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Deadly Fall

Autopsy results are still pending on Bradlee Byfield, 26, of La Center, after he was killed Sunday night in a fall near Cougar. Friends of Byfield called 911 Sunday night, reporting that he had fallen down a cliff near Swift Reservoir, about six miles east of Cougar. Byfield’s companions say that he had climbed over a guard rail at the edge of a steep hillside, and then he grabbed a branch to try and steady himself. The branch broke and Byfield went over the edge. The Volcano Rescue Team and North Country EMS responded to the scene, with rescuers rappelling down to where Byfield’s body was found and recovered. They say Byfield had injuries that were consistent with a fall from that height, but an autopsy will still be conducted by the Clark County Medical Examiner.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

Steph Curry won’t be playing tonight as the Warriors host the Blazers in game two of their playoff series tonight, FM 101.5 The Wave 6:35 pm. Curry could come back Saturday in Portland…..The Mariners edged the A’s 4-3 in Oakland last night. The teams play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Columbia River beat Kelso 13-5 in baseball yesterday. The Hilanders will have to travel to the playoffs in Auburn on Saturday. Also, Hockinson edged R.A. Long 7-6 and Mark Morris beat Woodland 11-4. Today, Ridgefield visits RAL and MM is at Washougal…..In softball, Black Hills got by Kelso 4-3, Ridgefield upset RAL 2-1 and Hockinson downed MM 13-2…..In boys soccer tonight, Prairie is at Kelso (7 pm) and R.A. Long hosts Woodland (6 pm)….. Civil War girls golf today, MM vs RAL at Mint Valley .

Car Fire

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue got called out early this morning, after a car fire was reported in the area of North 6th and Burcham. A local resident called 911 at about 4:40 am, reporting that the car was in their yard, and was on fire. As fire crews were rolling out, the 911 caller also reported that this may have been a car crash, which then caught fire. Firefighters say that the car was engulfed in flames, but took only a few minutes to put them out. Authorities are now trying to track down the owner of the car, to see how it ended up in this place.

Dumpster Fires

Firefighters in Longview haven’t been able to get much rest last night, after having to respond to three different dumpster fires overnight. The first was reported at 11:34 pm, in the 1200 block of 15th Avenue. The second fire was reported about ten minutes later, two blocks up the street, in the 1000 block of 15th Avenue. The third fire took place shortly before 4 this morning, in the area of Maple Street and Olympia Way. The cause of the fires hasn’t been determined as of yet; it was reported that a man had been spotted after the first fire, sitting and watching the fire. No damage was reported, other than the loss of the dumpsters themselves. Longview Police will follow up.

Chehalis Fire

Officials in Lewis County report that fire crews were able to prevent 2,000 gallons of oil from spilling into storm drains during the battle against a fire that broke out Sunday night at the Cenex gas station in Chehalis. The fire was reported at about 10:30 Sunday, when a fire alarm came in from the station on State Avenue. Firefighters found flames burning through the roof, and as they were training hoses on the flames, it was noticed that the runoff was threatening to overwhelm some dikes that were set up around storm drains. The fire attack was changed to prevent that runoff, allowing the oil products inside the building to burn off, instead of actively attacking. Firefighters were able to prevent the oil running through the drains, but soil in that area is now contaminated, and will need to be removed. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Thumb Bite

They’re still looking for a small dog that ran away from a car crash that took place yesterday afternoon at 14th and Douglas. Longview Police say that a car and a station wagon collided in the intersection at about 5 pm, trapping one person inside. Two people were taken to Saint John Medical Center after the crash, but it’s also being reported that a small dog escaped from one of the rigs. The dog is described as a “shih tzu-type,” with a name of “Soupie,” or something close to that. Longview Police continue to investigate the incident. The names of those involved haven’t yet been released.

14th and Douglas Crash

They’re still looking for a small dog that ran away from a car crash that took place yesterday afternoon at 14th and Douglas. Longview Police say that a car and a station wagon collided in the intersection at about 5 pm, trapping one person inside. Two people were taken to Saint John Medical Center after the crash, but it’s also being reported that a small dog escaped from one of the rigs. The dog is described as a “shih tzu-type,” with a name of “Soupie,” or something close to that. Longview Police continue to investigate the incident. The names of those involved haven’t yet been released.

Jail Snafu

An investigation is under way after it was reported that a man who allegedly shot at a Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy was inadvertently let go from the Cowlitz County Jail. Joshua Weythman Baker, 27, allegedly fired several rounds at a Deputy that was chasing him. That incident took place on March 31st, with speeds hitting 100 miles an hour on SR 3 before Baker and a woman ditched the car and evading police. Baker was eventually located and arrested in Portland, through the work of a multi-agency task force. Baker was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on April 6th on a Department of Corrections warrant, but he was released from custody on Friday. It’s reported that Baker was given a bus ticket to Olympia. Cowlitz County Corrections officials say that they are now trying to figure out exactly what happened.

Motorcycle Crash

Michael Jasa, 17, of Winlock is recovering from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash that took place yesterday afternoon on SR 6, west of Chehalis. State Troopers say that Jasa was injured when his motorcycle ran into the rear end of another car. 36 year-old Thomas Hornback of Curtis had stopped for traffic, and then was hit from behind by Jasa. He was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital for treatment, while Hornback was unhurt. Troopers say “driver inattention” was the cause of the crash, and they cited Jasa for violation of the basic speed rule.

Tuesday Movie Night

There’s another Tuesday Movie Night planned for this evening at the Longview Public Library, starting at 6 pm. Due to copyright regulations, they can’t say the name of the movie, but they do say that “you will feel wave after wave after wave of excitement.’’ The doors to the Library Auditorium will open at 5:45, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and cannot be left unattended. Go to the Longview Library web page for more information, or call 442-5322 for more information.