Russell Wilson capped a 452 yard, four TD day with a scoring pass to Jimmy Graham to give the Hawks a 41-38 win over Houston…..The Houston Astros outlasted the Dodgers 13-12 in 10 epic innings to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series. Game six in L.A. tomorrow, Houston leading 3-2…..Camas will host the GSHL 3A and 2A football 3-way tiebreakers tonight at 6 pm. Kelso will host a team to be decided Saturday at 4 pm at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver…..The LCC women’s soccer team hosts Bellevue in a tie-breaker play-in game this afternoon, 3 pm at Northlake Field. The winner advances to the NWAC Playoffs…..The Portland Trail Blazers take on the Orland Magic in NBA action at Moda Center tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm. Tip off is at 7 pm.
Archive | October, 2017
The names of the two people killed Friday morning at a private rail crossing near Castle Rock are being released. The Cowlitz County Coroner says that Gildardo Cruz Vera Strickler, 29, of Kelso was at the wheel of a car that was hit by an Amtrak train at a private crossing on Pleasant Hill Road. Sonya Susanna Wallace, 32, of Longview was a passenger in the car; both died at about 9:30 last Friday morning, as they were crossing the main rail line at Horseshoe Estates, about six miles north of Kelso. Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that Strickler was following another car, which had safely crossed the tracks. Strickler apparently didn’t seen the oncoming train which was doing nearly 70 miles an hour. They say that the driver of the first car was the mother of one of the victims. Coroner Tim Davidson says that both victims died from multiple blunt force injuries; he says that the manner of death remains “undetermined,” as the case is still under investigation. Memorial services for both victims are pending.
Nearly seven years after Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed, the trial for the man who is accused in that death is being tentatively scheduled. The Columbia County Spotlight reports that a trial is now being set for spring of 2019, while Daniel Butts of Kalama continues to be held in the Oregon State Hospital. A hearing was recently held in Columbia County Circuit Court, where a tentative trial date was set. Butts has been under mental health examination and treatment since Painter’s murder back on January 4th, 2011; it’s claimed that Butts fought Painter as the chief responded to a car theft call, and during that struggle, Butts got hold of Painter’s gun, and then shot him to death. Butts was declared mentally unfit to stand trial, and a judge ordered that he be forcibly medicated. At this most recent hearing, they discussed trial dates between February and April of 2019; one member of the team says that they will be tied up in other capital punishment trials until 2019. Butts could face the death penalty if he’s convicted.
The Cowlitz County Prosecutor is now reviewing information gathered on four people who may have committed voter fraud in the last General Election. In Sunday’s Daily News, it was disclosed that the Cowlitz County Elections Department may have turned up four instances of people who cast illegal votes. They say that Steven J. Yaroslaski, 66, of Kelso cast his dead wife’s ballot, while Troyanna Smallwood, 52, of Longview is suspected of casting her dead mother-in-law’s ballot. Janny Tan of Longview is suspected of voting in two states, as is Kenneth Mark Olson of Longview. All four of these people could face Class C felony counts, with a maximum prison term of five years, a maximum fine of $10,000, or both. It’s believed that these are the first-ever cases of voter fraud in Cowlitz County; it’s also reported that Yaroslaski and Smallwood cast those illegal votes for Donald Trump; it’s not known who Tan and Olson voted for. The Prosecutor’s office acknowledges receipt of the information, but no charging decisions are out yet.
LifeFlight was called to the Riverdale Raceway near Toutle last Saturday afternoon, when it was reported that a rider suffered a head injury after a crash. A 911 call came from the track just east of Toutle a few minutes before 1 pm on Saturday, where an 11 year-old boy crashed, and then was hit by another motorcycle. Those on the scene reported that the boy was bleeding, and was “fuzzy in the head.” The helicopter did arrive and evacuate the boy, but no other information has been released since then.
Billy J. Warner, 45, of Kelso has a ticket to pay off after he allegedly caused a four-car crash Friday morning on I-205 in Vancouver. State Troopers say that the crash happened around 10 minutes to 7 last Friday morning, on I-205 southbound. Traffic was heavy, stopped in the left lane of the freeway in Vancouver. Troopers claim that Warner failed to stop for the other traffic, rear-ending a pickup driven by Kenneth Park, 54, of Vancouver; that impact sent Park into two other cars. Park and his passenger were injured in the crash, as was Martin Garcia, 24, of Fairview, Oregon. The injured people were taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment. Warner and his passenger were unhurt. Warner was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.
The Washington State Insurance Commission reports that Jasmine Grothen, 25, of Longview is pleading guilty to filing a false insurance claim. They say that Grothen committed fraud in October of last year, after her uninsured 2011 Volkswagen Jetta was stolen and crashed. After recovering her car, Grothen bought insurance, then submitted a claim for nearly $12,000, giving the company a false collision date, along with a bogus story on the circumstances. After entering her guilty plea in Cowlitz County Superior Court, Grothen was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, and she also owes $1,800 in fines and fees.
You’ll probably want to avoid Minor Road today and tomorrow, as the City of Kelso continues a reconstruction project in that area. Advanced Excavating Specialists of Longview is the contractor on the project, and they plan to pave the project area today and tomorrow. City officials say that Minor Road will be closed for “extended periods” while this paving is under way; the closures will affect through traffic, along with access to Burcham Street. Detours will be posted, and there will also be temporary traffic control measures in the area. City officials say that they’re working to minimize inconveniences, but you should use alternate routes to void congestion and delay.
There’s still no official word on what caused Saturday morning’s power outage that affected the Clatskanie and Rainier areas. Power went out at about 10:30 Saturday morning, affecting a large swath of Columbia County. Clatskanie PUD officials say that it was actually a Bonneville Power Administration issue, when a main transmission line failed. The outage nearly caused the Stageworks Northwest production of “The War of the Worlds” to be done in the dark, but the cast lived up to the adage “The show must go on!”, getting battery-powered lights to see their scripts. Power was restored around noon, and they didn’t need flashlights to be able to see the show.
Washington Fish and Wildlife reports that the razor clam dig that had been planned for this weekend is on, after the latest tests show that the clams are safe to eat. Coastal Shellfish Manager Dan Ayres says that Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open for digging on the evening tides, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ayres says that the latest testing on clams at Mocrocks and Copalis shows that they meet safety thresholds, but they want another round of testing before opening those beaches. Friday’s low tide is at about 6:45 pm, Saturday’s is around 7:30 pm, and Sunday’s is around 7:15 pm. Be sure to have your current shellfish license.
While restrictions on salmon fishing on the Columbia River continue, rules on warmwater fishing are being relaxed. Through the end of the year, night fishing for species like bass, walleye and burbot will be allowed at night. Starting last Saturday and running through December 31st, the main stem of the river will be open for warmwater species night fishing, going from Buoy 10 at the mouth to the old Hanford Townsite power lines. Closures for salmon and other migratory species remain in place; fishery managers say that they do NOT expect these changes to result in a higher mortality for steelhead.