It’s being reported that a man from Wahkiakum County has been taken into custody after he allegedly made threats to kill President Obama. The Wahkiakum County Eagle reports on this incident, saying that this man was making “increasingly violent threats” against the President. Sheriff Mark Howie is quoted as saying that the man was a “ticking time bomb,” showing an escalation of violent rhetoric over the past 11 months. Howie says that the man was getting increasingly angry, was sharing disturbing thoughts and fantasies, and was using language associated with white supremacy groups. Howie is also quoted as saying that the man was posting pictures of semi-automatic weapons on his page, and was also boasting about his bomb-making skills. It’s also alleged that he threatened to kill law enforcement officers if they came to his home, and that he wanted to bomb the White House. It’s reported that this information was passed on to the FBI and the Secret Service, and that those agencies took the man into custody in Clark County. The man’s name and possible charges haven’t been released at this time.
David Michael Aaron Baker, 26, is under arrest after a standoff yesterday morning at an apartment on Florence Avenue. Lower Columbia SWAT was mobilized just before 9 am, when it was reported that an armed man was holding a woman and her mother. The women were held at gunpoint in the apartment for about an hour, and then safely removed from the scene when Baker allowed them to leave. Other residents of the apartment complex were also safely evacuated. Three Rivers Christian High School also went into lockdown. Minor Road was also closed as the standoff unfolded. Around 9:30 am, SWAT members used a pepper ball to break a window, they tossed a “throw phone” into the building, but there was no response from inside. A few minutes after 10 AM, two tear gas canisters were put into the apartment, and Baker gave himself up a few minutes later. He’s now being held on two counts of second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and felon in possession of a gun; Baker is also wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant.
The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office is now reporting that Alana McCammon, 28, of Vancouver is undergoing treatment at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center, after being airlifted from the 7,000-foot level of Mt. St. Helens. Undersheriff Dave Cox says that McCammon fell into a snow cave some time last night, and then it took until almost 9 pm for her companion, Kyle Knight, 25, of Petersburg, Alaska, to hike out and reach a call box. It took about 2-1/2 hours for rescuers to reach her Wednesday night; she was stabilized and then was airlifted to the Climber’s Bivouac yesterday morning. Once there, she was shifted to an ambulance and transported to Vancouver. McCammon is listed in satisfactory condition this morning.
The Sheriff’s Offices in Cowlitz and Skamania Counties both say that they still haven’t been able to turn up any sign of Yosuke Onishi, 26, the Japanese citizen who disappeared late last month during a trip to the south side of Mount St. Helens. Skamania County officials report that they flew over the mountain on Wednesday, checking regular hiking trails on the mountain; several hikers were seen, but none were believed to be Onishi. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is handling the missing person aspect of the case, and they say that they still have not been able to identify the couple that reportedly gave Onishi a ride from the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar to the Climber’s Bivouac back on November 27th. Deputies say that they’re in regular contact with the Japanese Consulate in Seattle, which is also in contact with Onishi’s family. They also report that he hasn’t been heard from since the 27th. If you have information on this case, call the Sheriff’s Office at 577-3092, or leave an anonymous tip on Crime Stoppers at 577-1206.
It will be cold, but that won’t be keeping the volunteers from going out tomorrow morning for the annual Walk-and-Knock Food Drive. Alan Rose with Lower Columbia CAP says that this is the largest food drive of the year, with volunteers from many different clubs and service organizations fanning out across the county to collect donations. They’re asking that you have your donations ready by 10 am, but the collections will run through the day. You can also drop your donation off at any of six locations around the area; in the Penney’s parking lot at the Three Rivers Mall, Lowe’s in Longview, the Ocean Beach Highway Walmart store, the Lexington Fire Station, the Rose Valley Fire Hall, or at the CAP building on Commerce Avenue in Longview. If your bag is missed, call CAP before 4 pm, and a volunteer will come by to pick it up. All donations will go to the Help Food Warehouse.
Across the river, Boy Scouts in Rainier and Clatskanie will be going door-to-door in the “Scouting for Food” collection effort. The Scouts will be out from 9 am until noon tomorrow to pick up the donations. Collection bags were distributed earlier this week; you can fill those bags and leave them out on your porch for pickup. Donations collected by Rainier Boy Scout Troop 332 and local Cub Scouts will go to the HOPE food bank in Rainier. Clatskanie Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Troop 241 will be delivering their food and cash donations to Turning Point Community Service Center. The Cub Scouts will also have a table set up at the Clatskanie Safeway from 9 to noon tomororw; donations are also being accepted today at Sporty’s.
Warm up with a cup of Dutch Bros. coffee and help raise money for kids in Kelso this morning. Dutch Bros is donating $1 from each cup sold today to the Kelso School District Highly Capable Students “Destination Imagination” project. The goal of the fundraiser is to help pay for transporting the 78 participating Hi-Cap students to their first-ever Destination Imagination regional competition, coming up on March 1st in Tacoma. The 78 kids are on 16 teams that will be competing, made up of groups of between four and seven members in grades three through five. Each team is coached by a volunteer parent, school board member or community member. The Kelso Dutch Bros is located just off of the intersection of Allen Street and Kelso Drive.
If you’re into Christmas events, then this is your weekend, with a jam-packed slate starting tonight and going through Sunday.
Kelso’s “Celtic Christmas” Tree-Lighting is set for tonight at the Train Depot in downtown, starting at 6 pm. Mayor David Futcher will flip the switch at 6:10 pm; they’ll have games, crafts, prizes, a hayride and a special visit from Santa.
With a theme of “Christmas in Paris,” the annual Longview Junior Service League “Festival of Trees” is set for this evening at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center, a benefit for the LJSL, Saint John Radiation Oncology and Youth and Family Link. Doors open at 6 pm; tickets are required to attend.
The second annual Community Festival of Nativities opens this evening at the Longview Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located on 11th Avenue in Longview. This is open from 4 to 9 pm today through Sunday.
Stageworks Northwest opens its production of “A Tuna Christmas,” which will run each weekend at the Longview Theatre through the 29th. Curtain is 7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee.
Rising Star Productions presents “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” on Friday and Saturday at the Three Rivers Mall, in their performance space near the Macy’s store. This come from Robert Fulghum, the man who wrote “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Curtain is set for 7:30 pm; the production runs each weekend through the 21st.
Kalama also opens its Christmas holiday with a tree-lighting and caroling tonight in Toteff Park, starting at 6 pm. Tomorrow morning, there’s a Swedish Pancake breakfast at the Kalama Community Building, the Santa Express Train Show from 11 am to 8 pm, and then the annual Community Turkey Dinner is set for 5 pm on Sunday.
The Cowlitz County Historical Museum has its annual Winter Festival on Saturday, highlighting Christmas traditions from Norway, Ethopia and the Phillipines. This will run from 10 am to 4 pm; admission is free.
The Rainier United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Toy ‘N Joy Breakfast tomorrow morning, going from 7:30 to 10:30 am at the church, which is located at 1st and C Streets in Ra9inier. Donations will benefit the Rainier Toy ‘N Joy program.
Longview Parks and Rec is holding its annual Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, with two seatings planned at the Olde Creekside Café on Commerce Avenue. Families will need to pre-register; NO tickets will be sold at the door. Call 442-5400 for more information.
Also in downtown Longview, the third annual Gingerbread Haus competition is planned; the decorated entries for this year’s competition will be on public display from noon to 5 pm tomorrow, prior to the Downtown Christmas Parade.
The 33rd annual Downtown Longview Twilight Christmas Parade is set for tomorrow, starting at 5 pm. Entries will line up at the Cowlitz PUD, the parade will wind through downtown and will end up at the Civic Center for the annual Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting.
Woodland’s Winterfest starts at 6 pm Saturday, with Woodland’s Queen lighting the Christmas tree at 6 pm. They’ll also have free hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies at Horseshoe Lake Park.
On Sunday, the Festival of Giving will take place at the Three Rivers Mall, with local charities and social service organizations gathering. This is a community gala with live entertainment, prizes and more than four thousand dollars in gift card giveaways. This runs from 6 to 9 on Sunday at the Mall; tickets will be available at the door.
Rainier is holding its Community Tree-Lighting at 5 pm on Sunday outside of the City Hall in downtown Rainier. Santa will visit, they’ll have caroling, refreshments and other fun.
At 7 pm on Sunday, jazz violinist Eileen Ivers brings “An Nolaig—An Irish Christmas” to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Ivers has a distinguished background, winning the All-Irish fiddle championship nine times; she’s also described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the Violin.” Call 577-8499 or go to the Columbia Theatre website for ticket information.
The Lower Columbia College Symphonic Band Fall Concert is planned for Friday night, presenting a show titled “Ghost Train.” They’ll be performing several train-inspired pieces at the show. This concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm Friday night in the Wollenberg Auditorium. LCC students and employees will be admitted for free.
It’s the final weekend for that parody of “B-grade 1930’s detective movies” on the Center Stage at Lower Columbia College, as they present “Bullshot Crommond.” The curtain on this hilarious show goes up at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets will be available at the Rose Center box office.
Students at R. A. Long High School invite you to “The Madrigal Dinner,” being offered at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night in the R. A. Long cafeteria. You’ll get a four-course meal, serenaded by the choirs from R. A. Long and Mark Morris; they’ll also have a theatrical performance called “To Play or Replay, That is Out of the Question.” Purchase tickets at the ASB offices in either high school.
The Sons of Norway Lodge on Catlin Street in West Kelso are holding a Norwegian Waffle and Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning, going from 8:30 to 10:30 am. They’ll also have scrambled eggs, baked ham, coffee and juice. Get your tickets at the door.
The SW Washington YMCA is holding a “Parents Night Out” on Saturday night, going from 6 to 9 pm. You can drop the kids off for games, crafts, movies, and even swimming if the kids are old enough. Contact the YMCA on 15th Avenue in Longview for additional information.
The Seattle Mariners made a huge splash in the free agent market. Numerous reports have Robinson Cano agreeing to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners. Cano played nine outstanding seasons with the Yankees…..The other big news out of Seattle is Chris Petersen agreeing to become the head football coach at Washington. He leaves Boise State after eight successful seasons…..The Blazers host the Utah Jazz tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..Last night in girls hoops, Mark Morris beat W.F. West 60-45 and Kelso downed Battle Ground 47-38. Tonight the Monarchs host Tumwater and R.A. Long is at Capital…..RAL beat Camberwell Australia 56-47 last night. Tonight the Jacks are at Kelso and MM visits Tumwater…..The LCC hoops teams host a Sunday DH, 3 pm at MM.
A man is in custody after a standoff this morning at an apartment on Florence Avenue. Lower Columbia SWAT was mobilized just before 9 am, when it was reported that an armed man was holding a woman and a child. Somehow, they were able to get out of the apartment, and were safely removed from the scene. Around 9:30 am, SWAT members used a pepper ball to break a window, they tossed a “throw phone” into the building, but there was no response from inside. A few minutes after 10 AM, two tear gas canisters were put into the apartment, and the male suspect gave himself up a few minutes later. So far, the man’s name has not been released.