The Vietnam Traveling Wall is scheduled to arrive today in Lewis County, with plans to have the 370-foot memorial open for visits tomorrow through Sunday. The wall is an 80-percent-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that is located on the National Mall in Washington, D. C., containing the names of all of the American men and women who died while serving in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Traveling Wall will be on display at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, just off of I-5.
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Sunday evening, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe invites you to come by Willow Grove Park as they hold a vigil to pray for the health of the Columbia River. The tribe’s spiritual leader, Roy Wilson, will lead the vigil, which will also include a canoe ceremony, a blessing of the river, drumming and dancing. You’re also invited to bring a dish for the potluck and salmon dinner that’s planned. Participants will also be allowed to offer their own prayers, poems or stories about the Columbia River, and they’ll also have fun stuff for the kids to do. This is one of several vigils that tribes are planning all along the length of the Columbia, which also mesh with the resumption of US-Canadian negotiations over the river’s flow. Sunday’s vigil is scheduled to start at 5:30 Sunday evening, and is open to all. Call St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 423-5600 if you have any questions.
Tracy Mitchell, 40, of Clatskanie is under arrest on first-degree assault charges, after she allegedly stabbed her husband yesterday during a domestic dispute. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson says that Deputies were dispatched to a home on Co-op Road, after getting a report that there was a disturbance at that location. They learned that Tracy Mitchell had supposedly stabbed James Mitchell, 43, during a fight, and that she was now driving him to the hospital. Deputies found and stopped the Mitchell’s car, also calling paramedics to the scene. James Mitchell was taken to Saint John Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and then was released. Tracy Mitchell is now being held in the Columbia County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and menacing. Dickerson says that the investigation is continuing, as the stabbing apparently took place at the home of a “third party,” not where the Mitchell’s live.
The chase of a suspected shoplifter ended abruptly yesterday afternoon at the Kelso Safeway store, when the suspect was hit by a car in the parking lot of the store. Kelso Police say that this incident took place shortly before 1 pm, when Joshua Peter Brochu, 33, supposedly tried to make off with two pairs of socks. As Loss Prevention started to give chase, Brochu reportedly jumped on a bike and started to ride off. He was then hit by a car, suffering injuries to his left leg, a bloody nose, and chest pain. Brochu was treated at St. John Medical Center, and is now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on a third-degree theft charge, along with two no-bail contempt of court warrant.
Authorities in Lewis County say that no charges will be filed against Jack Ritter, 56, of Salkum, after a fatal shooting that took place at his home back in May. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the resolution of this incident, which took place at Ritter’s home on May 10th. Travis Paul Shive, 28, had gone to the house to confront Ritter over the shooting of Shive’s dog. Deputies say that Ritter had nothing to do with the shooting of the dog, something that Ritter and others in the neighborhood had tried to tell Shive. Ritter had armed himself with a semi-automatic pistol, and when Shive saw the gun, he got into a physical struggle with Ritter. During that fight, Ritter was able to shoot Shive in the chest, causing a fatal wound. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer says that the investigation shows that Shive was the aggressor, and that the shooting happened in self-defense.
Lewis County Search and Rescue is working on the recovery of the body of a Port Orchard teen who drowned in a river near Mount Rainier back on July 4th. The 17 year-old was with a group of friends near the Cedar Grove Campground, near the National Park entrance; the victim was taking some pictures when he fell into the fast-moving river, and was swept away. The teen was caught in an eddy, but wasn’t able to reach a stick that the friends tried to extend to him. The teen was swept downstream, and his body wasn’t located until Sunday, by a group of kayakers heading downstream. The body is located in an extremely difficult area to reach; it took two hours for search teams to get down to the site where the body is located. At this time, they have not reported on the completion of the recovery effort.
The Longview School District is announcing the appointment of two teachers as interim assistant principals. Olympic Elementary School teacher John Gourley is being moved into the assistant principal position at the neighboring Monticello Middle School, following the resignation of Kevin Palena. Instructional Coach Lori Larson will also take an interim position as the assistant principal at Mount Solo Middle School, after Matthew Kesler also resigned. Both Palena and Kesler plan to take jobs closer to their homes in Clark County. Patrick Kelley is moving into the position as Broadway Special Education Principal, while Mary Carr-Wilt will now work full-time as Early Learning Director, and will also coordinate federal programs.
A homeschooler from the remote northwest Oregon town of Timber ranked among the top competitors at the National History Day competition, held last month in our nation’s capitol. Olivia Winter received an Honorable Mention in the competition, presenting a documentary on the Tillamook Burn, a program titled “Out of the Ashes: The Inferno that Changed the Heart of Oregon.” Winter says that she was proud to represent Oregon at the event, also saying that it was a valuable experience for her and for other students. Entries for the next History Day competition are now being taken by the Oregon Historical Society. The theme for the upcoming competition is “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Get full details on the program by going to the Oregon Historical Society website.
Charges of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary are being filed against Dwight Andrew Rogers, 22, of Longview, after he allegedly pulled a knife and lunged at a security guard that was trying to hold him for arrest by Longview Police. Around 7:30 pm, employees at the 15th Avenue Safeway store call Longview Police, reporting that they were trying to detain a shoplifting suspect. A few minutes later, it was reported that a Loss Prevention person was yelling for someone to “get on the ground.” It was around that time that Rogers allegedly pulled a knife and lunged at the Loss Prevention person. The security guard was eventually able to get Rogers on the ground, as Officers arrived to complete the arrest. Rogers was arrested without further incident; officers also report the recovery of a knife. Rogers is now being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail, pending his first court appearance.
Gary Campbell, Jr., 52, of Vancouver continues to recover from serious injuries that he received on Saturday in a motorcycle crash that took place Saturday on I-5 in Kelso. The crash happened just before 5 pm, just south of the Allen Street exit on I-5 southbound. State Troopers say that Campbell was southbound in the left lane, and then went off the freeway to the left, crashing into the guard rail and the cable barrier. Campbell was taken by LifeFlight to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, where he’s listed in fair condition this morning. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.