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Faith Family Theft

March 26th, 2015

Nicholas Jay Taylor, 37, is being charged with second-degree theft, after he allegedly tried to steal a pair of guitars from the Faith Family Christian Center at 38th and Ocean Beach Highway. Daycare Director Rick Giles called 911 just before noon, saying that he caught a man trying to leave the building with the guitars. Giles says that he was able to recover the instruments, while the suspect rode off on a bicycle. Giles tried to follow the suspect in his pickup, and was able to direct officers to an area off of 32nd and Oak Street. Officers say that they found Taylor hiding in a shed in the 3200 block of Ohio, and he was arrested at that time. Taylor is currently being held without bail, pending his first court appearance.

Douglas Street Fire

March 26th, 2015

The Longview Fire Department is still trying to figure out why a couch caught fire early yesterday morning in an apartment on Douglas Street. A man called 911 from the Clearview Apartments at about 12:30 yesterday morning, saying that he saw smoke coming from underneath a door of one of the units. The man says that he tried to rouse the resident, but no one answered; the man was also unable to get inside. He called 911, and then worked to help evacuate other apartment units. Longview Fire cress arrived and used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. Damage was mainly limited to the couch and the room where the fire started. A neighboring unit has some very light smoke damage. No injuries were reported.

Launcher Found

March 26th, 2015

Things are back to normal at a home on Clearview Drive in Longview, after the resident called 911 yesterday afternoon, reporting that he had come upon a grenade and a rocket launcher inside the building. The man called 911 shortly after 4 yesterday afternoon, reporting the discovery of the military items. The house was evacuated and secured, while the Portland Police Bomb Squad was called in. They arrived a couple of hours later, confirmed that the devices were inert, and then removed them around 6:30 pm. It’s still not known where the devices came from.

Bear Spray Attack

March 26th, 2015

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is looking into an alleged assault from earlier this week, where someone apparently used bear spray in an attempt to rob a pizza delivery driver. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown says that the incident took place Monday afternoon, as the driver was taking a pizza to a home on Gleason Road in Centralia. A man named “Anthony Kramer” had ordered the pizza, and as the driver was pulling on Gleason Road, a man stepped into the roadway. As the driver pulled over, the suspect walked up to the car, said “Sorry I have to do this,” and then sprayed the driver in the face with the “bear deterrent spray>” Despite being sprayed, the victim drove after the suspect, who jumped into a waiting car then drove off. The victim declined medical treatment; contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office if you have information on this incident.

Burma Road Update

March 26th, 2015

Donations to help a family that lost their home in a fire last Friday on Burma Road are now being accepted. The fire is being characterized as “accidental,” but resulted in the total loss of the mobile home that Tony Stewart, 55, and his wife were living in. Stewart was also treated for smoke inhalation, as he tried to put the fire out himself. It’s reported that Stewart and his wife are now staying with his mother, who also lives at the Paradise Cove RV Park on Burma Road. Stewart says that he and his wife are in need of clothing, bedding and other personal care items. Donations can be dropped off at space 3 at the RV park on Burma Road.

February Jobless Stats

March 26th, 2015

Unemployment in Cowlitz County dipped a bit in February, going from 9.3 percent to an even 9 percent. Scott Bailey with Employment Security says that non-farm employment held steady during the month, with only minor changes reported in four main sectors. Year-to-year, payrolls in Cowlitz County have grown by 2,100 jobs, a growth rate of 5.1 percent. The 9 percent number is nearly a full point lower than the same time last year. Bailey also says that the labor force and resident employment numbers for the local area are being revised upward, while the numbers of new and continuing unemployment claims continues to be at “very low levels.”

Parks Board Deadline

March 26th, 2015

Today is the deadline for applications to the Longview Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. This board performs studies and makes recommendations to the Longview City Council in regard to use and management of Longview’s park properties. The Longview Parks Board meets once per month, at 6 pm on the third Monday of each month, at the Parks and Recreation Building on Douglas Street. Applicants must be Longview residents. Applications need to be in to the Longview Executive Office at the City Hall by the close of business today. You can download a form from the City of Longview web page, or call 442-5004 for more information.

School Cam Report

March 26th, 2015

Longview Police are out with their Year 4 Report on the city’s school zone speed photo enforcement program, reporting that school zone speeding violations are continuing to decline. The Longview Police Department reports that in 2014, there were 10,182 ticketed violations in the six school zones that are monitored with cameras. In the CVG School Zone, the number of violations dropped by 28 percent between 2013 and 2014. In the Mint Valley School Zone, the number of speeders dropped by 20 percent. Chief Jim Duscha says that they have consistently seen reductions of 20 to 32 percent in each year of the program, which helps to improve safety for kids and others who are in those school zones. At this time, he says that the program is a success. The Year 4 report is available on-line on the Longview Police Department web page.

Countdown to Kindergarten

March 26th, 2015

If you live in the Longview School District and you have a child that will be going into kindergarten in the fall, then you’ll want to go to the “Countdown to Kindergarten” event that’s planned for this evening at your neighborhood elementary school. District officials say that you’ll be able to register your child for school, while also meeting the school principal and staff. Kids will receive a free picture book and activity packet, and you’ll also get other key information about starting school. You should bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and immunization records, along with utility bills or other documents that verify your residency. Go to the Longview Schools web page for more information.

Danny Wing Pleads Guilty

March 25th, 2015

Danny Wing, 26, of Vader is pleading guilty to several charges connected to the death of a three year-old boy that he and his wife were taking care of at their home. The Centralia Chronicle reports that Danny Wing accepted a plea agreement, and is now pleading guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter-domestic violence, and third-degree domestic violence assault, in connection with the November 7th death of three year-old Jasper Henderling Warner. Danny Wing and his wife, Brenda Wing, had been asked by the boy’s mother to care for him while she looked for housing in the Vancouver area. It’s also being reported that Brenda Wing refused this same plea agreement, and that Danny Wing will testify for the prosecution when she goes to trial on homicide by abuse charges. First-degree manslaughter carries a possible sentence of life in prison, but prosecutors plan to ask for a term of 16 years. Sentencing is currently set for May 7th, but it will probably be set over until Brenda Wing’s case is concluded.