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Toledo Robbery

Posted on 30th October 2014 at 09:25

Law enforcement agencies are on the alert after an armed robbery was reported last night at the Cowlitz Shell station in Toledo. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that the robbery took place at about 10:30 pm; the suspect is described as a white male in his late teens, 5’4” or 5’5”, about 150 pounds, with dark hair. The suspect wore two jackets, one of them being a hoody. He also had a red bandanna. They say that the man was armed with a stainless steel or nickel-plated pistol, and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Contact your local law enforcement agency immediately if you have information on this crime.

Fraud Arrests

Posted on 30th October 2014 at 09:22

Acting on a tip posted on Facebook, Deputies now report that two people suspected of committing multiple frauds around the area are under arrest. Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that Rae Anderson relayed an anonymous posting that went up on a Facebook page called “Cowlitz County News,” identifying Axel Arola, 46, and his wife, Angel Arola, 41, as the suspects in the pictures that were released by the Sheriff’s Office. Detective Rob Stumph went to the Arola’s home on Nibblet Way in Longview, where both denied any involvement in any crime. Angel Arola admitted that it was her picture, but claims that she was not involved in any fraud or theft. Axel Arola claims that the picture is not of him. The vehicle in the picture sent out by the Sheriff’s Office was parked in their driveway. Both are now being charged with second-degree identity theft. Axel Arola is also being held on a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant.

Bridge Schedule

Posted on 30th October 2014 at 09:21

It’s time to start thinking about what your alternate route across or around Lake Sacajawea will be, as the City of Longview announces the construction schedule for replacement of the Washington Way Bridge. The city’s contractor, Salem-based Carter and Company, Incorporated, is scheduled to start work on November 17th, with completion projected for November of next year. During this time, Washington Way will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Nichols Boulevard and Kessler Boulevard. Detour signs will be posted, with traffic re-routed to Nichols, 20th Avenue and Kessler Boulevard. Pedestrians will also be able to use the Hemlock foot bridge to get across the lake. Lake trail users will also need to alter their routines, as the paths underneath the bridge will also be closed. Pedestrians and cyclists will be routed to paths that cross Washington Way on Kessler and Nichols. Contact the City of Longview if you need more information.

Due to unforeseen utility conflicts, the closure of 32nd Avenue between Washington Way and Douglas Street is being extended through November 17th. City of Longview officials say that the closure is needed for water line replacement, sewer line replacement and concrete pavement repairs. The posted detours will remain in place until this work is done. Local access will also be maintained.

Property Taxes Due

Posted on 30th October 2014 at 09:20

You have until the close of business tomorrow to make sure that second-half property taxes are paid. County Treasurer Kathy Hanks says that her office is open from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday to accept those payments in person. Payments can also be mailed to the County Treasurer’s Office at 207 North 4th in Kelso, 98626, but they MUST be postmarked by October 31st to not be registered as late. You can also make your payment on-line by going to www.officialpayments.com, and use jurisdiction code 5608; payments can also be made over the phone by calling 1-800-2PAYTAX (1-800-272-9829), and use that same jurisdiction code, 5608. Get more information by calling the Treasurer’s Office at 577-3060.

Harvest Fest

Posted on 30th October 2014 at 09:19

The annual Lower Columbia College Harvest Fest is being held this evening, a kid-friendly event that will run from 6 to 8 pm in the Student Center. They’re going to have costume contests for kids and for families, along with games, crafts, candy and a lot more. LCC officials say that this is an event that’s intended to provide a safe and fun atmosphere as we celebrate the autumn season. Admission is two non-perishable food items, which will then be donated to a local food bank.

Halloween Events

Posted on 30th October 2014 at 09:18

Local kids are invited to “Stroll through Halloween” tonight and tomorrow at the Rose Valley Grange, going from 6 to 10 pm each night. Challenges and treats will be incorporated within the displays that have been set up. This is an all-age event, and admission is $2 per person. The Rose Valley Grange is located at 1520 Rose Valley Road.

The Nyghtmare Manor Haunted House on Wilford Road in Silver Lake is open from dusk until 10 pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday night; admission is free, but they will be accepting donations of non-perishable food for local food banks.

After being washed out by last weekend’s stormy weather, the annual Lil’ Spooks Parade is planned to go through Olde Towne St. Helens, starting at 5 pm. Lineup will start at 4:30 pm, starting at the corner of 1st and St. Helens Streets. Downtown businesses will be open for trick-or-treating after the parade, and there will also be a costume contest. It’s free for all area kids to take part.

Community Conversation

Posted on 30th October 2014 at 09:15

Learn all about the “undead” at today’s installment of the Community Conversation lectures, as Transitional Studies Instructor Roy Staples presents “Zombies: History and Hysteria.” The free lecture starts at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Empact Showcase

Posted on 30th October 2014 at 09:14

Former Mark Morris Monarch Evan Kirkpatrick is making his mark in the business world, as he’s named by Empact Showcase as one of the 100 top entrepreneurs in the United States under the age of 35. Kirkpatrick is currently living in Los Angeles, where he founded a private wealth management firm by the name of Wendell Charles. Kirkpatrick is also active in Southern California politics, and serves as the Los Angeles ambassador to the Young Entrepreneur Council, an exclusive group of young business minds. Kirkpatrick is also on the advisory board of the “Two Feet Project,” a non-profit that helps to aid and equip underprivileged youth in Kenya. Kirkpatrick also writes a column for Forbes Magazine, titled “Influential Capital,” and has been featured in a number of national media outlets. Over the last year, the 100 companies featured in the Empact Showcase contributed more than then ten thousand jobs to the economy, and controlled more than $1 billion in revenue.

Espresso Robbery

Posted on 29th October 2014 at 09:12

Longview Police are still working to find the man who robbed an espresso stand late yesterday afternoon. The barista at Mr. Bill’s Espresso at 32nd and Ocean Beach Highway claims that the suspect walked up to the booth at about 5:40 pm, and ordered a coffee drink. The clerk says that the suspect then handed over a note that reportedly said “Put the money in a bag or you’ll be shot.” The suspect also lifted up his shirt, and showed a pistol that was stuck in his waistband. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left on foot, last seen heading off through the Fred Meyer parking lot. The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20’s, with shaggy blond hair, wearing a gray hoodie. Longview Police haven’t located the suspect as of yet, but the incident was captured on a security video. That video is now being reviewed to see if the suspect can be identified.

Pellet Gun Shooting

Posted on 29th October 2014 at 09:11

A 25 year-old Castle Rock man is in good condition at St. John Medical Center, recuperating after being shot in the abdomen with a pellet rifle. Security at St. John contacted authorities shortly before 1 pm yesterday afternoon, when the wounded man showed up in the Emergency Department. The man was taken in for surgery, while Castle Rock Police were called in to investigate the incident. They eventually learned that the man had been visiting the apartment of a woman who lives on Roake Avenue in Castle Rock. The man was apparently shot by another man at the apartment, with the pellet lodging in the victim’s abdomen. The shooter has been identified, but hasn’t been located as of yet. Castle Rock Police also say that they haven’t yet had an opportunity to fully interview the victim, to get his version of the events.