You can now ride along with Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputies as they’re involved in a high-speed chase on I-5. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the dash-cam video of last week’s chase that started near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and then ended near Kalama, when the suspect crashed near the railroad tracks. The video shows the suspect weaving in and out of traffic, speeding at 100 miles an hour or more as the chase went south on the freeway. The video shows the suspect clipping a semi, nearly hitting another deputy’s car, and then causing a pickup and a horse trailer to lock up its brakes. The chase started after Christopher Bleavins, 35, of Lakewood threatened a “Las Vegas-style” event, and then he sped south on the freeway. No weapons were found in Bleavins’ car; it’s also noted that he’s retired military, reportedly dealing with a head injury and PTSD. Bleavins continues to be held in the Cowlitz County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, felony eluding, reckless endangerment and hit-and-run, with bail of $100,000.
The R.A. Long Lumberjills came away with a big 3-1 win over Ridgefield last night. Sadie Allen had two goals to lead the way. Mark Morris played Hockinson tough in a 2-0 loss. Kelso blasted Fort Vancouver 8-0…..The LCC women’s soccer team has a big road match at Tacoma today, 2 pm start…..The LCC volleyball team is at home tonight as they host Green River in a 7 pm match…..In prep volleyball tonight, Hudson’s Bay visits Kelso at 7 pm. Last night, Ridgefield swept RAL 3-0 and Hockinson did the same to MM…..Jaret Rakoz finished 6th and Braxton Martin was 8th at the GSHL 3A golf tournament yesterday. Both qualify for Bi-District in the spring. The GSHL 2A golf tourney is today at Orchard Hills.
A middle schooler from Scappoose is under arrest, accused of making online threats to others. The South County Spotlight reported that the male student was arrested last Sunday, after he allegedly made threatening comments in a live chat room on Saturday. Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller says that this was a “textbook investigation,” where investigators had to sift through some leads and other players before identifying and arresting the person that made the threats. The boy was arrested on Sunday, and then was booked into the Cowlitz County Juvenile Services Center. Miller says that they’re not discussing the nature of the threats at this time; Scappoose School District officials followed up with a letter to families, saying that while this wasn’t a “viable threat,” they do take all threats seriously, and they acted on what was learned. Documents related to the case are still being reviewed by juvenile prosecutors.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that first-degree assault charges are planned against Jason R. Stanley, 44, of Toledo, after he allegedly tried to use his pickup to run over an ex-girlfriend. They say that the incident happened just after 10 am on Monday, in the 4100 block of the Jackson Highway. A 33 year-old woman says that she had been to the store, and was walking back to her house. She claims that Stanley had been waiting for her; she crossed the road to try and avoid him, but Stanley got into his truck. She claims that Stanley drove in her direction, swerved at her, and hit her in the back with one of the side-view mirrors on the truck. The woman’s story was supported by a witness, along with tire track evidence at the scene. Stanley is still at large at this time; the Sheriff’s Office says that he will be referred for charges.
A former resident of the Long Beach area is being identified as one of the 74 potentially fraudulent voting cases that were identified during a check of voting records by the Washington Secretary of State. The Chinook Observer reports on the case involving Rudolph DeSwart, 65, who now lives in Salem. DeSwart bought property in Ocean Park back in 2001, and then registered to vote. They say that DeSwart served as president of the Sunset Sands Homeowners Association and was active in the Republican party, before he ran a losing campaign for the Pacific County Commission. DeSwart moved to Salem in 2010, where he also registered to vote. Records show that DeSwart made arrangements to have his Washington ballots mailed to Salem, which he then filled out and returned. In fact, it’s claimed that DeSwart changed addresses in Salem in 2015, and also made arrangements to have those Washington ballots forwarded to the new address. It’s now claimed that DeSwart has voted at least ten times since moving to Oregon, allegedly voting in both states in at least four elections. DeSwart is being ordered to be in Pacific County Superior Court on November 3rd.
If you have been thinking about extending your education, the Fall Transfer Fair happens today at Lower Columbia College, going from 11 am until 1 pm in the Student Center. Education Planner and Transfer Advisor Kristy Gutierrez says that they will have 18 different colleges and universities featured at this year’s event, including public and private schools from Washington, Oregon and Arizona. The Transfer Fair is sponsored by the Washington Council for High School-College Relations. It’s free and open to anyone interested.
A Town Hall is planned for this evening in Kalama, where city officials are looking for input on the plans for a new Police and Public Safety Facility, with a funding measure on this November’s ballot. City officials say that the purpose of this meeting is to discuss the building plans, also lining out the city’s needs, the costs to citizens, the site location and the timeline for construction. Concept drawings will be on display, along with proposed material samples and detailed cost estimates. They’ll talk about the need to relocate the Kalama Police Station, along with the steps taken to identify a spot, and development of a cost estimate. This evening’s meeting starts at 6 pm in the Kalama Community Building, and it’s open to anyone.
A public meeting is planned this evening at Kelso High School, where you’ll be able to get information and then share your thoughts regarding a possible $98.6 million bond measure. After getting a report regarding the current state of facilities in the district, they’re now considering the bond measure to upgrade and improve facilities across the district. Under the plan that was presented, Wallace Elementary and Beacon Hill Elementart would be replaced on-site, while a new elementary would be built in the Lexington area, and Catlin Elementary School would be “re-purposed.” Other projects include district-wide safety and security updates, improvements to high school and middle school athletic facilities, improvements to parking and traffic flows, and other upgrades. It’s currently estimated that the bond would increase property taxes by about $68 per year. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 pm, and is open to anyone interested. Input is also being accepted on the Kelso School District web page, through the Thoughtexchange process. That online input will be available through the 18th; a second public meeting is also being set up on the 17th, also at Kelso High School.
The R. A. Long Junior Cheer Camp starts this evening, getting these junior cheerleaders ready for the big “Pink-Out” game on Friday. Kids ages 5 to 11 are taking part, and then they will perform prior to the kickoff of Friday night’s football game against Ridgefield. Prior registration is required; get more information from the ASB-cheer office at R. A. Long High School.
State Troopers report that a 17 year-old girl from Woodland was injured last night, when a wrong-way driver collided with their car on I-5 northbound in Vancouver. Troopers say that the collision happened at about 8:40 pm, near the 134th Street exit on the northbound freeway. It’s reported that Seth J. Cusick, 43, of Vancouver was driving southbound in the northbound lanes, and hit the 17 year-old’s car head-on. Cusick died at the scene, while the 17 year-old was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The girl’s name has not been released, and her condition has not been updated. The investigation into the collision is continuing.