A visit from a real, live Black Bear caused some hubbub in Castle Rock late yesterday afternoon. The sighting was reported to authorities in Castle Rock a little after 5 pm, after a local resident reported seeing the bear swimming across the Cowlitz River, coming from the west side of the river to the east side. Once on dry land, the bear scampered up “The Rock,” and went in the bushes at the top of the hill. Castle Rock Police did respond to the area, patrolling for any additional sightings. Local residents were advised to stay inside, and warning signs were posted. They were also advised to keep pets and small children inside, to avoid any negative contacts. Video of the bear swimming in the river is posted on the KLOG Facebook page.
Archive | May, 2018
Trained Red Cross volunteers from Longview are joining with others from around the Northwest in heading to the big island of Hawaii, helping to provide support to those who have been displaced by the eruption from the Kilauea Volcano. Along with the Longview volunteers, people from nine other Northwest towns are on the ground, helping communities that have been affected by the evacuations that have been caused by the ongoing eruption. The volunteers are working in disaster relief shelters, they’re providing food and water to evacuees, and they’re delivering health and mental health services to those that have been displaced. So far, the Red Cross has provided more than 3,400 bed nights for displaced residents, along with near 14,000 snacks. They’re also working with the Salvation Army to provide meals to displaced persons. You can help out by going to redcross.org to make a donation.
Kelso Police are looking into a possible assault case from yesterday, where a 9 year-old girl was injured when she was hit in the head with a beer bottle. Officers were called to a home in South Kelso at about 12:20 yesterday afternoon, where it was reported that two 9 year-olds had been in a fight. During the scrap, one of the kids apparently got hold of a beer bottle, then used that to hit the other kid in the head. It’s reported that the girl did suffer a laceration to her head, and was bleeding profusely. The girl was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. The other child is known to the victim and her family, and they were able to direct police to that child’s home. So far, no police action has been reported.
A woman living near Castle Rock reports being the victim of a fraud, and says that she’s out about $5,000. The woman called the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office shortly before 5 pm, saying that she had been victimized by someone on Facebook Messenger. The woman says that she had been told that she won “some prizes,” and she was instructed to send Western Union MoneyGrams to various locations in Texas. The woman says that she has received no prizes, and she now realizes that she was being scammed. Sheriff’s Office Detectives are following up.
The man who allegedly shot and killed his neighbor in Winlock on the 23rd of this month is now in jail, booked after having spent several days under medical care and observation. Randolph Thomas Graham, 58, of Winlock is now being held on a charge of aggravated first-degree murder, charged with killing his neighbor in his driveway. It’s alleged that Graham pulled up to his home in the 400 block of Meier Road shortly after 8 pm on the 23rd, as Randy Lester, 44, and his 15 year-old son were playing basketball in their driveway. Lewis County Deputies say that Graham pulled a gun and fired several rounds in the direction of Lester, killing him. The 15 year-old ran for safety, and to alert other family members. Graham went into his home and then was involved in a standoff for several hours. The investigation is continuing, while Graham is held without bail.
A grass fire next to the freeway snarled southbound traffic on I-5 four about an hour yesterday afternoon. The Washington Department of Transportation says that the fire started around 4:35 pm, on the freeway shoulder near Horseshoe Lake Park. One lane of the freeway was shut down while firefighters responded; that caused a significant backup during yesterday’s afternoon commute. The restrictions were lifted about an hour later. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Longview Police continue to investigate the theft of a historic sundial from R. A. Long Park, in the middle of Longview’s Civic Circle. LPD announced yesterday that the case is being assigned to Detective Tory Shelton, and that he will investigate the theft of the copper sundial, which weighs more than 100 pounds. It was discovered that the sundial was missing last Saturday morning, right around 11:30 am. Local metal recyclers are being alerted, while the community steps up to offer rewards. A $500 reward was announced on Facebook, and others are expressing interest in adding to that fund. Longview Police are taking tips on the theft through PRIVATE messages on Facebook, or by calling 360-442-5800. You should mention the case number, which is #L18-2901.
Rainier and Dayton will meet for the Oregon 3A softball title. Again. Rainier beat Scio 14-9 and Dayton downed Clatskanie 13-1 in yesterday’s semi-finals. Rainier and Dayton will meet for the title for the fifth time in six years this Friday at 4 pm at OSU in Corvallis. It’s Rainier sixth straight appearance in the championship game.…..The Rangers scored four runs in the ninth inning off Edwin Diaz to beat the Mariners 9-5. The teams play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The 41st Southwest Washington Senior Baseball Feeder Game is this afternoon at Wheeler Field in Centralia at 4 pm. Kelso, R.A. Long, Castle Rock, Wahkiakum and Toutle Lake will have senior players going up against players from Lewis County.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reports the rescue of a naked man who was in the Columbia River. The incident was reported yesterday morning, directly off of the shore in Kalama. Deputies were on the water all weekend, and responded to a report of a man in the water, yelling for help. When other boaters tried to approach the man, he told them to “go away.” When the Deputies arrived, the man reportedly said that he didn’t need any help, and that he was just trying to swim across the river. The man told the Deputies not to worry, “because God has my back.” The Deputies were eventually able to talk the man out of the water, noting that they were out in the middle of the river, and the man was very tired and very cold. The man did get into the boat; they say that he was extremely cold, and had consumed a large amount of water. The man was loaded into an ambulance, and was taken to the hospital for an examination. The man’s name was not released; he’s reported to be in his mid-twenties, and said that he was a Kalama resident.
A reward of up to $500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole the historic sundial that had been located in R. A. Long Park, inside Longview’s Civic Circle. Longview Police say that the theft was reported at about 11:30 last Saturday morning, stolen from its pedestal in the center of the park. Police say that this was not a simple theft, as the sundial is made of copper, and weighs in excess of 100 pounds. Metal scrappers and recyclers have been alerted to be on the lookout for the sundial. Some secondhand information on a possible suspect has been relayed to LPD. If you have information on the theft of this sundial, call Longview Police Corporal Jeremy Johnson through Cowlitz County Dispatch at 360-577-3098.