In less than two months, local residents have stepped up and donated the money needed to help purchase, train and outfit a new K-9 unit for the Longview Police Department. The Longview Kiwanis announced the start of the fund drive on September 26th, as Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha announced the pending retirement of “Chase,” the department’s current apprehension K-9 unit. Yesterday, LPD sent out a “thank you” to the Kiwanis, individuals and other groups that have stepped up to raise the $10,500 dollars needed to purchase the next dog. In particular, Duscha points out the efforts of Holly Bishop and the Kiwanis; it’s noted that Bishop purchased K-9 decals that merchants could post in their windows, to help publicize their support of the effort.
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A former K-9 member of the Clatskanie Police Department passed away earlier this month. “Ike” was purchased for the Clatskanie Police back in 2007, trained for detection of several illegal drugs, along with protection of his handler and for the tracking of suspects and lost persons. During his career, “Ike” and his handler got credit for locating and seizing more than 48 hundred grams of narcotics. He was also involved in 48 separate arrests. “Ike” was retired in 2011, due to arthritis in his hips and rear legs, and went to the home of his handler. It’s reported that “Ike” died on Wednesday, November 5th, from natural causes. The Clatskanie Police Department is in the process of setting up a memorial in his honor.
It should be an interesting meeting of the Lower Columbia School Retirees Association, as Jeannie Smith will come in and tell the story of how her mother saved the lives of eleven people, protecting them form the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II. The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:30 am in the dining room of the Somerset Retirement Apartments, located at 2025 Tibbetts Drive in Longview. Breakfast will be available for purchase, and a door prize will also be awarded. All active and retired school employees are invited to attend. Call 425-5428 for more information.
The Cowlitz County Fair Board is out with the announcement of the theme for next year’s Fair, saying that they actually combined two entries to come up with the new theme. At their meeting earlier this month, submissions from Vicki Johnson and Joan Frymire were combined to come up with “You Make It, Grow It and Show It” as the 2015 theme. Johnson and Frymire will now receive grandstand ticket packages for the 2015 Cowlitz County Fair, which will include concert tickets and tickets to the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo. The 2015 Cowlitz County Fair is scheduled to run from Thursday, July 26th to Sunday, July 30th.
The “Teen Tuesday” events continue today at the Longview Public Library, with a life-sized “Ticket to Ride” game planned for this evening. Youth Librarian Jan Hanson says that this will be just like the “Ticket to Ride” board game published by Days of Wonder, but this special version will also be set in Cowlitz County, and will include stops that would have been made by the recently-restored Long-Bell Shay Locomotive. Some of the prizes award tonight will include the opportunity to actually board the restored Shay. Life-sized “Ticket to Ride” will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Longview Library, and is open to all area middle and high-school students. No library card or pre-registration is required. Call the Library at 442-5323 for more information, or go to the Longview Library web page.
Longview Police are still working to find the man who robbed the Stop-and-Save market last night out on Pacific Way. A clerk at the store called 911 at about 6:40 pm, saying that a man came in, implied that he had a weapon, and then took money from the store till. The robber also took off with a case of beer. The suspect took off on foot, heading back toward 30th Avenue. The clerk was able to give a detailed description of the suspect; Longview Police also brought in a K-9 to try and track him, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.
Two people are recovering from injuries that they received in a two-car crash that took place on I-5 southbound near La Center. State Troopers say that the crash took place around 4:10 pm, when Joshua Yancey, 21, of Longview stopped for a disabled car in the right lane of the freeway. He was rear-ended by Ramon Canals, 60, of Happy Valley, Oregon, totaling both cars. Aurora Canals, 56, had her seat reclined, and was injured when she slid out of her seat belt. Denise Yancey, 60, was in the car that was hit, and was also injured. Both women were taken to a hospital in Vancouver, but their conditions haven’t been updated this morning. Troopers blame the crash on driver’s inattention, and they say charges are pending against Ramon Canals.
Several law enforcement officers helped to fish an intoxicated man out of the Kalama Marina Friday night. Divers were called to the marina Friday evening, after it was reported that James DeLapp had fallen into the water. Deputies say that DeLapp apparently missed a step as he was trying to get onto his boat, and then got tangled in a rope. A Kalama Police Officer tried to assist DeLapp, but was unable to pull him out on his own. Additional officers and deputies responded as a call went out for Cowlitz County Dive Rescue, but the officers were eventually able to get DeLapp out of the water.
The State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are looking into a wire theft incident that shut down at least four traffic cameras along I-5 in the Chehalis area. The theft was reported late last week, when about 1,500 feet of copper wire that feeds the cameras was stolen. The theft killed power to cameras, lights and road sensors in Chehalis; it’s also estimated that the cost of repairs was in the neighborhood of $10,000. The repairs have been completed and the cameras are functioning once again. No suspects have been identified.
The City of Clatskanie is offering a cash reward of $300 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in connection with recent burglaries that have taken place on city, state or school district properties. Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl says that all tips will be kept confidential; call the Clatskanie Police Department at 503-728-2145 if you can help out.