An ongoing dispute at a home on Monahan Road near Castle Rock ended in gunfire last night, with one man being wounded in the leg. Sheriff’s Deputies say that James Blood, 41, apparently was upset with the resident, Martin Anderson, who apparently is dating Blood’s ex-wife. Anderson first called 911 shortly before 3 pm, claiming that Blood was at the house, threatening to shoot him. Blood ran into the woods before Deputies arrived; they attempted to find him, even using a K-9, but were unsuccessful. Anderson says Blood came back to the house around 8:15 pm, and that’s when Anderson shot Blood once in the lower leg. Blood was taken to Saint John Medical Center with a wound that is “non-life-threatening,” while Deputies secured Anderson’s 9MM pistol. Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and collect evidence. No arrests have been reported, but it is noted that prior to this incident, Blood was wanted for possession of meth and illegal possession of a gun. Those warrants have not yet been served.
Archive | April, 2015
Longview Police report that they used pepper spray on a man who was allegedly trying to avoid being arrested yesterday morning. This took place around 11:20 yesterday morning, when officers spotted Jonathon Tad Wilson, 32, in the area of 18th and Alabama. Wilson reportedly started running, ditching a number of items as he ran between houses. Wilson was stopped and arrested in the alley between 17th and 18th, after the pepper spray was deployed. Along with a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant, new charges of obstructing an officer, resisting arrest and violation of community custody are being tacked on.
Local authorities are still waiting for the word from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before they can dispatch a sick sea lion that has been stranded on a sand bar in the Cowlitz River for nearly a week. Mike Nicholson with the Cowlitz County Humane Society says that he’s been keeping an eye on the animal, and has been in touch with the federal officials that administer the National Marine Mammal Protection Act. Based on the reports that have already been provided, officials with NOAA are saying that the animal should be left alone for the time being, to see if it might make it back into the water on its own. Nicholson says that a veterinarian is expected to check on the sea lion today or tomorrow, and there could be action taken after that examination. Nicholson says that reports that the sea lion had been shot don’t appear to be true. There have been other reports of dead sea lions floating down the Cowlitz, but none of those reports have proven to be true.
The Longview School District is announcing that the “interim” labels are being taken off of Assistant Principals Scott Merzoian and Lori Larson, saying that both will continue in the positions that they’ve been holding for this school year. Merzoian has been at Monticello Middle School, while Larson has been at Mount Solo Middle School. Both were appointed for this year only, but the decision was made to retain both people in these positions, based on an internal review process. District officials say that the decisions were based on staff feedback, demonstrated leadership abilities and the stability that this will afford to incoming Superintendent Dan Zorn. Lori Larson has been with the Longview School District since 1983, while Merzoian came to Longview from Kelso, where he had moved after 16 years as a math teacher in the Toledo School District.
Word is getting out about a $7 million project on Sauvie Island, intended to help try and save Sturgeon Lake. The lake takes up nearly 25 percent of the island, but it’s slowly shrinking and drying up. The lake is used be salmon and steelhead smolt as a safe restring place as they head out to the ocean, and it also provides crucial habitat to millions of migrating birds. The West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District has spent the last two years raising $1.6 million as a match for a $6 million grant from the Corps of Engineers. The restoration project is scheduled to begin in 2017, with dredging of a creek that supplies the lake, along with culvert replacement and removal of some levees. The Conservation District also needs to figure out how to come up with 17 thousand dollars for ongoing upkeep of the renovated area.
Money from Nike will help to pay for trail development and construction in the Clatskanie area. The City of Clatskanie is announcing the acceptance of a $20,000 Nike Employee Grant, with that money being directed to the Clatskanie Heritage Trail. An open house is planned for Saturday, May 9th, where designers will ask for community input on signage, activities and heritage topics. To get additional details on this project, call Oregon State University Extension at 503-397-3462.
The Mariners send Felix Hernandez to the mound today looking for a sweep at Texas, KLOG 4:00 pm. J.A. Happ pitched the M’s to a 2-1 victory last night…..The Trail Blazers looking to extend the playoff series with the Grizzlies tonight in Memphis, 5:35 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave…..The Kelso boys and girls track teams both beat Columbia River to capture the GSHL 3A league titles yesterday…..The Kelso baseball team won its 6th straight game with a 6-5 win over Prairie. The Scots host Prairie again today. Mark Morris is at Hudson’s Bay today…..In softball, Kelso smashed Prairie 20-4. The Lassies are at Skyview today. R.A. Long beat Hockinson 6-4 and Rainier edged Mark Morris 4-3. Also today, MM hosts RAL…..The LCC softball team plays two at Clark today at 3 pm.
Longview Police are looking into a “shots fired” incident that was reported last night as a possible gang incident. Around 9:30 pm, 911 calls started coming in from the 300 block of 28th Avenue, with the callers reporting that someone may have been shot. One of the callers said that they heard one gunshot, followed by a woman yelling “Call the cops!” Officers responded, and eventually determined that no one had been injured. They do say that it looks like at least one round was fired, in what police are now calling a drive-by shooting. No suspects have been identified.
Charges of felony drug possession and obstructing an officer are being filed against Louis James Thibodeaux of Longview, arrested yesterday evening after Longview Police claim to seen Thibodeaux urinating in public. This got started just before 6 last night, when officer supposedly saw urinating in the area of 26th and Alabama. Officers say that Thibodeaux stopped when he was first contacted, but then he tried to run. He didn’t get very far, and was arrested after a very brief foot chase. A check of Thibodeaux’s person reportedly turned up illegal drugs, which were reportedly in “delivery quantities.” He’s currently being held without bail, awaiting his first court appearance.
A body that was found in the Columbia River near Kalama back on the 16th of this month is that of a foreign ship crewman who had jumped ship late last year. A fisherman reported finding the body, not far from the ship berth where Aung Kyaw Thu Tun, 37,of Myanmar had been reported as missing back on December 26th of last year. County Coroner Tim Davidson notes that Tun died shortly after he jumped from the ship, landing in the Columbia. It’s noted that there were no traumatic injuries to the body; Davidson says that the cause of death is drowning, and the manner of death is classed as an “accident.” Tun had been working as the chief cook on the “Unico Stella,” which had been docked at the Temco grain terminal, not far from where the body was found.