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Luyster Appears

Brent Ward Luyster, 35, of Longview was in Clark County Superior Court yesterday, as his first appearance connected to a triple-homicide near Woodland was held. Luyster is accused of shooting four people at a home on Northwest 417th Street last Friday night, killing three of them. The fourth victim drove herself to a gas station, where she identified Luyster as the shooter. He was arrested Saturday afternoon near Stella, and was handed over to Clark County Deputies. Luyster is now charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He continues to be held without bail in the Clark County Jail, with formal arraignment now set for August 1st.

The victims in the case are now being identified; it’s now reported that 31 year-old Breanne Leigh is the woman who drove to the gas station, bleeding profusely after having been shot in the face. Clark County SWAT was activated and went to the house, where they found Joseph Mark Lamar, 38, and Zachary David Thompson, 36, dead in the driveway. The body of Janell Renee Knight, 43, was found inside the house; all three had been shot in the head. They say that Lamar and Knight lived together at the house, while Thompson and Leigh lived in Camas. The motive for the shooting is still unclear at this time, but it’s noted that Luyster has an extensive and violent criminal history.

More Charges

It’s now being reported that additional charges of theft and identity theft are being filed against Doneia Santiago, 53, of Salkum, as an investigation shows that she stole additional money from the City of Mossyrock. Santiago was arrested late last month, accused of stealing funds from Mossyrock, while working in her job as the Mossyrock City Clerk, Treasurer and Parks Manager. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the additional charges being filed, saying that additional thefts were discovered. It’s now claimed that Santiago had made a payroll transfer to herself on June 20th; it’s also alleged that Santiago used personal mortgage payments, using a City of Mossyrock account number to access the money. The mortgage payments total nearly $33,000. An additional 18 counts of second-degree theft and first-degree identity theft are being filed against Santiago; her next court hearing is scheduled for August 4th.

Women Rescued

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports that four young women got lost Sunday night near Scappoose Bay, and were found safely yesterday morning. They say that the four women went kayaking Sunday afternoon, but then they got lost around 8:30 pm. The women got out of the water and were pulling their kayaks through the grass when they called for help around 11 pm. 911 dispatchers asked them to start yelling, and a local rancher was able to hear them at about 12:30 yesterday morning. They say that the rancher used a canoe to help shuttle the women back to safety; all were cold, hungry and tired, but they were unhurt.

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Clatskanie PO Award

The new Clatskanie Post Office is being honored with a special award, singled out as one of just ten post offices across the country to be recognized for its recycling program. The Clatskanie Chief reports that the Clatskanie Post Office is receiving a Postmaster General Sustainability Excellence Award, honored for the recycling program that’s been set up. Postal employees say that the program started with the idea of reducing the amount of material going to the landfill, so they set up additional collection bins for customers and for the public; they say that the program is simple and effective. This program is reportedly being used as a model for post offices all across the state.

Army Concerts

There are a pair of special concerts taking place tonight and tomorrow in Clatskanie, shows that will feature “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band. A 13-member musical performance team called “General Dischord” will be performing tonight at the Birkenfeld Theatre in Clatskanie, a show that will feature a variety of classical, contemporary and movie tunes. That show starts at 7 pm tonight; admission is free, but seating is limited, so you’ll need to get a ticket at Hump’s Restaurant, or by calling 503-728-3403. Tomorrow night, the full 40-piece Empire Builders Concert Band will perform in the Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center at Clatskanie Middle-High School; showtime is at 7 pm, and admission is free.

KLOG Tuesday Sports

The West Coast League All-Star Game is tonight at LCC’s Story Field. The game begins at 7:05 pm and will be preceded by the WCL Home Run Derby at 6 pm. Yeager Taylor of the Black Bears and Kelso HS player Zach Threlfall will be swinging for the fences in the Derby. Kenyon Yovan, Parker McFadden, Weston Hatten and Andy Armstrong will represent the Bears along with head coach Grady Tweit…..Adam Lind’s three-run, walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Mariners a 4-3 win over Chicago. The M’s had been held to just one hit by Chris Sale until waking up against White Sox closer David Robertson in the 9th. The teams play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Hilander Dental Senior Legion team plays a non-league game at 5:30 pm in Yelm against Puget Sound.

Woodland Shootings

A man who was previously accused of pistol-whipping a former girlfriend is now being held on multiple counts of homicide, accused of shooting four people at a home outside of Woodland, killing three of them. This case got started at about 10:20 pm last Friday night, when a women with a gunshot wound to her face showed up at the AM/PM on CC Street in Woodland. She was able to give information that additional victims were at a home in the 4000 block of Northwest 417th Street, located in the Clark County portion of Woodland. Three bodies were found at that location, while Brent Ward Luyster, 35, was identified as the suspect in the case. Acting on a tip, Luyster was found and arrested at about 4:15 pm on Saturday, driving on Ocean Beach Highway near Stella. Authorities say that two men and one woman were found dead at the Woodland location, all with gunshot wounds. Names of the victims have not yet been released, while Luyster is being held without bail in the Clark County Jail on four counts of first-degree murder, and for illegal possession of a firearm, while the investigation continues. Luyster had been free on bail after being charged with assault in the pistol-whipping of an ex-girlfriend, an incident that took place back on May 16th.

Car Fight

James Herbert Zile, 72, of Longview is under arrest after a fight over repairs on a classic car got out of hand, with a gun being pulled and threats being made. Around 4:40 pm on Saturday, Longview Police were called about a possible burglary going on at a home in the 3200 block of Washington Way. Those on the scene reported that two men were fighting, and one of them had a gun. It was reported that this was a dispute over work being done on a classic car. Longview Police did take a Ruger .357 Magnum pistol into custody during this incident; Zile was eventually arrested and is now being held on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and felony harassment, also with a firearm enhancement. This investigation is continuing.

Gang Graffiti

Longview Police responded to a gang graffiti spree that was reported over the weekend in Longview. At least 15 locations were hit with graffiti, spread across locations in the Highlands and other spots in the southern portion of Longview. No suspects have been identified.