Richard Michael Mitcham, 42, of Longview is in custody, picked up yesterday afternoon as Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a possible “shots fired” incident. Around 2:40 yesterday afternoon, a 911 call came in from the 100 block of Alpha Drive, with the caller saying that he had heard some “yelling,” followed by what he described as four or five gunshots. Deputies responded and checked the area, but didn’t find any evidence of a shooting. They did meet with Mitcham, and found that he had a warrant for failing to appear in court. Deputies also say that Mitcham gave some false information during their first contact. Mitcham was arrested without further incident; he’s now being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on the warrant and a new charge of obstructing an officer.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is out with an alert, trying to track down the rightful owners of a large amount of recovered stolen jewelry. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown says that numerous pieces were recovered at the end of a complex and lengthy investigation, which covered several weeks. It’s thought that most of the stolen material was taken from the east end of Lewis County over the past year. Brown says that the items were recovered last Friday, when Detectives went to a home in Glenoma. Hundreds of pieces have been recovered, and it’s thought that many of the victims may not even realize that these items are missing. If you think that you’re missing some jewelry, contact Detective Gene Seiber at 360-740-1324; you will need to provide a detailed description of the jewelry prior to it being released.
Maintenance work on the Fishers Lane Intake could cause some traffic congestion today at the intersection of Fishers Lane and West Side Highway. Work is scheduled to run from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm today and tomorrow. Flaggers will be on site to control traffic during this work. Use alternate routes to avoid possible delays and problems.
There’s a Community Workshop planned for this evening at the Sauvie Island Academy, where Multnomah County officials will talk about traffic issues on the island. Local residents will have the chance to discuss ways to reduce conflicts between different modes of traffic, increase safety and propose solutions. This workshop runs from 5 to 7 pm and is open to anyone interested.
At today’s Community Conversation lecture, LCC Speech Instructor Dan Schabot will be presenting a talk entitled “Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape: An Analysis of Superman’s Image.” The free lecture will start at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts.
Kelso High School’s Elise Baron continues to impress with her artistic skills, as she is selected as one of 16 winners in the 42nd annual Superintendent of Public Instruction Art Show. Baron won with her piece titled “Fur Elise,” presented with this year’s Washington Association of School Administrators Award. Baron wins $200, and WASA will keep the piece in the agency’s permanent collection. Baron and the other winners will be honored tomorrow afternoon at a reception at the OSPI offices in Olympia.
The records just keep falling at the Port of Longview, as they report another record year for income, saying that they cleared nearly $9.5 million in 2014. CEO Geir Kalhagen says that it just shows how hard people are working at the Port of Longview. The Port is reporting total net income of $9.489 million, compared to net income of $4.7 million in 2013. Operating revenues were up 22 percent over 2013, more than $38.5 million. Import tonnage came in at just over 155,000 metric tons, which is 92 percent of the import tonnage handled in 2013. Export tonnage was slightly over the 2013 totals, with more than 8 million metric tons moving out across the docks in Longview; in 2013, that number was just less than 7.9 million metric tons. Port officials say that the work continues to improve on these numbers by retaining current customers, and by attracting new cargoes.
Longview Police continue to investigate a two-car crash that took place yesterday morning at the intersection of 14th and Fir, a crash that sent one person to the hospital. It’s reported that one driver ran a red light, colliding with a pickup that was coming through the intersection at the same time. Neither driver was injured in the collision, but a passenger in one of the vehicles was taken to Saint John Medical Center with injuries that are not considered to be serious. Names have not yet been released; police also have not announced if any citations are being issued.
A Longview woman is being referred to the FBI after she reported being the victim of an internet scam. The woman contacted Longview Police yesterday afternoon, saying that she had responded to a Craigslist ad, looking for a job. The woman says that she had been contacted by what she thought was a legitimate charity, who had asked her to cash a check for three thousand dollars, and then send them the money. Afterward, the woman’s bank informed her that the check was bogus, and her account was overdrawn. Given the suspected location of the people involved, Longview Police referred the woman to the Feds.
As day two of the 2015 Candidate Filing Week wraps up, we now have some contested races starting to shape up. Bruce Rader is challenging incumbent Kalama Port Commissioner Randy Sweet, while Kalama City Council member Donald Purvis filed for re-election. He’s being challenged by Rosemary Siipola. Incumbent Cowlitz 2 Fire Commissioner Bill Hallanger also has a challenger, as Curtis Hart of Kelso files for that non-partisan position. Current Kelso Mayor David Futcher is also planning to run for another term on the Kelso City Council; he is unchallenged at this time. Filing continues through 5 pm on Friday. The primary election will be held Tuesday, August 4th, and the General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd.