Arizona held off Colorado 11-8 to win the NL Wild Card game last night. Longview’s Bud Black managed the Rockies to a playoff berth in his first season in Denver…..The Blazers host the Toronto Raptors in NBA Pre-Season action tonight at Moda Center, KLOG 6:05 pm…..The LCC volleyball team let a 2-0 slip away into a 3-2 loss at Highline last night. The 4-1 Devils host 5-0 Pierce tomorrow night at 7 pm…..In prep volleyball tonight, Kelso is at Prairie and Woodland at Mark Morris, both at 7 pm…..The LCC soccer team came away with a 1-1 tie at Centralia last night. The Devils host Green River Saturday at 12 pm…..In girls soccer today, RAL is at Fort (4 pm), Woodland at Mark Morris (4:30) and Prairie at Kelso (7 pm).
Archive | October, 2017
A Lakewood man is in custody after a high-speed pursuit on I-5 southbound, an event that started to the north of us, and then ended with a crash that shut down the southbound freeway near Kalama. The crash also affected train traffic for a short time. This got started in Cowlitz County at about 4:10 yesterday afternoon, when the State Patrol informed Cowlitz County that they were terminating a pursuit that actually started near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It was reported that the driver had a head injury and PTSD, and had threatened a “Las Vegas-style incident.” The driver was identified as Christopher James Bleavins, a 35 year-old man from Lakewood. Deputies say that Bleavins was doing 100 miles an hour as he came past Castle Rock; they also say that he was swerving across all three lanes of the freeway, and was trying to make other cars crash as he continued south. They say that traffic started getting heavier south of Longview, and that Bleavins was using the median to pass cars. Near milepost 33, Bleavins lost control, went off of the freeway and rolled, crashing near the train tracks. The southbound freeway was closed as tow trucks were brought in; train traffic was also stopped, as it was thought that the suspect car had hit the railroad tracks, and may have damaged them. Bleavins was taken to Saint John Medical Center, and then was booked on charges of first-degree assault, felony eluding and hit-and-run. Train traffic resumed after an inspection by Burlington Northern-Santa Fe.
Second-degree assault charges are being filed against Matthew David McClure, 29, after he allegedly used a knife to threaten someone in an attempted strong-armed robbery. Longview Police report that this incident happened at 9:50 pm, in the 500 block of 7th Avenue. Those on the scene claim that the suspect pulled a knife and made demands, but they also say that the “customer” didn’t give the suspect any money. That man walked off after he allegedly stole a cigarette from the victim. The suspect reportedly headed west, and was stopped at gunpoint in the area of the abandoned Amadon warehouse. McClure was identified as the suspect, and was booked into custody. He’s now awaiting his first court appearance.
Longview Police are alerting local citizens about recent scam attempts, posting information about two incidents that took place recently. The first incident involves door-to-door salesmen, people claiming to be DirecTV representatives. This incidents took place in the middle of last month, involving victims in the 500 block of 27th Avenue. In both cases, a man came to the homes, claiming to be promoting DirecTV; he offered new equipment, upgraded service and reduced costs. After both incidents, the residents found fraudulent charges on their debit cards. Further contact with DirecTV revealed that the man was NOT connected to the company. Police say that you need to be wary of allowing people into your house, and to never give a door-to-door salesman any personal or financial information unless they have been verified as legitimate.
The second incident involves an attempt to scam a local disabled resident. The mother of a 30 year-old Longview man with autism called LPD on the 4th, claiming that someone tried to bilk her son with a version of the old “Nigerian Prince” scam. The mother says that her son was approached while on “Special Bridge,” an online community for people with disabilities. Last Monday, a woman named “Miss Christiane Gross” sent the man a message, saying that she had $6.5 million that she needed to get out of Africa. “Miss Gross” claims to be a 21-year-old orphan, who received the money after he parents died mysteriously. She offered the Longview man 20 percent of the money, if she would transfer the cash into his account. The man and his mother both recognized the e-mail as a scam; the mother says that she also tried to alert Special Bridge several times, with no response. She’s sharing this information as a warning to others. Longview Police say that we all need to be on our guard, and remember, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
The Kelso School Board holds a special meeting at 2 pm today, where they will receive updated recommendations from the Facility Improvement Team, and will take that information for consideration. This report comes after some ten months of work, looking at long-term facilities projects in the Kelso School District. This is an informational meeting only; no action will be taken. The meeting is being held in the District Administration Offices at 601 Crawford Street, and the meeting is open to the public.
The financing of several large capital projects will be one of the topics of a Longview City Council workshop that will start at 6 pm. The meeting will start with a presentation on Emergency Preparedness for Elected Officials, followed by a discussion of Investment Policies. The third topic deals with Capital Improvement Projects and Financing Plans. The city has several large-dollar items on the horizon, including the purchase of a new ladder truck for Longview Fire, street and stormwater facilities, and the city’s share of a new Transit Center. A plan for financing these projects will be presented, and they’ll also discuss a plan for refunding bonds that were sold for the renovation of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts; a refinancing of those bonds could also help to pay for improvements that are needed at the historic venue. The meeting will be held in the second floor Training Room at the Longview City Hall, and the public is invited.
The three people vying for the Kalama Mayor position will meet tonight in a Candidate Forum that’s being arranged by Amalak, the women’s service group that serves the Kalama community. The forum is scheduled to begin at 7 pm in the Kalama Community Building, and will feature current Kalama City Council member Rosemary Siipola, Kalama Planning Commission member Mike Reuter and AMR paramedic Tom Merz. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
Today’s Community Conversation lecture at Lower Columbia College will be held in a different location, this week only. Continuing on the theme of “Movies and Meaning,” LCC English instructor Mavourneen Rister will present “Badass Women in Film.” Today only, Rister’s talk will be presented in Room 123 at LCC’s Health and Science Building, starting at noon. The lecture is free and is open to the public.
The First Thursday program at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum will take a deep look at our obsession with sports. At 7 pm tonight, Mike Van Quickenborne with Everett Community College will present “The Good Game: On the Moral Value of Sports.” This is a Humanities Washington event, exploring the philosophical implications of sports, what they say about our culture, and the ways that sports can reveal our “full humanity.” The free program starts at 7 pm; the Museum is located at 405 Allen Street in downtown Kelso.
The victim in the fatal train-versus-pedestrian collision that took place in Woodland on Monday is being identified as Teodulo Farcia Martinez, 33, a resident of Woodland. The collision happened shortly after 5 pm on Monday, near the intersection of West Scott Avenue and Pekin Street in Woodland. There’s still little known about the circumstances of the collision. County Coroner Tim Davidson reports that the cause of death was “blunt force traumatic injuries,” but the manner of death is still “undetermined.” The investigation into the death is continuing, so the manner of death will remain “undetermined” at this time. Samples are being submitted for toxicology testing, a process that will take some six to eight weeks.