Tara Mae Jones, 29, of Longview is in jail after a one-car crash that took place yesterday afternoon at Delaware Street and 20th Avenue. Longview Police and aid crews were called to that intersection at about 3:20 yesterday afternoon, where it was reported that a car had hit a tree. One person reported chest pain after the crash. After Officers checked everything over, Jones was arrested for DUI on drugs, possession of drugs with intent to deliver and felon in possession of a gun. She’s currently being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail.
Specialized cleanup crews were called to the area of West Kalama River Road and Fisherman’s Loop Road, after a semi rolled over and leaked diesel fuel. The crash was reported shortly before 5 pm, as the truck hauling steel coils rolled onto its side. It was also reported that the truck had a full load of fuel, with at least 100 gallons on board at the time of the crash. Those on the scene report that an unknown amount of fuel leaked, but it did not reach any nearby water sources, particularly the Kalama River. They were able to get the leak stopped and contained before any fuel reached the water. The truck driver also asked to be taken to St. John Medical Center for a checkup. The Washington State Patrol is following up.
Woodland Police now report that the suspect in a Saturday shooting incident at a home on Old Pacific Highway is in custody. Around 3:15 Saturday afternoon, a man called WPD, claiming that a masked man had come into his shop, shot his black lab to death, and then tried to shoot him. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol Major Crimes Unit assisted with the investigation, eventually helping to identify the suspect as Thomas Richard Nash, 63, a transient who has been living in the Woodland area, and apparently had some sort of dispute with the victim. They now say that Nash was located and arrested at about 11 am on Sunday. He’s now being charged with first-degree assault, first-degree animal cruelty, first-degree burglary, driving while suspended and a failure-to-appear warrant. His total bail currently comes in at $202,000.
The Grocery Outlet store in Scappoose is in a bit of hot water, fined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for failing to verify the ID of a minor before selling alcohol to them. The OLCC is imposing a fine of $3,795, or the business has the option of serving a 23-day liquor license suspension.
Work starts next Monday on a culvert replacement project near Cathlamet, a project that could delay traffic along Ocean Beach Highway. Starting on Monday, contract crews working for the Washington Department of Transportation will get going on the replacement of two aging culverts that link the Elochoman River Slough to the Columbia River. The work will not have an immediate impact on traffic, but we should expect some slowdowns as daytime, single-lane closures get started on Thursday, July 16th. Early in August, temporary traffic lights will be installed to alternate traffic along a one-lane stretch of highway. It’s expected that these traffic restrictions will be in place into the fall. Replacement of these culverts is expected to improve passage for juvenile salmon and steelhead moving from the Elochoman to the Columbia.
Kids in the Clatskanie area have another activity option, as the Clatskanie Masonic Lodge charters a new Boy Scout Troops. Mike Gwinner is the Scoutmaster for Troop 15, which meets each Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Masonic Hall on Southeast 2nd Avenue in Clatskanie. If you’d like more information, call 503-728-2798.
The folks at the Mint Valley Federal Credit Union are starting a drive that’s intended to help keep kids safe, collecting donations of life jackets that will be presented to local public safety agencies for distribution. Donations are being taken through the month of July, kicked off by a donation of four jackets from one of the credit union members. The Mint Valley Federal Credit Union is located at 3325 Washington Way in Longview. You can also call 425-5444 for more information.
The Mariners return to action after a day off as they are in San Diego against the Padres, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Medford Roques rallied for five runs in the 8th inning to beat the Cowlitz Black Bears 5-4 last night. The teams play again tonight at 6:35 pm…..The Pacific Tech Senior Legion team had a busy day yesterday, losing a Red Devil Classic semi-final game 8-0 to the NW Futures then heading north for a 12-3 league road win over the Thurston County Bandits. Pac Tech hosts the Bandits in a 4 pm DH at the RAL Lumberyard today…..In Junior Legion action today, Hilander Dental hosts Olympia at 6 pm at MM and Rightline Equipment is at Elma at 4 pm…..Signup forms for tomorrow’s LCC Girls Basketball Camp can be found at lccreddevils.com. The camp runs Wednesday-Friday.
Fanendo Adi scored two goals to lead the Timbers to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders at a packed Providence Park in Portland yesterday…..The Mariners lost to the Angels 3-2 on a 10th inning wild pitch by Tom Wilhelmsen. The M’s have today off before playing at San Diego tomorrow…..Jake Nelson got the win on his birthday and Casey Henderson had seven RBI’s as the Black Bears beat Bend 10-6 on Sunday. The Bears are at Medford tonight…..The DiMarini Renegades outscored Pacific Tech 16-14 in Sunday action at the Red Devil Baseball Classic. Pac Tech plays a 9 am semi-final game today with the title game at 2 pm, all at Story Field…..The WSJGA junior golf Sub-District is today at the Longview Country Club…..Roots with Josh Wilson takes 2nd at Spokane Hoopfest.
The Trail Blazers selected Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the first round of the NBA Draft, then traded him along with Steve Blake to the Brooklyn Nets for Mason Plumlee and Pat Connaughton…..The Mariners take on the Angels in Anaheim tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Mitch Bevacqua’s RBI hit in the 11th inning gave the Cowlitz Black Bears an 8-7 win over Walla Walla. The Bears have won 7 of their last 10 games as they head to Bend for a three game series starting tonight…..Legion baseball takes center stage at Story Field starting today for the eight-team Red Devil Baseball Classic running through Monday. Pac Tech plays tonight at 8 pm. Pac Tech lost a non-leaguer 5-4 at Crater Lake yesterday……The WA Cavaliers host the Renton Ravens in semi-pro football Saturday 6pm at Kelso HS.