The man who is accused of pistol-whipping his girlfriend while she slept on a couch in his house is pleading “not guilty” to charges of second-degree assault, illegal possession of a gun and felony harassment. There’s a story in today’s Daily News about the arraignment of Brent Ward Luyster, 35, who allegedly beat his 32 year-old girlfriend in the face and head as she slept on a sofa at his home on Solo Drive. It’s also claimed that Luyster dragged the woman down the hallway by her hair. Luyster is pleading “not guilty” to all charges, and his trial is currently scheduled for July 18th.
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The Longview City Council meets tonight, with another packed agenda on tap. There’s a 6 pm workshop session, where the Council will meet with and will discuss membership in the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments. Earlier in the year, Council member Scott Vydra wondered what the city was getting out of its membership in the COG, and wondered if the city should consider dropping out. Tonight’s workshop will have background and information about the COG and Longview’s involvement.
At the regular 7 pm meeting, there will be a presentation from Comcast, as they present their sponsorship for several Parks and Recreation events and there’s a public hearing on this year’s HOME fund allocations. The Council will be asked to act on a new zoning code chapter that would allow for farmers’ markets to be held at religious establishments or on school grounds, and the Council will decide if they will alter the ordinance on the Public Safety Fund, to allow for the use of that money to remodel the Police Station. City staff is also recommending that the traffic signal at 30th and Pacific Way be fully restored; action is also planned on that. Both the 6 pm workshop and the 7 pm regular meeting are open to the public.
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19 retirees with a combined 480 years of service to Longview Schools are being honored today at a reception that’s being held at the Longview School District offices on Lilac Street. This runs from 4 to 5:30 pm, with presentations and recognition of the retirees set for 4:30. The community is invited to come by and help honor these people; refreshments will be served.
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Today’s Community Conversation lecture at LCC will feature a panel discussion; today’s topic is titled “Transgressing Boy and Girl Boxes: Expectations and Violations.” Psychology instructor Michael Strayer, political science instructor David Benson and English instructor Nicole DiGerlando will be involved in today’s panel, which will start at noon in Room 101 at the Health and Science Building at LCC. Admission is free; remember that this is adult content, and may not be appropriate for children.
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Adam Lind hit two homers and drove in six runs to lead the Mariners to a 13-3 win over the Oakland A’s. The M’s have today off……The NWAC Baseball championship tournament is underway at Story Field with four games today. The defending champion Lower Columbia Red Devils take on Bellevue tonight at 7:35 pm, KLOG 7:30 pm…..The Rainier baseball team beat Salem Academy 6-4 to advance to the Oregon 3A State quarterfinals. The Rainier softball team blanked Enterprise 9-0 to also advance to the Q Finals…..Austin White of Mark Morris shot a 77 yesterday to take third at the State 2A boys golf tourney. Troy Parrish of R.A. Long had a 79 and took 27th place…..The UW women’s golf team captured its first NCAA title at the Eugene Country Club.
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The crowd was huge and motivated, but was also well-behaved, with at least a thousand people descending on the County Expo Center for the first of three public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Coal Export Terminal that Millennium Bulk Terminals is proposing for construction. Those for the project wore blue, while opponents wore red; Millennium CEO Bill Chapman says that this is a good project, bringing good jobs to the area. Red-wearing opponents came from all around the region, including Aji Piper of Seattle, who says that the project is a hazard to the environment. The second of the three public hearings will be held tomorrow in Spokane, followed by a third hearing on Thursday, June 2nd in Pasco. All three hearings will have the same format, going from 1 to 9 pm. Presentations are planned at 1 and 5 pm, with public comment taken after each presentation. There’s a break from 4 to 5 pm, and there’s a two-minute limit on testimony. If you can’t make one of these hearings, written comments can be submitted on-line, or by mail.
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Longview Police say that a suspect has been identified in connection with an incident at the Saint Helens Shopping Center, where a shoplifting suspect allegedly hit an employee, and then nearly ran over that person as they tried to intervene. This incident was reported at about 9:25 yesterday morning, as a store employee tried to stop someone that was suspected of shoplifting. The employee claims that the suspect hit her when she tried to stop the man, and then the suspect almost ran over the employee as he drove out of the parking lot. Using photos from the store security video, Longview Police say that they have been able to identify the suspect, but that person is still at large this morning.
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Several arrests were reported yesterday by the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit. Around 12:20 yesterday afternoon, detectives served a search warrant at 3163 Hemlock Street, where they claim to have found heroin, meth and prescription drugs that didn’t have a valid prescription. Police also seized drug paraphernalia, scales and other items related to the drug trade. Duane Alan Todd, 48, is now being held on charges of possession of meth, possession of heroin and possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. Brandi D. Hall, 39, was booked for possession of heroin.
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SCU Detectives say that they seized meth and drug paraphernalia in a raid yesterday afternoon at 363 15th Avenue in Longview. Tommie-Raye Grundy, 26, is under arrest for possession of meth and possession of heroin, while Amber Diane Greene, 27, is being held for possession of meth and a misdemeanor failure to appear warrant. This is an ongoing investigation, with additional arrests possible.
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Apple Lane in Kelso is closed at the intersection with West Vista Way until further notice, after a sinkhole was reported in the intersection yesterday morning. This call came in around 8:15 yesterday morning, with the caller reporting that a three-foot-by-three-foot sinkhole was open in a corner of the intersection, going down one to two feet. The city currently has Apple Lane closed at the intersection with West Vista Way, which is now reduced to one lane of travel. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
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