Two people are recovering from injuries they received in a two-car crash that shut down the intersection at 15th and Broadway for nearly an hour yesterday afternoon. Longview Police say that the crash happened at about 12:15 pm, when 26 year-old Casey Hester ran a red light and collided with a pickup driven by LCC Vice President of Administration Nolan Wheeler. The collision caused Wheeler’s pickup to roll onto its top, pinning him inside. Hester’s H3 Hummer remained upright. Firefighters extricated Wheeler, who was then taken to St. John Medical Center; he was eventually treated and released. Hester was also treated and released at St. John. Hester was cited for running the red light.
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Julie Ann Erickson, 48, of Morton is in the Lewis County Jail on robbery and eluding charges after one of your weirder incidents from yesterday morning. Around 9:25 am, a Morton resident called 911, claiming that Erickson drove up in front of her house, and started stealing children’s toys from the front yard. The resident and a friend confronted Erickson, and pulled a tricycle from the open trunk of her car. They claim that Erickson pushed one of the women, punched the other one in the face, and then tried to slap her several times before jumping in her car and driving away. Law enforcement officers spotted the car and tried to make a traffic stop, but Erickson continued to drive, going at slow speeds. A spike strip was set up near the intersection of SR 508 and Cinebar Road, which was hit by Erickson. They say that she continued to drive, finally going into the ditch near Centralia Alpha Road. Deputies say that she “spoke nonsensically” when arrested, and had no explanation for the theft. Erickson is now being held without bail on charges of second-degree robbery and attempting to elude; arrangements are being made to return the toys.
Two Woodland High School students are now lodged in the Juvenile Detention Center and a summons is being issued for a third person, after two marijuana-related incidents reported yesterday afternoon at the school. Shortly after 1 pm yesterday, Woodland Police Officers were called to the school to arrest a student that was found to be in possession of marijuana-infused candies, that he was apparently selling to other students. They say that the male student did admit to the sale, so he’s being charged with delivery of a controlled substance on school grounds. About a half-hour later, another student was brought in for possession of marijuana, and was also taken to Juvenile Detention. A third person has been identified as the supplier in that second case, so a summons for delivery is being issued for that person.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary reported yesterday morning at a medical marijuana shop in the west end of Longview. Shortly after 4 yesterday morning, an alarm was reported at the shop in the 2200 block of 46th Avenue. Deputies responded and found evidence that the building had been entered; the suspect or suspects were apparently injured in the attempt, as blood was found at the scene. Evidence was collected for additional processing, while the shop’s owner is being asked to assemble a list of stolen items. Damage to the window is estimated at about $100. At this time, no suspects have been identified.
The Longview City Council meets tonight at 7 pm, and they’re going to be asked to approve changes to the Comprehensive Plan, re-classifying certain areas as “Community Commercial.” City staff says that these designations are needed to respond to the needs and realities of the local commercial climate. Several areas of the city are being targeted for this new “Community Commercial” designation, including Ocean Beach Highway between 30th and 32nd, 15th and Washington Way, 9th and Maple Street, and the Tennant Way-California Way-Oregon Way areas. A full explanation of the proposed Comp Plan and zoning designations will be presented at tonight’s meeting. The Council is also expected to award the contract for the Washington Way Bridge Replacement Project; out of eleven bids received, Carter and Company of Salem came in with the low bid of $4.8 million, just less than the engineer’s estimate of $4.9 million.
You can help raise money for a couple of major trips that the Rainier Junior-Senior High School History Club is planning, by heading over to the Panda Express restaurant in Longview later today. Teacher and History Club Advisor Andrew Demko says that they’re trying to raise money for a trip to Washington, D. C. and Colonial Williamsburg that’s planned for next year, along with a trip to England and Scotland in 2016. Today’s fundraiser will run from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, at the restaurant on 15th Avenue, across the street from Mark Morris High School. Demko will also be on hand to provide more information on these trips, along with other activities that are planned for the History Club.
The schedule of razor clam digs through the end of the year is tentatively set, starting with a six-day dig that will begin on October 7th. Washington Fish and Wildlife is setting up a total of 41 days for digging through December 31st; Dan Ayres with WDFW says that they published this schedule as a way for people to start doing their planning. He also says that none of the digs will be confirmed until marine toxin tests are completed. Surveys are indicating “excellent” numbers of clams at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks, and an “average” number of clams at Copalis. Ayres says that there are “a lot of clams” and they expect this to be a great season. The first dig is tentatively set to begin on Tuesday, October 7th and will run through Sunday, the 12th. Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open for digging all six days; Mocrocks will be open on the 10th, 11th and 12th, while Copalis will be open only on the 11th. Be sure to have a current shellfish license, and observe all of the bag and harvest regulations.
The State Patrol is still working to locate the next of kin of the two people that were killed in yesterday morning’s fiery head-on collision near Mill Creek on Ocean Beach Highway. Troopers now say that the driver of a Subaru Forester was trying to pass an unknown vehicle in a no-passing zone a few minutes after 9 am, and crashed head-on into a westbound Ford Ranger pickup being driven by Russell Gilchrist, 67, of Longview. The Subaru burst into flames, with the driver and passenger trapped inside. Witnesses were unable to free those people, but they did help Gilchrist get away from his pickup. He was taken by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver with leg and chest injuries, and is listed in stable condition this morning. The highway was closed to traffic for nearly five hours after the crash. The names of the two people who were killed have not yet been released, but it’s noted that the Subaru was registered to an address in Cathlamet.
An autopsy is planned on Jonathan Hill of Hillsboro, 37, after the bowhunter’s body was found yesterday afternoon in the woods southwest of Vernonia. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports that Hill’s body was actually located by a friend of the family, who was assisting in the search effort. It’s reported that Hill’s body was located near Clear Creek Road and Timber Road, about a mile from where his truck was found parked near the Sunset Highway. Hill hadn’t been heard from since about 9:30 Sunday morning, when family members reported getting a cell phone call, saying that he seemed “disoriented.” During the 50-hour search effort, it was also disclosed that Hill was a diabetic, and did not have access to the insulin that he needed. It’s not yet known if that may have been a factor in his death.
Street Crimes Unit Detectives say that heroin, meth, guns, cash and other items connected to the drug trade were seized when a search warrant was served yesterday afternoon at a residence on North 1st Avenue in Kelso. Three people were arrested in the raid; Zachery Stan Stefonek, 28, is being charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, Kerry Steven Helgerson, 26, is being held for possession of meth and possession of heroin with intent to deliver, and K’Lynn Christine Marsyla, 25, is being charged with possession of meth and possession of heroin. She was also served with warrants for making false statements to police and third-degree theft. The charge against Stefonek also includes a school zone enhancement. Each is currently being held without bail, pending their first appearances in Cowlitz County Superior Court.