Woodland Police are looking into a commercial burglary reported yesterday morning in the 600 block of Scott Avenue, with a number of collectible coins stolen. The business owner called 911 shortly after 10 am, saying that someone broke out a window to gain entry. They say that personal tax documents were stolen, along with 19 uncirculated silver dollars. A 50-state quarter collection was also stolen, along with four specially-painted Elvis collector coins. It’s also reported that an “unknown amount” of Washington license plates were stolen. They say that the break-in took place some time between 5 pm on the 26th and 10 am yesterday morning. So far, no information on possible suspects has been developed.
Archive | December, 2015
It looks like vandals went on a spree in Woodland on Sunday night, with no fewer than a dozen victims reporting damage yesterday morning. Calls started coming in around 7 yesterday morning, with victims reported in the 700 to 900 blocks of Dale Street, along with incidents on Goerig Road, Loves Avenue and Hoffman Street. It appears that a number of buildings and vehicles were “tagged,” but police haven’t said yet if they have identified any suspects.
Norman Ray Pedigo, 47, of Winlock will spend six months in jail, after he was convicted of using a sword during an incident back in October. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the case involving Pedigo, who was arrested early on the morning on October 22nd. He was arrested after admitting to using a sword to stab through the sides of a mobile home, in an attempt to assault a woman inside that structure. Pedigo eventually entered an “Alford Plea” in the case, meaning that he does not admit guilt, but he does admit that authorities have enough evidence to convict him. Pedigo was sentenced to 56 days in jail and one year of community supervision. He’s also being ordered to pay just over $2,300 in restitution.
Clavin Paul Brockman, 34, of Toledo is in the Lewis County Jail, arrested on Christmas Eve on charges of child molestation. Details on the arrest are published in the Centralia Chronicle, saying that he’s accused of molesting two girls under the age of ten. The crimes allegedly took place in the Napavine area, and were first reported back in August by the mother of the victims. He’s now being held on bail of a half-million dollars, charged with two counts of first-degree child It’s noted that Brockman has a previous conviction for child molestation, so he could face a life sentence if he’s convicted again.
Sidney Sean Meacham, 34, of Warrenton is being accused of sexually abusing a teenage male in Clatsop County. The Clatskanie Chief reports that Mecham was arrested on the 19th of this month, and is now being held on charges of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, furnishing alcohol to a minor, failure to report as a sex offender and a probation violation. It’s reported that Mecham and the victim first met by chance at a park in the Warrenton area, and it’s thought that the abuse started in October. The victim told his parents, who then informed the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office. Mecham is listed as a Predatory Sex Offender by Oregon State Police, following a 1999 conviction in Multnomah County. The investigation is continuing.
Another one of those internet lists is getting a lot of buzz on local social media, as a web page called “24/7 Wall Street” reports that Longview residents have the shortest life expectancy in Washington state. The list was first published on the 24/7 Wall Street page on the 21st of this month. They claim to have reviewed and ranked the cities in each state, looking at life expectancy from birth. 24/7 Wall Street says that the data is based on county-level life expectancy data from 2010, which was compiled by a research center connected to the University of Washington. That data was cross-referenced with other health data, including rates of obesity, smoking, physical activity, income, poverty, educational attainment and insurance rates. According to this rating, Longview’s life expectancy is 77.2 years, compared to the statewide average of 79.2 years. They say that Longview residents are “more likely” than others to be obese, physically inactive, and to smoke. It’s also noted that Longview’s high poverty rate detracts from life expectancy. Bellingham has the longest life expectancy in Washington, pegged at 80.9 years.
The Classic Movie Series continues tonight at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, as they bring in the 1942 Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire classic “Holiday Inn.” The story focuses on Crosby and Astaire as they vie for the affections of Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale, at a special getaway that’s only open on the holidays. The movie received three Oscars, one for Best Original Song (White Christmas), Best Score and Best Original Story. Showtime at the Columbia Theatre is set for 7 pm. Call 575-TIXX between 11:30 am and 5:30 pm for ticket information, or go to columbiatheatre.com to view sample videos and to buy tickets.
The LCC women’s basketball team won on the opening day of their LC Holiday Classic. The Devils beat Whatcom 89-56 last night as Katie Hankins and Carissa Cannon had 16 points each. The Devils play North Idaho at 6 pm. There are also games at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm…..The LCC men will also be at home tonight against their Alumni team. The tip off is at 8 pm tonight…..The Kelso boys lost to Mission Vista 69-48 at the Palm Springs tournament. The Scots play against Cabrillo today. The Mark Morris boys beat Pioneer, CA 53-52 at the San Diego Surf N Slam. MM takes on Lake Stevens today. The R.A. Long boys beat Heritage 68-34 last night…..Kelso beat La Quinta 38-23 in Palm Springs. The Lassies play Marymount today. The RAL girls beat Clatskanie 49-33 in Astoria. The Jills play tonight at 7 pm. The Mark Morris girls host Charles Best Academy of Canada tonight at 7:45 pm (FM 101.5 The Wave).
Longview Police are looking for a man who has been reported as missing, also saying that the man has some mental health issues, and he may be without his meds. Around 9:40 on Saturday morning, a friend of John Jacob Pfister, 33, called LPD, saying that Pfister hadn’t been seen since the 18th. It was reported that Pfister has been under treatment for some mental health issues, but he hasn’t been taking his medications. In the days before he disappeared, Pfister supposedly said that he had been “hearing voices,” and that he needed to “escape” to Milwaukie, Wisconsin. The 911 caller tells Longview Police that they had been in touch with authorities in Wisconsin, who advised them to contact local law enforcement. John Jacob Pfister is a white male, 33 years old, 6’2” and 245 pounds, with reddish-blonde hair and blue eyes. Contact your local law enforcement agency immediately if you know where he might be.
Longview Police are investigating an assault that was reported last night at a grocery store on Ocean Beach Highway. The incident was reported at about 9:30 pm, apparently getting started in the parking lot of the Safeway store. This was initially reported as a purse-snatching, but apparently turned out to be just an assault. The male victim says that he was walking back to his car, when an unknown male came up and punched the victim in the face. The victim also says that the suspect may have had brass knuckles. The suspect then got into a white SUV and took off on Ocean Beach Highway. A companion took the victim to St. John Medical Center for treatment. Police have a description of the suspect, and they’re going over security video to see if that person can be identified.