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The Longview Police Street Crimes Unit continues to crack down on local street drug dealers, taking five people into custody in two separate actions yesterday. Three people were arrested after a search warrant was served at a residence in the 900 block of Elizabeth Street in Kelso, where they claim to have found heroin, meth, illegal prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and two guns; one of those guns came back as stolen. Ashley Lynn Boe, 29, is charged with possession of meth and possession of heroin, Robert Eugene Crabill, Jr., 25, is charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, felon in possession of a gun and felon in possession of a stolen gun. These charges also have a school zone enhancement, and Amanda Joyce Bigbeaver, 27, is charged with possession of meth. All three are now in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Two arrests were made after Street Crimes Unit Detectives supposedly found heroin, meth and illegal prescription drugs at a home in the 1600 block of Arkansas Street. Shannon Leigh Kelly, 47, and Christian Ray Rundberg, 47, are in custody after this warrant was served. Kelly is charged with possession of meth and possession of heroin; Rundberg is also charged with possession of both drugs, also being charged with intent to deliver. He’s also being charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Rundberg also faces a school zone enhancement.

St. Helens Gunfire Incident

The St. Helens Police Department is reaching out to the public for help in finding the suspect in an incident from last Saturday, where shots were fired during an argument. This incident took place at about 12:45 am on Saturday, the 16th, in the 2200 block of Columbia Boulevard in Saint Helens. Local residents reported hearing gunshots, and empty shell casings were found in the street. There were no victims found, and no damage was reported. Later in the day, a man came to the Police Department, claiming that he had been in an argument early in the morning, and that shots had been fired. The incident started at a gas station on Highway 30, with a verbal fight between this man and another man at the station. The man claims that shots were fired at him after he drove away from the station. Police say that the suspect and his car were captured on the station’s security video, describing the shooter as a white male, about 30 years old; he was wearing a red stocking cap and a gray hoodie, driving an early-90’s standard cab Chevy pickup, light gray or silver in color. Call St. Helens Police at 503-397-1521 if you can help with this case.

Park Committee Apps

You can help to manage Willow Grove Park, as the Port of Longview opens the application process for its newly-created Park Advisory Committee. Port officials say that this is part of the ongoing effort to improve the park and the boat launch, and to help guide future improvements. This committee of volunteers will provide advice and recommendations to the Port Commission on policies, capital improvements and events. Port officials say that they’re looking to appoint a five-member committee, comprised of one Willow Grove resident, one person from each Commissioner district, along with an education-student representative. Applications are being taken through the 31st; get details and an application on the Port of Longview web page.

Cantwell Visits

U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell is expected in the area today, meeting with local officials to unveil a new report on the “affordable housing gap” in Cowlitz County, while also pushing for Congress to expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Cantwell will be holding a roundtable session with local and county elected officials along with local housing and shelter officials. Cantwell is pushing for a 50-percent expansion of the Housing Tax Credit, along with other reforms that will help that credit target the lowest-income populations. Today’s roundtable discussion is being held at Lilac Place in Woodland, a housing complex for up to 38 low-income families; Lilac Place opened in 2014, and was partially paid for through the Housing Tax Credit program. Today’s roundtable discussion starts at 12:30 pm at the Lilac Place Apartments, located at 1313 Wildwood Street in Woodland. A tour of the complex is planned after the roundtable discussion.

Road Work

Road striping and chip-sealing continues on county roads over the weekend. Striping is planned on a number of roads around the Castle Rock and Kelso areas; on Sunday, road crews will be striping roads on the west end of Longview. If you come upon the painting operation, you’re asked to wait until the last truck has passed before entering the roadway, and you’re asked not to cross the paint lines until they dry, which takes about five minutes. Chip sealing is planned to start next Tuesday, working in the Kelso area, also heading out Rose Valley and Goble Creek Roads. The West Side Highway Overlay project also continues next week, working on the north end of the highway between Chapman Road and the Lewis County line. Delays of up to 20 minutes at a time are possible, going from 7 am until 6 pm in the work zones. Be sure to slow down for the work zones; fines double in work zones so be sure to observe work zone speed limits, along with the directions of flaggers and construction personnel.

Steelhead Handout

Lower Columbia CAP says that another Chinook and Steelhead handout is planned for today, starting at 11 am at the Help Food Warehouse. You’ll need to have your EBT card or you must have been getting commodity foods from CAP to be eligible for a fish, and you must be a Washington resident. You’ll also need to bring your own box, bag or cooler to carry your fish, as CAP has no carrying containers available. Call 425-3430 if you need more information or help.

Car Seat Clinic

Safe Kids Lower Columbia is putting on a Car Seat Clinic today, set up in the parking lot of the Red Canoe Credit Union on Washington Way in Longview. They will be there from 1 to 4 pm, checking seats for proper installation and use. They claim that 92 percent of the car seats checked last year in Cowlitz County were improperly installed. Certified Car Seat Techs will check to make sure your car seat is properly installed, and is safe for continued use. Call Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue at 575-6280 if you have questions.

Weekend Stuff

It’s the final weekend to catch the latest melodrama from Stageworks Northwest, as they present “The Merchant of Menace.” Curtain times at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue in downtown Longview is set for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Get ticket information on stageworksnorthwest.com.

The Columbia County Fair continues today, tomorrow and Sunday at the fairgrounds just outside of Saint Helens on Saulser Road. The gates open at 10 am each day, with racing pigs, live entertainment, the NPRA Rodeo and a lot more.

The Rod Run to the Rock Car and Powersports Show takes place on Saturday in downtown Castle Rock. Setup starts at 7 tomorrow morning, and then registration will open at 8. Awards will be presented at 2 pm. New this year at the Rod Run for the Rock is the inclusion of ATV’s, UTV’s, snowmobiles, motorcycles and waverunners. Organizers say that ALL rides are welcome, from mud buckets to show cars. Call 274-5655to get more information.

There are a couple of things going on this weekend in support of Addy Jo Cliffton, the local four year-old who has been battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. There’s a Spaghetti Feed going from 5 to 8 pm Saturday at the Faith Family Christian Center at 38th and Ocean Beach Highway. The cost is $5 per person, and will also feature raffles and a silent auction.

At 2 pm this Sunday at Riverside Park, a party is planned for Addy Jo’s 5th brithday. Addy Jo says that she wants her birthday celebrated with a giant water balloon fight, so that’s what’s being set up. Everybody is invited to come by and take part.

The Ralph Painter Memorial Run is being held this weekend at Rainier High School, starting at 8:30 Saturday morning. They’ll have 5K or 10K routes to walk or run, raising money for the Ralph Painter Memorial Scholarship. Register in advance at RalphPainterRun.com.

Out at the beach, the annual SandSations sand castle competition and display will take place. Get full details by going to funbeach.com.

KLOG Friday Sports

The Mariners open a road trip with a game against the hot Toronto Blue Jays today, KLOG 3:00 pm. The Mariner organization will have plenty of folks in Cooperstown NY for Ken Griffey Junior’s Hall of Fame induction on Sunday…..Weston Hatten hit a three-run homer to lead the Cowlitz Black Bears to a 5-4 win over Bend. The teams play at 6:35 pm game at Story Field tonight before heading down to Bend for three more games…..Hilander Dental defeated KWRL 2-1 in an exhibition game last night. HD opens State Senior Legion action in Yakima tomorrow at 4 pm against Kennewick. Competitive Athletics opens the Junior Legion State in Spokane tomorrow at 1 pm against Burlington…..Melissa Joyal and Mindy Rutkowski won the Heritage Bank Women’s Scramble by 10 shots.

Cop Chat

The people who put together last night’s Longview Police “Cop Chat” event say that they’re extremely pleased by the turning, with more than 70 people coming by for the event. In a Facebook posting after the event, organizers say that they weren’t sure if anyone would show up, if it would be a protest, or if it would be a “love fest.” They say that it turned out to be a “great opportunity to talk and listen to each other,” and LPD says that it wants the dialogue to continue. Patrol Captain Robert Huhta, Investigations Captain Deborah Johnson, Training Doug Kazensky, Corporal Danielle Jenkins and Community Service Officer Cindy Lopez Werth met with the 71 people who attended, and also answered questions. One couple arrived with a balloon bouquet, and others brought homemade cards of support. Police officials say that they felt “very supported and appreciated,” and they thank the community for that.