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Suspicious Folks Arrested

April 25th, 2016

A “suspicious car” incident led to the arrests of two people wanted in Vancouver on a number of charges. Sheriff’s Deputies were asked to check on some people who were supposedly picking flowers in a ditch near the intersection of Green Mountain Road and J. E. Johnson Road near Kalama. Local residents say that they’re concerned, due to a recent burglary. Deputies contacted Neil Allen Alway, 38, and Ashley Lorraine Barry, 30, both from Vancouver, and found that both had outstanding warrants. Deputies say that they also found a gun in the couple’s car, a weapon that came back as stolen out of Vancouver. Alway is now being held without bail for unlawful possession of a gun and possession of a stolen gun, along with warrants for bail jumping and failure to appear. Barry is being held on two failure to appear warrants, along with new charges of obstructing an officer and making false statements to police. Her bail currently totals $5,000.

Mossyrock Attack

April 25th, 2016

James Casey Long, 61, of Mossyrock is under arrest on first-degree assault and first-degree burglary charges, after he allegedly broke into a woman’s home, supposedly brandishing an ax and a screwdriver as weapons. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that Long was arrested early last Friday morning, less than 12 hours after the woman had obtained a no-contact order against Long. Early this month, Long had been arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident; the woman involved asked for the protection order prior to Long’s release from jail, knowing that he would be coming over. It’s claimed that Long tried to break into the back door of the woman’s house, and he allegedly tried to attack another man that was at the home. Long left the house, but he was stopped and arrested a short time later. Long is now being held on the Lewis County Jail on bail of $250,000.

Spring Cleaning

April 25th, 2016

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports making 21 arrests during last week’s “Operation Spring Cleaning” warrant service event. Lewis County officials say that this was a multi-agency effort, which resulted in the service of 17 misdemeanor and four felony warrants. Sheriff Rob Snaza says that this collaboration was extremely successful, picking these people up so that they can be held accountable.

Marijuana Meeting—

April 25th, 2016

The City of Castle Rock says that a public hearing on the city’s moratorium on Marijuana production, processing and retail is being moved to the Creative Learning Center at Castle Rock Elementary School. The City Council approved the moratorium on March 14th, and by law, the city is required to hold a public hearing within 60 days. The City Council will take input and then will adopt findings that support the moratorium, or they’ll act to lift the moratorium. Again, tonight’s public hearing on the marijuana moratorium in Castle Rock is being moved from the Senior Center to the Creative Learning Center at Castle Rock Elementary, starting at 7:30 pm. Anyone interested can attend.

Tax Deadline

April 25th, 2016

County Treasurer Kathy Hanks is out with her office’s semi-annual reminder that property taxes are coming due. First-half Property Taxes are due into the Treasurer’s office by Monday, May 2nd. Taxes can be paid in person, by mail, on-line or over the phone. The Treasurer’s office now accepts debit and credit cards to be used for payment of property taxes. The Treasurer’s office is located at 207 North 4th in Kelso. Call 577-3060 for more information.

United Way Allocations

April 25th, 2016

The United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties is announcing the latest allocations to its member agencies. The agency reports that $248,000 will be allocated to the 20 member agencies in United Way, which represents the total amount of cash collected as of March 31st of this year. They say that the total pledge amount received in 2016 was a little over $511,000, money that it continuing to come in, and which will be part of the 2017 grant awards. United Way Executive Director Dave Green says that the local United Way is showing some great progress, with more solid business practices in place. He says that trust is rebuilding in the community, and this will serve as a springboard for greater things in the future.

Florida Fire

April 22nd, 2016

There’s no word yet on the total amount of damage done in a fire reported this morning at a strip mall on 15th Avenue in Longview. Fire crews were called out at about 5:35 am, when flames were seen next to the House of Smoke, just off of 15th and Florida. Those on the scene report that it looks like some cardboard next to the building had been set on fire, which then spread to the wall and the roof of the building. Longview Fire crews responded and got the fire knocked down in just a few minutes. They’re still checking the damage, while the investigation into the cause of the fire gets under way.

Plane Crash

April 22nd, 2016

The investigation is continuing into yesterday afternoon’s fatal plane crash at the Woodland Airport. They say that one man died and two others were injured when the Mooney M20K overshot the end of the runway and crashed into a chain-link fence at about 3 pm yesterday. Witnesses say that the plane may have been trying to make an emergency landing. It’s reported that the plane was rented out of Woodinville, and reportedly was en route to Renton. Authorities have the names of those involved, but they haven’t released names. One man was declared dead at the scene, while two others were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center for treatment. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are following up.

SR 12 Collision

April 22nd, 2016

Two young men from Longview are recovering from injuries they received in a two-car crash that took place yesterday afternoon on Highway 12 near Mossyrock. At about 12:15 yesterday afternoon, Jack Cain, 18, of Longview was westbound on Highway 12, as Patricia Manville, 72, of Mossyrock was approaching the highway from a side road. Manville reportedly pulled out into the path of Cain, and their cars collided in the westbound lane. Manville was taken to Morton General Hospital, while Cain was taken to Centralia Providence for treatment. Christian Nelson, 22, was a passenger in Cain’s car; he was injured, but wasn’t taken to the hospital. Manville was cited for failure to yield, while Cain was cited for driving while suspended and for having no insurance.

Conviction Upheld

April 22nd, 2016

The conviction of a Pacific County man who shot a State Trooper in the head back in 2010 is being reinstated by the Washington Supreme Court. In 2011, Martin A. Jones was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of Trooper Scott Johnson, but that conviction was vacated in 2013. The Court of Appeals ruled that Jones’ right to a public trial was violated when a random drawing to select alternate jurors was held during a court recess. The Washington Attorney General petitioned for a review of that decision, which was accepted by the Washington Supreme Court in February. Yesterday, that court decided that Jones’ right to a public trial had NOT been violated. This decision reinstates Jones’ prison term of 50 years. It’s not yet known if any additional appeals will be filed.