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Archive | April, 2018

Obit/Services

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 08:32

Word is getting out about the passing of William “Bill” Sari, the owner of Columbia Ford and Hyundai on 7th Avenue in Longview. Family members say that he died last Friday, at the age of 90. Sari first purchased his car dealership in 1969, also bringing in his sons, Pat, Phil and Steve. Over the years, the dealership has grown to include multiple car lines and brands, while the Sari family also continued a history of community involvement and support. Memorial services are pending.

Memorial services are planned this morning at Saint Rose Catholic Church in Longview, honoring the life of former Longview City Council member and businessman Barry Morrill. He recently passed away at the age of 84, after battling medical issues. Today’s ceremony is open to the public, and it starts at 11 am at the church, located at the corner of 26th and Nichols Boulevard in Longview.

Olive St. Chase and Search

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 08:32

Christian McKenzie Thompson, 21, of Kelso is under arrest after a car chase and a foot search that took place last night in Kelso. At about 11:10 last night, a second-hand call was relayed to the Sheriff’s Office, reporting that Thompson was at a home in the 200 block of Olive Street, reportedly threatening an ex-girlfriend. After he allegedly stole her purse, Thompson took off in a car, reportedly registered to the ex-girlfriend. Deputies spotted the car at 4th and Allen, driving with no lights. A car chase then to the area of 7th and Elizabeth, where the suspect abandoned the car and took off on foot. The county K-9 was brought in, tracking through several blocks in south Kelso without success. Later in the evening, Deputies got a tip that Thompson was in Longview. They responded to that call, where Thompson was eventually found and arrested. He’s now being held without bail on charges of second-degree theft and taking a motor vehicle without permission. Thompson is also being served with three warrants for failing to appear in court.

Vancouver Collision

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 08:31

A couple from Kalama avoided injury in a three-car crash that happened yesterday afternoon on I-205 in Vancouver. State Troopers say that the crash took place at about 5:30 yesterday afternoon, at the merge of I-205 and SR 500 in Vancouver. They say that David Cook, 64, of Vancouver was coming onto I-205 from SR 500, and apparently lost control on the wet freeway. Cook skidded sideways onto I-205, where he was hit broadside by Kenneth Lowe, 51, of Kalama. Those two cars skidded toward the shoulder, where they were hit by a third car, driven by Mary Kay Sosa, 55, of Ridgefield. Cook was the only one injured in the crash, and he was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment. Troopers also say that Cook was impaired at the time of the crash, so DUI charges are pending.

Hit-and-Run Arrest

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 08:30

The suspect in a hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of a Castle Rock woman is now in custody. The Daily News reports that Enrico Tipton, 21, of Seattle was arrested on the 18th of this month in Maricopa County, Arizona, and now awaits extradition back to Cowlitz County. It’s alleged that Tipton was at the wheel of a vehicle that hit a pickup traveling on I-5 in Kelso, causing it to roll. Bailey Dixon, 21, of Castle Rock died from the injuries that she got in the crash, while Austin Smith, 21, Lukas Brown, 21, and Sarah Keele, 21, all of Castle Rock, suffered lesser injuries. State Troopers followed up, contacting Tipton the next day. When questioned, Tipton reportedly said he was “already several states away.” He was found and arrested on the 18th of this month, charged with vehicular homicide. Data taken from Tipton’s wrecked Camaro shows that he was doing 130 miles an hour before the crash. The extradition process could take several more weeks.

Arial Post Office Burglary

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 08:28

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is working with the U. S. Postal Inspectors after a burglary was reported last Friday morning at the Post Office in Ariel. The break-in was reported last Friday morning, just before 9 am. Deputies say that it looks like someone used some sort of “pry device” to open a standard metal postal box outside of the building, then they used something to smash the front door. The suspect then reached inside to unlock the deadbolt. The suspect apparently stole a Bank Stamp, along with documents that are related to the use of the stamp. A box of keys was stolen, keys that are used to open Post office boxes used by the public. A box of mail being held for a local resident who is on vacation was also taken. Physical evidence was collected, along with latent fingerprints. The Postal Inspectors are taking the lead on this investigation.

Deputies say that this burglary was related to another break-in reported last Friday in Ariel. At about 12:20 pm, the people who had just returned from a 20-day vacation to Europe called to say that someone had entered their house. Along with their box of mail from the Post Office, they say that some older stereo equipment was taken, along with personal tax documents and other documents, along with some coins and heirloom family jewelry. Evidence was collected, but no suspects have been identified.

Gas Leak

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 08:28

They’re still trying to figure out how the gas got turned on and left on inside of a vacant home in South Kelso, an incident that led to an hours-long evacuation of several blocks last Friday morning. At about 9 am last Friday, a local resident called 911 to report the smell of natural gas. Firefighters responded and traced the gas to a vacant two-story home in the 400 block of Pine Street. They say that the gas was “flowing freely,” and apparently had been flowing for some time. The Hazmat Team from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue used the mail slot to put a sensor into the house, and found that the gas level exceeded 50 percent of the air mix on the first floor of the home. Neighboring areas were evacuated while the house was ventilated. It’s still not known how the gas got turned on.

Dickerson Retiring

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 08:27

Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is announcing his retirement, mid-way through his current term. An internal e-mail attributed to Dickerson was apparently leaked late last week, announcing Dickerson’s plan to retire on June 1st. Dickerson says that he will be retiring from the office of Sheriff; he says that he’s leaving the department with excellent leadership, as he works with the County Commissioners to find a replacement. Dickerson made a formal announcement after the e-mail was published, saying that he’s known for some time that he would not be seeking a fourth term as Columbia County Sheriff. After ten years as Sheriff and 30 years in law enforcement, Dickerson says that it’s time to step down and spend time with family. It’s noted that Dickerson is currently out on sick leave, and that he will have more to say about his retirement after his return to work. A work session with Dickerson and the Columbia County Commissioners is planned for this Wednesday; Dickerson was first elected as Columbia County Sheriff in 2008.

Today’s Events

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 08:27

You’re invited to the Family Cultural Night that’s happening this evening at Lower Columbia College, an event being hosted by the Associated Students of LCC. This will run from 6 to 8 pm in the Student Center, where you’ll be able to sample Native American and Mexican foods, while also learning about their cultures, and participating in a number of fun activities.

Auditions for the annual summer melodrama from Stageworks Northwest happen this evening and tomorrow evening, casting a number of roles for the show. The title of this summer’s show is “Little Nell, the Orphan Girl, or A Fight for A Woman’s Honor.” They say that this is an “exciting, hilarious takeoff on every melodrama ever written.” Roles are available for four males and eight females, in a variety of ages. Auditions will run from 6 to 8 tonight and tomorrow at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue in downtown Longview. Rehearsals start on May 7th, and the show will run from June 29th to July 15th. Get more information on stageworksnorthwest.org.

KLOG Monday Sports

Posted on 30th April 2018 at 07:22

The Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 10-4 to complete a successful 7-3 road trip. Ryon Healy hit two homers and drove in four runs. The M’s have today off before hosting the A’s tomorrow night…..The LCC baseball team took two games from Pierce on Sunday, winning 4-0 and 6-5. The Devils won three of four games over the weekend to maintain a share of first in the West division…..The LCC softball team was impressive in winning two games at Mt. Hood on Saturday 8-1 and 11-4. The Devils are in first place at 17-3 and they host second place SW Oregon on Wednesday…..In prep baseball today, Kelso is at Hudson’s Bay (KLOG 3:55 pm), Ridgefield is at Mark Morris and R.A. Long at Woodland, all 4 pm…..Softball today, River at RAL and MM at Mt. View, both at 4 pm.

KLOG Friday Sports

Posted on 27th April 2018 at 09:08

The Seahawks drafted San Diego State running back Rashaad Penney in the first round of the NFL Draft. The selections continue today…..Kyle Seager’s 8th inning RBI double lifted the Mariners to a 5-4 win at Cleveland. The teams play again today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..LCC hosts Pierce in a 1 pm DH at Story Field tomorrow…..Kelso baseball outlasted Prairie 7-6 in 12 innings yesterday. Kaden Vanderwerf got the shutout and seven RBI’s in R.A. Long’s 12-0 win over Hockinson. Today the Jacks are at Ridgefield and MM hosts Woodland…..The LCC softball team is at Mt. Hood tomorrow at 12 pm…..The Kelso softball team beat Evergreen 9-2. Also, RAL over Washougal 22-5 and Hockinson beat MM 13-0…..In boys soccer, Ridgefield beat RAL 1-0 and Woodland 2-0 over MM.