Archive for November, 2013

No Dog Yet

November 25th, 2013

Kimberly Marie Vasquez has spent two weeks in jail, but there’s still no sign of the pit bull that she’s being required to give up for destruction. Today’s Daily News has the latest in this case; Vasquez is the owner of “Lexi,” a pit bull that attacked and seriously injured a five year-old boy in August of last year. Vasquez initially falsified rabies vaccination documents; she did turn a dog over to authorities, but it was determined that the dog was not the one involved in the attack. Last month, Vasquez pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and owning a dangerous dog back, but Superior Court Judge Marilyn Haan found Vasquez to be in contempt of court, and ordered her to be jailed until “Lexi” is produced. The 90-day jail sentence will start after the dog is turned over to authorities.

Clatsop County Scam

November 25th, 2013

The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office is out with an alert, saying that local citizens have been getting phone calls from someone who is falsely claiming to be connected to the department. Several citizens say that they’re getting phone calls from someone saying that they are “Major Tom Wilson” with the Sheriff’s Office, telling the citizens that they missed jury duty and will be arrested. The suspect says that the victims could avoid jail time if they go to Walgreen’s and buy one thousand dollars worth of “Green Dot Money Pak” cards, which “Major Tom” says would cover the fines for missing jury duty. The victims are instructed to buy the cards, scratch off the back, and then provide the redemption numbers to “Major Tom.” Anyone with those numbers would then have immediate access to the cash. Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin says that they NEVER call citizens to ask for payments of any kind. Anyone who has received a call of this sort should contact the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office at 503-325-8635 to report the incident.

Reward Boosted

November 25th, 2013

Oregon State Police report that the reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the illegal killing of an elk near Knappa is being increased. The Oregon Hunters Association is providing $500 in connection with the case, along with an additional $5,000 provided by The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. The bull elk was found on October 27th, left to waste along Aldrich Point Road, in the Knappa-Brownsmead area. The head had been removed from the animal, but the rest was left to waste. If you have information regarding this case, call Oregon State Police at 503-791-9486, or call the Turn-In-Poachers TIP Line at 1-800-452-7888.

West Main Update

November 25th, 2013

Work continues on the West Main Street Realignment Project, with 1st Avenue now torn up between West Main and Washington Street, and work along Catlin Street up to 4th Avenue. Traffic on 1st Avenue remains restricted to one lane in each direction, with signs, cones and flaggers helping to direct vehicles through the work area. This week, 2nd Avenue will be closed south of West Main, with local access maintained via Catlin. Storm manholes and piping will be installed along Catlin between 1st and 4th. Crews will also continue installing water line and services between West Main and Washington Street. Demolition of buildings in the 200 block will also continue, but that work is not expected to affect traffic. Work will be suspended for the holiday on Thursday and Friday. Contact Kelso Community Development at 423-6590 if you have other questions.

Stageworks Auditions

November 25th, 2013

Auditions for another Stageworks Northwest production will be held this evening. Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” is scheduled for performances in February and early March. Directors Bethany Pithan and Katherine Jansen are looking for one young boy between the ages of eight and ten, along with nine adults between the ages of 18 and 70. This evening’s auditions will start at 6:30 pm; you don’t need to bring anything, as the would-be performers will be reading scenes from the script. If you do audition, you’ll need to be available for call-backs tomorrow night. This evening’s auditions are being held at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue in Longview. Get more information on the Stageworks Northwest website.

Economic Summit

November 22nd, 2013

Regional Economist Scott Bailey with the Employment Security Department says that he wanted to be optimistic at last night’s Cowlitz County Economic Summit, but he says that the numbers just don’t allow him that luxury. Bailey says that he doesn’t see many jobs coming back to Cowlitz County any time soon, and he also says that the conditions are in place for the economy to crater again…economicsummit…Bailey says that one of the main reasons for the job stagnation in Cowlitz County is a measurable drop in population. He also showed charts claiming that virtually all of the benefit from economic improvements since 1975 have gone to the top one percent of wage-earners; he says that overall household incomes are virtually the same as they were in the 70’s, while the disparity with the top earners is measured in orders of magnitude. The news wasn’t all bad at last night’s Summit. Realtor Mike Wallin says that 2014 should shape up as a pretty good year for real estate, while Longview City Manager Bob Gregory says that progress is being made on the SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvement Project. Lisa Matye Edwards with LCC reports that improvements to the region’s higher education and workplace preparedness are under way, while Ted Sprague with the CEDC reports that he just got back from a trade mission to China. He says that there’s great interest in Cowlitz County, with the possibility of huge investments from overseas.

Potts Retrial

November 22nd, 2013

Just at it’s getting under way, the drug distribution trial of Longview car dealer Sidney Potts could be screeching to a halt. Today’s Daily News reports that Potts is claiming that his attorney has a “conflict of interest,” and is unable to fully represent him. Potts interrupted yesterday’s court proceeding to state his concerns, saying that he knew about the problem on Wednesday, but he couldn’t bring it up until his attorney refused to ask a question that he wanted. The judge in the case, Michael Evans, is expressing his doubts about Potts’ claims, but he did say that he needed a day to think things over. He plans to issue a ruling on Potts request for new counsel this morning. Potts is accused of being the king pin of a huge meth-dealing enterprise, using his Longview car dealership as a front. If Potts’ request is granted, this would be the third major delay in the trial. The first mistrial was caused when it was discovered that a witness had lied to investigators and prosecutors; the second delay came when an error arose during jury selection, causing Evans to dismiss the entire panel and start over.

Rainier Recall

November 22nd, 2013

One week from today, recall election ballots will be going out to Rainier residents, asking them if they think Judith Taylor should remain on the City Council. This is all due to a dispute in management of the Rainier Senior Center, a controversy that Taylor has been right in the middle of. Senior Center Board President Bill Dias claims that Taylor has been “overstepping her responsibilities,” berating board members, staff and volunteers. Dias claims that Taylor has offended a large number of people, and that she is behaving improperly as a public servant. Dias collected 113 valid signatures to initiate the recall election. Ballots must be returned by December 17th.

HD Theft

November 22nd, 2013

Shyann Marie Gallimore, 18, of Longview is under arrest, accused of stealing money from her employer. Managers at Home Depot called Longview Police at about 1 pm yesterday afternoon, saying that they had been investigating some ongoing employee theft. Loss Prevention specialists were ready to conclude that investigation, claiming that Gallimore had admitted to stealing money from the business. She was arrested at the store without incident, and is now being held on a second-degree theft charge. Gallimore is being held without bail at this time, pending her first court appearance.

CHHH Staff Changes

November 22nd, 2013

Promotions and new hires are being announced at Community Home Health and Hospice. Tashina Wilcox is being promoted to the position of Clinical Coordinator at the Vancouver office, while Danielle Cooper is being named as the Home Health Administrative Support and Scheduling Supervisor for the offices in Longview and Vancouver. Tammy Jones is being promoted as the Home Health Clinical Coordinator in Longview, and recent Gonzaga University graduate Makayla Walters is being hired as the Development Coordinator for Community Home Health and Hospice.