The Volcano Rescue Team says that it took about six hours to take a woman off of Mount St. Helens yesterday, after she injured her leg in a fall on the mountain. The incident was reported yesterday afternoon, as the woman was on the winter climbing route, at about 6,000 feet in elevation. The unidentified woman suffered a lower leg injury; Volcano Rescue was able to use a snowmobile to reach her. The woman was brought down to a parking lot, and then was taken to the hospital. Her condition hasn’t been updated this morning.
A man from Klamath Falls is being identified as the victim in a drowning that took place last Friday afternoon in the Lewis River near Woodland. The incident was reported at about 3 pm Friday afternoon, when Allums Robinson, 24, of Klamath Falls went swimming with friends in the Cedar Creek area, about four miles downstream from Merwin Dam. It was reported that Robinson started struggling in the frigid water, and eventually went under, while his companion made it back to shore. Clark County Fire Rescue put a boat in the water, and spotted Robinson’s body on the river body. Divers were called in to recover Robinson from about 15 feet of water, work that was completed Friday evening. The death is being ruled as an accidental drowning; it’s noted that the Lewis River and other local water bodies are still extremely cold, and that’s being considered as a factor in this drowning. With the sunshine coming this week, people may be heading to local waterways, but you’re reminded that the water is still much too cold for swimming.
The first-degree manslaughter trial of Dawson Dunn, 13, of Kelso has concluded, but the verdict in the case won’t be handed down until this Thursday. The Daily News reports on the conclusion of the trial in Cowlitz County Juvenile Court, saying that the defense tried to break down the contention that Dunn committed a crime when he pointed a shotgun in the direction of his friend, then pulled the trigger. Dunn thought he had cleared the Benelli shotgun of ammunition, but there was still a round in the chamber. Edgar Vasquez, 13, was hit in the face, neck and upper chest by the blast, which was fired from about 30 feet away. Prosecutors contend that Dunn was reckless when he pointed the gun in the direction of Vasquez, while the defense claims that Dunn had “just enough information with shotguns to do the wrong thing.” Superior Court Judge Marilyn Haan has been hearing the case, and her verdict will be issued on Thursday.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is out with a warning, saying that any calls that you get from “Chief Deputy Richard Powell” are scam calls, and that you need to ignore them. Late last week, several people reported getting calls from “Deputy Powell,” who threatened arrest unless they immediately ran out and got money. One Longview-area resident reports being victimized by “Deputy Powell,” who called and said that the man had a warrant, but it could be “delayed” if the man went out and got $1,500 in Green Dot cards. The man says that he bought the cards and “confirmed” the numbers with “Chief Powell,” who then said that there had been an “error,” and the man needed to go get 15 hundred dollars more. The man then realized that he was being scammed, and said that he had no more money. “Chief Powell” then said that someone would be by shortly to arrest the man. No one ever showed up. The Sheriff’s Office says that they do not have a chief with the name of Powell, and they never make demand calls of this type. If you get a call from “Chief Deputy Powell,” you should hang up right away, and try to block the number if you can.
Columbia County Deputy and K-9 handler Ryan Dews is now on administrative leave, as an investigation into possible criminal activity gets under way. The St. Helens Chronicle reports that Dews was put on leave on the 18th of this month, after getting an allegation that is “unrelated to his employment” as a Deputy. They say that Dews is on leave as a “precaution,” and the case has been turned over to Oregon State Police for investigation. Dews has been a Columbia County Deputy since 2009, and has been a K-9 Deputy since 2015.
The Washington State Patrol is looking into an incident reported yesterday afternoon on I-5 in Cowlitz County, where a driver reports that a window in their car apparently was shot out. The incident was reported just before 1 pm, when the driver reported that the passenger side window had been shot out. The driver says that he was traveling northbound, but they didn’t specify exactly where the incident took place. No injuries were reported, and no suspects have been identified.
Voters in the Castle Rock School District have just today and tomorrow to get their ballots completed and returned for counting. The Castle Rock School District is going to voters with a $42.3 million bond measure, asking for money to build a new middle school, do renovations to the elementary school and the high school, and to do safety and security upgrades at all district buildings. Castle Rock School District voters have until 8 pm tomorrow night to return ballots; ballots can still be mailed, but they must be postmarked by 8 pm tomorrow to be valid for counting. Ballots can also be dropped off in the Castle Rock ballot box, or at other drop-off locations. Go to the Cowlitz County Elections web page for more information.
Local financial advisor Max Anderson is being named at this year’s Commencement Speaker at the Lower Columbia College graduation ceremony in June. Anderson is an alumnus of LCC, who then went on to get a bachelors at U-Dub and a doctorate from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He and his brother founded the investment firm of Anderson and Anderson, and he has served as the Investment Advisor for the college since 2014. Anderson is also the former soccer coach at LCC, and he has served a combined 17 years on the LCC Foundation and the LCC Board of Trustees. Last year, the Anderson family donated 50 thousand dollars to the LCC Foundation, in memory of his parents; the “Anderson Family Pavilion” has been named in their honor, as donations from the Anderson have reached nearly 100 thousand dollars. This year’s Commencement Ceremony for LCC is set for 6 pm on Friday, June 15th, at Kelso High School Ed Laulainen Stadium at Schroeder Field. Get more details on the LCC web page.
Sheriff’s Deputies called for help from the Humane Society yesterday afternoon, after some folks living in the 9400 block of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway reported that their neighbor’s ram wouldn’t let them out of their home. The 911 caller says that the ram belongs to his neighbor from across the street, and has been aggressive for some time. Yesterday, the caller said that the animal had been ramming their house, and he says that the animal would charge when they tried to open the front door. The Humane Society did respond, meeting with the 911 caller and with the owner of the ram.
The Texas Rangers avoided a Mariners sweep by downing Seattle 7-4 yesterday. The M’s move on to Chicago to play the White Sox today, KLOG 4:00 pm……The LCC baseball team dominated Grays Harbor in a four game sweep over the weekend. Yesterday the Devils won 19-0 and 13-5…..The LCC softball team went 4-2 over the weekend. Yesterday the Devils blanked Treasure Valley 5-0 and lost to North Idaho 8-5. LCC is at Centralia tomorrow…..Civil War baseball today features R.A. Long at Mark Morris at 4 pm. Also, Evergreen visits Kelso at 4 pm…..In girls softball, R.A. Long is at home against Woodland and Mark Morris is at Ridgefield, both at 4 pm…..In MLS soccer, The Timbers beat New York City 3-0 and the Sounders downed Minnesota 3-1.