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Arson Fire

A car fire reported late last night in the 300 block of 28th Avenue in Longview is being investigated as a possible arson. Longview Fire crews were called to 329 28th Avenue a few minutes before midnight, when the resident of the house reported hearing a “loud bang,” and then looked outside to see the fire. A neighbor tried to help contain the fire, using a garden hose. Firefighters arrived and got the fire put out in just a few minutes. Further checking of the scene shows that this fire had been intentionally set. So far, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been reported.

Other Fires

It was a busy day for Longview Firefighters, as they responded to three other fires around the city. A duplex was damaged by fire at about 2:30 pm, a fire reportedly spotted and battled by a passing ice cream truck driver. After seeing the fire in the 200 block of Douglas Street, the driver called 911 and then grabbed a garden hose to try and keep the fire minimized. Officials say that he was able to get the fire put out before any serious damage was done. It’s speculated that smoker’s carelessness was the cause of this fire.

Around 5:30 pm, a brush fire was reported near the River’s Edge condos on River Road, a fire that reportedly covered a 50-foot-by-50-foot area. Firefighters were able to get that fire put out in just a few minutes, with no significant property damage done. The cause of this fire is still unknown.

Earlier in the afternoon, Firefighters responded to the 600 block of California Way, where it appears that someone lost control of a campfire. This fire was also put out before any property damage was done. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents, but they also say that these incidents show the need to be extremely careful with fire and heat sources during these extremely dry conditions.

Wallace Incident

A 53 year-old Kelso man is being banned from visiting Wallace Elementary School for at least a year, after an incident on Monday night, where a box knife was pulled and threats were made. Kelso Police say that this is an extremely convoluted incident, with conflicting stories being told by the kids that were involved. This got started shortly before 8 pm on Monday, when several kids claimed that the man had offered to smoke marijuana with them, and then pulled a knife. They say that the man had been coming to the playground for several days. After questioning several of the kids, it was learned that they had been taunting the man, who claims to suffer from a brain disease. He reportedly admitted to talking to the kids about smoking pot, and reportedly told one 14 year-old girl that she was “cute.” The man said that he had a box knife, but officers were never able to find that weapon. In the end, the man was turned over to his mother and he’s being banned from all Kelso school property for a year.

Bridge Bids

The City of Longview is going out for bids on the Washington Way Bridge replacement project. Legal notices announcing the call for bids were published earlier this week, announcing that the project will include demolition of the existing bridge, construction of the new bridge and any other “incidentals” connected to completing the project under the specified guidelines. Pre-bid conferences on the project are planned for September 2nd and 9th. Sealed bids are being accepted until 2:30 pm on Tuesday, September 16th. Construction of the new bridge is currently projected to start in spring of next year.

Steelhead Limit Increase

Starting tomorrow, anglers on the Cowlitz will be able to keep more steelhead as part of their daily bag limit. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says that there has been a strong showing of hatchery summer-run steelhead, with nearly 7,000 fish already returning to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery. From tomorrow through October 31st, Cowlitz River anglers will be able to keep three hatchery steelhead each day, going from the big bridge in Kelso to the Mayfield Dam. In addition, a limited number of steelhead are being taken from the hatchery and are being “recycled” downstream, to give additional angling opportunities. Get full details by contacting the Department of Fish and Wildlife or talk to your local outfitter.

“Out of Nothing”

There’s a special screening of a documentary film made by Toledo native Andrew Lahmann, an event that’s being put on to raise money for the Toledo softball field renovation and the school garden program. Lahmann’s “Out of Nothing” deals with four motorcycle riders who are trying to break land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Lahmann says that he wasn’t originally interested in the project, but then he saw the spirit of the riders as he viewed some raw footage, and decided to take it on. With help from comedian Ryan Stiles and $50,000 from a crowdfunding campaign, Lahmann was able to get additional footage. That helped to flesh out this film, which is getting quite a bit of critical acclaim. This evening’s screening of “Out of Nothing” will start around dusk on the fields at Toledo Middle School; admission is $5 per person, or $15 for a family of four or more. All proceeds will help pay for a new softball field, along with a “hoop house” for the Toledo Middle School garden project.

KLOG Thursday Sports

The Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series gets underway with four games on opening day. Waterford, Connecticut takes on Broomall-Newtown, Pennsylvania at 12:05 pm. Schererville, Indiana plays Tri-County, Texas at 2:35 pm. Kelso squares off with Lumber River, North Carolina at 5:05 pm. Longview battles Fargo, North Dakota at 7:35 pm. All four games can be heard on KLOG…..The Phillies defeated the Mariners 4-3 yesterday. The Phils take two of three games from Seattle. The M’s have an off day today before starting a three game series at Boston Friday…..The Friday night lights will be hitting our area soon. High school football practice began yesterday with non contact sessions. The local season begins on Friday September 5th.

DV Assault

Second-degree domestic violence assault charges are being filed against Joshua James Champ, 29, of Longview, after he allegedly used a golf club or some other sort of stick to beat a roommate. Longview Police and aid personnel were called to a residence in the 2300 block of West Castleman Drive at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon, with the 911 caller reporting that there was an injured man inside the house. The caller also reported that there may have been a dispute over “stealing” of some sort. The victim was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. His condition hasn’t been updated. Champ was arrested about a half-hour after the initial 911 call, and is currently being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Oregon Fugitive

A woman wanted on a warrant out of Douglas County, Oregon is in the Cowlitz County Jail after an alleged shoplifting incident last night at the 38th Avenue Walmart store. Store security reported having the female suspect in custody at about 9:25 pm, but she slipped away, ran into the parking lot and jumped into an SUV with a man behind the wheel. The security person says that the woman started hitting the driver, trying to get him to drive away. The driver didn’t drive away, and the woman was taken into custody again. Cassandra Rheanne Murray, 25, of Roseburg, Oregon was reportedly in possession of both heroin and meth, and is also being charged with third-degree theft. Longview Police also say that there is a ten thousand-dollar warrant out on Murray. She is now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Centralia Stabbing

A dispute over a woman reportedly erupted into a knife fight that left two men in Centralia with serious injuries. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that the incident took place late Monday night at a home on Harrison Avenue, where a 35 year-old man was living. A 38 year-old man came to the house, in the company of a 33 year-old woman that both men had supposedly dated. The younger man says that a fight started, and he was stabbed in the neck with some sort of unknown object. The older man supposedly yelled that he was going to kill the younger man, so the 35 year-old grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the 38 year-old. The woman left the scene, possibly because she is wanted on a felony warrant. Authorities are looking for her, and it’s reported that she may be in Grays Harbor County. Both men were eventually taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of their severe injuries. The investigation into the incident is continuing.