The 2018 MLB season is underway today. The Seattle Mariners open at home tonight against the Cleveland Indians, KLOG 6:00 pm. Felix Hernandez goes up against Corey Kluber…..The LCC softball team was impressive in a DH sweep over Clackamas by scores of 9-0 and 8-0. The Devils host Mt. Hood tomorrow at 2 pm…..The Kelso softball team scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to stun Ridgefield 2-1. The Lassies are at Skyview today at 4 pm…..The Kelso baseball team beat Evergreen 3-1 yesterday. The Scots are at Hudson’s Bay today at 4 pm. Also yesterday, R.A. Long defeated Columbia River 8-2…..Memphis upset Portland 108-103 last night, snapping the Blazers seven game road win streak…..In boys soccer, River beat MM 5-0. Kelso hosts Prairie tonight at 7 pm.
Archive | March, 2018
It turns out that there are Cowlitz County connections to that horrific minivan crash in California, where a family of eight died when a minivan plunged off of a 100-foot cliff, crashing onto the rocks next to the Pacific Ocean. It’s now being reported that Jennifer Jean Hart, 38, and Sarah Margaret Hart, 38, and their six children had moved from West Linn to Woodland in May of last year. Authorities in Mendocino County say that they have “every reason to believe” that both women and all six of their adopted children were in the 2003 GMC that went over the cliff near the California town of Westport on Monday. Three of the children are still missing, but the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office believes that all six were in the van with their parent. The Sheriff’s Office says that there’s no indication that this was an intentional act, and they are continuing the investigation into the fatal crash.
It’s also noted that the Hart family was the object of a recently-opened investigation into child abuse and neglect. Neighbors report that the children would ask them for food, telling the neighbors that food was being withheld as a punishment. Cowlitz County Child Protective Services and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a visit to the Hart home last Friday, but no one answered the door. The next day, the family and their minivan were gone.
At least one of the Hart children was also somewhat of a celebrity; a photo of now Devonte Hart, 15 hugging a Portland Police Officer with tears streaming down his face during a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration went viral in 2014. Devonte Hart is missing, along with Hannah Hart, 16, and Sierra Hart, 12. The bodies of Markis Hart, 19, Abigail Hart, 14, and Jeremiah Hart, 14 have been recovered, along with both women.
A woman is in custody after she allegedly used a hammer to steal a car at a home in Kelso, then she was involved in a high-speed chase on I-5 in Lewis County. This got started a few minutes before 7 yesterday morning, at a home in the area of South 3rd and Oak. A man went out to warm up his car; he turned around and the female suspect came up from behind him. The woman reportedly said “Nice car…Do you think I can steal it?” The woman then said that she had a master key. She picked up a hammer, smashed a window, hopped into the car and took off, reportedly saying “Winning!” as she drove off. A short time later, State Troopers reported that the car had been involved in a crash at milepost 57, speeding on the northbound freeway. They say that speeds hit 125 miles an hour before the car was stopped at the Park-n-Ride at exit 63. Sarah Lynn Beauchamp was arrested at that time, and is now being held without bail in the Lewis County Jail on charges of felony eluding and car theft. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
A rollover car crash gets the blame for a power outage that affected the Woodland Bottoms area yesterday afternoon. The crash happened around 5:30 yesterday afternoon; it’s reported that the vehicle took out a utility pole near the intersection of Dike Road and Whalen Road, taking down power lines and causing an outage that affected as many as 246 PUD customers. The damage to the lines took some time to repair, with power not fully restored until after 8 pm. The driver apparently was not injured in the collision, but that person was checked by medical personnel as a precaution. The driver has not been identified, while the crash investigation continues.
The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce holds its first quarterly membership meeting today, getting an update on the “State of Education” from Kelso School Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich and Longview Superintendent Dan Zorn. The superintendents are expected to address the issue of school funding following the McCleary Decision; they’ll also talk about Kelso’s recently-passed bond measure, and the replacement levies that each district passed. The State of Education luncheon will run from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center. Go to kelsolongviewchamber.org for registration information.
Tacoma Power is out with some announcements about improving recreational access at Riffe Lake, as the reservoir is kept low, to prevent damage from a possible spillway failure at Mossyrock Dam. Tacoma Power announced the drawdown last year, after it was determined that there could be a catastrophic failure of the spillway arms in an earthquake. They projected that the reservoir would empty with a force of 233 thousand cubic feet per second, flows that would flood the river all the way down to Longview. There are even projections that the flooding could alter the flow in the Columbia, even causing flooding in Portland. Tacoma Power kept the reservoir below 745 feet for all of last summer, leaving boat launches and other recreational facilities high and dry. In an update to the Centralia Chronicle, Tacoma Power says that they will continue to keep the reservoir below 745 feet, but they’re making plans to make the Mossyrock Boat Launch usable before the Memorial Day weekend. They also plan to make some adjustments that will make the Mossyrock Park swim area available. Full details are available at MyTPU.org/RiffeLake.
The Lower Columbia College fighting Smelt Debate Team continues to shine on the national stage, racking up a number of honors at the recent National Championships and Convention of the International Public Debate Association. Out of more than 30 two-year colleges that participated in the competition all year, the Fighting Smelt finished 5th. The competition and convention was held at Whitworth University in Spokane; LCC brought a small team, which still did extremely well. Alayna Dagliesh of Longview got to the round of 16 in Novice IDPA Debate, while Rebecca Pickner of Toutle finished 15th out of a field of 65 competitors. Alivia Smith of Toutle also finished 4-4 in the Novice IDPA Debate, narrowly missing out on the round of 32. Smith and Pickner also competed in the extremely competitive Team IDPA category, the first time an LCC team has gone into that competition. All of this resulted in a fourth-place finish for LCC in the Community College Tournament Sweepstakes, losing the third-place spot to the College of Southern Idaho in a tiebreaker.
Damian Lillard scored 20 of his 41 points in the 4th quarter as the Trail Blazers defeated New Orleans 107-103 last night in the Big Easy. Lillard will not be available tonight at Memphis, KLOG 4:05 pm. Lillard has returned to Portland for the birth of his first child…..The LCC softball team swept two games at Southwestern Oregon yesterday, 3-2 and 10-6. Kami Gray had two homers and five RBI’s in the nightcap. The Devils host Clackamas in a 3 pm DH today on Field 1 at Tam O’Shanter Park…..The Kelso softball team will host Ridgefield in a 4 pm game on Field 2 at Tam O. Yesterday, R.A. Long outlasted Evergreen 13-12…..In boys soccer, Heritage beat Kelso 5-1…..The Mariners closed out Spring Training with a 5-3 win over Colorado. The M’s open the season tomorrow night versus Cleveland.
Employees at one of the stores at the Twin City Center in Longview report that a suspected shoplifter may have had a gun. Longview Police were called to the store shortly after 2 pm yesterday, saying that an employee tried to intervene with the suspect, but then they backed off when they saw what they thought was a gun. The weapon was seen sticking out of an inside jacket pocket. The employee retreated while the suspect ran off, heading in the direction of West Kelso. The suspect is described as “boyish,” a white male in his 20’s with a “baby face,” a thin build and brown hair. Longview Police say that they have probable cause to arrest this suspect on charges of trespassing and third-degree theft.
The Cowlitz PUD reports that an insulator failure was the cause of a power outage that affected 14 hundred customers in the Woodland area. Late yesterday morning, PUD workers were doing some routine maintenance at the Lewis River Substation, when the insulator failed, taking the substation off-line. Power was restored by 12:30 pm.