurston, Pierce and King Counties have been alerted to be on the lookout for this car.
Taking steps to reduce the utility’s debt, the Cowlitz PUD Commission is approving the refinancing of bonds that will save ratepayers about $14 million. The vote to refinance the bonds was taken at Tuesday’s meeting, where the Commission also voted to move another $5 million into the Rate Stabilization Fund, raising the amount in that fund to about $30 million. The final numbers will be settled when the reworked bonds are actually sold.
Jeff Wilson is announcing his intent to run for the Longview Port Commission seat that’s currently being held by Darold Dietz. In a press release issued yesterday, Wilson says that it’s his goal to build a “stronger port” that will help bring in jobs, while reducing the tax burden on local citizens. Wilson is a local businessman, and is currently running a business called TPI, a company that rents and maintains portable toilets. Wilson has also been involved in a number of community projects, including thousands of hours and many dollars connected to the restoration of the Long-Bell Shay Locomotive. Dietz has been on the Port Commission since 2007, and he hasn’t said yet if he plans to seek another term.
There are several things planned for today at Lower Columbia College. The 2015 Career and Networking Fair will run from 10 am until 2 pm in the Student Center. You’ll have a chance to meet with employers and community organizations, explore current job openings, develop professional networks and practice interviewing skills. More than 20 organizations have signed up, and there will be an array of services for people who are looking for jobs. Attendees will also receive a raffle ticket, with a chance to win one of several prizes that are being given away. The Career and Networking Fair is free and open to all.
The Spring Quarter Community Conversation Lectures continues today, with Language and Literature Instructor Nicole DiGerlando presenting “From Paddy-Wagons to Pride: Defining Images of Queer Culture.” The free lecture starts at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center.
The annual William Vest Memorial Lecture is planned for this evening, starting at 7 pm. Washington State University Anthropology professor John Bodley is the featured speaker. Through his studies and research, Bodley has been involved in a study of the “Imperial and Commercial system,” a model that he says it “unsustainable.” Bodley says that the ultimate demise of our current society can be avoided by adopting a “small nation global future,” ideas that are intended to provoke thoughts and discussion. The Vest Memorial Lecture is free and open to anyone interested, starting at 7 pm in the Wollenberg Auditorium.
The U. S. Forest Service is announcing that you’re too late to book that Mother’s Day climb of Mount St. Helens. They say that all of the permits that have been set aside for climbing on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th have been sold out. Because of challenges with parking, resource damage and litter, the number of available permits was reduced by half; only 500 permits are being allowed each day; last year, more than a thousand people climbed the volcano. Forest Service officials also say that climbers will be contending with conditions that are more like mid-July, so climbers will need to be extremely aware of exposed rock and other “melt-out” features. Between May 15th and October 31st, the number of permits will be reduced to 100 per day, to further protect the volcano from overuse. Full details on the number of permits available and the process for getting a permit are available on the Mount St. Helens Institute web page.