Two people are recovering from injuries that they received in a two-car crash that took place on I-5 southbound near La Center. State Troopers say that the crash took place around 4:10 pm, when Joshua Yancey, 21, of Longview stopped for a disabled car in the right lane of the freeway. He was rear-ended by Ramon Canals, 60, of Happy Valley, Oregon, totaling both cars. Aurora Canals, 56, had her seat reclined, and was injured when she slid out of her seat belt. Denise Yancey, 60, was in the car that was hit, and was also injured. Both women were taken to a hospital in Vancouver, but their conditions haven’t been updated this morning. Troopers blame the crash on driver’s inattention, and they say charges are pending against Ramon Canals.
Several law enforcement officers helped to fish an intoxicated man out of the Kalama Marina Friday night. Divers were called to the marina Friday evening, after it was reported that James DeLapp had fallen into the water. Deputies say that DeLapp apparently missed a step as he was trying to get onto his boat, and then got tangled in a rope. A Kalama Police Officer tried to assist DeLapp, but was unable to pull him out on his own. Additional officers and deputies responded as a call went out for Cowlitz County Dive Rescue, but the officers were eventually able to get DeLapp out of the water.
The State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are looking into a wire theft incident that shut down at least four traffic cameras along I-5 in the Chehalis area. The theft was reported late last week, when about 1,500 feet of copper wire that feeds the cameras was stolen. The theft killed power to cameras, lights and road sensors in Chehalis; it’s also estimated that the cost of repairs was in the neighborhood of $10,000. The repairs have been completed and the cameras are functioning once again. No suspects have been identified.
The City of Clatskanie is offering a cash reward of $300 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in connection with recent burglaries that have taken place on city, state or school district properties. Clatskanie Mayor Diane Pohl says that all tips will be kept confidential; call the Clatskanie Police Department at 503-728-2145 if you can help out.
Today’s the day…Construction starts this morning on the Washington Way Bridge Replacement Project in Longview, closing that thoroughfare across Lake Sacajawea for the next year. Work includes demolition of the existing bridge, installation of pile for the new bridge foundation, and construction of the new bridge. Washington Way will be closed to all traffic between Nichols Boulevard and Kessler Boulevard while this work is going on. Detours are now set up, directing vehicular traffic to 20th Avenue via Nichols and Kessler, while pedestrians are being directed to the Hemlock footbridge. The foot paths under the bridge are also closed, with walkers and bike riders directed to the paths crossing Washington Way at Kessler and Nichols. The $5.3 million project is expected to take about a year to complete.
The Southwest Washington YMCA is teaming up with Rite Aid to offer a couple of flu shot clinics this week. From 8 until 10 am today, you can get your flu shot at the YMCA building, which is located at 766 15th Avenue, right across from Lake Sacajawea Park. A second clinic is planned from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, the 19th. You do NOT need to be a YMCA member to take advantage of these clinics. The shots are free for those who have no insurance. If you do have insurance, just show your card and the company will be billed. If you have Kaiser, then you will need to go to one of the Kaiser flu shot clinics. Call Lynda at the Y if you have other questions. Their number is 423-4770.
If you’re having a bite to eat this week in the Woodland area, you’re also helping to support the Woodland Action Center and the food bank that they run out of there. Nine restaurants in Woodland are teaming up this week for “Take a Bite Out of Hunger,” all donating a portion of their proceeds to the Woodland Action Center. Flyers are being distributed through the community; when you dine at America’s Family Diner, the Woodland Burgerville, Casa Tapatia, Gilliano’s Pizza, Guadalajara, Los Pepe’s, Mali Thai Cuisine, the Oak Tree or Papa Murphy’s, show the flyer or just tell your server that you want to “Take a Bite Out of Hunger. Full details on the campaign are available on the Woodland Action Center web page, or you can go to their Facebook page.
The Seahawks fell to 6-4 and three games behind Arizona in the NFC West after a 24-20 loss at Kansas City Sunday. The Hawks will host the Cardinals on Sunday…..Wahkiakum was the top local team at the various State volleyball tournaments. The Mules took second after dropping the championship match to Colfax…..The high school basketball and wrestling practice sessions begin today…..The LCC men’s basketball team closed out the pre-season scrimmages with an OT victory over the Seattle Mountaineers yesterday. The Devils host Lane at 2 pm this Saturday in the season opener…..Toledo beat Concrete 65-40 in the 2B prep football playoffs Saturday. The Indians take on North Beach in the next round…..The Blazers host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm.
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue reports that a fire in a commercial building in the industrial area of Kelso was found and put out before any significant damage was done. Fire crews were called to the 2000 block of Parrott Way at about 5 pm yesterday, when smoke was seen coming from the back of a building in that area. Workers on the scene had been modifying a work space, using tools that produce heat and sparks. Some of that heated material got into a circulation system, and then caught fire. Firefighters used gas-powered saws to gain access to the source of the fire and put it out. They’re calling this an “accidental” fire, which was contained to the circulation system. No injuries were reported, and there’s no dollar estimate on damage.
The Longview Police Street Crimes Unit reports making two arrest in separate actions earlier this week. In a press release issued yesterday, SCU officials announced that a search warrant was served on Wednesday at 2121 Sycamore Street in Longview, where Detectives claim to have found heroin, meth, prescription drugs, cash, scales and other drug packaging materials. Leo Andrew Fannon, 56, was arrested on a number of charges, including possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of heroin, possession of schedule 2 and schedule 4 drugs, and possession with intent to deliver within a school zone. His bail is currently set at $30,000.
On Tuesday, an unrelated investigation was wrapped up with the arrest of Rudy Lane Newton, 50, of Longview. He’s now being charged with delivery of heroin within a school zone, and he’s currently being held on bail of $10,000.