Archive for March, 2014

Wanted Arrests

March 31st, 2014

Two people wanted on warrants from all across Western Washington were picked up last night in Longview, and are currently lodged in the Cowlitz County Jail. Longview Police report making contact with Bradley Wayne Hamrick, 28, of Packwood and Nikole Renee Montez, 23, of Aberdeen shortly after 7 pm, in the 300 block of Oregon Way. They claim that Hamrick was in possession of illegal drugs, and that he’s also wanted on a $25,000 warrant from Lewis County for felony eluding and obstructing an officer. He’s also wanted on a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant. Montez is wanted on warrant out of Puyallup for third-degree theft and first-degree trespass, a $10,000 warrant from Grays Harbor County for a probation violation, and a local Department of Corrections warrant. The investigation into their activities is continuing.

RV Park Theft

March 31st, 2014

The operators of the Silver Lake RV Park on SR 504 are reporting a burglary. They called the Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon, saying that it looks like someone cut a hole in the sheet rock of the RV park’s restrooms, gaining access to a neighboring business. It’s reported that fishing poles, a printer, a fish finder, a wireless router and a police-type bicycle were stolen. The callers say that the theft happened some time in the past two weeks, but they don’t have an exact date. There’s also no suspect information available at this time.

Friday Collision

March 31st, 2014

State Troopers say that a 17 year-old girl from Portland is being cited for having defective tires on her car after a Friday afternoon crash on I-5 north of Kalama. At about 1:15 Friday afternoon, the 1995 Subaru that the girl was driving hydroplaned on the wet freeway, sliding off the freeway to the right and crashing into a concrete barrier at milepost 32 southbound. Two passengers in the car were injured, and were taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. The teenage girl was cited and released.

St. Helens Chase

March 31st, 2014

Steven Michael Thompson, 23, of St. Helens is under arrest after a Friday night chase involving Oregon State Police and St. Helens Police. At about 8:40 Friday night, called about a possible DUI driver were relayed to OSP. The suspect vehicle was spotted on Old Portland Highway, where a Trooper tried to stop the suspect. Instead, the driver sped up, heading toward St. Helens. Spike strips were deployed near 14th Avenue, flattening three of four tires. The driver continued on, eventually crashing at North 9th and Columbia Boulevard. Thompson reportedly tried to run, and was eventually chased down and arrested. Thompson was eventually booked into the Columbia County Jail on seven separate counts. His bail totals $5,500.

Studded Tire Deadline

March 31st, 2014

It’s time to make sure those studded tires are off the car. Both the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation are out with reminders that today is the last day that it’s legal to have those tires on your car. Neither state plans to extend the deadline for removal of the studs. Drivers planning to head over mountain passes are reminded to make sure that you “know before you go,” and be sure to have the equipment needed in case you run into some late season snow or ice. In Washington, you could get a ticket of $124 if you’re caught driving on studded tires after the March 31st deadline, $190 in Oregon.

ACA Deadline

March 31st, 2014

Today is the deadline for the first round of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. If you still haven’t been able to get signed up, there are a number of local organizations that can assist you. The Family Health Center in Longview is handling the lead in the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum In-Person Assister Program, which has more than 20 trained and certified Health Insurance Navigators to help you through the process. Assistance is also available through a number of local agencies, including Lower Columbia CAP, the Area Agency On Aging and Disabilities, Love Overwhelming, the Cowlitz County Guidance Association, PeaceHealth Saint John Medical Center, the Cowlitz Free Medical Clinic, Wahkiakum Health and Human Services, the Drug Abuse Prevention Center, and Youth and Family Link. Contact any of these agencies for help in getting signed up.

Chamber Deadlines

March 31st, 2014

The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce has set today as the deadline for a couple of programs that they have under way. Today is the deadline to get nominations in for this year’s “Pillars of Strength: Business and Education Awards. You can nominate teachers, administrators and classified staff for Crystal Apple Awards, local training agencies for Workforce Best Practices awards, and local businesses for separate awards, as well. Today is also the deadline to get applications in for scholarships sponsored by the Lower Columbia Professionals, and the Maria Harris Memorial Scholarship. Contact the Chamber at their offices off of Allen Street at Minor Road, or by calling 423-8400.

Bits and Bots

March 31st, 2014

The local high school robotics team, Bits and Bots, Team 3812, was honored with the “Gracious Professionalism” award at this weekend’s District Competition at Central Washington University in Ellensberg, and also gathered enough points in the competition to qualify for the Pacific Northwest Championships, coming up in Portland. After going 9-3 in their qualifying matches for a sixth-place ranking out of 35 teams, Bits and Bots won a quarterfinal match, and then lost in the semifinals. The team was presented with the “Gracious Professionalism” award for the way that they went to help other teams that were having technical or equipment problems. 64 teams from Washington and Oregon will compete in Portland from April 10th to the 12th, going after a chance to qualify for the World Championships in Saint Louis, coming up at the end of April.

Monday KLOG Sports

March 31st, 2014

LaMarcus Aldridge is showing his worth to the Portland Trail Blazers, as they win their third in a row after his return from a back injury, 105-98 over Memphis. Portland now has a two-game lead over Golden State for the 5th playoff position, and trails Houston for the #4 spot by just 2 1/2 games with 7 to play…..King Felix heads to the mound for tonight’s 2014 season opener for the Seattle Mariners. The M’s open the season on the road against the LA Angels, KLOG coverage starts at 6 pm…..The LCC Red Devils will try to make up Saturday’s rainout with Grays Harbor, 5 pm today at Story Field…..The earthquakes may be jostling them around a bit, but the Kelso Hilanders hope to get a win today in Anaheim CA, when they play Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento at 10 am.

McKee Road Fire

March 28th, 2014

Crews from Cowlitz Fire District 6 in Castle Rock have been up for most of the night, dealing with a house fire reported early this morning at a home on McKee Road. The first call about this fire came in at 1:10 am, with the residents reporting a chimney fire. Within a few minutes, they reported that the fire was spreading to a bedroom. By the time the first fire crews rolled up, the house was fully involved in flames. Crews from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and Lewis County were also called in to assist on battling the blaze. The firefighters were confined to a defensive battle on this fire, which wasn’t moved into mop-up phase until about 3:20 am. No injuries were reported; there’s also been no dollar estimate on the damage done.