Longview Police now have a suspect in custody, after a burglary was reported this morning at Bob’s Sporting Goods in downtown Longview. The incident got started around 5:15 or so this morning, after a possible burglar was reported inside the store at 11th and Hudson. Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in the operation, and a K-9 was also brought in. After the dog arrived and all resources were in place, officers entered the store, and they report making an arrest at about 6:15 am. Officers spent some additional time at the store after the arrest, working to make sure no one else was inside. The suspect’s name hasn’t been released, and the investigation into the incident is continuing. Police are also working to determine what might have been taken from the store.
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says that it looks like alcohol may have been a factor in a fatal motorcycle crash that took place yesterday afternoon near St. Helens. Around 5:30 pm, Deputies and aid personnel were called to the area of Ross Road and Millard Road, where they found the 911 caller attempting to administer CPR to a injured man. LifeFlight was also called in, but paramedics declared Aaron M. Chappell, 36, of St. Helens dead at the scene. Sheriff Jeff Dickerson says that it looks like Chappell lost control of his motorcycle and crashed, but the reason for that is still unclear. He does say that it appears that speed and rider impairment may have been factors. The crash investigation is continuing.
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Nancy Muroarias, 20, of Longview is recovering from injuries she received in a two-car crash that took place yesterday afternoon on I-5 near Ridgefield. State Troopers say that the collision took place around 12:20 pm, at milepost 14 northbound. Amanda Ziegler, 18, of Woodland was stopped for construction traffic, and was rear-ended by Muroarias. Her car then continued off of the freeway, eventually ending up against cable barrier in the freeway median. Muroarias was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Troopers say that a citation for driving too fast for the conditions is pending.
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The Longview School Board continues to mull over options and scenarios for management of the district buildings, spending about two hours last night examining three new options that were proposed by school staff and by citizens. Even with the current nine proposals, School Board President Jerry Stinger says that the ultimate answer for Longview Schools may be entirely different…studysession…The point was made several times at last night’s meeting that there’s no “fiscal cliff” that the district is facing, so they have time to be deliberate and considerate as they review all of the information before making a decision. Several board members say that it would probably be a good idea to identify “trigger points,” situations where action by the School Board would be necessary. They also say that it’s probably wise at this point to wait for some additional information, including demographic information that’s being prepared by Portland State University, along with a review of some financial numbers being done by ESD 112. One of the bigger factors will be the results of a phone survey that’s being developed. Stinger says that understanding what citizens are thinking about the situation with Longview will be a key driver in their ultimate course of action.
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The Mariners are in Boston for a three game series with the Red Sox, KLOG 3:00 pm. Yesterday the M’s activated Michael Morse and cleared a roster spot by letting go of OF Jason Bay…..Medford defeated Cowlitz 5-2 in West Coast League action last night. The Black bears road trip continues today with a game at Bend, 6:35 pm…..Longview was a winner at the Cal Ripken 70’ 12-year-old Regional tournament in Centralia yesterday. Longview beat Montana 6-4. The Longview squad will take on Northern Oregon today at 4:30 pm…..The Seahawks got back on the practice field today after a day off yesterday. The Hawks are awaiting word from a medical examination on WR Percy Harvin who is seeking a second opinion on his injured hip.
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The retirement of former Port of Longview Executive Director Ken O’Hollaren didn’t last very long, at least for the time being, as he’s chosen to be the Interim Executive Director for the Port of Port Angeles. The Peninsula Daily News says that the commissioners in Port Angeles unanimously chose O’Hollaren for the position in a special meeting that was held yesterday, chosen over former Port of Port Angeles Executive Director Jerry Hendricks. O’Hollaren will take his new position on August 6th, replacing Jeff Robb, who stepped down for health reasons in late June. Robb has been re-hired as that port’s director of environmental affairs. O’Hollaren retired from the same position at the Port of Longview at the end of last year, after 25 years of work at that port. It’s reported that O’Hollaren will work in this position for six to nine months, while the process for finding a permanent replacement for Robb is completed.
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There’s a special joint meeting of the Longview City Council, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Historic Preservation Commission planned for this evening, where the three panels will review proposed designs for the Washington Way Bridge over Lake Sacajawea. Tonight’s meeting is set to begin at 6 pm, and will be held in the Longview City Hall second floor training room. In June, the city held an open house, where several possible designs were presented for public comment. Based on those comments, the design team has selected a “preferred alternative.” Because of the bridge location, approval is needed from the Historic Preservation Commission and the Parks Board before things can move to the next step. It’s currently planned for the project to go out to bid in May of next year, with construction to start in July of next year. This evening’s joint meeting is open to the public.
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Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband Daniel say she’s a “miracle,” born some nine weeks premature and facing some very serious medical issues, but little Abigail Rose Beutler is alive and holding her own at a neo-natal health care facility at Stanford University. Beutler reportedly gave birth on Monday, the 15th, delivering her little girl at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. It’s believed that Abigail Beutler is the first-ever live birth of a child with Potter’s Syndrome, a situation where the baby’s kidneys don’t develop, due to a lack of amniotic fluid. The situation had been diagnosed early in Beutler’s pregnancy. Beutler and her husband, Daniel, consulted with specialists at Johns Hopkins University, and she went through a series of saline treatments, replacing the missing amniotic fluid. Abigail responded to the treatments, and her lungs ended up fully developing. In all other cases of Potter’s Syndrome, the baby died, due to the lack of development in the baby’s lungs. It’s reported that Abigail is able to breathe on her own, but she still lacks development in her kidneys. The baby is now at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, where she’s undergoing specialized dialysis treatment. Doctors say that the case is “unprecedented,” and while it may not be successful in all instances of Potter’s Syndrome, it does appear to give clinicians another treatment option. In a prepared statement, Jaime and Daniel say that they’re grateful to all of the doctors who’ve helped to arrive at this result, they thank all of the people who sent prayers their way, and they also thank God for answering those prayers.
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The Grand Finale of the “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program at the libraries wraps up today, with a special program planned at the Longview Public Library. Youth Services Librarian Jan Hanson says that kids can start coming by around 2 pm today, where they can learn to pan for gold and how to use metal detectors. In fact, they’ll be giving away a White metal detector to the child who wins the grand prize in the Book Gold reading contest. Ecotech will have a display on recycling precious metals, Home Depot will also have construction kits for kids to build and take home. The Pioneer Lions will be serving free hot dogs and snow cones, they’ll have live music, a pirate treasure hunt, a fossil dig, and heavy equipment demonstrations from the City of Longview. It’s free and open to all area kids.
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Nick Franklin hit two homers to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The M’s take today off before beginning a three game set at Boston tomorrow…..The Medford Rogues came up with a 9-3 win over the Cowlitz Black Bears on Sunday. The Bears will try and snap the Rogues nine game home win streak tonight at 6:35 pm…..The Longview 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars begin play today at the 70’ Regional tournament in Centralia. Longview will take on the Montana champs at 2 pm this afternoon…..The Chicago Red Stars scored two goals in the final 20 minutes to tie the Portland Thorns 3-3 in women’s pro soccer…..The Seattle Sounders downed Chivas USA 2-1 in men’s pro soccer.
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