Kelso Police are working to find the suspect in a stabbing that took place early this morning. At about 3:50 am, a 911 call came in from a home in the 1100 block of South 6th, where it was reported that a man had been stabbed in the head. They say that the victim was bleeding profusely, but he was also up and walking around. That person was conscious and breathing as they were taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. The suspect reportedly left on foot, taking off in an unknown direction. Those in the house were able to provide some information on the suspect, including his physical description. Longview Police also assisted in the effort to find this suspect; so far, no arrests have been reported.
Two homes in Castle Rock were severely damaged by fire yesterday, and six pets died in one of those fires. The first fire was reported just after 9 am, reported at 124 Cedar Street in Castle Rock. Four people that were in the house were able to safely evacuate after the fire was reported. Cowlitz Fire District 6 in Castle Rock responded with Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and Fire District 3 from Toutle, and was able to get the fire knocked down quickly. Despite those efforts, the house was severely damaged, and may be a total loss. It’s thought that the fire may have been caused by an electrical issue in the lower level of the home.
Around 4 pm, Cowlitz Fire District 6, District 2 and District 3 responded to a house fire at 401 Quick Road, which quickly spread into the upper level of the home. Fighting the fire was extremely complicated; more than 30,000 gallons of water was used in the battle, which covered several hours. The nearest hydrant was more than two miles away, and had to be trucked in by fire tenders. The roof collapsed, which kept fire crews on the exterior of the building. Cowlitz 6 Fire Chief Bill Lemonds says that they finally got the fire out around 8 pm. No humans were injured in the fire, but four cats and two dogs died in the blaze. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.
Longview Police now say that three people are being charged in connection with a shooting that took place in January. This incident took place on January 11th in the 1000 block of Seventh Avenue, a “shots fired” report from an apartment. When officers arrived, no one was in the apartment, but they found what’s believed to be a bullet hole in the outside door of the unit. Neighbors say that they thought they heard gunshots; police checked the area, but no one was found. Detectives continued to investigate the case, eventually identifying three suspects. Brandon Burris Decker, 33, Dominick Jacob Nello, 35, and Megan Rose Vivian, 35, are now being charged in this case; Nello and Decker are being charged with first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree assault, residential burglary, unlawful possession of a gun by a felon and criminal conspiracy. Nello was arrested earlier this week, and is now being held on bail of $250,000. Decker and Vivian were already under arrest on drug charges, but additional charges are being filed.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is still working to find Gregory Reynolds, 37, of Vernonia, the man who’s suspected in a shooting that took place on the 18th at a home on Kirk Road. Lewis Cochran, 45, of Vernonia was wounded in that shooting; he has been released from the hospital and continues his recovery. Reynolds has been on the run since the shooting, and authorities note that he has a history of evading capture. Records show that Reynolds had been involved in a high-speed chase in June of 2012, and eluded capture for some time. Reynolds is also wanted on several felony warrants, in addition to the charges connected to the shooting. They say that Gregory Reynolds is armed, and should be considered as extremely dangerous. If you know where he might be, they say that you should call 911 or local law enforcement right away.
Family members are now reporting that the widow of former State Senator Sid Snyder has passed away. The daughter of Bette Snyder reports that she died yesterday morning at her home on the Long Beach peninsula. Snyder had been married to Sid Snyder for 61 years when the long-time legislative fixture died in 2012. Memorial services are planned for Saturday, March 4th in Long Beach.
The WIAA State Regionals are this weekend including the Mark Morris boys taking on Selah in Ellensburg tomorrow. The game at CWU gets underway at 4 pm, 3:45 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave. It is not a loser-out game as both teams will be going to the Final 12 in Yakima…..The Blazers beat the Magic in Orlando yesterday 112-103. Portland plays at Toronto on Sunday…..Gonzaga rolled over San Diego 96-38 last night. The Zags remain unbeaten…..The LCC basketball teams play its final home games on Saturday as Grays Harbor comes to town. The women’s game is at 5 pm and the men’s action at 7 pm…..The LCC softball team opens the season tomorrow with a pair of games at Everett. The Devils play Everett at 11 am and Bellevue at 4 pm.
The Coast Guard says that two ships that are currently in local waters are being detained for safety violations. The 590-foot bulk carrier “Atlantic Ruby” is being detained in Portland, after an inspection showed that the fixed fire system aboard the ship was improperly serviced, with time delays for the system left disconnected. Those delays allow crew members to escape a room before fire-suppressing chemicals are released. Coast Guard officials also say that the 609-foot bulk carrier “Amber L” is being detained at the Port of Kalama after several deficiencies were found. Inspectors say that cooling water was leaking from the main engine, and they say that there are multiple issues with the ship’s steering system. The Coast Guard says that neither ship will be allowed to leave until the problems are resolved and both ships pass inspection.
Saying that the department simply cannot respond to the work load, Longview Police are announcing a change in dealing with low-priority calls, saying that they will no longer respond to calls that can be handled through on-line reporting. In a workshop held last night with the Longview City Council, Police Chief Jim Duscha and Captain Robert Huhta reported on the huge increase in the number of calls for service following recent annexations of land on the west end of Longview. In a memo, Huhta says that there has been a huge spike in the number of calls, but no corresponding increase in the number of officers. Huhta says that they can no longer maintain the current level of service. Effective March 1st, Longview Police will no longer respond to calls that meet the online reporting requirements, things like non-injury hit-and-run, ID theft, lost property, car prowls, theft, and vandalism. Huhta notes that in most of these cases, the citizen is only reporting for insurance purposes. It’s also noted that each of these on-line reports will still be reviewed by a Community Service Officer, and they will still be processed for assignment by a supervisor. For citizens that don’t have internet access, a kiosk is set up in the lobby at LPD, and at the satellite office on 30th Avenue; computers at the Longview Library can also be used to make these reports.
The initial fishing seasons for Columbia River Spring Chinook are now set, jointly announced yesterday by Washington Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Fish and Wildlife. The initial catch guidelines set a quota of 6,905 upriver Spring Chinook below Bonneville Dam, available to catch before April 6th. The early season will then close until mid-May, while a run re-assessment is done. Currently, the Columbia is open for salmon fishing downstream from the I-5 Bridge, but that area will expand after March 1st. There’s a two-fish daily limit, one of which may be a marked hatchery-reared Chinook. There’s also a complete closure near the mouth of the Lewis River; all Chinook caught on the Lewis downstream of Merwin Dam must be released. There’s also a sport season set for the area from Bonneville to the Oregon-Washington border near Umatilla, running from March 16th to May 5th. Get full details from WDFW.
A five-hour window for smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River opens at 8 am tomorrow, and will run until 1 pm. Also be aware that the river is only open for dipping between the Harry Morgan Bridge on Tennant Way and the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Launch in Castle Rock. Dipper are allowed ten pounds of smelt per person, which turns out to be about a quarter-full five-gallon bucket. No license is required, but game wardens will be out tomorrow, checking to make sure that people are observing those ten-pound limits.
Minus tides are predicted tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, as three beaches are open for razor clam digging. Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks are all open for digging on the evening tides this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Twin Harbors will also be open for digging next Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to have your current license, and take care to observe the 15-clam bag limit.
There’s a program on how to prune your fruit trees and rose bushes being offered on Friday at the Catlin Grange in Kelso, starting at 7:30 pm. Pete Harrington will be demonstrating the proper techniques, starting at 7:30 pm. This is free to attend, and door prizes will be given out. The Catlin Grange is located at 205 Shawnee Street, just off of North Pacific Avenue. Call 751-8031 for more information.
The re-scheduled concert by the South American folk ensemble “Grupo Condor” is set for Friday evening in Clatskanie. This concert will feature traditional musical styles from Spanish-speaking America, and will begin at 7:30 pm in the Birkenfled Theatre in Clastkanie, located on Nehalem Street. Tickets are available at Hump’s Restaurant, or at the door.
“Deathtrap” opens this weekend at the Longview Theatre in downtown Longview, the latest production from Stageworks Northwest. This is a Broadway classic, opening in 1978, and still holding the record for longest-running comedy play on Broadway. “Deathtrap” runs each weekend through March 12th; performances are set for 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, along with matinees at 2 pm on Sunday. Get tickets on stageworksnorthwest.org, or at the door.
A play called “The Mental State” is being presented on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School, presented this weekend and next weekend. This production about teen mental illness is being presented at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night at R. A. Long. The ticket booth opens one hour prior to the curtain.
“Southern Comforts” continues this weekend at the Love Street Playhouse in Woodland, running through March 5th. This romantic comedy will be featured at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, along with a matinee at 2 pm on Sundays. Get information on the production and get ticket information on lovestreetplayhouse.com, or by calling 360-907-9996.
There’s still time to get your kid signed up for Saturday’s 5th annual Teen Heart Screen event on Saturday, running from 9 am to 4 pm at the PeaceHealth Lakefront Clinic in Longview. Spencer’s HeartStrong Foundation is teaming up with PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center for this annual event, providing cardiac screens for local youth. Get more information and get your child registered by going to StopYouthSCA.org.
Bethany Lutheran Church in Longview invites you to “Souper Game Day” on Saturday, starting at 1 pm. Several local Lutheran churches are teaming up for this event, offering a soup potluck, along with an afternoon of board games. Bring your board game and your pot of soup, and join in the fun. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 2900 Parkview Drive in Longview.
The second annual LongCon Convention happens this Saturday at the Longview Public Library. This is an all-age mini-fan convention, welcoming devotees of comics, anime, gaming, fantasy and sci-fi pop culture. This will run from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday; there’s a panel discussion at 11:30 am, and then the LongCon Costume Contest will happen at 1 pm. It’s free and open to all.
The Columbia County chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association holds its annual Banquet and Auction on Saturday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens. The doors open at 5 pm; along with your dinner ticket, they will have a number of raffles, including at drawing for a CZ P-07 pistol. They will also be raffling firearms off through the “Wall of Guns.” Call 503-201-7495 for ticket information.
They’re also putting on the annual Columbia County Bridal Show on Saturday, running from 11 am until 4 pm at the Meriwether Center in St. Helens. They will have all kinds of vendors on hand, all with a goal of making your special day spectacular. They’ll also have a Bridal Fashion Show at 2 pm, emceed by Cookin’ Country’s Ray Bartley. Admission is free.
There’s a six-ring Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show planned for Sunday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. This is being put on by the Fort Vancouver Cat Fanciers and the North American Blues Cat Club, and will open at 9 am Sunday morning. More than 100 cats from 25 different breeds will be on display and will be judged. They also plan to have an agility ring, and vendors for pets and humans will also be set up. Donations will be accepted at the door.