Lower Columbia SWAT helped to take a robbery suspect into custody on Friday, helping to secure a residence on Oxbow Road near Woodland as search and arrest warrants were served. The Sheriff’s Office says that the robbery took place on the 11th at a home on the Lewis River Highway. The investigation led to the home on Oxbow Road, where the suspect, Jason C. Neal, 47, was located and arrested. He’s now being held without bail on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful possession of a gun and possession of illegal drugs. Jeremy Wayne Henry, 36, was also arrested on an unrelated warrant, and will face a new drug possession county. Undersheriff Marc Gilchrist says that this investigation is continuing, and additional arrests are expected.
Authorities are releasing additional information about the alleged child sex crimes that Mackully Anthony Jacob, 21, of Westport, Oregon, is being charged with, along with his wife, Bethany-Ann Jessup Jacob, 21. It’s now being alleged that husband and wife are both being charged with first-degree sodomy, accused of alleged oral sex activities with their then-infant daughter. The Clatskanie Chief reports that the alleged crimes reportedly took place in May of 2013, when both parents were high on Adderall. Mackully Jacob was arrested in Longview back on the 5th of this month; Bethany-Ann Jacob was arrested at her home in Westport on the same day. Both are now being held in the Clatsop County Jail, while the child is with Mackully Jacob’s parents in Columbia County.
Authorities in Wahkiakum County are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to establish a program for an ongoing beach nourishment program on Puget Island. The Wahkiakum County Eagle reports that beach erosion is once again threatening homes on East Sunny Sands Road, along with continuing erosion on the North Welcome Slough Road Dike, and along Ohrberg’s Beach. They say that the goal is to set up a continuing program to replenish those beaches, starting this year with Sunny Sands Beach. The County Commissioners also say that they’re working on a property assessment for parcels that are outside of the dike, to make sure that those property owners are contributing to the effort. Negotiations are continuing, along with the permitting process, and it’s hoped that an agreement can be developed in the next few weeks.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre is back in the area, recruiting kids in the Clatskanie area for an upcoming production of “Robin Hood.” Auditions are open for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade, and will be held today at 3:30 pm in the Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center, at Clatskanie Middle-High School. Approximately 50 kids are needed for the performances, which are scheduled for 7:30 pm on Friday, the 23rd and at 3 pm on Saturday in the CMHS Auditorium.
The Seattle Seahawks are going back to the Super Bowl after an incredible 28-22 OT victory over Green Bay yesterday. Down 16-0 and half and 19-7 with five minutes left, the Hawks saw a series of events take place to set up the game winning 35-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse in OT. The Hawks take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday February 1st…..The Blazers host the Sacramento Kings tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..The Huskies rallied to beat the Oregon Ducks 85-77 in men’s hoops last night…..Both Mark Morris teams will play today at the MLK games at the Showare Center in Kent. The MM girls play White River at 2 pm, followed the Monarchs boys against Tahoma at 3:30 pm. Both games can be heard on 101.5 FM The Wave.
The Weather Service says that there’s a threat of some flooding in this area over the next few days. A strong warm front is expected to move through the area tomorrow afternoon and evening, bringing 3 to 5 inches of rain, while also raising the snow level to about 7 thousand feet. At this time, they’re saying that Mount Rainier National Park should see the heaviest rain, but the area from Seattle southward could still get between 2 and 3 inches of rain. Some minor flooding is possible, mostly in the Pierce and Thurston County areas, but other streams coming off of Mount Rainier could also see some minor flooding.
Kelso Police say that a couple of men from Oregon were shoplifting some different items, reportedly trying to steal men’s suits from the J. C. Penney store at the Three Rivers Mall. Employees reported the theft shortly after 11 am, and they were able to get a license number of the suspects’ car as they left the scene, saying that they had Oregon plates. State Troopers stopped that car on I-5 southbound near Kalama, and that’s where Terrance Ray Bradley, 48, of Gresham and Edward Lewis Johnson, 50, of Portland were arrested. The stolen suits were recovered; their car was seized and a large of amount of cash was taken. Both men are being charged with organized retail theft and second-degree theft; Bradley is also facing a drug charge.
Oregon State Police continue to investigate yesterday morning’s head-on collision on Highway 30 about five miles east of Clatskanie, injuring one person. The crash took place about 5 miles east of town, a few minutes after 8 am. Few details are being released at this time, but they do say that one person was seriously injured, with rescuers needing to cut that person out of the wrecked vehicle. It’s also reported that one person was cited for failing to stay in their own lane of travel. Identities have not yet been released. Additional information could be released later today.
Jeffrey Tester, 32, of Vader is being charged with DUI, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving while suspended after he allegedly caused a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon on State Route 503 north of Battle Ground. State Troopers say that Tester was southbound on SR 503, about 7 miles north of Battle Ground, at about 5:15 pm. Tester’s car reportedly went over the center line, and crashed head-on with a pickup driven by James Davison, 55, of Yacolt. Tester, Davison and Heather Johnson, 26, of Vader were all taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment. Following his treatment at the hospital, Tester was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail.
There was quite a buzz at the old Fir Street Medical Complex yesterday, as the grand opening of the new Cowlitz County Veterans Service Center was held. Amber Rosewood is the Secretary for the Veterans Service Center, and she says that they’re already getting great interest from local veterans. Veterans and families of veterans can now come to the Veterans Service Center and connect to a wide variety of resources; Rosewood says that the Center will also help veterans build positive and productive relationships, while also overcoming barriers as they reintegrate into community living. The Cowlitz County Veterans Service Center is open from 11 am until 2 pm Monday through Friday, located at 1005 Fir Street in Longview. Get more information by going to the CCVSC web page.