City of Longview water main flushing continues tonight, with crews working in Area #4 of the city. That covers the region between 15th Avenue, Ocean Beach Highway and Lake Sacajawea. Work is planned from 7 to 11 pm tonight; advisory signs will be posted in the work area; you’re advised to refrain from using water while the lines are being flushed, and be sure to flush the pipes inside your home after this work is done.
Activities connected to the Reading All Star Summer Reading Program get started today at the public libraries in Cowlitz County. Kids from birth through high school age are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program, which also helps kids keep their reading skills up through the summer break. Activities are being set up at the Libraries in Kelso, Longview, Castle Rock and Kalama, with story times, special guests, movies, gaming events, craft workshops and more. The official kick-off is set for next Tuesday afternoon at the Kelso Public Library, with a puppet show presented by “Ruby’s Troupe.” All of the events are free; you can register your children at each of these libraries, or go to the Longview Library web page for more information.
Seattle loses another walk-off decision as they open a four-game series in Detroit. Justin Upton’s 13th-inning shot gave the Tigers the 8-7 win. Seattle has now lost three in a row on this road trip, and five of their last seven. James Paxton will try to turn it around for the M’s tonight, going against Justin Verlander, KLOG coverage at 3 pm…..In Legion ball, Competitive Athletics took a pair from Ocosta, 5-0 and 6-1, improving to 4-0 in league. Hilander Dental takes on Centralia Sobe Toyota up at Fort Borst Park in Centralia this afternoon, while Nipp’s Burgers and More will host Hoquiam today at Mark Morris High School, starting at 4 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears get back into action tonight when they open a three-game series against the Gresham GreyWolves. First pitch is 6:35 pm.
An alert citizen helped to locate and recover a piece of heavy equipment that reportedly had been stolen from a job site in Vancouver. Around 9:45 Saturday morning, a person called the Sheriff’s Office, saying that they had seen a TV news story about a piece of heavy equipment being stolen in Clark County. The caller says that there was a piece of equipment in the field next to a neighbor’s house that looked a lot like the one he saw on TV. Sheriff’s Deputies went to the location on West Side Highway, and confirmed that the stolen machine was there. Dale Emery Nease, 56, was arrested, but he took a trip to St. John Medical Center first, after showing symptoms of a heart attack. After an examination at the hospital, Nease is now being held without bail for first-degree possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property, while the investigation is continuing.
Aaron Christopher Plummer, 32, of Yacolt is under arrest after an incident last night on the Lewis River Road near Ariel. Around 10:30 pm, a deputy reported spotting a person riding an unlicensed motorcycle on the highway, running without any lights. The chase started on Reese Road, and continued on a number of back roads before the rider laid the bike down in the 29000 block of Hanley Curlee Road. They say that Plummer ran and tried to hide in some bushes after the crash, but he was found and arrested on charged of felony eluding, driving while suspended and possession of illegal drugs. He’s being held without bail until after his first appearance in Cowlitz County Superior Court.
A man who has been identified as a regular thief at a store on 15th Avenue in Longview is now under arrest on burglary charges, after yet another incident over the weekend. Store personnel called Longview Police at about 8:40 Friday night, reporting that Colby Gregory Carr, 29, of Kelso was out on the curb with an open container of alcohol. They also said that Carr was intoxicated, and that he may have stolen the beer from the store itself. It was noted that Carr had been arrested for theft and trespassing six previous times at this same store; given the orders issued after the previous trespassing incidents, going back into the store constitutes burglary. Carr is now being held without bail on charges of second-degree burglary and third-degree theft.
Oregon State Police are now announcing that three men are being charged in connection with the poaching of two bull elk near Deer Island. The incident was first reported on May 29, when two large bulls were discovered near Baker Point, off of the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway. After publicizing the incident, OSP got an anonymous tip on the Turn In Poachers Hotline, which led them to northeast Portland and Esgar Garcia, 31. They say that Garcia admitted shooting the elk while they were out shooting near Scappoose; they say that Garcia also admitted to shooting several deer out of season in the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, also stealing antlers. They also say that he admitted to shooting other deer and elk on Sauvie Island. Heading to a second address, troopers interviewed Lionzo Garcia-Rodriguez, 41, and a 16 year-old; they say that the teen admitted using an AR-15 to shoot at elk several times. 12 rifles, shotguns and handguns were seized as all three were arrested. All three are being charged with unlawful taking of bull elk; Garcia also face two counts of waste of a game animal and felon with a gun. This investigation continues.
Work starts this morning on an intersection reconstruction project in the area of Sunrise Street and Miller Drive in Kelso. City of Kelso officials say that prep work is already under way, with inspection, marking and other preparatory work being completed. The main construction work is expected to be done by Friday, with all of the work being done during daylight hours. They say that this work will disrupt traffic, with detours and signage being used to re-direct traffic around and through the work zone. They also say that “every reasonable effort” will be made to accommodate local residents. Call the City of Kelso if you have other questions.
Regular flushing of water lines continues in the City of Longview, with Areas 1 and 2 being done tonight. Area 1 covers the area between Industrial Way and Nichols Boulevard from Oregon Way to Washington Way, while Area 2 is between 33rd Avenue and Nichols Boulevard from Ocean Beach Highway to Washington Way. The work is scheduled to go from 7 to 11 pm tonight; advisory signs will be posted. Refrain from using water while the flushing is going on, and be sure to flush your own pipes before using the water for cooking or cleaning.
Local bridge players are getting ready for a marathon today, while also raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The Longest Day” will get started at 10:30 this morning at the Kelso Senior Center in West Kelso, being conducted by the Longview Bridge Club. There is a charge of $5 per person to play. Call the Senior Center at 232-8522 if you need more information.