If you missed out on the “Coffee with a Cop” event that got stormed out on December 15th, this morning is your chance to take care of that. Longview Police are hosting “Coffee with a Cop” events this morning between 8 and 9 am. You’re invited to come and have a cup of Joe with Longview Police officers at the Red Leaf store that’s located at 32nd and Ocean Beach Highway, and at the Starbucks that’s located at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge. There’s no agenda; you can come by and talk about the things that are concerning you, or share your ideas for the department and the city. It’s free to come by; you’ll have to buy your own coffee.
You’re invited to come down and meet the contenders for the Kalama Police Chief position at an Open House that’s being held at the Kalama Community Building. Cory Chase from Washougal, Rafael Herrera of Florida and Jeffrey Young of Arizona are the finalists for the position, and they’ll be available between 5 and 6:30 pm today. If you don’t want to discuss things face-to-face, comment cards will be available; light refreshments will be served.
Get some basic information on running your Android Tablet at a class that’s being offered today at the Longview Public Library. Aaron Dobbins will be teaching the class that will go from 5:30 to 7:30 pm; you can bring your own Android device, or you can borrow one of the limited number of devices that the Library has. Dobbins will show you what you can do with your tablet, including the resources and apps you can access. Call 442-5300 to get signed up; admission is free.
There’s a late Cinco de Mayo party planned for this evening at the Longview Moose, a fundraiser for the Longview Senior Center. Alvin Jones and the Crystal Pool Revival will be rocking the house between 6 and 10 pm tonight; get a break on your tickets by buying them in advance at the Senior Center. Tickets are $15 at the door. All proceeds will support the Senior Center and its activities.
The Mariner bullpen gave up five runs in the ninth inning as Oakland rallied for a 9-5 victory last night. Kyle Seager’s solo homer in the 8th gave the M’s the lead, but Steve Chishek blew the save. The M’s and A’s play tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The girls 1A and 2B District softball tournament is going on today at Fort Borst Park in Centralia. In 1A, Castle Rock plays at 12 pm and 4 pm. In 2B, Toutle Lake plays tonight at 6 pm…..The Toledo/Winlock United boys soccer team plays Overlake in State action tonight, 7 pm at Centralia HS…..LCC women’s basketball star Madison Hinrichs is signing a D-1 National Letter of Intent today. Hinrichs, who led the Red Devils in scoring, assists and steals, will be playing for Idaho State University in Pocatello.
The Coast Guard reports that nearly 3,000 gallons of oily water was removed from one of the derelict vessels that are moored on the Columbia River near Goble, just part of the monitoring and cleanup of the site. Coast Guard officials say that work was done last Friday and Saturday, a preemptive measure that was taken to prevent the oil-contaminated water from leaking out of the “Amazon,” a 170-foot crane barge that’s parked at the site. 1,800 gallons of the oily water was pumped out of the barge on Friday, followed by another 1,100 gallons on Saturday, pumped out of bilges, ballast tanks, fuel tanks, along with areas above and below deck plates. The incident management people working on the site say that they were just planning to assess the site for future operations when they came in last Tuesday and Wednesday. That inspection turned up the need to act on this particular vessel. The Amazon is one of 26 vessels that are being assessed and monitored after the eviction of Jonak and Roger Ison on March 20th. They now have until the 30th of this month to remove their property; the Coast Guard will oversee any cleanup of oil or other hazardous materials after that date.
Longview Police are looking into a sexual assault reported over the weekend, with the victim reported to be a nine month-old boy. The mother of the infant called 911 at about 5:30 on Saturday, reporting that the assault had taken place at a home in the Highlands area of town. The baby was taken to St. John Medical Center for additional examination and treatment, transported by his mother. No arrests have been reported.
Employees at the 15th Avenue Safeway Pharmacy say that two black male suspects vaulted the counter in a robbery that took place last night. This incident was reported to Longview Police at 8:20 last night, saying that the two suspect jumped over the counter and then assaulted the employee behind the counter. The suspects ran out of the store afterward, escaping with unspecified items. It’s also reported that a second person was assaulted, as he tried to intervene and prevent the suspects from getting away. The suspects were seen running to a nearby alley, where they may have gotten into a dark-colored Toyota Corolla, when was seen heading toward Washington Way. Longview Police are now reviewing store security video, to see if the two suspects can be identified.
An alert is going out from Longview Police, after a local businesswoman reported that she was approached with a scam that’s involving the Lower Columbia College Athletic Department. The woman called LPD yesterday afternoon, claiming that she had been victimized as she thought she was helping with a fundraiser for a new “jumbotron” at Myklebust Gym. The woman says that she was first approached last month by a man calling himself “Jim Dorsey,” who claimed to be from “Team Sports Media.” “Dorsey” claimed to be selling ads for the project, gathering funds for the new readerboard. The woman says that she gave $700 to “Dorsey,” but she was concerned about the pressure involved, as “Dorsey” said that he was sending someone by to pick up her check. That happened around April 24th. The woman says that she learned of the scam after contacting someone in the LCC Athletic Department, also learning that others in the community have been scammed. Repeated attempts to contact “Jim Dorsey” have gone unanswered. While Longview Police continue to try and find “Jim Dorsey,” they also offer some help in avoiding suspects like this, saying that you should ask lots of questions when someone approaches you like this, and say that you won’t donate until you contact the recipient agency, to confirm that this is a legitimate solicitation.
The Kelso City Council meets at 6 this evening, where the Beckwith Consulting Group will be making a presentation on a proposed wayfinding sign plan for the city. The Council will issue a proclamation on Police Week, and will also hold a public hearing on the city’s Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
A meeting is being set up for the evening of Wednesday, May 24th, where the ad hoc committee that’s been working on a proposed ordinance covering emergency shelters inside the Longview city limits will be rolled out. Under this proposal, emergency shelters would be allowed inside the General Commercial and Office/Commercial districts of the city. The shelters would NOT be allowed within a thousand feet of a school, within 325 feet of a park or a single-family residential area, or within one thousand feet of another shelter. The shelter provider would also have to sign a “Good Neighbor Agreement,” where they would line out how they will minimize impacts to other in the neighborhood. A public hearing would also be held. Along with these proposed regulations, shelters housing ten or fewer clients would be allowed in the R-4 districts in the city; these shelters would be required to remain drug and alcohol-free, and would not be allowed to have sex offenders. The proposed ordinance is now available for review on mylongview.com; you’re also invited to the meeting at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 24th, being held at the McClelland Arts Center. Contact Longview Planning Manager Steve Langdon if you have other questions.