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Mossyrock Clerk Caught

June 28th, 2016

The City Clerk in Mossyrock is being charged with first-degree theft and misappropriation of public accounts, arrested over the weekend and booked into the Lewis County Jail. The Centralia Chronicle reports on Sunday’s arrest of Doneia Santiago, 53, of Salkum, who is listed on the City of Mossyrock web page as the City Clerk and Treasurer, along with managing the Parks Department. Morton Police tell the paper that they started investigating Santiago on the 20th of this month, after getting a report from Mossyrock Mayor Thomas Meade. He provided bank records, supposedly showing a series of transactions, where Santiago wrote herself checks to cover personal debts, fuel and expenses. The total stolen is put at about $7.700. Santiago made her first appearance in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday, and is free after posting bail of $10,000. Her next court appearance is currently scheduled for July 7th.

PUD Evening Meeting

June 28th, 2016

The Cowlitz PUD Commission holds an evening meeting tonight, scheduled for 6 pm in the John Searing Auditorium at the PUD building on 12th Avenue in Longview. There’s not a lot on tonight’s agenda, other than the May Operational Reports from each of the departments at the PUD. The meeting is open to the public, and time will be made available for public comment.

Charter Review Report

June 28th, 2016

The Kelso City Council meets tonight in a special meeting, where they will get the report from the City Charter Review Committee. In March, the City Council created this committee, asking that the Kelso City Charter be reviewed, to see if changes or even repeal of the Charter might be warranted. That committee met four times, and has prepared recommendations to the Council. Chief among those is a recommendation to drop the “ward system” for City Council members, returning to at-large representation on the Council. They also recommend an adjustment to the attendance requirements, along with some other minor changes. The review and proposals will be presented to the City Council this evening at 6 pm, and there will time set aside for public input and comment. The charter and the report from the Charter Review Committee are available on the City of Kelso web page.

Reading All-Stars

June 28th, 2016

The official kick-off for the Reading All Star Summer Reading Program at the public libraries in Cowlitz County is set for this afternoon at the Kelso Public Library. “Ruby’s Troupe” will present a puppet show at 3 pm today in the Kelso Library, kicking off the program that will run through July 28th, when the Reading All Stars will get to go to the Cowlitz Black Bears game against the Bellingham Bells. There will be activities and prize giveaways between then and now, along with movie showings, special guests and other fun things. The libraries in Kelso, Longview, Castle Rock and Kalama are all participating, and for the first time ever, they’re using a program called “Beanstack,” which will help families keep track of multiple readers and other items connected to the Reading Program. Get full details on the Longview Library web page, or you can call any of the libraries that are involved.

Lake Rescue

June 28th, 2016

Elizabeth Brassfield is still looking for the young man who jumped up and helped to rescue her son this last Sunday afternoon, after the stroller the little boy had jumped into rolled into Lake Sacajawea. Sunday night, Brassfield went onto Facebook, talking about how she had been at the lake with her children, and had just purchased some ice cream. She was paying for the treats when one of her children ran up and yelled “Eli rolled into the lake!” Brassfield says that she started running after the stroller, but a “teenage-ish” boy was already on his feet, running from where he had been sitting with his girlfriend to get Eli and the stroller out of the muck and mud at the water’s edge. Brassfield says that the teen even went back in and retrieved Brassfield’s cell phone and car keys. Brassfield says that she’s “eternally grateful” to this Good Samaritan; even though she thanked him many times at the lake, she says that she didn’t get the young man’s name, and she would like to publicly thank this young man for his heroism.

Longshoreman Passes

June 27th, 2016

It’s now confirmed that the man who was injured last Tuesday at the Weyerhaeuser log docks has died from his injuries. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner confirms that Jimmy Meadows, Jr. died Saturday at Oregon Health and Science University, while the International Warehouse and Longshore Union is posting condolences and memories for Meadows and his family. On the ILWU-One Coast-One Union Facebook page, this message is being posted:

“A Moment of Silence for a Fallen Brother…..Brother Jimmy Meadows Jr. has passed away due to his injuries while on the job. Jimmy was a well respected ILWU Brother. He will be missed. My deepest condolences go out to his family and to ILWU Local 21/92. The hook is hung Brother…..”

Meadows was injured last Tuesday afternoon, while working inside the hold of a ship loading logs at the Weyco docks. It’s not known if he fell and was injured, or if he had some sort of medical issue and then he fell. The investigation into the incident is under way.

Saturday Drowning

June 27th, 2016

The Sheriff’s Office reports that a 52 year-old woman drowned Saturday morning in the Cowlitz River near Gerhart Gardens Park. Deputies were called to the area just downstream from the park at about 8 am Saturday morning, with a woman saying that her friend had gone into the river, and she feared that the friend may have drowned. Deputies talked with several other people who were camping in the area, while a boat was also launched. They say that the body of Catherine Marie Sellards, 52, was recovered around 3 pm, in a shallow area just downstream from the Harry Morgan Bridge. The person who called into 911 said that Sellards had gone into the water at about 1 am on Saturday, reportedly saying that “the river had healing power.” Deputies say that there are no signs of foul play.

22nd Avenue Robbery

June 27th, 2016

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.

Mailbox Vandals Caught

June 27th, 2016

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.

Fugitive Caught

June 27th, 2016

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.