Salim Winter, 45, of Longview is being held on a disorderly conduct charge, after it was reported that he was displaying a handgun yesterday in Longview. There were actually several incidents reported yesterday in Longview, the last one coming shortly after 5 pm, in the vicinity of 9th and Hudson. It was reported that a man was behaving erratically, and was displaying the firearm. A witness saw the man run into a storage unit; officers reportedly found Winter hiding in a shed. He was arrested and booked into the County Jail on a new count of disorderly conduct, with bail set at $500. Dan Alton Barge was also arrested on a failure to appear warrant during this operation.
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Jeffrey Reinke, 58, of Woodland is under arrest after action by the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force and Woodland Police. A search warrant was served yesterday, resulting in the arrest of Reinke on two counts of delivery of cocaine. Woodland Police Chief Phil Crochet says that this is part of an ongoing investigation, and he says that they expect to make more arrests as a result of this joint investigation.
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Brian John Myers, 32, of Vancouver is in the Cowlitz County Jail after Longview Police reportedly found him asleep at the wheel of a running vehicle early yesterday morning. Around 3:45 yesterday, LPD was called to the area of 22nd and Louisiana, where it was reported that a running car was stopped in the middle of the street, with the driver slumped over the wheel. The 911 caller also reported seeing a gun in the vehicle. Police made contact with Myers, who was found to have warrants from the Department of Corrections and from Clark County. He was arrested without incident, and is now being held illegal possession of a gun, physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, and driving while suspended. Warrants for failure to comply and from the Department of Corrections are also pending.
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PeaceHealth is announcing the hiring of two new management team members. Cindy Davis has been named as the Chief Nursing Officer at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center, while Marla Sanger is the new Director of Community Benefit and Advocacy for the PeaceHealth Columbia Network. Davis will lead the strategy, operational effectiveness and development of nursing practices at the PeaceHealth hospital in Vancouver, while Sanger will drive the system’s comprehensive community benefit approach, advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations.
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The Cowlitz County E-Board invites you over to the Cowlitz County Expo Center today, for a couple of special meetings dealing with the Public Safety Radio and Paging Communications System. Presentations are planned at 9 and 11 am, which will include information on the deficiencies in the current system, along with details on how the system will be improved with upgrades. Both meetings are open to the public.
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Today’s Community Conversation lecture is titled “The Patriarchy of Punk and the Riot Grrl Revolution,” and will be presented by English instructor Nicole DiGerlando. Today’s lecture continues on with this term’s theme of “Music: The Rhythm of Societies,” and will start at noon at the Laufman Lecture Hall in the Health and Science Building at LCC. Admission is free, and anyone interested is invited to attend.
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Nearly three dozen students from eleven high schools all around the area are converging on Lower Columbia College today, taking part in the 2016 High School Welding Competition. Students are forming teams that will compete for the highest scores by demonstrating basic to advanced welding and torch skills. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third places, in a variety of skill tests. The competing students will also get information on future career opportunities for welders. Local companies are also supporting the competition, donating more than $2,500 worth of prizes and welding-related materials. Today’s High School Welding Competition will be held in the LCC Welding Lab, where the college welding classes are presented. Kelso High School returns to defend its title from last year; Mark Morris was second last year, and Winlock finished third.
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Local law enforcement agencies are reporting that there have been huge numbers of citizens in the area who are getting these “IRS scam” calls; in fact, there have been so many calls, they’re instructing citizens NOT to call the agency, unless you have actually lost money. Sheriff Mark Nelson put out a warning about the scam yesterday morning, as did Longview Police. Numerous scam calls have been reported, with the caller claiming to be from the IRS, demanding immediate payment for a “past tax bill.” The caller also threatens to arrest the citizen if immediate payment isn’t made. It’s reported that several citizens actually did send money, with one losing as much as $5,000. Nelson and other law enforcement agencies offer this advice if you get one of these calls: If you get one of these type of calls, you’re advised to hang up immediately. You do NOT need to report the incident to law enforcement unless you have actually suffered a loss. If you have suffered a loss, then you should call your local law enforcement agency. You can also check with local accounting firms, and if you want to verify that the IRS is calling, go to the IRS web page, or contact the IRS office in Vancouver.
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The Sheriff’s Office is reporting the recovery of some construction equipment that was reported as stolen from a local rental company. A man called the Sheriff’s Office at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon, reporting that he had spotted a Bobcat that may have been stolen from Star Rentals. The reporting party also said that the machine was actually in use, but the driver ditched the Bobcat in some bushes and then ran off. Deputies did find the abandoned machine, and noted that it looked like the serial number had been altered. The Bobcat was taken in as evidence, but the driver hasn’t been located. The investigation continues.
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Analysis of a seismic incident that happened yesterday afternoon near Longview is under way, after a magnitude 1.6 seismic event was recorded. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports that the event took place at 3:53 pm, centered six miles northwest of Longview. The initial analysis of the event indicates that this was a “probable explosion,” but no huge events of that sort were reported to local law enforcement. There were also no reports of damage or injury connected to this event. Some follow-up is planned.
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