Lower Columbia College is joining in with community colleges across the country in observing a Moment of Silence at 11 am today, honoring the victims in last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. This event is being held at the Pavilion at LCC, starting with a brief program at 10:50 am. The Moment of Silence will begin at 11 am, at the same time as other community colleges all across the United States. This event is being held at the invitation of the American Association of Community Colleges, as a show of support and solidarity for the UCC faculty, staff and students who are picking the pieces after last week’s carnage. Participants in today’s Moment of Silence are also being asked to share photos via social media, using the hashtag #IamUCC, at the request of the Umpqua Community College President. Even if you’re unable to attend today’s event at LCC, you’re still asked to stop and take a moment at 11 am.
Maintenance personnel are going over a roof fan at Mark Morris High School, after it caught fire and sent smoke into the building late yesterday morning. The entire building was evacuated a few minutes before 11 yesterday morning, when smoke from the burning fan went into a classroom. Longview Firefighters responded and helped ventilate the building while maintenance workers dealt with the fan itself. Classes resumed about 20 minutes later; no injuries were reported.
Two teenage girls from Woodland are recovering from injuries that they received in a two-car crash that took place yesterday morning on I-205 in Vancouver. State Troopers say that this happened around 7:30 yesterday morning at milepost 37 on I-205, not far from the I-5/I-205 split. Chad Holloway, 24, of Vancouver had slowed for traffic on the freeway, when he was rear-ended by Justise Anderson, 16, of Woodland. Holloway was unhurt in the crash; Anderson and her passenger, Tanisha Webb, 16, were both taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Troopers say that speed was a factor in the collision, and they say that Anderson was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.
Donald Sanders, 34, of Seaside faces a laundry list of charges after a high-speed chase that took place on Tuesday, going from Seaside to Warrenton. Oregon State Police say that this got started when a car was seen speeding through an intersection in Seaside, nearly hitting a Sheriff’s Deputy. Troopers say that the driver sped onto Highway 101, heading north at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles on both sides of the road. As troopers were putting down spike strips, Sanders allegedly got off of the highway, driving around barriers and speeding down a hiking trail near Cullaby Lake. It’s also claimed that Sanders tried to steal a county pickup before he jumped back into his car, driving further around the lake before he crashed. It’s claimed that Sanders then went into a home and assaulted the homeowner; another person in the house held Sanders until police arrived and arrested him. Sanders is now being held in the Clatsop County Jail on at least eleven separate charges.
The Longview City Council plans to take formal action tonight on the state grant that could help to pay for a new traffic signal on 15th Avenue at Mark Morris Court. Several weeks ago, the Council thought that they might reject the grant, but there was some reconsideration at a workshop held on September 24th. The light is being conserved as a safety upgrade for pedestrians crossing the street from the high school, or heading into the mall from a nearby River Cities Transit bus stop. Longview has landed a $294,000 grant that would pay the bulk of the construction costs for the signal, but there’s been some hesitation on the council. Some wonder if another signal would just contribute to more congestion in that area. The Longview School District is offering to pay $15,000 toward the local match for the grant, with the remainder paid from the Public Safety Fund. The Council will be taking some public input prior to taking tonight’s formal vote.
Also on tonight agenda will be action on the purchase and installation of a permanent sign for the Tom Hutchinson Soccer Complex at 7th Avenue Park, along with a supplemental agreement for the Phase 2 Feasibility Study regarding the Longview Water Supply. The 2015 Neighborhood Park Grant allocations will also be made. Tonight’s meeting start at 7 pm in the Longview City Council chambers.
Tehl Matthew Dunlap, 30, of Rochester is in the Lewis County Jail, charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from Winlock. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the arrest of Dunlap, who’s accused of holding the woman against her will in late September. Toledo Police say that they were called to a local tavern early on the morning of September 28th, where the victim claimed that Dunlap had held her against her will, and had also assaulted her. She claims that Dunlap had gotten into a fight with her brother, and then offered her a ride after the brother left. It’s alleged that Dunlap drove her around on back roads for more than an hour, also striking her and refusing to let her get out of the truck. She also claims that Dunlap destroyed her cell phone. Dunlap had his first court appearance yesterday, where probable cause was found to hold Dunlap for first-degree kidnapping and fourth-degree assault, with domestic violence enhancements on both charges. Bail is currently set at $20,000.
A Kelso man says that someone tried to hook him with the “IRS Scam” last night, where someone called and told him that he needed to pay an outstanding tax bill right now, or Deputies would be coming to his house to arrest him. The man contacted the Sheriff’s Office at about 7 last night; he says that he recently had to re-file his taxes, which was then followed by this phone call. The caller reportedly said that there was an “error,” and the Kelso man needed to pay the difference immediately, or he would be arrested. The man identified the call as a scam, and refused to cooperate. The number came up on the Caller ID as being from Pennsylvania, but that number was non-functioning when they tried to call back. The man did report the incident to the Sheriff’s Office, and he has plans to contact the IRS today.
Terry Campbell with Sustainable Northwest Wood, Inc., will be the featured speaker at today’s Community Conversation lecture at Lower Columbia College, continuing on the theme of “Jobs and the Environment: Imagine the Possibilities.” The free lecture starts at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts, and is open to anyone interested.
A four-week workshop on beekeeping starts this evening and runs each Thursday evening through the 29th. Washington State University Extension is offering this class, which will cover basic beekeeping skills, bee biology, equipment, seasonal management requirements and other topics. Classes will run from 6 to 9 pm this evening, also running on the 15th, 22nd and 29th. There is a cost to attend, and space is limited. Classes are being held at the Cowlitz County Training Center, located next to the Hall of Justice. Call 577-3014, extension 3 for more information.
The annual Catlin Grange Rummage Sale runs today, tomorrow and Saturday, looking to raise money for the Grange’s “Words for 3rd-Graders” dictionary project, and for other projects that the Grange is involved in. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm today and tomorrow, and from 8 am until 2 pm on Saturday. The Catlin Grange is located at 205 Shawnee Road, just off of North Pacific Avenue in North Kelso.
The Washington Huskies take on the USC Trojans in Los Angeles tonight, KLOG 5:00 pm…..Mark Morris hosts Woodland in prep football tonight, 6:45 pm on FM 105.5 KUKN. The rest of the prep football action is tomorrow night…..The LCC volleyball team was impressive last night as they upset #2 ranked Highline 3-1. Rachel Erickson led the Devils with 20 kills…..In prep volleyball tonight, Kelso is at Prairie and R.A. Long at Washougal…..The Linfield JV’s edged LCC 2-1 in women’s soccer yesterday…..In girls prep soccer tonight, Kelso is at Prairie and RAL at Washougal…..In the MLB playoffs, the Cubs blanked the Pirates 4-0 behind Jake Arrieta last night. Chicago moves on to play the Cards. Today its Texas against Toronto (KLOG 12pm) and the Astros versus the Royals.
Longview Police say that the internet helped to identify and apprehend a burglary suspect in Longview earlier this month. Late on the evening of October 1st, officers went to an apartment of Commerce Avenue, where it was reported that a man was screaming, yelling at a female neighbor. Jarid Hamilton, 36, was eventually arrested for “unnecessary noise” and obstructing an officer. Officers say that Hamilton had been using a “live-streaming webcam device” just prior to his arrest, and that apparently got left on. Less than a minute after Hamilton had been taken away, a man entered the apartment and started stealing stuff. A webcam viewer saw the whole thing, and got in touch with law enforcement. Based on the webcam witness report, the burglar was identified as a neighbor, Benjamin Frostad, 27; police say that they recovered stolen material from Frostad, so he was arrested on a charge of second-degree burglary, along with several other charges. Officers say that Frostad was apparently upset about the original noise incident. Frostad is being held on bail of $40,000.