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Car Fire

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:09

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue got called out early this morning, after a car fire was reported in the area of North 6th and Burcham. A local resident called 911 at about 4:40 am, reporting that the car was in their yard, and was on fire. As fire crews were rolling out, the 911 caller also reported that this may have been a car crash, which then caught fire. Firefighters say that the car was engulfed in flames, but took only a few minutes to put them out. Authorities are now trying to track down the owner of the car, to see how it ended up in this place.

Dumpster Fires

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:08

Firefighters in Longview haven’t been able to get much rest last night, after having to respond to three different dumpster fires overnight. The first was reported at 11:34 pm, in the 1200 block of 15th Avenue. The second fire was reported about ten minutes later, two blocks up the street, in the 1000 block of 15th Avenue. The third fire took place shortly before 4 this morning, in the area of Maple Street and Olympia Way. The cause of the fires hasn’t been determined as of yet; it was reported that a man had been spotted after the first fire, sitting and watching the fire. No damage was reported, other than the loss of the dumpsters themselves. Longview Police will follow up.

Chehalis Fire

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:07

Officials in Lewis County report that fire crews were able to prevent 2,000 gallons of oil from spilling into storm drains during the battle against a fire that broke out Sunday night at the Cenex gas station in Chehalis. The fire was reported at about 10:30 Sunday, when a fire alarm came in from the station on State Avenue. Firefighters found flames burning through the roof, and as they were training hoses on the flames, it was noticed that the runoff was threatening to overwhelm some dikes that were set up around storm drains. The fire attack was changed to prevent that runoff, allowing the oil products inside the building to burn off, instead of actively attacking. Firefighters were able to prevent the oil running through the drains, but soil in that area is now contaminated, and will need to be removed. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Thumb Bite

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:06

They’re still looking for a small dog that ran away from a car crash that took place yesterday afternoon at 14th and Douglas. Longview Police say that a car and a station wagon collided in the intersection at about 5 pm, trapping one person inside. Two people were taken to Saint John Medical Center after the crash, but it’s also being reported that a small dog escaped from one of the rigs. The dog is described as a “shih tzu-type,” with a name of “Soupie,” or something close to that. Longview Police continue to investigate the incident. The names of those involved haven’t yet been released.

14th and Douglas Crash

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:06

They’re still looking for a small dog that ran away from a car crash that took place yesterday afternoon at 14th and Douglas. Longview Police say that a car and a station wagon collided in the intersection at about 5 pm, trapping one person inside. Two people were taken to Saint John Medical Center after the crash, but it’s also being reported that a small dog escaped from one of the rigs. The dog is described as a “shih tzu-type,” with a name of “Soupie,” or something close to that. Longview Police continue to investigate the incident. The names of those involved haven’t yet been released.

Jail Snafu

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:05

An investigation is under way after it was reported that a man who allegedly shot at a Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy was inadvertently let go from the Cowlitz County Jail. Joshua Weythman Baker, 27, allegedly fired several rounds at a Deputy that was chasing him. That incident took place on March 31st, with speeds hitting 100 miles an hour on SR 3 before Baker and a woman ditched the car and evading police. Baker was eventually located and arrested in Portland, through the work of a multi-agency task force. Baker was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on April 6th on a Department of Corrections warrant, but he was released from custody on Friday. It’s reported that Baker was given a bus ticket to Olympia. Cowlitz County Corrections officials say that they are now trying to figure out exactly what happened.

Motorcycle Crash

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:04

Michael Jasa, 17, of Winlock is recovering from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash that took place yesterday afternoon on SR 6, west of Chehalis. State Troopers say that Jasa was injured when his motorcycle ran into the rear end of another car. 36 year-old Thomas Hornback of Curtis had stopped for traffic, and then was hit from behind by Jasa. He was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital for treatment, while Hornback was unhurt. Troopers say “driver inattention” was the cause of the crash, and they cited Jasa for violation of the basic speed rule.

Tuesday Movie Night

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:03

There’s another Tuesday Movie Night planned for this evening at the Longview Public Library, starting at 6 pm. Due to copyright regulations, they can’t say the name of the movie, but they do say that “you will feel wave after wave after wave of excitement.’’ The doors to the Library Auditorium will open at 5:45, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and cannot be left unattended. Go to the Longview Library web page for more information, or call 442-5322 for more information.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Posted on 3rd May 2016 at 09:02

It’s time to get the glue, clamps and paints ready to go, as the theme for the 8th annual Longview Cardboard Regatta is announced. This year’s theme is “The Great Northwest,” allowing this year’s Regatta teams to use this area and its surroundings as the inspiration for their craft. Cardboard will be distributed for free two different weeks, on Saturday, May 14th and on Saturday, June 4th, starting at 9 am at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. Hometeam 1490 KLOG, Cookin’ Country 105.5 and 101-5 The Wave are coordinating this years Regatta, while KapStone Paper and Packaging is once again providing the raw cardboard stock. Boat builders can call Joel Hanson at 636-0110 to register for this year’s race, and to get more information. The Longview Cardboard Regatta has teams design and build boats from corrugated cardboard, looking to build a craft that can make at least three heats around a 200-yard course on Lake Sacajawea. The kickoff event for this year’s Go 4th Festival is set for Saturday, July 2nd at 11 am.

Weyco Pulp Sale

Posted on 2nd May 2016 at 06:27

Weyerhaeuser is selling off its pulp business, sending that part of the company to International Paper for a price of about two billion dollars. IP is buying five pulp mills in Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, and up in Alberta. The deal also includes converting facilities in Mississippi and Poland. This sale is part of a strategic review of Weyerhaeuser that was announced last November, when the timber giant announced that it was buying Plum Creek Timber. The deal also includes a $300 million tax benefit, coming from the purchase of assets.