Be aware that area roadways may be slick, as weather forecasters warn about the possibility of some freezing rain. The Weather Service says that the first system in nearly a week is coming in today; with the cold air near the surface, any precipitation this morning could fall as a mix of freezing rain, sleet or snow. They say that there’s not a lot of moisture in this system, but with the freezing temperatures at ground level, things could get pretty icy. Freezing Rain Advisories are up for most of the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast Range until noon today. Be ready for the possibility of an icy morning commute.
Archive | November, 2015
An effort to exonerate a Longview man who was convicted of his mother’s murder back in 2000 apparently has resulted in the identification of a second suspect in the case. Longview Police report that the Innocence Project Northwest has taken up the case involving Donovan Allen, who was convicted in 2002 in the strangling and beating death of Sharon Cox of Longview. Working on Allen’s behalf, the Innocence Project requested additional DNA testing on items connected to the crime, and that testing reportedly connects a second man to the case. Longview Police now say that the results of that testing shows “compelling evidence” that Brian Del Kitts, 42, of Kelso is a second suspect in the case. Detectives re-opened the case in early October, and brought Kitts in for questioning. On the 24th of this month, Kitts was interviewed again, and then was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder. Kitts is currently being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail, as this investigation continues.
A man that reportedly has been making false hit-and-run reports is now in jail himself. Around 11:45 yesterday morning, a 911 call came in from the area of Willow Grove Road, with a man claiming that he had been side-swiped by a passing pickup. The man complained of injuries to his leg and left side. As Sheriff’s Deputies were responding to this incident, a State Trooper called in to report that this same man had made a similar call on Saturday, an incident that turned out to be unfounded. Further checking confirmed the Trooper’s story; they also say that yesterday’s story was bogus. Kenneth Keith Larson, 50, of Longview is now being held on charges of making a false police report and obstructing an officer, with bail totaling $2,000.
Derek Nelson Kelley, 39, of Rainier is in the Cowlitz County Jail, picked up yesterday at the Home Depot, after employees identified him as a shoplifting suspect. Around 1:15 yesterday afternoon, store security contacted Longview Police, saying that Kelley had been shoplifting at the store on Saturday, and then he came back yesterday, to “return” some different items. Officers met with Kelley in the parking lot of the store, and reportedly found him in possession of some stolen items. Officers also say that Kelley has no fewer than seven outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court. He’s now being held on those no-bail warrants; it’s possible that organized retail theft charges could also be filed. A woman who was with Kelley was questioned and released.
Hazel Waldo, 74, of Castle Rock is being cited, accused of causing a four-car crash yesterday morning on Highway 12 near Mossyrock. State Troopers say that the collision took place at about 10:40 yesterday morning, about a mile west of Mossyrock. They say Waldo was eastbound when her pickup skidded on the icy road. Her Ford F-150 crossed the center line and then crashed into a pickup driven by Riley Overby, 21, of Toledo. Overby’s pickup then went into the eastbound lane, where it was hit by Phoebe Young, 83, of Richland. That pickup came to rest on the center line, and then was hit by Colleen Littlejohn, 44, of Glenoma. Only Young was injured in the crash; she was taken to Morton General for treatment. Waldo was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.
The City of Longview reports that work is scheduled to start this morning on pedestrian safety improvements at one of the city’s busiest intersections. Work starts today on the Washington Way and Commerce Avenue Intersection Improvements Project, which will involve construction on all four corners of the intersection. This work is expected to extend into the early part of next year. If you’re driving through that area, be ready for periodic lane closures, along with other congestion related to a work zone. You’re advised to use caution driving through this area, or any construction zone.
Greg Packwell of Longview says that he and his dog still plan to return to the Gerhart Gardens Dog Park, this coming after a Saturday incident that required firefighters to rescue his Labrador Retriever. Packwell called 911 at about 3:30 on Saturday, saying that his dog had become stuck in the mud as they were playing by the river. Packwell says that he tried to rescue the dog, but he feared getting stuck himself. Firefighters eventually put on life jackets and then used a ladder to reach the dog; they then had to use their bare hands to dig the mud away from the dog and were able to get him out after being stuck in the mud for more than 20 minutes. They say that the dog was hypothermic when it was brought out, but he eventually warmed up and revived.
Today’s Northwest Voice Literary Series event will feature Dave Tucker of Bellingham, who writes about geology and field trips in the Northwest. Tucker is a research associate in the geology department at Western Washington University; he also leads field trips around the Northwest, and publishes a blog on that topic, called “Northwest Geology Field Trips.” His first book is called “Geology Underfoot in Western Washington,” and is currently available for purchase. Tucker will host a descriptive writing workshop from 3:30 to 5 pm in Main 145 at Lower Columbia College, and then he will conduct a reading at 7 pm in the Longview Library Auditorium. Both events are free and are open to anyone interested.
The Portland Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup championship match after a 2-2 tie with FC Dallas yesterday. Portland will be at Columbus for the title game Sunday at 1 pm…..Russel Wilson threw five TD passes, three to Doug Baldwin in a wild 39-30 win over Pittsburgh yesterday. The Hawks are now 6-5 and in the playoff mix as they play at Minnesota on Sunday…..The Trail Blazers take on the Clippers in Los Angeles tonight, KLOG 6:35 pm……Devin Johnson scored 20 points to lead LCC to a 71-54 victory over Mt. Hood in the final day of the Red Devil Classic. LCC won two of three games in the tourney, won by Spokane…..Kelso’s Colin Kelly started at right tackle for Ottawa in the 103rd Grey Cup game last night. Edmonton beat Ottawa 26-20 in the Canadian pro football title game.
The Chicago Bulls snapped a seven game losing streak at Portland with a 93-88 victory over the Blazers. Portland hosts the Lakers on Saturday…..The Huskies and Zags are playing this morning in the Bahamas, KLOG 9:00 am. Last night Washington State beat Cal State-Los Angeles 74-57 and Valparaiso beat Oregon State 63-57…..The Red Devil Classic begins Friday at 1 pm, an eight team college men’s tournament. The LCC men will play SW Oregon Friday night at 8 pm. The tourney runs through Sunday…..Marshawn Lynch will miss about a month as he undergoes surgery for a sports hernia today, according to the NFL Network. The Hawks re-signed Bryce Brown for RB depth as they host the Steelers Sunday…..The Apple Cup on KLOG Friday at 11:30 am, kickoff at 12:30 pm.