Word is getting out about a possible drowning at Silver Lake from over the weekend. Few details are available at this time, but it’s reported that an unconscious person was pulled out of the water on Saturday. Those on the scene say that the person was alive when they were pulled out, but the Sheriff’s Office says that person died at the hospital. No other information is available at this time.
Two people are dead and two people are recovering from injuries they received in a Saturday afternoon collision on Ocean Beach Highway in Cathlamet. The State Patrol says that the crash happened at 1 pm on Saturday, at the intersection with Messinger Hill Drive. Branson Chase Myers, 22, of Longview was westbound, while William J. Neudorher, 56, of Vancouver and Wayne Priest, 56, of Sequim were riding eastbound. State Troopers say that the pickup that Myers was driving crossed the center line and collided with both motorcycles. Neudorher’s bike came to rest on the guard rail, while Priest’s motorcycle went onto the westbound shoulder. William Neudorher was dead at the scene, along with his passenger, Patricia Neudorher, 54. Priest and his passenger, Brenda Priest, 56, were taken by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center. Troopers blame the crash on Myers crossing the center line, and he is facing a charge of second-degree negligent driving.
No injuries were reported in a plane crash that took place Saturday night at the Southwest Washington Regional Airport in Kelso. At 9:25 pm, Emergency responders were called to the three thousand block of Talley Way, where a small plane had gone an area that had been graded for future construction. No flames were seen in the crash, and the pilot called the incident in to authorities. The incident is being reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and airport administrators are following up.
Local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for a group of heavily-armed individuals who have been involved in crimes in Idaho, and in the west end of Columbia County. Last Friday morning, an “Attempt to Locate” went out to local law enforcement, alerting them to be on the lookout for four suspects. One man is wanted for larceny and theft in Mountain Home, Idaho; this man is said to be “heavily armed” is said to be “looking to shoot it out with police.” A relative is also said to be in this group. The third man is a person of interest in a shooting in Douglas County, Oregon, and is in the company of another man and woman. It’s reported that this group stole a pickup in Clatskanie on Saturday morning at about 11 am, and a second Ford Ranger pickup is associated with these suspects, as well. Authorities say that they believe this group could be heading to an address in the Astoria area, where one of the suspects lives. Photos of the suspects are being posted; Oregon State Police are coordinating the investigation.
Taylor Smith, 18, is now being charged with reckless endangerment, as the video of her allegedly pushing Jordan Holgerson, 16, of Kalama off of the Moulton Falls Bridge goes viral. Holgerson is also continuing to get air time after, and she says that she thinks that her friend probably should spend some time in jail. Speaking on the “NBC Today” show, Holgerson says that Smith needs some time to think. The viral video from August 7th shows Holgerson on the bridge railing, being urged to jump by friends. Holgerson is hesitant, and Smith urges to jump, or she threatens to push the girl. Smith can then be seen pushing Holgerson in the back, followed by Holgerson flailing in the air as she falls some 50 feet into the water. Holgerson lands face-first, breaking six ribs, puncturing both lungs, and bruising her esophagus. Holgerson is out of the hospital, but she’s being advised to avoid activity for about six weeks. Smith has admitted pushing Holgerson, and she’s cooperating with the Clark County Prosecutor. Holgerson tells “Today” that she would like the Smith family to pay for her hospital stay; a lawsuit for damages may also be considered.
The Department of Ecology is following up on the report of an oil spill in the Columbia River, reported yesterday morning in the area of Willow Grove. A fisherman called 911 at about 9:25 yesterday morning, saying that he could see a large sheen on the river. The angler says that the sheen was about 100 yards off of the beach, and extended as far as he could see in both directions. The man also said that the sheen had not been there 20 minutes prior. A while later, a second call came in from the 91 hundred block of Ocean Beach Highway, reporting the same thing. An overflight eventually put the size as six miles in length, and about 200 feet wide. They say there was an obvious smell of diesel, but there was no obvious source. It’s speculated that the fuel may have leaked from a passing ship. It also appears that most of the spill collected in the Willow Grove area. Ecology will continue to investigate the incident. No serious impacts have been reported.
The Department of Ecology is out with the list of environmental penalties for the second quarter of 2018, and Longview’s Nippon Dynawave is on this latest list. On June 25th of this year, the company was fined $9,000 for air quality permit violations that date back to November of last year. Officials with Ecology say that the company had air emissions that violated their permit for methanol on 26 days, dating back to November 9th of last year. The company has made arrangements to pay the fine.
Woodland Police are continuing to investigate an extensive burglary at a job site on Pekin Road, where tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools and materials were taken. This was reported early last Friday morning, where workers arrived on the job site, finding that storage unites and a cargo trailer had been entered. Along with a large amount of construction tools that were taken, the suspects also stole welders, copper wire and other materials. Shoe and tire tracks from the suspects were found, and security videos from neighboring businesses have some images of a truck and a trailer that may have been used by the suspects. No arrests have been reported as of yet.
The L.A. Dodgers beat the Seattle Mariners 12-1 yesterday as Clayton Kershaw earned his 150th career victory. Justin Turner had four hits and five RBI’s for the Dodgers. The M’s hope to bounce back at home tonight against the Houston Astros, KLOG 6:00 pm. Seattle begins play tonight 4 1/2 games behind the Astros in the AL West…..Scott Pisapia has been hired as an assistant coach of the Lewis and Clark College women’s basketball program in Portland. The former RAL athlete has been serving as the director of the Roots Academy. Pisapia, 28, played his college ball at Lewis and Clark…..The Lower Columbia College volleyball team hosts the LCC Alumni team in an exhibition match tonight at 6 pm. All LCC Alumni are invited to come by.
Tallahassee, Florida rallied from three runs down in the sixth inning to upset Mifflin County, Pennsylvania 7-4 in the championship game of the Babe Ruth World Series last night. Will Brown’s two run single in the sixth tied the game. He was named the Series MVP. The teams all leave today after an outstanding eight day run in Longview-Kelso…..The Mariners return to action tonight as they begin a three game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers, KLOG 6 :00 pm. Wade LeBlanc will pitch against Walker Buehler. Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound Sunday at Safeco Field…..The Seahawks have a light workout today before heading down to Los Angeles to play the Chargers tomorrow night at 7 pm. It’s the Hawks second of four NFL Pre-Season games.