A 17 year-old boy is being referred to Juvenile Prosecutors after an incident last night in Longview, where the teen was found to be intoxicated and in possession of a dangerous weapon. Deputies say that the teen was found sitting on a curb in the 3600 block of Ocean Beach Highway at about 8 pm. During the initial contact, Deputies determined that the boy was under the influence of alcohol. They say that he was “resistive” to law enforcement, aid personnel and staff at Saint John Medical Center, and eventually had to be placed in restraints. When Deputies searched the teen’s clothing, they claim to have found brass knuckles in his pocket. The teen was eventually turned over to his mother, while the case is turned over to Juvenile authorities for additional processing.
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Mark Alan Thomas, 39, of Oregon City is due back in court on Tuesday of next week, as Multnomah County authorities seek an indictment in connection with a fatal car crash near Scappoose on the 18th of this month. It’s claimed that Thomas was under the influence of meth, marijuana and Xanax when he drifted across the center median on Highway 30, crashing into a car driven by Wayne Harvey McCormick of Scappoose. McCormick died at the scene, while Thomas was seriously injured. On Monday of this week, Thomas was brought to the Portland Justice Center, for arraignment on charges of second-degree manslaughter and DUI. Thomas continues to be held in the Multnomah County Jail on bail of more than $250,000, while prosecutors seek an indictment in the case.
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Be aware of some work on Ocean Beach Highway that could slow your travels this morning. The City of Longview Sewer Division will be doing some repairs in the 2700 block of Ocean Beach Highway. The westbound, outside lane of the road is expected to be closed until 1 pm this afternoon. Some congestion is possible around the work area, so you should use alternate routes to avoid delays.
The City of Castle Rock continues work on the Front Avenue Improvement Project, with work getting under way on the stormwater system between Shintaffer and Jackson Street Northwest. They’re also continuing electrical work in that area. Front Avenue Northwest continues to be closed to vehicular traffic.
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It’s now reported that 59 teams are registered for this year’s Longview Cardboard Boat Regatta, the headline event for the opening day of this year’s Go 4th Festival. For the first time ever, the Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held in the evening, starting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 2nd on Lake Sacajawea. The track will be the same, with boats launching from next to Martin’s Dock, traversing a two-turn course, and then making a mad dash to the finish line on the other side of the dock. This year’s theme is “Superheroes,” and the mascot “Regatta Man” could be making an appearance. Some new elements are also planned for this year’s event, including a performance by the LCC Red Devils Pep Band, which will provide musical encouragement for the racers. The local Army National Guard will have a cannon down at the lake, firing it off to start the event, and for the final heat. For the first time ever, you’ll also be able to “text in your votes” for the “People’s Choice” category in the boat judging. The weather is expected to be sunny and warm, admission is free, so grab the kids and come on down for a lot of great fun.
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The bats were pretty much silent for the Cowlitz Black Bears last night, as they drop a 7-1 decision to the Klamath Falls Gems. CF Austin Grebeck hit a solo HR for the Black Bears’ only score. Cowlitz has tonight off, then they’ll host the Portland Bucks for a non-leaguer tomorrow night…..Seattle’s bats were also silent, as the M’s drop a 4-2 decision to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mariners also have today off, then they’ll host the Chicago Cubs for a three-game series starts tomorrow night…..The Pacific Tech American Legion team is on the road, playing the Regina Mets in Belgrade MT today. They also have games through the weekend, before heading to Twin Falls ID…..The Portland Timbers advance to the semi-finals of the U. S. Open Cup with a 3-2 win over FC Dallas.
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Drug possession charges could be filed against Brandon Burris Decker, 29, of Kelso, after an incident where he allegedly ran from a Department of Corrections Officer. With assistance from Kelso Police, Decker was caught after a short foot chase, and reportedly had illegal drugs on his person. The incident got started at about 2:40 pm yesterday in the 500 block of South Pacific Avenue, when the DOC Officer reported that Decker ran when he saw the Officer’s badge. Decker was chased down and arrested after a short pursuit. When he was searched, KPD found material that was thought to be heroin. Decker is now being held on the no-bail DOC warrant, while processing of the found material is continuing. Additional charges could be filed.
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The Washington state attorney general’s office is asking the state appeals court to reconsider its decision to grant a new trial to a man convicted of shooting a Washington state trooper at Long Beach in 2010. The court overturned Martin Arthur Jones’ attempted murder conviction earlier this month, saying the trial judge erred by selecting alternate jurors during a court recess instead of in open court. In its appeal, the AG’s office claims that the alternates were selected during a break, not a “closed session,” so Jones’ right to a public trial wasn’t affected. They claim that these type of administrative tasks are not part of the “right to a public trial,” and that the alleged breach is “trivial,” and shouldn’t rise to the level of invalidating a jury verdict. In 2010, Trooper Scott Johnson identified the 49 year-old Jones as the man who shot him during a traffic stop near Long Beach. The Seaview resident was sentenced to 50 years in prison after a trial in 2011. Johnson recovered from his wounds, and was elected Pacific County Sheriff in 2011.
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Melissa Joelle Gonzales, 30, of Woodland is being held on a third-degree domestic violence assault charge, as Woodland Police continue to investigate an incident that took place late Monday night at a home on Hoffman Road. Around 10:30 pm on Monday, a man was brought to the Woodland Fire Station, bleeding from a gash to his head. He claims that Gonzales hit him during a fight, possibly with a bottle or some other type of glass jar. Gonzales wasn’t at the home when police checked, but they eventually made contact with her last night. She was arrested at the home on Hoffman late last night, and was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail early this morning. Woodland Police continue the investigation into the incident.
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A workshop is planned for later today down in Woodland, where local planners will be looking for your input on the proposed “Fire and Ice Scenic Loop” around Mount St. Helens. Jennifer Keene with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments says that the Fire and Ice Scenic Loop is a 250-mile series of connected routes that circle the mountain, providing access to communities and recreation areas along the way. A Steering Committee of citizens and multiple agencies is now looking for a brainstorm of ideas, looking for ways to reintroduce visitors and local residents to the mountain. Keene says that they want to not only attract visitors from outside of the area, but they also want to entice local people to the mountain and the surrounding area. Keene says that they’re looking to develop a new “action-oriented” management plan for the Fire and Ice Scenic Loop, and your input is needed. Today’s workshop is set to run from 5 to 7 pm today at Woodland High School. Additional information is available on the COG website.
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A new $60 million fish collector is now up and running on Swift Reservoir, a mechanism that’s intended to help enhance and restore salmon and steelhead runs to the upper Lewis River. PacifiCorp says that the Swift Fish Collector is only the third of its kind in the entire world, and should help salmon and steelhead smolt that are trying to make their way to the Pacific Ocean. The collector is located just off the south end of Swift Dam, connected to the dam by an access trestle. Juvenile fish are drawn to the collector, which re-circulates water to simulate a lake outlet. The young fish are then collected in nets, and are taken by special trucks around the dams. Below Merwin Dam, the fish are released back into the river, to continue their trip to the ocean. PacifiCorp says this is only a part of their ongoing commitment to wildlife enhancement, recreation and flood management along the Lewis River.
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