Felix Hernandez gave up four first-inning runs in his final spring training start as the Padres beat the Mariners 7-5 yesterday. The M’s have today off…..The Trail Blazers host the Boston Celtics tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..The Kelso baseball team pounded Fort Vancouver 25-4 yesterday. R.A. Long dominated Hudson’s Bay 15-2…..In softball today, Lower Columbia is at Bellevue in college action while the high school slate includes Fort at Mark Morris and RAL against Mission Oak at Fresno…..Woodland beat Mark Morris 2-0 in boys soccer. Kelso plays at W.F. West tonight at 7 pm……In girls tennis, Kelso beat Columbia River 4-2. Kelso hosts Hudson’s Bay today…..The RAL girls golf team competes with Battle Ground at the Cedars course today.
Archive | March, 2016
Kelso Police report that a 1994 cold case homicide may have been resolved, after a man turned himself into to police in Salt Lake City, where he admitted involvement in the crime. Captain Darr Kirk with the Kelso Police Department reports that Brandon D. Wright, 44, turned himself in this past Sunday, saying that he had been involved in the killing of Robert Bushey, who was found dead inside of a trailer near the Kelso Airport. Kirk says that investigators did travel to Utah to interview Wright, but they haven’t discussed any other details as of yet. Kirk says that Wright is now awaiting extradition to Washington State.
The Sheriff’s Office reports that a man was seriously injured yesterday afternoon in a domestic dispute, falling and hitting his head as he reportedly tried to keep the female half from driving away. The incident was reported around 3:20 yesterday afternoon, at a home in the 100 block of Holcomb Spur Road. The woman involved says that she was trying to leave the home, when Dennis Pittman grabbed the side of the pickup. Pittman supposedly tried to run with the truck, and that’s when he fell and hit his head on the blacktop. The woman stopped and called 911; Pittman was taken to Saint John Medical Center, and is listed in critical condition this morning. So far, no arrests have been reported in connection with this incident, but the investigation is continuing.
Seven people are under arrest after the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a home in the 4700 block of Ohio Street. SCU officials say that this is part of an ongoing investigation into local narcotics trafficking; they claim to have found heroin, meth, prescription drugs, numerous firearms and drug paraphernalia in the house yesterday afternoon. Michael C. Leak, 60, Kristen N. Stoneking, 32, Gerald R. Hefley, 59, and Aaron C. Rudberg, 33, were arrested on felony drug charges, while Emily S. Otton, 23, Megan C. McCafferty, 24, and Kevin C. Ullrich, 28, were all picked up on outstanding warrant. As was stated before, this is an ongoing investigation; additional arrests could be made and additional charges could be filed.
Kalama Police are looking into a theft incident reported in the rail yard in Kalama, where someone got onto rail cars that are used to transport hazardous chemicals, and then they stole carbon steel caps off of those cars. The cars were parked in the 1200 block of North Hendrickson Drive, just inside the Kalama city limits. Details on the number of caps that were stolen haven’t been disclosed, nor has a replacement cost been discussed. No environmental exposures were reported. Kalama Police have no suspects at this time.
Scappoose Police report picking up a pretty shady bunch yesterday, posting on Facebook that no fewer than 20 “roaming” lawn gnomes were recovered. Officer James Candiff put a photo up on Facebook, showing the rear seat of his cruiser filled with the gnomes. The photo is getting a lot of play as it gets around the internet, but there’s still no word yet from Cardiff as to how he got all of these gnomes. The last note from SPD is that the “miscreant gnomes” were returned to their proper owner “before they were able to cause any serious trouble.”
You can get an update on the “State of Education” in the local area at today’s first Quarterly Meeting of the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, a luncheon meeting being held at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center. Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich is expected to address the budget issues that the Kelso School District is facing, Superintendent Dan Zorn will talk about Longview Schools and the facilities study that is under way, and Lower Columbia College President Chris Bailey will talk about the current challenges at the college. The State of Education Quarterly Luncheon will run from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at the Conference Center. Save some money by pre-registering; go to kelsolongviewchamber.org for more information.
Today is the last day that you can contribute to the 2016 United Way Fund Drive Campaign. United Way officials say that there’s still time to support the 23 partner agencies of the United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties, organizations that are making great impacts in health, education and income for both counties. You can make a contribution by going to cowlitzunitedway.org, or by calling 423-5320.
Today is the day that you need to make sure that those studded tires are off your car. March 31st is the deadline to remove studded tires in both Washington and Oregon. If you get caught with studs on after today, you could get a $124 ticket in Washington; that fine could be as much as $200 in Oregon. It’s noted that tires studs do a lot of extra damage to pavement on dry roads; they could also decrease your handling and braking efficiency. Tire shops could be busy today, so you’ll need to plan accordingly.
Today is the deadline for hunters across the state to get their applications into the drawing for a 2016 multiple-season tag, which might help increase the chance for success in the field. In the middle of next month, Washington Fish and Wildlife will hold the drawing for 85 hundred multiple-season deer tags and a thousand multiple-season elk tags. Winners will get the opportunity to buy a special tag that would allow them to participate in archery, muzzleloader and modern firearm seasons; elk tag winners would also be able to hunt on either side of the state. Full information on the tags and the drawings are on thw WDFW web page.
WDFW is also out with a reminder that anglers will need to renew their licenses and harvest tags by tomorrow. Fishing licenses are valid from April 1 to March 31 in Washington state. Anglers will also need to return their salmon and steelhead catch record cards, even if they didn’t catch any fish. Full details are available on the WDFW web page, or at your local licensing outlet.