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Gibson Procession/Service

A procession of emergency vehicles will wind its way in an around Kalama, also working its way around Longview before this afternoon’s memorial service for Kalama Police Chief Randy Gibson. This morning’s procession will be led by the Kalama Police Department and Cowlitz Fire District 5, and will also include the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, along with the police departments in Kelso, Longview, Woodland and Castle Rock, along with the Washington State Patrol.

Kalama City officials will close at 11 am today, and then the procession will begin at 11:15 am, at the District 5 Fire Station on Todd Road. They plan to head northwest on Cloverdale Road, then will go south to First Street, Kingwood and the Frontage Road, making their way to I-5 northbound. The procession will leave the freeway at the Longview Wye, coming on Tennant Way to Nichols Boulevard. They will continue to Ocean Beach Highway, and then will continue west on Ocean Beach to 42nd; there they will turn down to the New Life Church, planning to arrive at 11:45 am. The service will begin at the church at 1 pm. The City of Kalama is asking that the motorcade not be interrupted by non-procession vehicles.

The service at the New Life Church is scheduled to begin at 1 pm, and is open to the public. A private reception for the family will be held separately in Kalama, following this afternoon’s services. Gibson’s family is asking that you make memorial contributions to the Behind the Badge Foundation, in lieu of flowers; you can also donate to the Chief Randall Gibson Memorial Fund; head to Heritage Bank locations in Kelso or Longview to make a contribution, or you can drop that donation off at the City of Kalama offices, located at 195 North First Street in downtown Kalama.

Flood Prep

The rains are easing this morning, the snow and ice has melted, and local roads are bare and wet. Flood watches in the local area have been cancelled, but there were some precautions taken last night in the local area. As authorities were keeping an eye on the Kalama River, Camp Kalama was cleared out as a precaution, with current tenants allowed to move their trailers and RV’s to the Port of Kalama Marina for the night. As of yesterday evening, observers noted that the level of the river was about three feet below the lowest riverfront spaces. They’re continuing to monitor the situation, as the threat of flooding in the local area continues to ease.

Hooker Hooked

Charges of prostitution, drug possession and trafficking in stolen property are being filed against Miranda Jo Wallace, 23, of Longview, who was arrested last night in North Kelso. Longview Police report taking Wallace into custody last night at about 9:20 pm, arrested in the area of Burcham Street and North Pacific Avenue. Details leading up to the arrest have not yet been disclosed. Wallace is currently being held without bail, awaiting her first appearance in Cowlitz County Superior Court.

Truck Shot

Longview Police are looking into a vandalism incident in the west part of town, where a commercial truck was damaged by rifle fire. This call came in around 3:30 yesterday afternoon, after the folks at Accurate Asphalt Solutions reported that one of their trucks had been damaged at their facility in the area of Memorial Park Drive and Rutherglen Drive. Officers checked the truck, and found two holes in the driver’s door, apparently made by a high-caliber, high-powered rifle. Repairs are estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $1,000. There’s some speculation that the damage may have happened on Sunday; they’re looking at a neighbor’s security video to see if anything can be spotted.

Dental Burglary

An investigation is under way after a burglary was reported yesterday morning at a dental office on 14th Avenue in Longview. This break-in was reported around 7:35 yesterday morning, at an office in the 1100 block of 14th Avenue. Employees reported finding that a window on the north side of the building had been broken, while the suspects also cut the internet and cable lines, to prevent the alarm from sounding. They say that the suspects stole dental tools, and nothing else. They also report that this is the third time in the past month that they’ve been broken into. Longview Police are following up.

IRS Scam

A Longview woman reports that she and her husband are victims of the “IRS Scam.” The woman called the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon, reporting that a man had called, claiming that he was from the IRS, demanding immediate payment of a “past tax bill.” The caller threatened the woman with arrest if she didn’t immediately pay this bill. This time, the suspect had the victim buy five $100 iTunes cards, and then provide the numbers from those cards to the scammer. Deputies advised the woman to try and stop payment on the credit card that was used for the purchase; the investigation is continuing.

Missing Woman

Photos of a 23 year-old woman who reportedly has been missing for more than a week. The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office says that Brianna R. Judge was last seen on January 10th, when she left a home in the area of Elsie, Oregon, on the Sunset Highway, a few miles east of Seaside. Judge is a white female, 5’3” and about 100 pounds in size. She has short brown hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing calf-high boots, blue jeans and a red or burgundy hoodie. They say that Judge is known to frequent the area from Seaside to Astoria, along with Beaverton and Portland. If you have information on the whereabouts of Brianna R. Judge, call the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office at 503-325-2061.

C5/NWIW Agreement

Officials with Cowlitz County Fire District 5 are announcing that they have reached a voluntary mitigation agreement with Northwest Innovation Works, setting up fire protection for the proposed billion-dollar methanol production and export facility at the Port of Kalama. District 5 Fire Chief Vic Leatzow says that his department is pleased with the agreement, which also includes support for infrastructure and apparatus improvements, along with additional funding for special training. Leatzow says that this agreement shows that NWIW takes its relationship with the community seriously, and this agreement is a positive outcome in the delivery of emergency services. Vee Godley with Northwest Innovation Works say that “safety is our first priority,” and he says this agreement reflects that. He says that they have been serious about making a strong partnership with Fire District 5, and he says that this agreement will help the department continue to provide excellent service to Kalama and the surrounding community.

KLOG Thursday Sports

The Charlotte Hornets beat the Trail Blazers 107-85 last night. Portland moves on to Philadelphia tomorrow night…..Markelle Fultz scored 37 points to lead the Huskies to a 85-83 OT win over Colorado. Utah beat WSU 88-47…..The LCC men shot 77% in the second half to take an 80-63 win at Green River last night. Keun Palu-Thompson had 28 points. The LCC women defeated Green River 74-50. Both LCC teams host Highline Saturday with women at 5 pm and men at 7 pm…..Will Burghardt eclipsed the MM 1,000 point total in a 68-44 win over Ridgefield. R.A. Long had a huge win at Hockinson 41-38…..The Kelso Lassies host Fort Vancouver tonight, KLOG 6:55 pm…..The Kelso wrestlers made senior night a winner as they dominated Prairie 67-12 last night.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers take on the Hornets in Charlotte later today, KLOG 3:05 pm…..The LCC basketball teams are in Auburn to play the Green River Gators tonight, women at 6 pm and the men at 8 pm…..Britzy Hockett of Toutle Lake almost had a quintuple-double last night. Her quadruple-double was just two blocked shots shy as the Ducks beat Pe Ell…..In boys hoops tonight, Mark Morris hosts Ridgefield (FM 101.5 The Wave 6:45 pm), and R.A. Long visits Hockinson…..It’s Senior Night for Kelso wrestling tonight as the Hilanders host Prairie. The girls meet is at 5:30 pm and the Varsity at 7 pm. Also, R.A. Long hosts MM, Woodland and Ridgefield tonight at 6 pm…..Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and TE Jimmy Graham have been added to the Pro Bowl roster.