TDN reports that County Prosecutor Ryan Jurvakainen is set to announce a charging decision from the January fatal shooting in Rose Valley on Monday. David Jay Kent died when he was shot by two deputies and a KPD police officer after Kent allegedly threatened them with a chainsaw.
Archive | February, 2016
Another local eye doctors office was burglarized yesterday. Three Rivers Eye Care at 209 West Main in Kelso was broken into with designer frames and other glasses taken. This is similar to break-ins at Cascade Eye Care and Eyes on Commerce back in December. No suspects have been identified.
The Longview Police Street Crimes Unit arrested six people yesterday after serving a search warrant at 321 16th Avenue. Taken into custody on meth possession charges was Kathern Irreton, 50, Jonathan Graham, 43, Brenda Deats, 51, Tarl McAllister, 36, BobbiJo McAllister, 47 and Brian Griffiths, 48. Detectives recovered meth and prescription pills.
Both LCC teams rallied in the second half to win games at Grays Harbor last night. The Red Devil men won the West title outright with an 87-69 victory and the LCC women remained tied for first with a 74-48 win. Both teams host South Puget Sound on Saturday before they host NWAC Regional Playoff games Saturday March 5th…..Stephen Thompson hit a three at the buzzer to give Oregon State an 82-81 win over Washington, the Dawgs fifth loss in six games. Oregon is now in first place after a 76-62 win over WSU and an Arizona loss at Colorado…..The Trail Blazers host the Houston Rockets tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm. Portland has won six straight…..Vancouver defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0 in MLS pre-season action last night.
The Longview City Council meets at 6 pm in a workshop session, prior to the regular Council meeting at 7. This evening’s workshop will focus on marijuana zoning regulations, looking at the city staff’s efforts to stay current with state legislation that went into effect over the past year. This new legislation deals with medical marijuana collective gardens, which will no longer be legal after July 1st. After July 1, collective gardens will be replaced by medical marijuana cooperatives. Municipalities are having to deal with production limits in residential areas that would be allowed under this new law, and have a number of compliance options at their disposal. Staff plans a presentation on the new law and the Council’s options.
At the regular meeting at 7 pm, the Council plans to consider action on a resolution for the interlocal agreement regarding a traffic signal on 15th Avenue at Mark Morris Court. The city has received grant to pay a major portion of the cost, but will require a local match. This resolution will set those local match contributions from the city and from the school district. The Draft 2016 Parks and Recreation Plan will also be presented later in the meeting, giving the Council its first look at this proposed six-year guidebook for the department. Both meetings are open to the public.
Construction is running full-bore on the first phase of the Cowlitz Indian Casino project just off of I-5 near La Center, and now the tribe is announcing that they will soon be looking to staff that facility. In this morning’s Daily News, Casino President and Gaming Manager Kara Fox-Rose says that the first phase of construction will result in a 100 thousand square-foot gaming floor, with 25 hundred slots, table games and a high-limit area. There will also be space for events, multiple dining venues and entertainment spaces. It’s estimated that construction involves about 250 jobs, and another one thousand people will be needed to run it. Fox-Rose says that the job postings will be announced on cowlitzcasino.com.
Scappoose Police report that someone may be posing as a Longview Police Officer, as they attempt try and scam money from elderly residents. A few minutes after 3 yesterday afternoon, Scappoose PD contacted LPD, saying that several residents reported getting calls from people identifying themselves as “Officer Roland” or “Officer Nelson” with Longview Police. The callers apparently target the elderly, telling them that their grandchildren are in jail and need money to get out. Longview Police confirmed to Scappoose that they have no one named Roland or Nelson on the force; efforts continue to find the source of the calls.
Kelso Police report that a 46 year-old man is missing after he went into the Cowlitz River around noon on Wednesday. Cowlitz County Deputies put a boat in the river and Coast Guard helicopter was called in to search both sides of the river downstream from the Allen Street Bridge. Things got started a little after 11 am; friends of the homeless man tell KPD that he apparently decided to swim across the river, and got into distress about half-way across. The man attempted to get back to shore, but it’s unclear if he made it. There were reports from the Elite Fitness gym that the man could be seen floating on his back, but then those people lost sight of the man. The search efforts was also complicated by the large number of seals and sea lions in the Cowlitz. The active search was called off after several hours; the man’s name has not yet been released.
Saying that the project “fails to demonstrate financial wherewithal,” the Port of Longview Board of Commissioners is directing interim Port CEO Norm Krehbiel to terminate all discussions with Waterside Energy, LLC, regarding that company’s proposals to build an oil refinery and LPG transfer facility at the Port. The Port has been in discussions with the Texas-based company for several months, as the company proposed to build those facilities at the port’s Berth 4. Commission President Bob Bagaason says that they have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that these projects are viable, and he says that the backers have simply failed to prove that the project pencils out financially. Port officials say that Waterside failed to meet a deadline to provide financial information. When that information was sent in, the material was heavily redacted and failed to provide information on financial backing. Commissioner Doug Averett says that “this isn’t about fossil fuels.” He says that this was considered on its individual merits, not the commodity involved.
A Lexington woman is being treated for smoke inhalation after fire destroyed a home on Lexington Avenue yesterday morning. Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue responded to the call in the 100 block of Lexington Avenue shortly after 10 am, along with Cowlitz Fire District 6 out of Castle Rock. Two women and a man escaped the house, along with a dog. One of the women was taken to St. John Medical Center, and then was transferred to the Kaiser facility in Hillsboro. Her condition hasn’t been updated this morning. Firefighters say that they had a total of 27 personnel on the scene; fighting the fire was complicated by access issues; there was a long driveway, which also meant that hoses had long runs. The floor and the roof of the house was also compromised by the time fire crews arrived. The house is a total loss, and the Red Cross is assisting the residents. The value of the home is put at about $68,000; the cause is still under investigation.