Fire crews spent about four hours at Kalama Export early this morning, after a fire was reported at the grain handling facility. Fire crews from Cowlitz Fire District 5 in Kalama and Cowlitz 2 in Kelso were called out at about 1:50 am, when a fire was reported in a vent. There’s no word yet on what caused the fire; it does not appear that serious damage was done. No injuries were reported, as well. There was also a second callout at about 7:20 am. The investigation into these fires is just now getting under way.
Archive | June, 2017
Mark LaRue of Kalama has a chiropractic practice in Battle Ground, and it’s now being claimed that LaRue has sexually abused some of his patients. Battle Ground Police reported on yesterday’s arrest of LaRue, as two female patients claim that LaRue touched them in an “inappropriate manner” while they were in his office for chiropractic or massage treatments. The female patients are 22 and 47 years of age; as detectives started checking on LaRue, it was discovered that similar accusations were made by three female patients, incidents reported in 2003 and 2004. Reports were made to law enforcement and to the Health Department, but there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute. LaRue’s office in Battle Ground has been open since 2002. LaRue is currently being held without bail on charges of second-degree rape and indecent liberties, while the investigation continues. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Battle Ground Police Detective Kim Armstrong at 360-342-5252.
Local police agencies are on the lookout for Eric David Fletcher, 36, who is wanted in Montana for being an alleged methamphetamine supplier. On May 4th of last year, a warrant was issued in U. S. District Court in Great Falls, Montana, charging Fletcher with at least four federal counts connected to the possession and distribution of meth. It’s noted that Fletcher has ties to Woodland and Vancouver, and investigators think that he may have come back to his old stomping grounds. Eric David Fletcher is just over six feet tall, he weighs between 235 to 255 pounds, brown hair and tattoos on his arms, his back and his right calf. The FBI says that Fletcher should be considered as armed and dangerous, and should not be approached. Call 911 right away if you have information on his whereabouts.
The Woodland man who reportedly drove his pickup into the Lewis River in an apparent suicide attempt on Tuesday is now being cited for that action. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office says that Darin Powser, 59, of Woodland intentionally drove his pickup into the water on Tuesday, apparently because he was distraught over recent trouble with his girlfriend. Witnesses say Powser escaped from the pickup and ran off as it sank into a deep hole in the river; PacifiCorps dropped the river flow on Wednesday as divers were brought in to retrieve the truck. After the recovery, Deputies met with Powser, and he was cited for the misdemeanor crime of Unlawful Use of Wildlife Lands. Deputies say that he’s now scheduled to be in District Court at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 12th.
Longview native Mickey Polis, 30, is coming back home to take over as the head men’s basketball coach at Lower Columbia College. The former Red Devil takes over from his former coach Jim Roffler who retired after 26 years. Polis has been the lead assistant at Linfield the past four seasons…..The Angels host the Mariners tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Victoria scored six runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to shock the Cowlitz Black Bears 12-11. The 9th inning meltdown came after Cowlitz pounded out 21 hits. The Bears will try and bounce back tonight at Victoria…..Hilander Dental dropped two games yesterday at the Cowboy Classic in Twin Falls Idaho. HD lost 9-4 to the Reno A’s and 8-3 to the Boise Centennials. Hilander Dental plays Lethbridge, Alberta today at 12 pm.
Ocean Beach Highway is open to traffic again this morning, after having been shut down for a manhunt that took place west of Longview yesterday afternoon. At 11:35 yesterday morning, a woman called 911 from a home in the 100 block of Old Mill Creek Road, saying that there was an intruder in the house. The caller says that she had gone into his basement, but lights were on upstairs, and she could hear someone moving around. The woman yelled “Who’s up there?” When she went to check, the caller says that she saw a man running off of the property. She also discovered that the house had been “gone through,” and the suspect dropped some things as he was running off. The County K-9 “Fritz” was called in, and Ocean Beach Highway was shut down in both directions as the K-9 track was conducted. The dog didn’t find the suspect, but Deputies say that they were able to obtain some fingerprints from one of the items that the suspect handled.
A flurry of filings connected to the shoreline permits for the Northwest Innovation Works methanol plant came in yesterday. Three environmental groups are filing appeals of the approved permits, claiming that the conditions laid down don’t do enough to protect the environment. The Port of Kalama is also filing an appeal, claiming that the permit is too strict, and that the state is overreaching in trying to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The appeals are now under review by the Department of Ecology.
We still have two more days of preparation before the annual Go 4th Festival gets under way, which gets under way on Sunday, and runs through Tuesday at Lake Sacajawea. Parking restrictions around the lake will start tomorrow, as the Flea Market vendors arrive and start getting set up. Longview Police have maps available on mylongview.com, showing the traffic restrictions that will be in place, along with the parking designations.
Go 4th itself gets under way on Sunday, starting with the Cornhole Tournament, the Longview Firefighters Floating Hole-in-One, the Flea Market and a special church service at 10:30 am. During the day on Sunday, “Praise Bands” will be playing, going up to the Cardboard Boat Races at 4 pm. The nightcap on Sunday will be a performance by “Harvest Gold,” a Neil Young tribute band.
The Cornhole Tournament continues on Monday and Tuesday, along with the Floating Hole-In-One, the Flea Market and live music at Martin’s Dock. The Longview Pioneer Lions “Spirits Of Longview” Beer Garden takes place on Monday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, a 21-and-over event that will get started at 5 pm. The Firecracker Fun Run happens at 6 pm on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Lions will host their annual Pancake Breakfast, the Timber Carnival gets under way, and the Go 4th Parade happens at 10 am. The Pioneer Lions Kids Races happen at noon on the lawn at R. A. Long High School, and the Timber Competitions start at 1 pm. There’s live music all day long at Martin’s Dock, and things wrap up with the fireworks show over Lake Sacajawea at around 10 pm.
There’s a full weekend of events in Clatskanie, as they celebrate the annual Heritage Days, going with the theme of “New Growth for Old Roots.” There’s a free screening of “The Princess Bride” at 7 pm tonight at the Birkenfeld Theatre; on Saturday, the Farmers Market happens in Cope’s Park, along with The Race Against Child Abuse, with 10K, 5K and 1-mile walk and run courses for all ages.
On Sunday, the All-School Reunion takes place, along with Alumni Home Run Derby and Alumni Baseball Game at Clatskanie High School. On Monday, the Clatskanie Arts Commission present’s “General Dischord,” which is also billed as “Oregon’s Own 234th Army Band.” Their free show will take place at 7 pm on Monday in the Birkenfeld Theatre in Clatskanie.
Tuesday is the big day, with the 4th of July Parade at 11 am, bingo, the logging show with youth and adult competitors, a talent show, an ice cream-eating contest, the Ducky Derby and the fireworks show at dusk.
Along with the Independence Day festivities, the Community Health Partners are putting on the 4th annual Garage Sale, taking place today and tomorrow at 1734 Kessler Boulevard, right next to Saint John Medical Center. There’s a piano for sale, an entertainment center, CD’s, pictures, books and a lot more. Proceeds from the sale will help to support free medical, dental and vision clinics for local men, women and children that don’t have insurance. Hours are 9 am until 4 pm today and tomorrow.
The 25th annual Columbia River Corvettes Bow-Tie Bash happens on Saturday this year, with classic and custom vehicles lining the streets of downtown Longview. The Bow-Tie Bash is open to American-made and American-powered Corvettes, classics, customs, muscle cars and more, gong form 9 am until 3 pm on Saturday. Car registration is 15 dollars in advance, 20 dollars on the day of the show; it’s free to come by and look at the cars lining Commerce Avenue.
The Summer Theatre Camp at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts wraps up on Saturday, with the kids putting on a production of “Peter and Wendy.” Over the past week, kids in 1st through 8th grades have been participating in the camp with the Missoula Children’s Theatre, with performances set for 3 and 5:30 pm on Saturday. Get more information on columbiatheatre.com, or by calling 575-8499.