Longview Police are following up on a burglary that the Cowlitz Black Bears reported last Friday evening. Management with the Cowlitz Black Bears called LPD at about 8:20 pm last Friday night, reporting that someone had broken into their storage area; they say that a freezer lock was cut off, and the freezer had been tipped over. They also say that multiple kegs of beer were stolen, along with wine and cases of bottled beer. Police have no suspects at this time.
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Robert Michael DeLao, 49, of Kalama is under arrest after an incident near the old Mahaffey’s Store on the Kalama River, after he allegedly used an axe to smash some car windows. Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 2100 block of Kalama River Road shortly after 4 pm on Saturday, where it was reported that an “obviously belligerent drunk” was threatening people, and was throwing rocks at people. It was also reported that the suspect had an axe, and that he broke windows out on at least two cars that were parked in the area. When Deputies arrived, they say that DeLao refused to cooperate, and eventually was dragged out of the bushes before his arrest. He’s currently being held without bail on charges of second-degree malicious mischief and obstructing an officer.
The Castle Rock City Council meets this evening, joining with the Planning Commission to get a report on possible changes to city codes, dealing with new uses in the city’s C-1 commercial district, along with a discussion on recommendations for options to regulate marijuana inside the city limits. The consultant hired by the city will have a report on the existing zones, permitted and non-permitted uses, and potential adjustments. The consultant also has a report on how changes could be made to the city codes, bringing management of marijuana-related businesses into the city codes. This evening’s Castle Rock City Council meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the Castle Rock Senior Center, located at 222 Second Avenue SW in Castle Rock.
“Putt with a Purpose” today at the Three Rivers Golf Course in Kelso, as Community Home Health and Hospice put on the Charity Care Challenge. Registration, the driving range and raffle ticket sales begin at 11 am, and then the shotgun start will be at 1 pm. Dinner and the awards ceremony will be held at 5 pm. Proceeds from the event will help support the Charity Care program at Community Home Health and Hospice, helping families that might not be able to afford their services otherwise.
Felix Hernandez had a strong game, but Luis Severino was stronger, throwing 100+ mph fastballs into the 7th inning as the NY Yankees got by the Mariners 4-1. Severino struck out six, and got out of jams in the three separate innings. The second game of the four-game series is tonight at Safeco, KLOG coverage starts at 6 pm…..Ryan Kim led the way for the Cowlitz Black Bears last night, picking up three RBI in last night’s 5-2 win over the Port Angeles Lefties. Kim had a 2-run HR in the 9th to seal the deal…..The Hilander Dental Sr. Legion baseball team opens competition at the state tournament on Saturday, taking on Lakeside Recovery in Spokane tomorrow evening. Nipps’s Burgers and More opens the Jr. Legion State Tourney tomorrow in Lynden.
Brenda Wing is going to get another chance to plead her case in connection with the death of a three year-old boy, after the Washington Court of Appeals rules that she will be allowed to withdraw her previous guilty plea. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the ruling from Division II of the Court of Appeals, which says that Brenda Wing’s offender score had the same computing errors as her husband. In 2015, Danny and Brenda Wing both pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault, charges connected to the November 2014 death of Jasper Henderling-Warner, 3; the little boy had been left in the couple’s care, and they say that he died as result of severe abuse and neglect. Both were eventually sentenced to 34 years apiece, and both appealed those sentences. Danny Wing’s appeal was granted several weeks ago; at this time, neither has withdrawn their previous pleas. The Lewis County Prosecutor tells the paper that he’s ready to go to trial on each person, if they decide to withdraw the pleas.
A man who suffered a severe heart attack while riding in last weekend’s Seattle-to-Portland bike tour is now looking for the nurse who saved his life. The Centralia Chronicle reports that Will Treinen, 50, had just gone past the STP rest stop in Vader last Sunday, when he was hit by a serious heart attack. Treinen went to the ground, which was seen by an STP volunteer. Seconds later, another female rider stopped and jumped off of her bike, then she started CPR on Treinen. It’s reported that she continued with CPR for five minutes, while paramedics were responded. Treinen was eventually taken to Centralia Providence Hospital, then was transferred to Tacoma General, where he’s expected to make a full recovery. In the mayhem of the moment, no one got the name of the nurse who did the CPR; they say that she had dark hair, and may have been in her 20’s or 30’s. They say that she was riding with her father. The family is making appeals on Facebook and Twitter, saying that they want to know that this woman saved a man’s life, and they want to thank her for that.
Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is out with a sternly-worded letter, saying that she’s vowing to protect citizens of Southwest Washington from a proposed tolling scheme that’s being floated in Oregon. The State of Oregon is mulling over a proposal to charge tolls on freeways in Portland, a measure that Beutler says would unfairly target commuters from Washington. In the letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett, stating her concerns about the plan. Beutler says that she doesn’t oppose the concept of a fee that’s paid by users of a resource, allocating funds to maintenance and upkeep of that resource, but she claims that any toll imposed in I-5 and I-205 would unfairly target commuters from Washington. She says that money would pay for improvements south of Portland, which would rarely be used by the people footing the bill. Beutler says that “Oregon has no right to make Southwest Washington an unwilling piggy bank for Oregon’s infrastructure projects.” Beutler pledges to defend Southwest Washington residents from any unfair tolling plan, using every appropriate means available.
If you’re heading into the Olympia area this weekend, be aware that I-5 could be severely congested. A bridge repair project on the northbound freeway is expected to cause backups that could be miles long, starting tonight and going through Monday morning. The Washington Department of Transportation says that you should avoid using I-5 northbound during Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey over this weekend; if you do have to use the freeway, go early in the morning or late at night, when traffic flows are reduced. You can check on flows in real time by checking the WashDOT traffic cameras, or by going to the WashDOT phone app. These lane closures are part of a larger freeway paving project that is projected to go into the fall.
Starting on Sunday, Cowlitz County document recording fees will be going up, after action in this year’s legislative session. County officials say that more document recording fees will rise by a dollar, a surcharge for records management grants to local governments, along with training on public records and consultations to local governments. The full list of documents recorded by Cowlitz County and the fees connected to those documents is available on the county web page, or in the Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office.