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Healing Service

This evening at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Kelso, a couple of special “Healing Services” are plan. At 6 pm, a “Fount of Mercy Healing Service” will be held, which will then be followed by a “Healing of Families Prayer Service,” being led by Father Mel Strazicich. Books or forms connected to these Healing Services are available at the church, or can be ordered from healingoffamilies.net. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church is located at 2200 Allen Street in Kelso, just east of Coweeman Middle School. Get more details on their website, or call the church at 423-3650.

KLOG Monday Sports

Tonight’s Trail Blazers game has been postponed due to the impending blizzard in the New York area. Portland was supposed to play the Nets in Brooklyn, but will instead fly out today for Wednesday’s game at Milwaukee…..Utah defeated Washington 77-56 in men’s college hoops last night…..The LCC teams swept Centralia Saturday night. The Red Devils travel to Grays Harbor for games Wednesday night in Aberdeen…..In girls hoops tonight, top-ranked Mark Morris hosts Hockinson, 6:45 pm on 101.5 FM The Wave. Also, R.A. Long hosts Washougal and Castle Rock is at Kalama…..Thousands of cheering Seahawks fans turned out to see the Seahawks off to the Super Bowl. New England will leave today and arrive in Phoenix tonight.

KLOG Friday Sports

The Boston Celtics hit a three with one second left to beat Portland 90-89 last night. LaMarcus Aldridge could miss two months due to a thumb injury. The Blazers host the Wizards Saturday night…..Andrew Andrews hit a the game winning jumper as the Huskies downed Colorado 52-50 last night…..The LCC teams host Centralia tomorrow night at MM, women at 5 pm and the men at 7 pm…..The Mark Morris girls defeated Woodland 51-40 to get closer to another league title. Tonight, the Kelso Lassies travel to Black Hills for a 7:30 pm game…..In boys hoops tonight, Kelso hosts Black Hills tonight, KLOG 7:25 pm. Mark Morris plays at Woodland, 101.5 FM The Wave at 6:45 pm…..MM, RAL and Kelso are all hosting home bowling matchups this afternoon at the Triangle Bowl, 3:30 pm.

Motorcycle Chase

Jeffrey Raymond Allen, 47, of Vancouver is in the Cowlitz County Jail, after he allegedly took a motorcycle from a home on the Kalama River Road, and then drove at triple-digit speeds before giving himself up. This incident got started shortly after 9 yesterday morning, when it was reported that Allen had trespassed on some property in the 1500 block of Kalama River Road, and then took off on the bike. Deputies that were responding say that they saw Allen head onto the freeway, hitting speeds of 115 to 120 miles an hour as he headed south. With Deputies in pursuit and State Troopers heading to the scene, Allen pulled over at milepost 27 and gave himself up. He’s now being held without bail on charges of malicious harassment and attempting to elude a police officer.

Downtown Break-in

Deputies say that it looks like at least two people were involved in a burglary of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall out on Coal Creek Road. The pastor at the facility called 911 at about 11:20 yesterday morning, reporting that three laptop computers, a printer and a sound speaker were stolen. Deputies say that it looks like entry was gained via a vented crawl space, and footprints at the scene indicate that at least two people were involved. Deputies have no suspects at this time.

Wayron Burglary

Law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Columbia River are on the lookout for two Chevy pickup trucks that were stolen last night from Wayron on California Way in Longview. A security guard contacted Longview Police at 10:50 last night, reporting that a rollup door on the building in the eleven hundred block of California Way was damaged. A check of the property showed that two trucks were missing, and it was further determined that the damage to the door was caused when one of the trucks was driven through it. Both are white, full-size Chevy pickups; one has a standard cab and a long bed, while the other is an extended cab and a short bed. Both have lumber racks, and both have Wayron logos on the side. The security company also reports that the building was secure and undamaged at 9:50 pm, so the theft took place some time during that hour. So far, the trucks have not been located and no suspects have been identified.

Kingdom Hall Burglary

Deputies say that it looks like at least two people were involved in a burglary of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall out on Coal Creek Road. The pastor at the facility called 911 at about 11:20 yesterday morning, reporting that three laptop computers, a printer and a sound speaker were stolen. Deputies say that it looks like entry was gained via a vented crawl space, and footprints at the scene indicate that at least two people were involved. Deputies have no suspects at this time.

Butts Hearing

A hearing planned for today in front of the Oregon Supreme Court could play a major role in the case of Daniel Butts, 25, of Kalama, and his possible prosecution for the January, 2011 shooting death of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter. The prosecution and defense attorneys in the case plan to ask the court to decide if the Oregon State Hospital can be compelled to medicate Butts, with the goal of helping to get Butts mentally competent, so he can assist with his defense. Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove has ruled that Butts is not competent, and has ordered that he be held and treated at OSH until he is competent to stand trial. Hospital officials have been at odds with that ruling, claiming that Butts is NOT incompetent, and they’re refusing to administer anti-psychotic medications. Both sides of the case in Columbia County plan to ask the Supreme Court to order that Butts be medicated. It’s not known when the justices might rule.

Weyco Layoffs

Details on the production slowdown at Weyerhauser’s operations in Longview are coming out. The Daily News says that they have learned that 160 workers in the liquid packaging operations will be laid off next Tuesday, but they all should be back at work by February 6th. Company officials say that they need to curtail production due to the inability to get product out of west coast ports, due to the work slowdown from the contract negotiation stalemate between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association.

Lucky Eagle Expansion

The Chehalis Indians are announcing a major expansion of the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel near Rochester. The expansion is valued at $40 million, and will involve expanding the gaming area, food and support spaces by 41,000 square feet, along with an additional 8,600 square feet of administrative space, and a 120,000 square-foot parking garage. Lucky Eagle CEO John Setterstrom says that they’ll have a new sports bar and grill, additional meeting and entertainment space, and a new player’s club and lounge. The new parking structure will also be built above the expansion, connecting directly with the casino floor. Tribal officials say that they plan to break ground on February 2nd.