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Dike Road Rollover

April 20th, 2015

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a rollover crash from yesterday evening near Woodland, a collision that eventually led to the death of one man. Deputies and aid personnel were called to the 2200 block of Dike Road just after 6 pm, where it was reported that a 1969 Ford Bronco had rolled several times, going through a fence. Both male passengers and a dog were at least partially ejected, with the Bronco’s wheel coming to rest on the leg of one of the men. Those on the scene also reported that the pinned man also had head trauma, including a deer antler that had pierced the back of his head. That man was eventually freed and was taken by LifeFlight to Southwest Washington Medical Center in critical condition; hospital officials say that he died overnight. The second man was had only minor injuries, while the dog was unhurt. Deputies continue to investigate; they say it appears that speed and alcohol may have been factors. Names have not yet been released.

Fir Fire

April 20th, 2015

Longview Fire crews were called out late last night, after a fire was reported at a home in the 3000 block of Fir Street. Around 11:25 pm, residents of the home called 911, saying that the house was filling with smoke. A second call came in a couple of minutes later, saying that flames could be seen near an air conditioner that was in a window of the home. The residents were able to safely evacuate; no other details have been released as of yet.

Columbia Trailer Park Incident

April 20th, 2015

Longview Police are working to find a man and a woman who are connected to an injury hit-and-run collision that took place yesterday afternoon at the Columbia Trailer Park on Oregon Way. The incident took place just before 1 pm; witnesses tell Longview Police that a woman was outside of a car, arguing with the male and female occupants over a cell phone. The woman allegedly told the older male driver to take off, and when they did that, the victim fell down. The car supposedly ran over the woman’s knee as the suspects were leaving the park. The victim was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment, while police continue their efforts in locating the driver and the other woman.

Crime Tip Program

April 20th, 2015

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the rollout of a new non-emergency crime-fighting tool that you can use right from your cell phone. The Sheriff’s Office is contracting for a new phone app called “tip411,” and is available for both Apple and Android phones. By using the “tip411” app, you can simply text crime information to the Sheriff’s Office. You can text to 847411, and begin your message with “CCSOtip,”, or simply go to “tip411” on your app provider, and then download “CCSOtip.” That will connect you directly to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office tipline, and you can also opt in for other selected alerts. Sheriff Mark Nelson says that this is simply another method for trying to connect to the people that his office serves. At this time, only the Sheriff’s Office is offering this service; Nelson says that they’re the guinea pig on this, but they will forward tips for major crimes that occur in the areas covered by other agencies, but they can’t cover all crimes inside city limits, due to limitations on the contract. He also emphasizes that this is only for non-emergency situations; be sure to call 911 immediately in the event of an emergency.

JHB and Sales Taxes

April 20th, 2015

Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler went to bat for residents of Washington, speaking to the entire House in support of a bill that would permanently extend the sales and local tax deduction in this state. In states with their own income taxes, residents are allowed to deduct those taxes from their federal tax returns. Over the years, Washington’s Congressional delegation has had to fight each year to preserve the ability for Washington residents to be able to have that deduction for state and local sales taxes. In 2012, nearly 28 percent of Washington residents were able to claim that deduction, cutting an average of $602 from their federal return. The bill to make the deduction permanent passed the House on a 273-152 vote, and now awaits action in the Senate.

Family Finance Deadline

April 20th, 2015

Today is the deadline to get signed up for Thursday evening’s “Family Finance Challenge,” an interactive event that’s being put on by the Cowlitz Asset Building Coalition and Lower Columbia CAP. Fibre Federal Credit Union is teaming up with LCC, CAP and other local financial and social service agencies to put on this event for the entire family. They say that this will get the whole family talking about money, as they work to show that “finances can be fun!” The Family Finance Challenge will run from 6 to 8 pm this Thursday night, in the LCC Student Center. It’s free to take part, but you do need to sign up in advance. Call 425-3430, extension 248 to get registered.

Hooker Pride

April 20th, 2015

You have to admire it when someone takes pride in their chosen vocation; someone called Longview Police about a Craigslist ad that they saw yesterday, as they were looking for craftsmen to do some work on their house. In the listings, they came upon a Longview-based ad that appears to be for a prostitute, soliciting for business. The ad was posted under the “skilled trade services” heading on the Craigslist page.

Body Found

April 17th, 2015

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of a man’s body, reported yesterday morning by a fisherman near Kalama. The angler called 911 at about 7 yesterday morning, after he reported finding the badly decomposed body on the river bank, about a mile south of Kalama. So far, there’s no information on the identity of the person, or on the cause and manner of death. The Cowlitz County Coroner now has possession of the body, and is working to determine the identity of the person, along with information on how that person died.

DAPC Scare

April 17th, 2015

Kelso Police are working to find the person who left a suspicious package behind the Drug Abuse Prevention Center building on Grade Street, an incident that prompted the calling of the Portland Police Bomb Squad. The package was reported at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon; the 911 caller says that there was a box covered in tape, with a note that said “Don’t touch if you want to live.” The area was evacuated as the call went to Portland Police. The Bomb Squad arrived around 6 pm, and was able to confirm that the box was not dangerous. KPD is now working to find out who put the box in that location.

K-9 Arrest

April 17th, 2015

Samuel William Skondin, 40, of Ferndale is under arrest after a trespassing incident and K-9 search near the Millennium Bulk Terminal facility on Industrial Way. Around 2:20 yesterday morning, a security officer reported making contact with a man who had been hiding on their property. The man ran off after being spotted. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s K-9 “Fritz” was called in, along with Deputy Brent Harris, his handler. Deputies found some pipes piled near a fence, where it appears that someone was trying to steal them. They also found a hole in the fence, which the suspect had used as an escape route. Fritz tracked the suspect across Industrial Way and into some brush, where Skondin was found and arrested. He’s now being held on a single count of second-degree burglary, with bail set at $15,000.