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Archive | September, 2015

Old Portland Road Crash Followup

Posted on 29th September 2015 at 09:10

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is out with additional information about Sunday’s fatal head-on collision on Old Portland Road near Scappoose. Sheriff Jeff Dickerson now reports that William Nagel, 42, of Scappoose died when the car he was driving crossed the center line and crashed into a box truck being driven by Trevor Lively, 45, of St. Helens. Nagel died at the scene, while his passenger, Korina Myers, 36, of St. Helens, was extricated and then was LifeFlighted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Lively was taken to Legacy Emanuel by ambulance. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

3-Wheel Driver

Posted on 29th September 2015 at 09:09

Kylie McKenzie Frasch, 19, of Longview is under arrest on charges DUI and driving while suspended after Kelso Police responded to a report that she was driving across the Peter Crawford Bridge on just three wheels. Around 10:30 last night, calls started coming in about Frasch and her car, which was seen going eastbound across the bridge. The callers also reported that she was swerving, and ran a red light at 4th and Cowlitz Way. Kelso Police stopped her near the bridge, and learned that her car had been damaged after she had run into a ditch in Longview. Frasch is now being held on bail of $1,500.

River Road Fire

Posted on 29th September 2015 at 09:04

suvfireKelso Police and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue are looking into a suspicious vehicle fire reported last night on the dredge spoils off of South River Road. About ten minutes after 7 pm, a man living in one of the condos across the river reported seeing heavy black smoke coming from the brush off of the river bank. Officers responded along with the fire crews, finding a large black GM-style SUV engulfed in flames. “Explosions” were heard as the fire heated up and popped all four tires; it took about ten minutes to get to the fire scene and then get the fire put out. KPD says that the fire is “suspicious,” given the location of the fire and the items involved. The investigation is continuing.

Dumpster Arsons

Posted on 29th September 2015 at 09:03

Longview Police are going over security videos from businesses along Vandercook Way and 14th Avenue, after at least two dumpster arsons were reported over the weekend. Staff at the Silver Star Bar and Grill report that the arson to their dumpster was caught on camera, and a similar incident was also reported at U. S. Bank. It doesn’t appear that any significant damage was done. No arrests have been reported at this point.

Commercial Coho Season

Posted on 29th September 2015 at 09:03

Commercial anglers are going to get three days of tangle-net Coho fishing on the Columbia River, with fishing allowed this Thursday, along with Monday and Wednesday of next week. The bi-state Columbia River Compact announced the season yesterday, allowing the commercials to set nets with a maximum 3-3/4-inch mesh from 6 am until 6 pm on each of the allowed days, downstream from the Lewis River. It’s expected that about 40 boats will take part. A conference call is planned tomorrow afternoon, to review the results of a recent commercial Chinook fishery, to determine if additional fishing will be allowed.

America in Bloom Awards

Posted on 29th September 2015 at 09:02

Castle Rock continues to score well in the annual “America in Bloom” community beautification program, landing as one of the top three finalists for “Outstanding Achievement in Floral Displays.” Castle Rock also won this year’s “America in Bloom YouTube Contest,” winning 15 hundred dollars and a featured space on the AIB web page. Awards were presented this past weekend in Michigan, at the annual America in Bloom Symposium and Awards Program. Castle Rock’s overall score of “three blooms” in the population category was a bit behind last year’s four-bloom score, judged on overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. Along with the third-place ranking and the video award, Castle Rock was also honored with the award for “Best Program for Engaging Youth in the Community.” Castle Rock AIB Coordinator Nancy Chennault says that these awards show the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people, all working together to make Castle Rock a much more attractive place.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Posted on 29th September 2015 at 08:29

The Astros handed the Mariners a sixth straight loss last night, 3-2. The teams will play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm. Prior to the game, the Mariners will have a news conference introducing new general manager Jerry DiPoto. DiPoto was the Angels G.M. earlier this season…..There are two Civil War battles later today. In volleyball, Mark Morris hosts R.A. Long at 7 pm and in girls soccer it’s RAL at MM in a 5 pm matchup at Northlake Field……Kelso hosts Tumwater in volleyball tonight. The Kelso cross country teams are at home against Fort Vancouver today at 4 pm…..Centralia defeated Mark Morris 185-190 in boys golf yesterday. The Monarchs join Kelso and Hockinson today at The Cedars. The RAL golf team hosts Ridgefield today at Mint Valley.

Strike Ends

Posted on 28th September 2015 at 09:08

School kids in Kelso are heading back to class this morning, after the Kelso Education Association and the Kelso School District came to terms on a new contract. Both sides announced a tentative agreement around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, which was then followed by a unanimous ratification vote by the KEA membership. KEA President Sharon Dolan says that “It’s been a long, hard battle,” but they’re happy to get this done and get back into the classroom. The battle over the third year of the contract was eliminated when the two sides settled on a two-year deal, which includes five days of extra compensation in each year. KEA officials also say that the contract includes new and improved language covering due process and just cause language, coverage for low-cost measles screenings and/or immunizations, and the District agrees not to pursue the sanctions that were imposed in last Friday’s court hearing. The Kelso School Board will act on the contract at its meeting on October 5th. School resumes at 10 this morning; they’re opening on a two-hour late start schedule, to give teachers some time to get ready. The district hasn’t yet set the schedule for making up the lost school days. Get more information on the Kelso School District web page.

Castle Rock Man Killed

Posted on 28th September 2015 at 09:08

Matthew Hearn, 46, of Castle Rock is dead after a Friday night collision on I-5 between Winlock and Chehalis. The State Patrol says that the incident took place at about 7:50 pm on Friday, at milepost 64 on the southbound freeway. Troopers say that something had fallen off of the truck that he had been driving; Hearn had stopped and then tried to get that item out of the left lane of the freeway. He was hit and killed by a car driven by Cecile Bui of Kent. Hearn was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital, where he eventually died. Bui was unhurt. No citations are being issued in connection with this crash.

Columbia County Fatal

Posted on 28th September 2015 at 09:06

Authorities in Columbia County continue to investigate a fatal car crash that took place yesterday afternoon on Old Portland Road near Scappoose. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says that the crash took place around 4:30 pm, when a man driving a Chevy Impala crossed the center line and collided head-on with a box truck that was coming the other direction. When rescuers arrived on the scene, the male drive of the Impala was already dead. They used extrication equipment to get the female passenger out of the vehicle, and then she was taken by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. The driver of the truck was also taken by Legacy Emanuel via ambulance. The names of those involved have not yet been released, and their medical conditions have also not been updated. The crash investigation is continuing.