A 14 year-old girl is now being charged in connection with the weapon incident that led to a lockdown of R. A. Long High School on the 16th of last month. The Daily News has the update on this incident, where the school was locked down when students reported seeing a handgun in the backpack of a student. Authorities now say that the girl brought the realistic Airsoft pistol to school in her pack; a 15 year-old male student reportedly took the gun out to examine it. Late last month, charges against the male student were dismissed, and he was put into a diversion program. It’s being reported that the girl is being charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school property, and she is pleading “not guilty” to that charge. Both students have been expelled from school, and have not yet returned to class. No trial date has been set as of yet.
Sheriff’s Deputies met with a Woodland-area man yesterday morning, after firefighters reported that the man was making threats to shoot down a LifeFlight helicopter. Deputies were called to the three thousand block of Lewis River Road at about 11 yesterday morning, after firefighters reported hearing the threats. The man was reported to be upset, because the helicopter was scaring his horses. When Deputies questioned the man, he said that he thought that the helicopter was from a TV news crew, and they were bothering his animals. The man assured Deputies that he was just upset, and he had no intention of shooting anything. Deputies made sure to remind the man that making these kind of threats could get him into some serious trouble.
A young man living on Butte Hill Road near Woodland reports being the victim of a Craigslist scam. The man called the Sheriff’s Office shortly after 2 pm yesterday, saying that he had responded to an ad that he thought was from Rockstar energy drinks. The advertiser was offering “sponsorships,” saying that they would pay people to put Rockstar decals on their sports cars. The man signed up, and he was sent a check for just over $2,400. He put that check into his parents’ checking account, and the check cleared initially. The man then took $1,900, and went to Walmart to transfer that money to “Rockstar.” He was told to keep $500 for himself. The check from “Rockstar” eventually bounced, and the family is now out that cash. The young man turned over all of the contact information he had, but the number goes to a Google Voice account, which is not being answered. No suspects have been identified.
Five companies are getting word that they’re moving to the next level in the process connected to leasing and management of the Cowlitz County-owned Headquarters Landfill. The Cowlitz County Commissioners now reports that letters were sent to Waste Control and Recycling, Waste Management, Recology, Waste Connections and Republic Services, informing the companies that they have been selected as one of the companies that could be selected to lease and-or manage the facility near Castle Rock. Three other companies were eliminated from consideration. Details of the letters have not yet been released.
Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is sending a sternly-worded letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, coming out on behalf of rural counties that she claims are being hurt by recent decisions on Marbled Murrelet habitat. Recently, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent letters to Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties, asking that they set aside additional state trust land as Murrelet habitat. In the letter to Zinke, Beutler asks why Pacific and Wahkiakum counties have to bear the financial burdens, while the Puget Sound area is ignored. She wonders if the decisions from the agency are based on politics, or on science. So far, there’s been no response from Zinke’s office.
Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 39 points in the 4th quarter as the Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Lakers 108-103 last night. It’s Portland’s 7th straight win and the 15th consecutive victory over the Lakers. Portland host the New York Knicks tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..Killian Tillie missed just one shot as he scored 26 points leading Gonzaga over San Francisco 88-60 in the WCC tournament. The Zags meet BYU for the title tonight at 6 pm…..Multiple reports are out there about Ichiro and the Mariners agreeing to a one-year deal to return to Seattle. Ichiro, 44, would return as a reserve outfielder. The M’s and Rockies play a Cactus League game this afternoon in Peoria…..The NFL Network reports it’s highly unlikely that the Seahawks would re-sign TE Jimmy Graham.
The Longview School District is announcing some administrative changes, starting with a new Principal at Mark Morris High School. Superintendent Dan Zorn says that Phil Suek is announcing his resignation, effective August 31st, as he plans to “pursue other opportunities.” By the end of this summer, Suek will have worked in education for 30 years, starting as an English teacher and a coach before moving into administration. Suek has been the Mark Morris Principal since 2012. Assistant Principal Brooks Cooper is being promoted to follow Suek. Zorn says the process for finding a new Assistant Principal is now under way.
Long-time Longview School District Communications and Technology Director Sandy Catt is announcing her retirement. Catt says that she plans to leave on June 30th, after 33 years with Longview Schools. Catt started with the Longview School District in 1985, working on district communications, publications, emergency response protocols and volunteer program management. In 2008, she was also appointed to manage the IT operations for the district. Her replacement has not yet been announced.
Longview City Council member Ken Botero says that his monthly Community Forum will be in a different place today, moving to the McClelland Arts Center. Botero says that he’s responding to a number of requests to discuss biking and walking trails in the city, bringing in several presenters to discuss different thoughts and concerns. He says that this will be for discussion only, and he emphasizes that no decisions can be made. The free meeting at the McClelland Arts Center starts at 10 am; anyone interested is invited to attend.
A series of workshops on growing berries in the local area starts tonight, and will run for the next two nights, as well. The Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners are hosting the workshops, starting this evening with a session on successfully raising raspberries. They’ll have information on the varieties that will thrive in this area, proper planting, and the right ways to care for those plants to get a successful crop. Tonight’s workshop will focus on raspberries, tomorrow night will deal with strawberries, and Thursday night’s workshop will be working on blueberries. All of the classes will be held in the Cowlitz County Training Center, next to the Hall of Justice, and all start at 6 pm. There is a nominal fee to attend. Call 360-577-3014, extension 3, to sign up and to get more information.
A memorable year of prep basketball was completed with the Kelso boys taking 6th and the Mark Morris boys taking 3rd at the WIAA State tourneys. Both teams captured the hearts of supporters with great play at State…..The Blazers take on the Lakers in Los Angeles tonight, KLOG 6:35 pm…..Gonzaga takes on San Francisco tonight at 6 pm at the WCC tournament in Las Vegas…..The Oregon women’s team won the Pac-12 tournament with a 77-57 victory over Stanford…..The NWAC draws were held yesterday. The LCC women open up Sweet 16 action against North Idaho Thursday at 12 pm. The LCC men will also play North Idaho Saturday at 10 pm…..The LCC softball team split a DH at Shoreline yesterday. Bri Harvill of LCC had a huge day going 5 for 8 with seven RBI’s.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a shooting from early on Saturday morning, working to determine if the story is accurate. At about 2:10 Saturday morning, a woman called 911 from her home in the 1200 block of West Side Highway, reporting that a man was screaming outside of her apartment. When she opened her door, the woman reported that the man claimed that he had been shot in the face. Deputies arrived on the scene, and eventually found the man. They say that he was bleeding under his right eye, and the injury was originally described as a gunshot wound. The man was taken to St. John Medical Center, where he told authorities that the suspect told him “he was going to come back and finish the job.” As the investigation continued, Deputies say that some inconsistencies started coming up, and they’re not so sure that the circumstances are as they were originally described. Detectives continue to follow up.