Only minor injuries were reported in a pickup rollover reported yesterday afternoon on I-5 southbound between Castle Rock and Kelso. State Troopers say that the crash happened around 3:10 pm, at milepost 44 southbound. They say that a tire blew out, causing the pickup to roll several times. The driver of the pickup got out by himself, bleeding from his head and hands. The 56 year-old man from Castle Rock was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. His name has not been released. No citations were issued.
Authorities in Clark County are cancelling an Amber Alert that went out last night, saying that a missing 9 year-old Vancouver boy has been recovered. Cell phones started pinging shortly before 10 last night, when an Amber Alert was issued for Andrey Vonorenko, 9, of Vancouver. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says that he was taken by his estranged father yesterday afternoon, picked up without permission at Mill Plain Elementary School. Alexy Vonorneko, 38, had recently been arrested in Texas for domestic violence. During that time, Andrey’s mother left that state, moving to Vancouver. It’s also claimed that Alexy Vonorenko has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. At 4:25 this morning, the Amber Alert was cancelled, reporting that the boy had been safely located in Hood River, “camping” with his father. Other details haven’t been disclosed at this time.
Division Two of the Washington Court of Appeals is reversing a ruling they made in May of 2013, reinstating the drug conviction of a Cowlitz County woman. In the decision issued late last week, the Appeals Court Judges say that they went back to a State Supreme Court ruling, where those justices ruled that police did not need to give a “Ferrier warning,” which is similar to a Miranda warning when the try to enter a home to serve an arrest warrant. That caused them to reconsider their decision from May 21st of last year, where they reversed the conviction of Christine Westvang for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Westvang was arrested and convicted in 2011, when authorities saw meth, marijuana and other items related to the drug trade on a desk in Westvang’s home, as they were looking for another wanted man. Westvang was convicted, but that conviction was reversed when the Appeals Court said that the “Ferrier warning” was needed. The Supreme Court granted a review of the case, based on a petition from the State, directing a review under a case called “State vs. Ruem.” Based on the ruling in that case, the Appeals Court says that this was not a “knock and talk” situation, which would have required the “Ferrier warning.” As a result, they say that Westvang’s conviction is now affirmed.
After a number of cougar sightings in areas of Columbia County, Oregon Fish and Wildlife is sending out information on how local residents can keep themselves, their children and their pets safe. Over the past couple of weeks, cougar sightings have been reported in Columbia City, Goble, Vernonia, Mist, Warren, St. Helens and Scappoose. In September, a St. Helens-area resident reported what they thought was the sound of a cougar attacking another animal, and it’s thought that a cougar killed a sheep near Goble. Rick Swart with ODFW says that there are only a few types of sightings that should cause concerns, and in most cases, a person can scare off a cougar by making noise and by “making themselves large.” Swart also says that these types of sightings come in flurries, and generally subside after a while. Contact Oregon Fish and Wildlife if you have concerns, or if you need more information.
A meeting on hoof rot in Southwest Washington elk is planned for this evening in Cathlamet. This evening’s meeting is being arranged by Wahkiakum County Commissioner Dan Cothren; the Wahkiakum County Eagle reports that Cothren is extremely active on this issue, and is also challenging some of the findings that are being distributed by Washington Fish and Wildlife. WDFW is stating that a bacteria is responsible, similar to one that causes hoof problems in sheep. Along with Doctor Boone Mora, Cothren says that his research points to a malady called “leptospirosis” Cothren and Mora say that this disease is causing the problem “beyond a shadow of a doubt.” Cothren says that he wants to meet with elk hunters prior to the season, to help them recognize and understand the disease. Tonight’s meeting is set for 6 pm in the River Street Meeting Room in downtown Cathlamet.
Starting today, there are another series of “Culture Club” tickets available from the Longview Public Library. Holders of Longview Library Cards can “check out” tickets to a variety of local theatrical performances. The Library has tickets for the LCC Center Stage production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” which will open November 19th. You can also see “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” at the Columbia Theatre on November 8th, along with the “Golden Bough Christmas in Celtic Lands” on December 12th. Tickets are also available for December’s “Christmas Party Musical Review,” presented at the Longview Theatre by Stageworks Northwest. Two pairs of tickets are available each weekend, and you’re only able to “check out” the Culture Club tickets once in a year. Contact the Longview Library at 442-5300, or go to the Longview Library website for details on rules and restrictions.
Danielle Hilledahl, 25, of Longview is being cited for driving too fast for the conditions after she allegedly caused a two-car crash that took place yesterday evening on Ocean Beach Highway. State Troopers say that the collision happened a few minutes after 6 pm, when Lucinda Connery, 67, of Kelso slowed to make a left turn into a private driveway. Hilledahl apparently was unable to react in time, and rear-ended Connery’s car. Connery complained of pain after the crash, and was taken to St. John Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Troopers blame the collision on driver inattention.
At this time, no citations have been reported in connection with a log truck-versus-pickup collision that closed the southbound lanes of 3rd Avenue for several hours yesterday morning. This incident took place at about 5:50 am, when a loaded log truck collided with a pickup. The pickup rolled onto its side after the crash, but no injuries were reported. Longview Police closed the southbound lanes of 3rd Avenue, as enough damage was done to the log truck to require that another rig be brought in to off load the logs. The road finally re-opened to traffic at about 9:20 am. Additional details could be released later today.
Dylan Olsen of Kelso won the Sports Car Club of America National Runoff title at Laguna Seca raceway last weekend. It was Olsen’s first attempt at the American Sedan title and he came away with the title…..Game three of the ALCS was rained out last night. The Royals and Orioles will try again today, KLOG 4:00 pm. First up, the NLCS resumes today with the Giants hosting the Orioles, KLOG 12:00 pm…..The Seahawks are preparing for Sunday’s game at St. Louis. The Rams slipped to 1-4 after a 31-17 loss to the 49’ers last night…..Day two of the GSHL 3A District golf tourney is today. Kelso’s Blaine Gilmore (78, 6th) and Damon Temanson (86, 16th) both made the cut after yesterday’s round one…..In boys tennis yesterday, Washougal beat RAL 5-1 and Hudson’s Bay beat MM 4-2.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is handing down fines of $7,800 to ENB Logging and Trucking of Chehalis, for safety violations connected to the May 21st death of Cole Bostwick, 18, of Winlock. Bostwick was setting chokers at an ENB logging operation near Pe Ell on Wednesday, May 21st, when he was crushed and killed by a carriage that was lowered from above. The Centralia Chronicle announced that two violations came out of their investigation into Bostwick’s death, each carrying a fine of $3,900. The company has already announced their intention to appeal the rulings.