It apparently didn’t take long for Codi Lanai Jacob, 20, of Longview to decide that jumping into the Cowlitz River in an attempt to avoid arrest wasn’t such a good idea. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Jacob came into Offender Services at 9 yesterday morning, to submit to a drug test as part of her conditions that keep her out of jail. Jacob reportedly admitted to using cocaine, and was told that she would be arrested. Deputies say that Jacob bolted out of the Hall of Justice, went down the steps and across the parking lot, then she dove into the Cowlitz River. That swim didn’t last long, as the cold water chased Jacob right back to shore. Jacob gave herself up without further struggle, and is now being held on the probation violation charge.
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Jack Tapani, 11, of Woodland is being honored by Clark County Fire and Rescue, presented with a Lifesaving Award related to an incident from the night of April 29th. Tapani’s 10 year-old brother fell into a bonfire, and it was the 11 year-old who pulled him out, and then provided care until help arrived. Tapani was presented with his award at the year-ending assembly at Woodland Middle School.
You may want to avoid Industrial Way over the next week, as the City of Longview completes some manhole cover work. Work is planned in the eastbound lanes between Columbia Boulevard and International Way, starting today and going through next Thursday. Lane closures will be in place while the work is being conducted between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm each day. You can expect congestion when driving through that area while the work is going on, so it would probably be a good idea to explore alternate routes.
The May unemployment rate came in at 7.1 percent, eight-tenths of a percentage point lower than the same period last year. Scoff Bailey with Washington Employment Security says that non-farm employment in Cowlitz County “hasn’t moved an inch” over the past 12 months. He says that about 3,200 people in Cowlitz County are jobless and seeking work, about 300 fewer than the same time last year. Initial and continuing unemployment claims continue at “very low levels.”
Pathways 2020 is out with its “Community Champions” list, recognizing these people for their contributions to the region. County Commissioner Mike Karnofski is the 2016 Community Champion for Economic Vitality, while Diane Perron with Habitat for Humanity gets the Housing award. Castle Rock School Superintendent Susan Barker gets the Education award, and Doctor Blaine Tolby is the Health Champion. Community Garden Board members Jon Griffin and Wendell Harper get the Access to Healthy Foods Champion Award, and then Patrick and Michelle Ryan get the Social Cohesion Award, for their work with the Stone Soup community meals program.
Rae Gordon of Oregon City brings her blues band to the St. Helens waterfront tonight, performing in this evening’s installment of “13 Nights on the River.” Gordon won the 2014 Muddy Award for Best Female Vocalist, presented by the Cascade Blues Association, and her CD’s have also been put up for awards. Rae Gordon brings her blues show to St. Helens at 6 pm tonight, following the open-air market that opens at 3 pm. Admission is free.
Hisashi Iwakuma got beat up while Seattle could muster only three hits in a 5-1 loss to Detroit yesterday. Iwakuma gave up 5 runs and 11 hits in less than 5 innings of work. The M’s wrap up the series in Detroit and the ten-day road trip with a day game, KLOG coverage at 9 am…..The Cowlitz Black Bears couldn’t come all the way back against the Gresham GreyWolves last night, dropping a 7-5 decision. The rubber game between the Black Bears and Gresham is set for 6:35 pm tonight at Story Field…..Competitive Athletics is now 6-0 in league, after sweeping a DH from Vaugh Baseball in Elma. Noah Mejia went 4-5 with 2 RBI in the 19-3 win in the first game, and then James Anderson struck out 9 and gave up only two hits in the 10-1 nightcap win.
The M’s take another tough loss last night, as the Tigers come from behind to beat Seattle 4-2. Mike Aviles hit an infield single to bring in the tie-breaking run. Seattle got another HR from Kyle Seager, to no avail. Game 3 of the 4-game series is set for this afternoon, KLOG coverage starts at 3 pm…..The ‘s also made a minor-league trade this morning, acquiring LHP Wade LeBlanc from Toronto for a Player to be Named Later…..Colin Winn hit a walk-off sac fly to snap the Cowlitz Black Bears five-game losing streak, beating the Gresham GreyWolves 4-3. Game 2 of the series is set for 6:35 pm tonight at Story Field….Gunnar Blix of RAL, Hunter Esary of Kalama and Talib Meeks from Castle Rock have been selected for Saturday’s East-West Earl Barden All-State Classic football game.
Authorities in Thurston County are investigating an incident at a mobile home park on Dutterow Road near Lacey, an incident that left two men and one woman dead, while a fourth man was injured. Other details are being gathered at this time.
An investigation is getting under way after a dockworker was transported from the Weyerhaeuser log yard yesterday afternoon. Longview Fire and aid personnel were called to the docks at about 2 pm yesterday, when the man was found unconscious on board a ship being loaded with logs for export. Paramedics were lifted onto the ship, where the man received first aid, and then was taken by ambulance to Saint John Medical Center. The circumstances of the injury are still unclear at this time; it’s thought the man fell, but the reasons for the fall aren’t known as of yet. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The man’s name has not been released, and his condition has not been updated this morning. Officials with SSA Marine report that the man had been hired to load logs onto the ship for a customer of Weyerhaeuser.