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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.

Highway 12 Crash

June 27th, 2016

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.

Freeway Work

June 27th, 2016

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.

Cispus Road Closure

June 27th, 2016

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.