The State Patrol is working on a fatal truck crash that happened this morning near Headquarters Road. Troopers and aid crews were called to milepost 46 on the northbound freeway just before 3 am, when it was reported that there was a semi in the ditch. When Troopers arrived on the scene and they checked the cab of the truck, they found that the driver was dead. There’s still no information on the cause of the crash, nor has any information been released on the identity of the driver. The truck was completely off of the roadway, so there was no blocking of traffic. WSP should have additional information later in the day.
Archive | February, 2018
Jose Torrance, 24, of Winlock is in the Lewis County Jail, charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault after he allegedly tried to stab a man during a robbery attempt on Sunday. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the incident, which happened early last Sunday morning in Centralia. A man called 911 at about 2:15 Sunday morning, reporting a disturbance in the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. The victim in the alleged crime says that he heard a woman yelling, and he went in that direction. The man says that he saw the woman running away from Torrence; she got in a car and drove away, while Torrence reportedly lunged at a man that was riding a bike. The bike rider jumped off of his bike and ran; when the victim picked up the bicycle, Torrence allegedly stabbed the man in the leg, and then stole his money. Others tackled Torrence and held him until police arrived. Officers reportedly found a knife on the ground during the arrest of Torrence. Bail is currently set at $100,000.
The Sheriff’s Office reports that two men appeared to work together to bilk three thousand dollars from a Castle Rock-area resident. This incident was reported to the Sheriff’s Office at about 5:50 yesterday evening; the reporting party says that the first contact was on-line, by a man named “Andy John,” who claimed to be from Hewlitt-Packard. He told the victim that someone from HP would be giving her a call. “Max Williams” called later on, claiming that there was an “account error,” and “Max” needed the woman to go and get $3,000 in gift cards at Walmart and relay the PIN numbers to resolve the problem. “Max” also told the victim that was a “family man,” and that he would lose his job if he didn’t get this fixed. The victim did as “Max” asked, and then discovered later that she had been conned. When the victim called the number involved, it went to a jewelry store, where the staff had no idea what was going on. The victim’s bank advised her to contact local law enforcement.
The Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office plans to ask the State of Washington to reimburse the county for the cost of additional ballot boxes that are being placed around the county. Last year, the Washington Legislature passed a bill that mandates each county to increase the number of ballot drop boxes. County Auditor Carolyn Fundingsland contends that the Legislature violated state law when it failed to provide funding for installation and maintenance of those new ballot boxes. Fundingsland says that Cowlitz County met its obligation by installing a new box in Ryderwood, costing a little less than $3,500 to install. The cost for operation and maintenance of the box came in at about $1,800. Fundingsland points to a state law that prohibits the Legislature from imposing responsibility for new programs or increased levels of service without reimbursing the counties. Fundingsland says that they’re now asking for last year’s costs, along with about $5,800 for annual maintenance and operations. There’s been no reaction yet from state officials.
Projections of extremely poor salmon runs this year could curtail fishing opportunities in a big way. Washington Fish and Wildlife released projections for runs on the Columbia, in Washington’s ocean waters, and for Puget Sound yesterday, and the news is not good. It’s now projected that about 236,500 “upriver bright” Chinook salmon are expected to head above Bonneville Dam, a number that’s about 50 percent of the recent 10-year average. 286,200 Coho are expected to return to the Columbia this year, about 100,000 fewer fish than last year. The low projections for the Columbia are mirrored in the ocean waters, which could lead to reduced opportunities for offshore fishing this year. This announcement marks the beginning of the “North of Falcon” meetings, the annual gathering of fish managers and biologists, which results in the setting of the salmon fishing seasons around the region. Final decisions will be made at the meeting of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, starting April 6th in Portland.
There’s a razor clam dig open this weekend, but you’re going to have to travel a ways to get to the tasty bivalves. Washington Fish and Wildlife is announcing that Mocrocks will be open for digging on the evening tides this Friday and Saturday night. None of the other razor clam beaches in Washington will be open this weekend. Mocrocks is located north of Grays Harbor, located between the Copalis River and the southern boundary of the Quinault Indian Reservation, just south of the Moclips River. Be sure to have your current shellfish license, and be sure to observe the harvest and bag limit regulations.
Be aware that Green Mountain Road will close this morning near the intersection with Cloverdale Road, as Cowlitz County Public Works begins a culvert replacement project. The temporary closure will begin at 8:30 this morning, about 400 feet east of the intersection with Cloverdale Road; this work is expected to take only one day, and should be complete by 3:30 this afternoon. Alternate routes are available, and you’re advised to avoid this area today, to avoid possible congestion and delays.
You’re invited to a public input session that’s planned for this evening at the Longview Public Library, as work continues on the Library Modernization and Space Utilization Study. You can come in and review the work that’s already been done, and you’ll have a chance to provide your own input. They’ll have information on new building plans, alterations in the use of space, ideas for furniture, building layout and possible parking options. This meeting will run from 6 to 8 pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of the Library.
Only 20 spots are available for the Microsoft Word class that’s being offered this evening at the Longview Library. Daniel Tate with the Longview Library says that this class is for people who have some computer experience, and would like to learn more about Microsoft Office software. The class will run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Longview Library. The class is free, but with the limited seating, pre-registration is required. Call 360-442-5300 to get signed up. A similar class on Microsoft Excel is planned on March 27th.
As DECA members in local high schools are making preparations for this weekend’s Washington State DECA Career Development Conference, the program at Mark Morris High School is being honored. MM DECA Advisor Greg McCormick reports that Mark Morris has been awarded a National School Based Enterprise Award, awarded for the student store project that was chaired by Gabby Bennett and Alexis Troy. This is a year-long certification and review process that involves meeting 27 separate criteria, and is awarded by the National DECA organization. The project by Bennett and Troy will now compete at the National DECA Conference, coming up in Atlanta at the end of April. More than 11,000 students from across the state are expected to compete this weekend at the state conference in Bellevue.
The Blazers beat the Kings 116-99 last night. Damian Lillard led the way with 26 points and 12 assists…..The Kelso Hilanders are in Tacoma for the Boys 3A State where they will scout games, practice at UPS and get ready for tomorrow mornings game, 8:45 am on KLOG. The Mark Morris boys are also traveling today to Yakima for the 2A State tomorrow. MM plays at 3:45 pm. You can hear MM action on 101.5 FM The Wave…..The LCC basketball teams have the final home games of the season tonight against Tacoma, KLOG 5:55 pm. The women’s game is at 6 pm and the men’s game at 8 pm. Both teams open the NWAC tournament in Everett next week…..The M’s lost both ends of a split squad yesterday. Seattle plays the Cleveland Indians this afternoon.