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Dutch Luv

From 5 am until 10 pm today, your Cuppa Joe from the Kelso Dutch Bros. stand will help to build a new covered play area at Rose Valley Elementary School. All day today, Dutch Bros in Kelso is donating proceeds from all drink sales to the Rose Valley Elementary PTO, which is working to construct a new covered area for the school playground. Owner Mark Luna says that they love being in the position to help local youth, especially when it’s for something fun like a playground. The Kelso Dutch Bros. is located just east of I-5 off of the Allen Street exit, on Kelso Drive next to AM-PM.

Arson Arrest

St. Helens Police report that a ten year-old boy is in trouble, identified as the suspect in a couple of arson fires reported over the past few months. Back in February, a suspicious fire damaged the softball batting cage at St. Helens High School, then that was followed about a month later by a house fire that resulted in the death of a parrot. St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss says that they interviewed a number of witnesses and examined other nearby crime scenes, eventually identifying the boy as a “person of interest.” The boy was brought in for an interview last week, and reportedly admitted his involvement. Moss claims that the boy admitted to setting both fires, along with other recent malicious mischief incidents in that area. The boy was released to his mother, while the case is referred to the District Attorney’s office for a charging decision.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

The Lower Columbia College Red Devils won the 2015 NWAC baseball championship with a 6-1 victory over Mt. Hood. Tanner Olson pitched a complete game six-hitter on two days rest and was named the tourney MVP. Seaver Whalen had three hits including a two-run homer. It was the Devils 11th championship…..The Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 yesterday. Robinson Cano had two RBI’s and Roenis Elias got the win. The M’s and Rays play again today, KLOG 3:00 pm…..The Seahawks begin OTA’s today in Kirkland. The practice sessions are the first preparations for next season…..Seth Nickerson of Tumwater won the inaugural Cowlitz County Amateur golf tournament, edging Matt Hartley 97-96 in the stableford scoring system.

Running Rider

Longview Police are working to find the man who ran away from a motorcycle crash that was reported last night near 32nd and Beech. Witnesses say that the man was riding at a high rate of speed before the crash, which took place around 8:40 last night. They say that the rider did not appear to be hurt, looking the scene over for a short time, before running off on foot. The rider is described as a black male in his 20’s, with a medium build. The rider had short hair and a goatee, with a dark helmet. The man was last seen wearing a gray or white shirt and white jeans. The man was last seen running southbound on 29th Avenue. Call Longview Police at 442-5800 if you can help out with this case.

Pickup Fire

No injuries were reported and no significant damage was done to the Baker’s Corner Store when a pickup caught fire in the parking lot last night. Fire crews were called out just after 8 pm, when “a lot of smoke” was seen coming from a pickup parked next to the store. Within a couple of minutes, the 911 caller reported that the truck had burst into flames, covering the entire truck. Firefighters were on the scene in a couple of minutes, and had the fire out a couple of minutes later. The cause of the fire isn’t known at this time, nor have they put a value on the truck.

Finch Drive Work

Starting this morning, the City of Longview will have Finch Drive closed at the intersection with Robbins Street, as they repair some broken street panels in that area. The work is expected to take about a week, with the closure going in this morning, and expected to be in place until next Monday, June 1st. Traffic will be detoured north onto Robbins Street and west onto Oriole Drive. Emergency vehicles needed to get onto Finch will need to use Oriole Drive. You’re advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Lapse of Election

After no one filed to run for several open positions on this year’s ballot, Cowlitz County Elections Supervisor Carolyn Fundingsland is declaring a “Lapse of Election” for those open seats. After the official filing period and a special filing period that was conducted last week, no one filed for the District 2 seat on the Toutle Lake School Board, position 3 on the Commission for Fire District 6, one Commission seat for Cemetery District 3 and two positions on Cemetery District 4, along with a Commission seat for Woodland Swim and Recreation. Fundingsland says that these offices are now deemed as “lapsed,” and will NOT appear on the November 3rd General Election ballot. She says that these positions will be open for election at the next General Election that’s held for each jurisdiction.

Memorial Day Ceremonies

The skies may have been gray and there may have been a bit of rain, but that didn’t prevent a large crowd from gathering at Longview Memorial Park for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony, conducted by Longview American Legion Post 155. Cowlitz County Sheriff and U. S. Marine Veteran Mark Nelson was the featured speaker, where today’s Daily News quotes him as saying “Nobody can replace these fallen heroes…Remembering these fallen heroes once a year is not enough. We will not lose sight of these freedoms they fought for.” Nearly 2,200 veterans are interred at Longview Memorial Park.

Sunday Night Fireball

We’re getting multiple reports from people all around the area about a fireball that lit up the Sunday night skies in the local area. Facebook and other social media sites were abuzz Sunday night and Monday morning, with a number of local residents talking about what they saw and heard around 7 pm Sunday night. A number of people reported seeing a “purple-silverish fireball,” which streaked across the sky in a northeasterly direction. Several people reported seeing a smoke trail behind the object, and several dozen people reported hearing a loud “boom” several seconds after the object disappeared. At least one local resident reported the incident to the American Meteor Society, but that report has not yet been confirmed. There are some suspicions that the object was a “bolide,” a chunk of rocky material that enters the atmosphere and then flares brightly, sometimes exploding several miles above the planet.

SR 504 Shooting

Stanley Bartowiak, 52, is being charged with first-degree assault, after he allegedly shot his roommate yesterday morning at the residence they shared near Toutle. Sheriff Mark Nelson says that the incident took place around 7:50 Saturday morning, in a home in the 9800 block of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. Deputies say that Donald Danias, 67, and his wife were also living at the house, and had asked Bartowiak to move out. Bartowiak reportedly got agitated, going outside and flattening the tires on a vehicle. Those on the scene say that Batowiak then came back into the house, armed himself with a pistol, and then went into the bedroom. There, it’s reported that Bartowiak got into a fight with Danias, pinning him on the bed. Bartowiak allegedly fired a round that grazed the forehead of Danias; the fight continued, with Danias being shot another time. Danias was eventually able to escape and get to a neighbor’s, where he called 911. He was taken to St. John Medical Center, where they treated several minor gunshot wounds. Bartowiak initially refused to come out of the house, but he eventually surrendered peacefully. After an evaluation at St. John, Bartowiak is now being held without bail on the assault charge, along with counts of felony harassment and malicious mischief.