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USCG Theft

Kalama Police are checking into a theft and vandalism incident reported yesterday afternoon in the Kalama Marina. This was reported at about 1:30 pm yesterday; an 11-foot dinghy with a 25-horsepower Yamaha motor was stolen off of the stern of a vessel in one of the marina slips, along with a survival suit and a dry suit that both belong to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. It was also reported that three other boats had been untied, but they didn’t go adrift, because the y were still held in place by electrical connections to the dock. No suspects have been identified.

Seaquest Theft

Workers at Seaquest State Park near Silver Lake report that someone stole gas from several of the park’s vehicles. State Parks workers called the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at about 8:30 yesterday morning, reporting that a total of about 20 gallons of gasoline had been taken out of several state-owned vehicles. It’s reported that the gas cap of one of those vehicles had been damaged in the theft, which took place some time after 11 pm last Saturday. The parks workers also say that this is the third or fourth time that this has taken place in recent weeks, but they have no suspect information.

SR 500 Collision

State Troopers say that a Woodland man is recovering from a head injury that he received in a two-car crash that took place yesterday afternoon in Vancouver. The crash took place in rush hour traffic near Andresen Road, as the victim was stopped at a red light. A woman from Lake Oswego rear-ended the victim’s car; she and a passenger were unhurt, while the man in the car that got rear-ended was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment. The woman was cited and released; names were not released.

Sex Abuse Arrest

A school bus driver and volunteer firefighter from Onalaska is under arrest on child rape charges, accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year-old girl. The Centralia Chronicle reports that Richard L. Crumbliss, 44, was arrested yesterday afternoon, booked into the Lewis County Jail on three counts of first-degree rape of a child, along with a single count of first-degree incest. He is currently being held on bail of $100,000. Additional details haven’t yet been made available.

DUI Arrest

A seat belt enforcement stop led to the arrest of two men near Chehalis yesterday morning, including a Longview resident. State Troopers say that they stopped a car driven by Walter Sutter, 45, of Chehalis at about 11:40 yesterday morning, near milepost 80 on I-5 southbound. The WSP Sergeant noticed several open containers of alcohol in the car, and Sutter reportedly claimed that those containers belonged to the passenger, Jeremy Shepard, 38, of Longview. Seeing signs of driver impairment, roadside tests were conducted, while a Drug Recognition Expert was also called in. Sutter was eventually arrested for DUI. Troopers claim that Shepard uncooperative, so he was eventually booked for obstructing an officer. Further checking turned up multiple warrants on Shepard, including a $25,000 drug warrant. Sutter is being held for DUI and failure to wear a seat belt, while Shepard is charged with open container, obstructing and the multiple warrants.

Dahl-McVicker Fine

The Washington State Funeral Home and Cemetery Board is putting the Dahl-McVicker Funeral Home in Kelso on probation for a year, also fining the facility $12,500 for violations connected to the mix-up of two bodies brought to the facility last year. The fine and probation is a result of the mix-up involving Jerry Moon, 72, of Castle Rock and Robert Petticlerc, 97, of Kelso. Both men died last October, and the families had arranged for Dahl-McVicker to handle the post-mortem arrangements. Moon was cremated, which was against the directions he had provided prior to his death, while Petticlerc was nearly buried in Moon’s grave, while wearing Moon’s clothes. The Daily News reports that both men died within an hour of each other at Community Home Health and Hospice, and that workers for Dahl-McVicker failed to properly place ID tags on each body before they were transported. The mixup was discovered at Moon’s funeral, where a final look before burial revealed the mistake. Dahl-McVicker has until May 7th to appeal the decision.

MSH News

The Forest Service is out with news regarding the spring season in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. They say that the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory will open for the season on Saturday, May 10th. This will join the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater Ridge, which is already open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. They will soon be extending those hours to 6 pm. Admission to both facilities is eight dollars, with kids age 15 and under free. Free admission days are also planned on May 18th, June 7th, June 14th and September 27th. Other special events are also planned at Johnston Ridge, including “Arts of the Mountain” on June 28th and 29th, and the “Music on the Mountain” concerts over the summer. Plans are also in development for a special astronomy event at the facility in late August. Get full details on the Mount St. Helens Monument website.

You’ll also need to be aware that repairs are planned in May and June on the Swift Creek Bridge on Forest Road 90, with overnight closures of the road planned over a couple of weeks. The bridge is located about seven miles east of Cougar, and work is needed to replace damaged bridge joints. Forest Service officials say that those joints need to be replaced for safety reasons, and they’re going to use the overnight closures as a way to minimize traffic disruptions on this important forest road. Forest Road 90 will be closed at night from May 28th to June 11th, going from 8 pm to 6 am each night. Because of the bridge location, detours are not available. Adjust your travel plans accordingly.

Meet the Director

One of the first stages of “Cabaret 2014” is planned for this evening at the Kelso Elks. You’ll have a chance to “Meet the Director” Jaime Donegan this evening at 7 pm. Cabaret is an ongoing community talent revue, with your friends and neighbors hitting the boards, performing and helping to raise money for local groups. Cabaret 2014 will benefit the Longview Pioneer Lions and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, and the theme this year is “Shaken with a Twist of Sublime.” Singers, dancers and other performers are needed, with everyone who comes taking a part. You must be 18 or older to be involved. Cabaret 2014 is scheduled to run on May 15th, 16th and 17th at the Columbia Theatre. Come to the Kelso Elks at 7 pm tonight to find out how you can take part.

Tuesday KLOG Sports

The M’s now lead the league in a dubious category, with the longest current losing streak at seven games. Houston snapped a seven-game skid while extending Seattle’s bad streak with a 7-2 win at Safeco Field. Seattle will look to break that streak tonight, KLOG coverage at 6 pm…..The LCC Red Devils got a nice 5-2 win over Green River yesterday, running their league record to 10-2, 23-7 overall. They have a big game scheduled tomorrow against Tacoma…..The Lady Devils didn’t fare as well, dropping a 13-5 decision to Clackamas. Their scheduled DH against SWOCC has been moved to Friday…..Two local ladies finished yesterday’s historic Boston Marathon; Sharon Schneider, 50, came in at 4:07:45, while Maria Peyer, 48, finished in 4:19:37.

Superintendent Searches

The Kelso and Longview School Boards are both holding special sessions today, as work continues to select new Superintendents for each district. The Kelso School Board will meet at 5:30 today, to review the next steps they plan to take in finding a successor to Rob MacGregor, who is resigning at the end of this school year. The consultants working on the process recently held eight “input sessions,” asking staff, students and citizens about the characteristics, traits and skills that they would like to see in the next Superintendent. The district also conducted an on-line survey. At today’s session, representatives of MacPherson and Jacobson will present trends and patterns that developed; the board plans to review this data, then will work together to develop questions that will be asked of future candidates. Today’s work session will be held prior to the regular 7 pm business meeting at the Ruth Clark Educational Services Center on Crawford Street, and is open to the public.

The Longview School Board also meets at 5:30 this afternoon, but this will be a closed executive session, where they will begin the process of interviewing potential candidates for succeeding Suzanne Cusick, who is also stepping down at the end of this school year. A similar session is planned for this Wednesday at 5:30 pm, to continue the interview process. At this point, no names of possible candidates have been released. Under the current calendar, it’s planned that Board members will make visits to the districts where each candidate is now working through next week. It’s also planned that the finalists will be brought in for interviews and public meetings on May 5th, 6th and 7th. The Longview School Board currently has a goal of naming a new Superintendent by May 12th.