Tennant Way was shutout down for about five minutes late last night as officers cleaned up glass from an accident at the 3rd avenue off ramp. A car lost control and ended up on its top. Three occupants received minor injuries in the accident just after 11 pm. The driver Michael Sandretto, 23, was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. Witnesses told Longview Police that the vehicle was going at a high rate of speed shortly before the crash.
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Cowlitz County Sherriff Deputies have arrested a suspect who was wanted after a Silver Lake fight earlier this month. Michael Waddington, 24, was arrested Tuesday night on a Federal no-bail warrant for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, meth possession and felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities had been looking for Waddington following a fight June 2nd in Silver Lake where a machete was used and three men were injured. The federal indictment means that Waddington will face justice in federal court in Tacoma. Previously local narcotics agents arrested Erica Lewis, Randy Chalupa and Anthony Reisbeck in connection with the case.
Robert Byron Lee is in custody. The Longview Street Crimes Unit acted on a tip that the suspect in Tuesday’s stabbing was at a house in the 200 block of 17th yesterday afternoon he was taken into custody without incident. Lee, 46, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder according to Kelso Police Captain Vern Thompson. Officers swarmed the house on 17th and arrested Lee in the front yard just after 12 noon yesterday. KPD identified the victim in the stabbing as Lee’s brother, 49-year old Michael Lee. Mike Lee was allegedly stabbed by his brother as he was mowing a lawn in the one-thousand block of North 1st Avenue Tuesday. Mike Lee was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in critical condition, but Thompson says his condition has been upgraded to stable condition.
For the second time in two days, a local shopper was accosted by a strong armed robbery. The latest incident caused a major tactical response. Lower Columbia SWAT and Longview police surrounded a residence on 38th Avenue Wednesday afternoon where the suspect in a strong arm robbery at Fred Meyer holed up at his grandparents home. Torey Petersen, 22, came out of the house just after 3pm and shortly after plastic bullets were fired through the windows of the home. Petersen was arrested for first degree robbery and is being held on 100-thousand dollars bail. According to Longview Police, Petersen allegedly sprayed mace into the face of a 90-year-old woman in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, before taking her purse and fleeing the scene. Petersen then went to his grandparents home. Police followed and stopped all inbound traffic on Cottonwood Street and also at 38th Avenue and Ocean Beach Highway. Residents in the area were advised to remain inside their homes while the negotiations to get Petersen out continued for close to two hours. A nearby daycare center was also locked down. The robbery itself took place around noon. The 90-year-old woman was shaken up, but not seriously injured. This incident comes after Tuesday’s robbery attempt at the Kelso Safeway store where an Aberdeen man pushed a woman down and took her wallet. Travis Leach, 31, was found in nearby bushes and was taken into custody on charges of first degree robbery.