Former Kelso High School music teacher is a hero, after he and his fishing buddies helped to save three men from drowning in Lake Merwin on Friday. George Simonsen, Mallory Smith and Randy Lomborg were out on the lake last Friday afternoon, fishing for kokanee when they saw something odd. At first, they thought it might be a small boat with a sail, but then they realized that it was a capsized boat. Simonsen, Smith and Lonborg realized that people were in the water, and sped over to the spot, a distance estimated to be about 200 yards away. The three men helped rescue the three men that had gone into the water, none wearing a life vest. The men that were in the water say that their boat quickly filled with water and sank after they had gone in reverse, with the water coming over the transom. Another boat came by and helped the victims recover their gear. No injuries were reported.
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The Lower Columbia College Board of Trustees plan a day-long meeting today, the bulk of which will be focused on planning and strategic initiatives. The meeting runs from 8:30 am until 5 pm in the Heritage Room in the Administration Building at LCC, and will begin with a series of reports. The bulk of the meeting will be the Annual Planning Session is set to start around 11 am, starting with a review of the College Mission. They plan to move into Budget Parameters and Discussion, followed by a forecast of the 2017-2018 budget. They’ll review the 2016 outcomes, and will discuss strategic initiatives before developing Annual Priorities for 2016-2017, along with the initial draft for the 2017-2018 budget period. Today’s meeting is open to the public.
The Longview School Board plans to get focused on a preferred plan for the district facilities at this evening’s meeting. A special session of the board is set to begin at 5:30 pm, where the board will discuss and come to some sort of agreement on which facilities plan they will follow. Two main options are under consideration; both place a priority on upgrading the elementary schools in the district, however, one plan closes Columbia Heights Elementary, while the other closes Northlake Elementary. Both plans look at consolidating the high schools into one building. The options will be reviewed and discussed during the workshop, and then a formal decision will be made during the regular Longview School Board meeting at 7 pm. Both sessions are open to the public.
The Castle Rock City Council meets tonight, with plans to hold a public hearing on a potential extension to the moratorium that prohibits marijuana production and/or sales inside the city limits. The city has had the moratorium in place since March of last year, and city officials are proposing an additional six-month extension. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30 pm at the Castle Rock Senior Center, located at 222 Southwest Second Avenue in Castle Rock.
There’s a special Blood Drive being held today at the Longview City Hall, running from 9 am until 2 pm today. You can donate blood if you’re at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 105 pounds, and are in good general health. Call 442-5004 to set up an appointment, or go to redcrossblood.org.
The annual meeting of Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia is being held this evening at the Moose Lodge on Washington Way in Longview. They’ll be showing the DVD from last November’s performance at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, along with selection of the new board. This is a potluck that will start at 6 pm this evening, a chance for you to come by and find out about Cabaret Follies and its mission.
Kelso Police are working to find the suspect in a stabbing that took place early this morning. At about 3:50 am, a 911 call came in from a home in the 1100 block of South 6th, where it was reported that a man had been stabbed in the head. They say that the victim was bleeding profusely, but he was also up and walking around. That person was conscious and breathing as they were taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. The suspect reportedly left on foot, taking off in an unknown direction. Those in the house were able to provide some information on the suspect, including his physical description. Longview Police also assisted in the effort to find this suspect; so far, no arrests have been reported.
Two homes in Castle Rock were severely damaged by fire yesterday, and six pets died in one of those fires. The first fire was reported just after 9 am, reported at 124 Cedar Street in Castle Rock. Four people that were in the house were able to safely evacuate after the fire was reported. Cowlitz Fire District 6 in Castle Rock responded with Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and Fire District 3 from Toutle, and was able to get the fire knocked down quickly. Despite those efforts, the house was severely damaged, and may be a total loss. It’s thought that the fire may have been caused by an electrical issue in the lower level of the home.
Around 4 pm, Cowlitz Fire District 6, District 2 and District 3 responded to a house fire at 401 Quick Road, which quickly spread into the upper level of the home. Fighting the fire was extremely complicated; more than 30,000 gallons of water was used in the battle, which covered several hours. The nearest hydrant was more than two miles away, and had to be trucked in by fire tenders. The roof collapsed, which kept fire crews on the exterior of the building. Cowlitz 6 Fire Chief Bill Lemonds says that they finally got the fire out around 8 pm. No humans were injured in the fire, but four cats and two dogs died in the blaze. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.
Longview Police now say that three people are being charged in connection with a shooting that took place in January. This incident took place on January 11th in the 1000 block of Seventh Avenue, a “shots fired” report from an apartment. When officers arrived, no one was in the apartment, but they found what’s believed to be a bullet hole in the outside door of the unit. Neighbors say that they thought they heard gunshots; police checked the area, but no one was found. Detectives continued to investigate the case, eventually identifying three suspects. Brandon Burris Decker, 33, Dominick Jacob Nello, 35, and Megan Rose Vivian, 35, are now being charged in this case; Nello and Decker are being charged with first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree assault, residential burglary, unlawful possession of a gun by a felon and criminal conspiracy. Nello was arrested earlier this week, and is now being held on bail of $250,000. Decker and Vivian were already under arrest on drug charges, but additional charges are being filed.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is still working to find Gregory Reynolds, 37, of Vernonia, the man who’s suspected in a shooting that took place on the 18th at a home on Kirk Road. Lewis Cochran, 45, of Vernonia was wounded in that shooting; he has been released from the hospital and continues his recovery. Reynolds has been on the run since the shooting, and authorities note that he has a history of evading capture. Records show that Reynolds had been involved in a high-speed chase in June of 2012, and eluded capture for some time. Reynolds is also wanted on several felony warrants, in addition to the charges connected to the shooting. They say that Gregory Reynolds is armed, and should be considered as extremely dangerous. If you know where he might be, they say that you should call 911 or local law enforcement right away.