Longview Police are looking into an armed robbery that was reported Saturday afternoon in the 200 block of 22nd Avenue. Around 3:15 Saturday afternoon, a man called 911, claiming that some juveniles had pulled a gun on him, and then tried to rob him. The caller claims that this was a group of teens, possibly as many as seven people. The caller claims that the suspect was about 12 years old, was wearing a mask, and took the gun out of a backpack. The group was last seen running down an alley between 22nd and 23rd Avenues. Police have some possible suspect information, but no arrests have been reported as of yet.
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At least one person is facing prosecution after being caught vandalizing mailboxes out west of Longview. Early Saturday morning, a call came in from the 700 block of Coal Creek Road, reporting that some people were using a baseball bat to smash mailboxes. Around 1:40 am, Deputies stopped a pickup near Baker’s Corner, and reportedly found evidence to link the people in the truck to the vandalism. They also found that the pickup driver was suspended, along with illegal use of liquor. It’s also reported that at least one of the suspects is a juvenile. The case is being turned over to the County Prosecutor for review.
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A man wanted on an embezzlement charge out of New Mexico was arrested over the weekend in Kalama. Last Friday morning, Longview Police were called to Saint John Medical Center, where hospital staff reported that they had a strange man in the Emergency Department. They said that the man was rambling about several topics, and also said that he needed to talk to Kalama Police. As Officers checked the identity of the man, a $10,000 warrant for embezzlement came up out of New Mexico. Henry Domonic Cruz, 36, is now being held on the fugitive warrant, awaiting extradition to New Mexico.
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Teshia Reed, 29, of Spanaway is being charged with vehicular assault and reckless endangerment after a Friday afternoon crash on Highway 12 near Morton, a collision that injured herself and two other people. State Troopers say that the crash happened a little before 5 pm on Friday, at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 7 in Morton. Troopers say that Reed was driving southbound on Highway 7, and failed to yield to traffic on Highway 12. Reed turned left onto Highway 12, where she collided with John Jakubowski, 55, of Randle. Reed and a six year-old boy that was in her car were injured, along with Dora Jakubowski, 38. They were all taken to Morton General Hospital for treatment. Reed was also cited for having no valid driver’s license.
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Paving work on I-5 near Kalama could cause some overnight congestion on the freeway, as lanes are closed while this work is done. Two southbound lanes near the Todd Road exit will be closed from 9 pm tonight until 5 tomorrow morning. Tomorrow night, two northbound lanes will be closed near the Kalama River Road exit at milepost 32, over that same time frame, 9 pm until 5 am. Wednesday night, two northbound lanes at the Kalama River Road will be closed overnight, along with the northbound on-ramp to the freeway. The work is weather-dependent, and could be rescheduled, but there’s no rain in the forecast for this week.
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If you’re heading into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, be aware that repair work is getting under way on one of the major routes through the forest. Forest Road 23, also known as Cispus Road, needs repairs to areas that were washed out in last winter’s flooding. Repairs are planned in several locations along the first ten miles of the road, heading south out of Randle. A full closure of the road is also being planned for July 25th to 28th, going from milepost 2.7 to milepost 5.2. The contractor that’s performing the work can provide updates; call 253-531-2144 for more information.
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No injuries were reported when a semi hauling cars caught fire last night on the southbound freeway near Kalama. Cowlitz Fire District 5 was called out of Kalama a few minutes after 10 last night, when flames were seen coming from the truck that was hauling a load of cars. The truck was hauling five brand new cars, and it was the trailer that caught fire. The driver was able to stop and unhook his tractor from the trailer, as the fire on the trailer was spreading. The trailer and the cars were engulfed by the time fire crews arrived; fighting the fire was also complicated when the fuel tanks on the new cars started exploding. It’s suspected that an overheated brake was to blame for the fire; there’s no dollar estimate on damage at this time.
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Curtis Hart and the “Punisher Squad” is at it again, reportedly setting up a man who intended to have sex with underage girls. Christopher Ross Scheuermann, 28, of St. Helens was arrested Monday night, after he allegedly showed up in Kelso to meet with what he thought was going to be two young girls, ages 15 and 12. It’s claimed that Scheuermann tried to flee the scene, but he was stopped and arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies. A search of Scheuermann’s vehicle supposedly turned up two cells phones, including one that was used to talk with “the girls.” Deputies also claim to have found a box of condoms. Scheuermann is now being held on charges of second and third-degree attempted rape of a child, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and driving while suspended. Formal arraignment is set for July 5th, with bail currently set at $50,000.
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A 56 year-old man from Toledo is facing prosecution, after he allegedly offered his dog to be used for sexual acts, making those solicitations on-line. Seattle media is reporting on this case, also saying that the suspect had on-line contacts with a couple that had been convicted of sexually abusing a six year-old. It’s claimed that the man sent several message to the couple, saying that he liked to watch adults having sex with children. Investigators say that the man offered to set up an encounter with a child, and he requested a picture of the man’s genitals. An internet task force obtained a warrant, and then traced e-mails that allegedly show the man offering his German Shepherd for sex, supposedly bragging about how he set up an encounter between a neighbor and the dog. It’s also claimed that images of child sexual abuse were found on the man’s computer. The man has given up ownership of his dogs, and is now being held in the Lewis County Jail, while the investigation continues. The suspect’s name hasn’t yet been released.
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The Columbia County Marine Patrol Unit and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office are among the local law enforcement agencies who plan to be out on the water tomorrow, looking for impaired boaters as they participate in the Operation Dry Water Campaign and Water Safety Event. Those involved say that Operation Dry Water is focused mainly on finding boat drivers who have been drinking, emphasizing the point that drinking and boating is as dangerous as driving while impaired.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is also setting up a Water Safety Event at Mayfield Lake Park, going from 11 am until 2 pm tomorrow. Free boating safety inspections will be offered, along with boating safety displays, handouts and activities for the kids. They will also be giving away a limited number of lifejackets for kids. Go to operationdrywater.org for more information.
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