Authorities in Lewis County now say that the body found in a burning car near Chehalis on Saturday, May 6th is that of Robert A. Mansker, 48, of Kelso. At about 1 am on May 6th, Chehalis fire crews were called to the 19 hundred block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Chehalis, where it was reported that a car was on fire. After the fire was put out, the body of a man was found inside the 1992 Honda Accord. Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod says that they had tentatively identified the body last week, but they were awaiting confirmation from dental records. There’s still no word on the cause or manner of death, as the investigation into this incident continues.
The Mariners open a three game set at the Washington Nationals today, KLOG 3:00 pm. Robinson Cano comes off the disabled list today and Mike Zunino has also been recalled from AAA Tacoma…..The final preparations are ongoing for Thursday’s opening day of the NWAC college baseball championships at Story Field. The LCC Red Devils have the 7:35 pm game against Mt. Hood Thursday evening…..The NCAA softball Super Regionals are set. The UW Huskies host Utah Friday at 8 pm. The Oregon Ducks are at home against Kentucky at 4 pm Friday…..In Oregon 3A State softball tomorrow, Rainier hosts Irrigon at 4 pm while Clatskanie is at Pleasant Hill at 4:30 pm…..The WIAA State Golf Tournaments are underway in the Tri-Cities and Spokane areas.
Cody Douglas O’Reilly, 18, of Kelso is under arrest, accused of prowling vehicles in North Kelso, taken into custody after an extensive foot pursuit and search yesterday morning. The incident started yesterday morning around 8 am, when a man reported catching someone prowling cars in the 500 block of Redpath. Kelso Police responded, and the suspect ran when he saw the officers. The foot chase and search covered several blocks in North Kelso, with the suspect allegedly jumping over and knocking down fences as he tried to cut through back yards. Officers eventually cornered the suspect in the upper level of a barn in the 14 hundred block of North 2nd, and he was finally taken into custody. O’Reilly is now being charged with second-degree vehicle prowling, first-degree criminal trespass, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. Bail totals $3,000.
A truck driver claims that he was hit in the eye by a laser that was being shined out of a room on the north end of the Motel 6 on Minor Road. The driver called Kelso Police at 1:35 yesterday morning, saying that he was zapped by someone that was on the ground floor of the motel, at the far north end of the building. Kelso Police checked the area, but didn’t find anyone. The driver didn’t say if he suffered any injury in the incident.
Work is now under way on a paving project on Industrial Way, dealing with a seven-mile stretch of road that goes from 3rd Avenue to the intersection with Ocean Beach Highway. The Washington Department of Transportation plans to repair 60 broken panels in that stretch of roadway, which will then be followed by a new layer of pavement. Work is being done at night, to minimize traffic impacts. You do need to know that there are some nighttime lane closures. Last night, the westbound lanes of Industrial Way between Oregon Way and California Way were shifted into the center lane; those lane adjustments were scheduled to be removed by 6 this morning. Warning signs are set up at each end of the paving project; this project will take several weeks to complete. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.
It’s now being reported that the State of Oregon’s request for a federal disaster declaration from last January’s snow, ice and wind storms is being denied. Oregon Governor Kate Brown had made the request after more than a foot of snow fell in some places, followed by freezing rain and wind. The South County Spotlight reports that Columbia County would have received $670,000 to pay for repairs of power lines and other equipment. In its response letter, FEMA says that “the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of state and affected local governments.” Oregon’s Congressional delegation is upset with the decision, but local emergency management officials say that the decision isn’t all that unusual. They say that disaster requests are rejected on a fairly regular basis.
Budget shortfalls in the Rainier School District could lead to the closure of the Briarcliff Pool. The Clatskanie Chief has an update on the Rainier Schools budget work for next year, as districts across the state face significant budget issues. It’s reported that Rainier could save $150,000 in the annual budget by closing the pool; other possible spending cuts include reductions in spending for technology, and the elimination of a secretary’s position. Superintendent Michael Carter says that the other option is to cut staff, which could save up to $255,000. Carter says that they could keep the pool open this summer, then they would plan to close it on September 6th. He says that they need the community to step up and support the Briarcliff Pool, because “We can’t keep it up. Academics are out number one priority.”
The local chapter of the Roosevelt Elk Foundation is hosting the first in a series of Town Hall meetings this evening, where they are looking to inform and organize citizens about the Hoof Rot disease that’s infecting large numbers of elk in this area. Founding Member Steve Rader says that they want to inform people on what has taken place, and on what is planned. He says that the goal is to find solutions to the problem, with with state officials and the private sector in finding a solution to the problem. Tonight’s meeting runs from 6 to 8 pm at Bob’s Sporting Goods, located at 1111 Hudson Street in downtown Longview.
Just a few days after filing to run for another term on the Kelso City Council, Rick Roberson is withdrawing his name from the race, saying that he does not plan to run for re-election. In a statement to the Daily News, the 68 year-old Roberson says that he’s “lost some passion” since his wife recently passed away, and he says that it’s time for someone with new ideas to come in. Dan Vanelli and Jeffrey McAllister remain on the ballot, and will now automatically advance to the General Election in November.
You’re invited to bring the family down to the Longview Library for a special concert event that’s planned for this evening. “Hungrytown” is a duo that features Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, who quit their day jobs in 2003, forming “Hungrytown” to perform both classic and original folk tunes. They’re been featured on a number of shows, including “Portlandia,” “The Daily Show” and Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite.” The free concert will be held in the main reading room at the Longview Library, and will start at 6 pm. Get more information on the Longview Library web page, or you can call 442-5300 during business hours.