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KLOG Friday Sports

The Boston Celtics hit a three with one second left to beat Portland 90-89 last night. LaMarcus Aldridge could miss two months due to a thumb injury. The Blazers host the Wizards Saturday night…..Andrew Andrews hit a the game winning jumper as the Huskies downed Colorado 52-50 last night…..The LCC teams host Centralia tomorrow night at MM, women at 5 pm and the men at 7 pm…..The Mark Morris girls defeated Woodland 51-40 to get closer to another league title. Tonight, the Kelso Lassies travel to Black Hills for a 7:30 pm game…..In boys hoops tonight, Kelso hosts Black Hills tonight, KLOG 7:25 pm. Mark Morris plays at Woodland, 101.5 FM The Wave at 6:45 pm…..MM, RAL and Kelso are all hosting home bowling matchups this afternoon at the Triangle Bowl, 3:30 pm.

Motorcycle Chase

Jeffrey Raymond Allen, 47, of Vancouver is in the Cowlitz County Jail, after he allegedly took a motorcycle from a home on the Kalama River Road, and then drove at triple-digit speeds before giving himself up. This incident got started shortly after 9 yesterday morning, when it was reported that Allen had trespassed on some property in the 1500 block of Kalama River Road, and then took off on the bike. Deputies that were responding say that they saw Allen head onto the freeway, hitting speeds of 115 to 120 miles an hour as he headed south. With Deputies in pursuit and State Troopers heading to the scene, Allen pulled over at milepost 27 and gave himself up. He’s now being held without bail on charges of malicious harassment and attempting to elude a police officer.

Downtown Break-in

Deputies say that it looks like at least two people were involved in a burglary of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall out on Coal Creek Road. The pastor at the facility called 911 at about 11:20 yesterday morning, reporting that three laptop computers, a printer and a sound speaker were stolen. Deputies say that it looks like entry was gained via a vented crawl space, and footprints at the scene indicate that at least two people were involved. Deputies have no suspects at this time.

Wayron Burglary

Law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Columbia River are on the lookout for two Chevy pickup trucks that were stolen last night from Wayron on California Way in Longview. A security guard contacted Longview Police at 10:50 last night, reporting that a rollup door on the building in the eleven hundred block of California Way was damaged. A check of the property showed that two trucks were missing, and it was further determined that the damage to the door was caused when one of the trucks was driven through it. Both are white, full-size Chevy pickups; one has a standard cab and a long bed, while the other is an extended cab and a short bed. Both have lumber racks, and both have Wayron logos on the side. The security company also reports that the building was secure and undamaged at 9:50 pm, so the theft took place some time during that hour. So far, the trucks have not been located and no suspects have been identified.

Kingdom Hall Burglary

Deputies say that it looks like at least two people were involved in a burglary of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall out on Coal Creek Road. The pastor at the facility called 911 at about 11:20 yesterday morning, reporting that three laptop computers, a printer and a sound speaker were stolen. Deputies say that it looks like entry was gained via a vented crawl space, and footprints at the scene indicate that at least two people were involved. Deputies have no suspects at this time.

Butts Hearing

A hearing planned for today in front of the Oregon Supreme Court could play a major role in the case of Daniel Butts, 25, of Kalama, and his possible prosecution for the January, 2011 shooting death of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter. The prosecution and defense attorneys in the case plan to ask the court to decide if the Oregon State Hospital can be compelled to medicate Butts, with the goal of helping to get Butts mentally competent, so he can assist with his defense. Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove has ruled that Butts is not competent, and has ordered that he be held and treated at OSH until he is competent to stand trial. Hospital officials have been at odds with that ruling, claiming that Butts is NOT incompetent, and they’re refusing to administer anti-psychotic medications. Both sides of the case in Columbia County plan to ask the Supreme Court to order that Butts be medicated. It’s not known when the justices might rule.

Weyco Layoffs

Details on the production slowdown at Weyerhauser’s operations in Longview are coming out. The Daily News says that they have learned that 160 workers in the liquid packaging operations will be laid off next Tuesday, but they all should be back at work by February 6th. Company officials say that they need to curtail production due to the inability to get product out of west coast ports, due to the work slowdown from the contract negotiation stalemate between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association.

Lucky Eagle Expansion

The Chehalis Indians are announcing a major expansion of the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel near Rochester. The expansion is valued at $40 million, and will involve expanding the gaming area, food and support spaces by 41,000 square feet, along with an additional 8,600 square feet of administrative space, and a 120,000 square-foot parking garage. Lucky Eagle CEO John Setterstrom says that they’ll have a new sports bar and grill, additional meeting and entertainment space, and a new player’s club and lounge. The new parking structure will also be built above the expansion, connecting directly with the casino floor. Tribal officials say that they plan to break ground on February 2nd.

Gadget Menagerie

The Washington State Library has a special program planned for this afternoon at the Cathlamet Public Library, called the “Gadget Menagerie.” State Library staff will be working with staff earlier in the day, training them in the use of eReaders, tablet computers and other electronic devices; at 2 pm, you will be able to come by and learn about these devices and how they work. They’ll offer tips and tricks on basic operations and troubleshooting, including information on how to download books. Following today’s “Gadget Menagerie,” A number of these devices will be left at the Library for one week, for patrons to check out before they’re returned to the State Library at the end of the month.

Weekend Events-1/23-25/15

Friday:
The classic Robert Louis Stevenson story of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” has been turned into a pop-rock Broadway musical, and a national touring company will bring that production to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday night. “Jekyll and Hyde” is set to begin at 7:30 Friday night; call 577-TIXX, or go to the CTPA website for ticket information.

Mainstage Theatre is presenting a one-act play festival on Friday and Saturday night on the Dana Brown Mainstage in the R. A. Long High School Auditorium. “Present Tense” and “Making the Move” are comedies, while “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” is a drama based on the 1998 Thurston High School shooting in Oregon. The festival is set to begin at 7:30 pm each night.

As many as 50 local children will be involved in the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Robin Hood” that will be presented at 7:30 pm Friday evening and at 3 pm on Saturday in the auditorium at Clatskanie Middle-High School. This is part of the 26th annual Clatskanie Arts Commission Performing Arts Series; tickets will be available at the door.

Each weekend through the end of this month, Gallery 505 in Toledo is hosting a Metal and Glass Artwork Show, featuring works from a dozen different local artists. Hours at Gallery 505 run from 2 pm to 6 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. They’re located at 205 Cowlitz Street in downtown Toledo.

Friday Night Open Gym continues at Youth and Family Link on Douglas Street in Longview, starting at 6:30 pm. There is a charge of $3 per adult to take part in the open basketball sessions. Call Youth and Family Link at 423-6741 for more information.

Saturday:
You can learn about a plant-based diet and the possible health benefits for you and your family by heating to the Community Vegan-Vegetarian Potluck and Talk that’s planned for Saturday evening at Youth and Family Link. The potluck dinner will start at 6 pm, and then Renee Steelman will talk and answer questions at 7. Youth and Family Link is located at 907 Douglas Street in Longview.

If you’re up for a little road trip, the 7th annual Pie Day Auction and Feast is planned for this Saturday down in the Nehalem area, just east of Highway 101 at the White Clover Grange. The doors open at 2 pm, with sweet and savory pies up for bid and for sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grange and Food Roots, a local community food organization.