Police in Kalama and La Center are checking into a stolen car incident that ended with the car being torched near Kress Lake. Crews from Cowlitz Fire District 5 in Kalama were called to a spot right across the road from the lake right before 4 pm yesterday, when smoke and flames were seen coming from the parked vehicle. The fast-moving fire started spreading into the tall grass next to the car, and the fire shattered at least one window. It took about 15 minutes to get the fire knocked down; when they checked the car, authorities learned that the car had been reported as stolen in La Center. The car is a total loss; no injuries were reported, as the investigation continues.
Archive | September, 2015
Jonathan Junior Sanchez, 29, of Kelso and Billie Dawn Raapana, 31, of Longview are under arrest in connection with a copper theft incident in the Toutle area. Around 11:15 yesterday morning, a resident of the Toutle area reported that come copper had been stolen off of his property, and he had followed the suspects to Drew’s Grocery. The suspects got back in their rig and then headed off on South Toutle Road after they were spotted. Deputies kept an eye on the area, and were able to stop the suspects shortly after 1 pm. Sanchez was arrested on charges of third-degree theft, possession of stolen property, forgery, identity theft and driving while suspended. He’s currently being held on bail of two thousand dollars. Raapana is now being held on no-bail Department of Corrections and contempt of court warrants. The stolen material was returned to its owner.
The City of Kelso would like your input on what West Kelso should look like in the future, as they host the first of two public workshops on the development of the West Kelso Subarea Plan. This plan is a major emphasis for city officials at this time; City Manager Steve Taylor says that they want to hear from residents, business owners and property owners, asking them about the areas greatest strengths, biggest challenges and on how they would like to see the neighborhood develop in the future. This evening’s workshop runs from 6 to 8 pm in the Kelso Senior Center, located in the old Catlin Hall at 106 Northwest 8th Avenue Northwest. A second workshop is planned for November 19th. If you can’t attend these workshops, then you can go to the project website, which is linked to the city’s website, where you can complete a short survey, and sign up to get project updates. Contact the City of Kelso if you have other questions.
Today was supposed to be the final day of operation for the medical clinic that the PeaceHealth Medical Group had been operating in Castle Rock, but that facility will continue to function, after the Family Health Center announced it will assume operation. Back in June, PeaceHealth announced that the clinic would close at the end of this business day, citing a lack of ancillary services and other factors. About a week ago, the Longview-based Family Health Center announced that it is assuming operation of the facility. FHC officials say that they may not be able to offer all of the services that were previously offered, and they’re still in the process of finding a family practice or internal medicine doctor to help staff the facility. PeaceHealth is continuing to assist patients who need help in finding a new doctor, though pediatrician Reinheld Ayoub will continue to work through this clinic. Call the Family Health Center at 636-3892 for more information.
Lower Columbia College will have a hand in certifying the nation’s nurses, as LCC Nursing instructor Merry Bond is selected to help write questions for the test that ALL nurses must take to obtain their licenses. The college is now reporting that Bond is one of ten nurses from across the country who are being charged with writing the NCLEX exam. She was approved first at the state level, and then was chosen after a national meeting in August. Bond previously participated in the Practical Nurse Item Writing panel, which is used to certify Licensed Practical Nurses. Bond’s clinical specialty and nursing expertise helped land this assignment; she has been working at LCC since 2010; Bond has an A.A. in nursing from LCC, along with a B.S. from Washington State and a Masters from Capella University.
The second part of the Longview Library’s two-part class on Social Media is set for this evening, looking to help you navigate the world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Elizabeth Partridge with the Longview Library says that participants will learn how to post, upload, comment, like, tag, and more. The class runs from 6 to 8 pm this evening in the Longview Library auditorium, and there’s a limit of 20 participants. You should bring your own computer if you can, but they do have some laptops available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Partridge at 442-5321 if you need more information.
The City of St. Helens is getting a grant that’s aimed at helping law enforcement officers as they interact with people who might be in a mental health crisis. Police Chief Terry Moss says that a collaborative effort with the Columbia Community Mental Health program has resulted in the award of a $249,000 grant from the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Moss says that this grant will help pay for the county-wide expansion of the Crisis Intervention Team (or CIT) training program, which will now involve every police officer and deputy in Columbia County. Columbia Community Mental Health, Columbia River Fire and Rescue and Columbia County 911 are also involved in this program. Moss says that this will have big dividends, helping to keep mentally ill people out of jail and headed toward assistance programs. He says that it will be a “huge benefit” to the entire community.
They’re looking for “walkers” to help out with this year’s “Walking Dead Halloween Tours” in downtown Saint Helens, as the St. Helens Economic Development Corporation preps for this year’s Halloween celebration. SHEDCO is building on the popularity of “The Walking Dead” as they get ready for the downtown tours that are planned as part of this year’s “Spirit of Halloweentown” events. Organizers say that this year’s tours are called “Is Your Walker Free?,” and will feature treats, cider and a brief survey about downtown development. This evening’s auditions will start at 6:30 pm at the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in Saint Helens. Call 503-397-0685 for more information.
The Mariners got a bases loaded, two-run hit from Shawn O’Malley in a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros. The M’s snapped a six game losing streak with the win. The teams play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Madison Early scored two goals to lead Mark Morris to a 3-1 win over R.A. Long in girls soccer yesterday. Tonight the Kelso Lassies host W.F. West at 7 pm…..The LCC soccer teams is at Pierce today at 3 pm…..Mark Morris swept past R.A. Long 3-0 in Civil War volleyball last night…..The LCC volleyball team is at home against Green River tonight at 7 pm…..The Kelso cross country teams defeated Fort Vancouver yesterday. Today, Mark Morris and R.A. Long run against Woodland at Lake Sacajawea, 4 pm…..Ridgefield edged RAL 176-175 in boys golf yesterday.
William R. Larson, 70, of Toledo is dead after a motorcycle crash on I-5 in southern Oregon. Oregon State Police say that Larson died Sunday, after the motorcycle that he was riding failed to make a curve near the Siskiyou Summit, about six miles north of the Oregon-California border. Larson’s bike hit four orange construction barrels before he hit a concrete wall. He was declared dead on arrival at a hospital in Medford. The investigation is continuing, but OSP says that it looks like speed may have been a factor in the crash.