The Mariners snapped the Orioles seven game win streak with a 5-3 victory last night. Taijuan Walker got the victory and Seth Smith hit a two-run homer. The M’s and O’s play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Morgan McCullough’s RBI fielder choice in the 12th inning gave the Cowlitz Black Bears a 5-4 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox. The teams play again tonight in a 6:35 pm game at Story Field…..Hilander Dental dropped two games at the Cowboy Classic in Twin Falls, Idaho. Meridian won 5-4 and Twin Falls also won 5-4. Hilander play Treasure Valley at 5 pm today…..The Trail Blazers met with free agent forward Chandler Parsons last night in Los Angeles. Portland is reportedly offering a four-year max deal. Parsons played for Dallas last season.
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue is on the scene of a house fire that took place early this morning in Kelso. Multiple units from Cowlitz 2 were called out at about 3:40 am, when a possible structure fire was reported in the area of North 7th and Burcham Streets. When firefighters arrived, they found that the home at 806 Burcham was fully involved in fire. The firefighters went into attack mode; but that effort was complicated when the power lines to the house came down. The Cowlitz PUD also responded to deal with the power lines, while the fire attack continued. It took almost a full hour to get the fire fully extinguished. Firefighters say that it appears that the home was vacant at the time of the fire, so the cause isn’t known as of yet. There’s also no dollar estimate on damage available at this time. The investigation into this fire is just getting under way.
Longview Police are investigating an armed robbery reported last night in the 2800 block of Parkview Drive. The mother of the victim called 911 at 10:15 last night, relaying the story told by her son. He claims to have been sitting in his car at Columbia Heights Elementary School with his girlfriend when a man approached the car, and then tapped on the window with a handgun. The man told the victim to give up his wallet; the suspect took $20 cash and then walked off. The incident wasn’t reported for more than an hour, apparently because the victim thought “nothing would be done.” The suspect is described at a white male, about 30 years old, with brown hair. He was wearing a black shirt with a collar, black Carhartt pants, a Confederate flag belt buckle and a Winchester ball cap. This suspect has not been identified.
Kelso Police say that one person is in custody on drug charges, while they continue to look for a second suspect in connection with an assault involving a gun, reported late yesterday morning in the area of Motel 6. A few minutes before noon, there was a fight reported in the parking lot of the motel, with a report that a woman on the scene was brandishing a pistol. People scattered before police arrived, but officers were able to stop a car that was involved near the Hilltop Store. It’s reported that a passenger ran away from there, and hasn’t been located. They did make contact with Gennevieve Rae Hubbard, 25, of Longview, who was reportedly in possession of illegal drugs. She’s been booked on that drug charge, while KPD continues to look for the woman that was holding the gun.
Karl Cline, 79, of Clatskanie is in the Columbia County Jail, accused of sexually abusing a child. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports that Cline was arrested earlier this week, after two alleged victims testified in front of grand jury earlier this week. The charges stem from a report from a school resource officer in Clackamas County, who relayed a story from one of the female victims, saying that the abuse took place back in 2010. Cline was arrested at his home on Wednesday, and is now being held on two counts of first-degree sodomy, seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of attempted sexual abuse. The victim reported this abuse back in 2010, when she was 12; a forensic interview was conducted at that time, but there wasn’t enough information to make an arrest. These charges came after the SRO was reportedly able to get more details from one of the victims. Cline is currently being held on bail of $108.000.
The Longview City Council is directing staff to move ahead on renovations of R. A. Long Park in the Civic Circle, but it won’t been the grand update that’s planned for the park. The City Council is giving its approval to an interim plan that will allow for demolition of the existing plaza, followed by the installation of sod over the next few weeks, with a goal of finishing the entire project by the end of 2018. This came about after a meeting between the City and the Historic Preservation Commission; HPC Chair Cam Hanna says that this helps address immediate safety issues, while preparing the site for future work…ralpark…City street crews will be directed to demolish and remove the existing concrete and sidewalks, which will be replaced by sod on an interim basis. There’s a deadline of getting this work done by mid-July, so that the grass has time to set before SquirrelFest in August. The city will proceed with completion of the design, while holding $300,000 from the Kuntz Fund and $100,000 from the Capital Projects Fund as the monetary backing for the entire project. Work is expected to begin some time next week.
The Longview Police Department is announcing some personnel changes, including the retirement of the K-9 Chase and his handler, Officer Tim Deisher. Chase was born in Germany in 2007, and came to LPD in August of 2008. After training, Chase went on duty in December of that year; he has logged 133 suspect captures in his tenure, along with 35 evidence finds. Chase was the eighth K-9 in history of Longview Police, and he’s being succeeded by “Ike,” who is handled by Officer Brian Price. That team has been on duty since February.
Two promotions are also being announced at LPD, effective today. Chris Trevino is being promoted from Corporal to Sergeant; Trevino came to LPD in May of 1999, and most recently has been working in the Criminal Investigations Unit. He moves back to Patrol with this promotion. Trevino also serves on Lower Columbia SWAT. Jeremy Johnson is being promoted into the Corporal position previously held by Trevino; he currently works in Criminal Investigations, having joined the department in June of 2003.
Most of us have a three-day weekend coming up, and there’s no shortage of good fun available, in addition to the Independence Day festivities around the area.
The Kelso Public Schools Foundation is hosting a Silent Auction and Dance tonight at the Red Lion Inn, “Celebrating 25 Years of the Past, Present and Future” from 6 to 10 pm. The King Brothers Band will be playing from 7 until 10; there will be a no-host bar and appetizers. Get a break on your ticket price by calling 430-3394 and buy your tickets in advance.
The LCC Student Veterans Alliance has a couple of things going on this weekend in the main parking lot off of 15th Avenue, including a Car Show on Saturday and a Garage Sale on Sunday. Hours for the Car Show are 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and the Garage Sale will go from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. All proceeds will benefit LCC student veterans, their dependents and their families.
The annual Bow Tie Bash Car Show runs this Saturday in downtown Longview, with dozens of classic, custom and specialty vehicles out for display along Commerce Avenue, put on by the Columbia River Corvettes.
Longview’s Go 4th Festival runs from Saturday through Monday, with events opening Saturday morning at Lake Sacajawea. The annual Cardboard Boat Regatta starts early this year, getting under way at 11 am at Martin’s Dock. The Longview Firefighters will be set up all weekend with their Floating Hole-in-One, the Flea Market will be set up, and there will be live entertainment. The Longview Pioneer Lions will host the “Spirits of Longview” Beer Garden from 5 to 10 pm on Saturday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, with live music and barbecue hot off of the grill, along with a huge selection of beer, wine and hard cider for adults 21 and older. The area’s first-ever Hot Dog Eating Contest is planned for noon on Sunday at Union Square on Washington Way, and the Firecracker 5K Fun Run will also be held at 6 pm on Sunday evening. The Parade lines up at 8 am on Monday, and then gets under way at 10 am. The Lions Kids’ Races at R. A. Long High School are at noon, and everything is capped off by the fireworks over the lake at dusk on Monday.
Be aware that Cowlitz County will be closing a portion of South Pekin Road near Woodland this Saturday evening, clearing a safety zone for a fireworks show that planned for tomorrow night.
Clatskanie is moving the Heritage Days fireworks display, due to fire danger. After setting nearby fields on fire in the past couple of years, the fireworks show is being moved to Cope’s Park, and will start at dusk on Monday.
Saint Helens will have a full day of festivity on Monday, starting with the Tailgaters Party on the waterfront, starting at 11 am. There’s a Trach Can Painting competition, a Pie Baking competition, live music, Zumba demonstrations and a round-trip helicopter ride to Mount Saint Helens will be raffled off.
At yesterday’s “State of the County” report from the Cowlitz County Commissioners, we’re learning that the county’s financial outlook is improving, but Commissioner Dennis Weber is making a call that he says would be “transformative.” Weber says that the state needs to locate a four-year college or university in Cowlitz County, something that he says would bring people, jobs and development…stateofthecounty…Weber says that Cowlitz County needs about 2,000 more family-wage jobs to adequately serve the local population and job force. He notes that local schools do a great job of getting kids ready for college and for the workforce, but he notes that there is little opportunity for those kids to try and return home. He says that a four-year school could be an anchor and a catalyst for business development. Commission Chair Mike Karnofski says that the overall economic picture is better, but challenges remain. Commissioner Joe Gardner lined out how the county’s infrastructure is aging and needs attention. Gardner also had high praise for the county’s response to last winter’s flooding, on the response side with the rescue up on Kalama River Road, and on the information side, with Emergency Management providing consistent and timely information to Cowlitz County citizens.
Scientists studying Mount St. Helens are reporting a possible breakthrough that could help them to predict when the volcano is getting ready to erupt. OregonLive.com is reporting on an event going on in Japan called the Goldschmidt conference, where more than 3,500 of the top geochemists in the world are meeting and discussing the latest research. Jon Blundy is a professor of life sciences at the University of Bristol, and he’s presenting a paper regarding the movement of feldspar crystals in the magma chamber below the mountain, saying that they can be read kind of like tree rings, and the reading of those “rings” can tell you when magma has been moving underneath the mountain. Blundy notes that this isn’t “real-time measurement,” but by reading these crystals, they may have developed a key regarding magma movement underneath Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes around the world.