Counselors will be on hand today at Castle Rock High School, available to help students and staff deal with the death of Sierra Indergard, 17, who was killed last Friday morning in a car crash on Woodside Drive west of Longview. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office says that Indergard died shortly before 9 am Friday morning, when here Subaru hit an embankment, then rolled onto its top. Indergard was found in the car, unconscious and unresponsive. She was declared dead at the scene, and an autopsy shows that she died from blunt force trauma to the head. There are no indications of driver impairment or excessive speed. The crash investigation is continuing.
Archive | May, 2016
The Coast Guard reports rescuing two people who were involved in a boat collision Sunday afternoon on the Columbia River near Westport, Oregon. A helicopter was sent from the Coast Guard Air Station in Astoria a few minutes before 10 pm Sunday night, after the 20 year-old woman and the 29 year-old man sent a text message to family members, saying that they were stranded on the island. The couple says that they had been out on the river in a 15-foot boat that got side-swiped by another vessel. They were able to get to Wallace Island and then texted for help. The Coast Guard sent the helo and another rescue boat; the helicopter found the couple first, and then took them back to Westport, where they had a car parked. The other boat that was involved hasn’t been found.
Longview Police are working to find an older pickup in connection with a robbery reported last night in the 500 block of Oregon Way, where the pickup was supposedly used as the weapon in the event. Just after 7 last night, Longview Police and aid crews were called about a man that was down in the alley, also saying that he may have been hit by a truck. When questioned, the injured man claimed that a man pulled a knife on him and stole his bike; he also claimed that the suspect hit him with his pickup. The victim was able to provide information on the suspect and the truck, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.
Woodland Police are looking into a road rage incident that ended with a cup full of tobacco spit being thrown into another vehicle. This incident was reported at about 5:45 yesterday afternoon, with the victim claiming that the incident started on I-5 northbound, with a woman driving recklessly on the freeway. The victim says that he followed the suspect car to the Woodland Police Department, where a verbal altercation ensued. At some point, the male in the suspect vehicle threw a cup full of tobacco spit at the victim, landing on him and the interior of his vehicle. WPD says that all parties involved have been identified, and they are still collecting statements. So far, no arrests have been made.
Longview Police are working with Castle Rock Police on the response to a report from a woman who claims that she was sexually assaulted by a security employee at a lounge in Longview. This incident was reported last Friday morning, when a Castle Rock resident reported that a friend had called, saying that a half-naked woman showed up on his doorstep, claiming that she had been raped at an abandoned building in Longview. The woman also claims that the security guard at a lounge in Longview was the suspect. Longview Police are working to identify all of the parties involved, and to verify the woman’s story. This investigation is continuing.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is making an effort to contact at least ten people whose ID’s, bank cards and EBT cards were found in a ditch near Toutle over the weekend. A call came into the Sheriff’s Office at about 8:45 yesterday morning, east of the Toutle River Bridge on State Route 504. It’s not known how this material ended up where it did. The cards have been logged in for safekeeping, while efforts to contact the owners are made.
Be aware that the Port of Kalama has a portion of Toteff Road closed today and tomorrow, as work is done to complete a new rail crossing. This is part of the Third Rail project from Martin’s Bluff to Kelso; recreational anglers are being advised to avoid Exit 27 completely today and tomorrow, and to use Exit 30 to access angling areas. Tomorrow, Hendrickson Drive will also be reduced to one lane near the Toteff Road Crossing. Port officials say that there could be additional road closures connected to this project during the next month.
Learn how you can grow your own vegetables in a limited space, as the WSU Master Gardeners present “Getting More With Less: Using Container Gardens.” Master Gardener Jewell Myers will be talking about the special requirements that you need for container gardens, including fertilizing, watering and maintenance. You’ll also learn how to choose plants that meet your needs, while making wise use of your space and resources. This is a free class, starting at 6:30 pm in the Fair Exposition building at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. Call 577-5014, extension 3 for more information.
The Mariners defeated the Padres 9-3 yesterday as Kyle Seager’s two-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the 6th inning. The M’s and Padres play again today, KLOG 11:30 am…..Washington and Gonzaga made the field for the NCAA baseball tournament. The Huskies play in the Nashville Regional while the Zags are at the Fort Worth Regional. Oregon State did not make the tournament…..Yakima Valley beat Everett 5-2 to win the NWAC baseball crown at Story Field yesterday. It’s the Yaks first title since 1983. LCC ended up 4th in the tournament…..Vincent Murphy of Puyallup won the Cowlitz County Amateur golf tournament in a three-hole playoff with Matt Hartley…..In case you missed it, Toledo won the State 2B baseball title while Toutle Lake won the 2B softball championship.
The Cowlitz PUD ospreys Electra and Watt-sun are now parents, as all three eggs that Electra laid have hatched over this past weekend. The osprey pair returned to their nest on March 25th, and Electra laid three eggs by April 24th. The first of the eggs hatched on Friday, and by yesterday, all three eggs had hatched, and you could watch the chicks being fed over the live feed video camera that the PUD is maintaining. The PUD plans to hold another naming contest for the chicks, who will be in the nest for another seven or eight weeks. You can watch the chick grow in real time by checking the PUD Osprey Cam, or you can monitor the family’s project via the Osprey Cam Facebook page.