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Naked Woman Arrested

September 29th, 2014

Katherine Joan Sage, 38, of Longview is under arrest after an incident reported yesterday morning in the 2800 block of Field Street, where a resident reported that a nude woman was going into people’s yards. This was reported to Longview Police just before 5 yesterday morning; Officers responded and made contact with Sage, and found that she had several outstanding warrants. A portable breath test also showed a blood alcohol level of .187. Sage was arrested on warrants from District Court and from Longview Police for driving while suspended, DUI, and ignition interlock violation. Bail on those warrants total 15-hundred-50 dollars; so far, no charges for public indecency have been filed.

Victims ID’d

September 29th, 2014

County Coroner Tim Davidson says that they have been able to confirm the identities of the man and woman that were killed in last Tuesday’s head-on crash west of Longview, also saying that both were killed instantly in the collision. The investigation shows that Nanette Lamie-Bupp, 63, of Cathlamet was at the wheel, and tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone when she collided with Russell Gilchrist, 68, of Longview. Davidson says Lamie-Bupp and her passenger, Michael Lee Howell, 51, of Cathlamet died from “traumatic blunt force injuries,” and also suffered “full-body deep tissue thermal defects” after their car burst into flames. Dental records, skeletal and bone comparisons were used to confirm the identities. Samples were taken for routine toxicology testing, and should be back in six to eight weeks. Gilchrist continues to recover from chest and leg injuries he received in the collision.

Embezzlement Sentence

September 29th, 2014

A former employee of the Flying K gas station and convenience store in Toledo is going to prison for four years, and is also being ordered to pay $137,000 in restitution, after admitting that she had stolen thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets from the store. The Centralia Chronicle reports on last week’s restitution hearing involving Katrina M. Bowen, 37, of Winlock. Back in January, she was arrested after it was discovered that she had been scratching as many as 500 tickets per shift, going back to October of last year. Bowen also admitted that she had been pocketing cash from beer sales, and entered a guilty plea in April. Supposedly, Bowen said that she was doing this in retaliation for not getting any raises over the nine years that she had worked at the store. It’s speculated that Bowen will actually pay back very little of what she admitted to stealing from the store.

St. Helens Explosives Incident

September 29th, 2014

A 16 year-old from St. Helens is in the Cowlitz County Juvenile Detention Center, arrested Friday after the teen allegedly brought a home-made explosive device to school. St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss says that district staff contacted them around 8:30 Friday morning, after getting solid evidence about the student and the device. When confronted, the male student admitted he brought the device to school, and put it in his locker. The building was evacuated, with all students taken to Columbia City Elementary School. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called in, removed the device from the locker, and “rendered it safe.” The teen reportedly said that he and some friends had been involved in making their own fireworks, and he brought one of those items with him to school. Students returned to class at about 10:45 am. Moss says that the investigation is continuing, and it’s possible that other arrests could be made.

Cold Snap

September 29th, 2014

Another sign of the changing seasons sweeps into the area this week, as a cold front moves in today and tonight, dropping the freezing level and setting up the possibility of the season’s first snow at the ski resorts. The Weather Service says that a “narrow, but potent” cold front moves in today and tonight, with a brief period of rain today, followed by showers tomorrow. Snow levels will drop down as low as 5,500 feet tonight and tomorrow, and there could be a dusting at the higher elevations. After the precipitation, Wednesday night could be the coldest of the season so far, with lows in the upper 30’s in the outlying valleys, and low 40’s in the urban areas. There could be frost on some of the higher valleys, and people heading out on hiking and camping trips should prepare for this colder weather.

Burn Ban Lifted

September 29th, 2014

With the cooler and wetter weather over the past week or so, the Department of Natural Resources says that conditions have improved enough to lift the statewide ban on outdoor burning on lands managed by DNR. It’s emphasized that local restrictions are NOT affected by this action, and they also note that some areas of the state remain extremely dry. You’re advised to check with local authorities before starting any outdoor fires. Industrial forest operators also need to check on the Industrial Fire Precaution Level, and will need to comply with those guidelines in specific areas where they plan to work. More information is available on the DNR website.

Early Literacy Program

September 29th, 2014

Programs to help your small child to become a “Very Ready Reader” start today at the Longview Public Library, and run through the end of the year. “Fun Hours” is being held from 10 am until noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, intended for kids aged 5 and under. This is an unstructured free play time in a learning-rich pre-literacy environment. “Pajama Time” is held at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays, with volunteers telling bedtime stories for kids age 4 to 6. Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, it’s “Mother Goose Time” for babies from newborn to 24 months. Kids age 4 and up can take part in “Very Ready Readers” from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, while Thursdays will have “Preschool Storytime” at 10:30 to 11 am. “Toddler Time” runs from 10:30 to 11 am on Fridays, with nursery rhymes and interactive stories for 2 to 4 year-olds. All of these programs are free, but you will need to pre-register; do that by calling the Longview Library at 442-5301, or click on the “Kids” link on the Longview Library web page.

LCC Award

September 29th, 2014

Lower Columbia College is once again bringing in national recognition, honored last week as one of only 16 colleges across the country as a Leader College by the Achieving the Dream organization. This is a national designation presented to certain community colleges that are showing improved student success, also presenting clear evidence that their efforts are resulting in improved student performance. Specifically, Achieving the Dream is recognizing LCC’s efforts to help students in completing college math requirements. LCC President Chris Bailey says that the Leader College designation recognizes the innovative work and dedication to helping students succeed that’s shown by LCC’s faculty and staff. “Achieving the Dream, Inc.” is a national non-profit founded by the Gates and Lumina Foundations.

Freeway Collisions

September 26th, 2014

Traffic is moving normally once again on I-5 southbound near Kalama, after a car-versus-semi collision that took place this morning near milepost 30. At about 5:25 am, a semi driver called 911, saying that a passenger car had hit his truck, and then spun out. The truck driver also reported that the southbound lanes were blocked after the collision. State Troopers say that there are injuries, but we don’t know the extent of those injuries. One person was transported to the hospital after the crash. Traffic is moving once again, but there are areas of standing water and slick roadways, so you’re going to want to slow down and increase your following distances.

One person is recovering from minor injuries after a strong storm cell knocked trees onto southbound I-5 near Kalama yesterday afternoon, damaging a van while also leading to several other crashes. All three southbound lanes were shut down near exit 32 around 4:30 pm, when a cottonwood tree fell onto a van. No one in the van was hurt, but one person was injured in one of several chain-reaction crashes that happened shortly afterward. Troopers say that the unidentified person received minor injuries, and was taken to Saint John Medical Center for treatment. Also around this time, there were two more collisions down by milepost 16, near Ridgefield, and then a fifth car spun out on the freeway near milepost 18. Traffic on the southbound freeway started moving again around 5:30 pm. State Troopers say that the exact reason for the tree to fall over hasn’t been determined, but there were some strong storm cells moving through around that time, with heavy rain and gusty winds blowing through the area at that time.

Remains ID’d

September 26th, 2014

Skeletal remains found back in February on Little Hanaford Road near Centralia have been identified as those of an 18 year-old Spanaway man who has been missing since 2012. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported the identification yesterday, saying that the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification used family reference samples to identify the skeleton as that of Christopher D. Virdell of Spanaway. Family members reported Virdell as missing in February of 2012; on February 28th of this year, a man walking his dog found the remains on some property owned by Trans Alta. In the original statement about the discovery of the remains, Lewis County investigators say that it looked like they had been “dumped.” There’s still no word on the possible cause or manner of death. Lewis County Detectives are now working closely with Pierce County Detectives to try and determine what caused Virdell’s death.