The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a pickup rollover reported last night off of Davis Road near Castle Rock, with one person taken from the scene by LifeFlight. Deputies and aid personnel were called to 289 Davis Road at about 11:45 pm, as a local resident relayed a second-hand report of a serious crash. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a ’92 Toyota pickup on its top. The driver, Beau Radach, 23, of Castle Rock was severely injured, while two passengers declined medical treatment. Radach was taken by LifeFlight to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. Deputies say that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
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Authorities in Clark and Skamania Counties report that the search for a Vancouver woman who has been missing for more than a month is probably over. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office reports that a body found last Thursday near the boat launch area of Doestch Ranch Road at Beacon Rock State Park has been tentatively identified as that of Daphne Alexander-Christ, 44, of Vancouver. She has been missing since March 7th, after friends and family reported her as overdue from a day trip up the gorge. Her car was found at the park, followed by several days of intensive searching. Even during that effort, there was speculation that Alexander-Christ had probably ended up in the river. The Medical Examiner’s Officer says that they didn’t find any evidence of foul play.
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The body found next to a street in Centralia has been identified as that of a local resident. Centralia Police tell the Centralia Chronicle that Anthony P. Fries, 64, did not die of natural causes, but they still haven’t said if his death is a homicide or a suicide. Fries’ body was found early Sunday morning, next to the roadway in the 100 block of East 3rd Street in Centralia. They say that the body showed signs of trauma, which leads police to believe that the death was not by natural causes. It’s noted that Fries did live near where his body was found, but they don’t know how he ended up where he did. An autopsy was performed yesterday afternoon, but the results of that procedure haven’t yet been disclosed.
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Kennon Ray Halverson, 33, of Rainier is in the Cowlitz County Jail, arrested yesterday as he allegedly tried to pass a bogus check at a Longview credit union. Employees at the financial institution contacted Longview Police at about 9:50 yesterday morning, claiming that Halverson was trying to cash a check for $3,800. He reportedly said that the check was the proceeds from “internet sales.” Employees were able to stall Halverson until officers arrived, and he was arrested without incident. Halverson is currently being held without bail on a single charge of forgery.
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Even if he’s convicted on charges of hit-and-run, driving while suspended and failure to provide proof of insurance, it appears that Jared Franklin, 34, will be able to keep his seat on the Kelso City Council. Franklin was arrested last Wednesday, picked up after a two-car crash that took place at 15th and Hemlock. In today’s Daily News, Kelso City Manager Steve Taylor says that the severity of the crimes doesn’t rise to the level needed to require Franklin’s resignation. Under Washington state law and the Kelso City Charter, council members are required to resign if they are convicted of a felony, or an “offense of moral turpitude.” Taylor says that these incidents don’t meet the level needed to require a resignation, even if he were convicted. Franklin challenges the police version of events, claiming that he did leave information with the other driver. Over the weekend, TDN reported that Franklin has previous felony convictions in Utah, Idaho and Arizona, but Franklin now says that he has straightened out his life, being completely sober since 2010. Franklin was elected to the Kelso City Council last November, after running unopposed for the position that Kim Lefebvre declined to run for again.
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Gas main replacement work will have one lane of Ocean Beach Highway closed for about three weeks, with the project going in the area of the Triangle Shopping Center. Starting this morning at 7 am, Cascade Natural Gas will start work on the gas main on the north side of Ocean Beach Highway, going from the entrance to the Triangle Center to the west side of the 15th Avenue intersection. Westbound traffic will have to deal with intermittent single-lane closures until the project is completed in the middle of next month. Access to all businesses will be maintained while this work is going on. You should use alternate routes to avoid delays.
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There’s a special program planned today at Lower Columbia College, focusing on the issues of women veterans and the unique challenges that they face when returning home after overseas deployments. This evening’s program is titled “When Women Come Marching Home,” and will feature a visit from Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos, the Director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. LCC’s Veteran Services program notes that women are making up a larger percentage of the veterans returning home from military service, and they say that these women may face a very different transition back to civilian life than their male counterparts. Family, friends, employers and other members of the community can help with this transition, and tonight’s program will help show how you might be able to help. Along with the participation of Alvarado-Ramos, there will be a screening of a documentary called “Service: When Women Came Marching Home,” along with a panel of local women veterans who will discuss their experiences. The free program starts at 6:30 pm in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts, and is open to anyone interested.
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Local banker and philanthropist Rob Quoidbach is being honored as the 2014 Lower Columbia College Alumnus of the Year. The award was presented last Saturday night at the LCC Foundation “Horns and Halos Gala,” an event held in support of the LCC Student Success Endowment. Over the years, Quoidback has funded annual and endowed scholarships for LCC students, along with his support for faculty development programs and capital campaigns. Quoidbach and his family have deep connections to LCC, going back to the very early days of the college. His mother, Gay Quoidbach, helped with the initial fund drive in 1934; she also taught the college choir and Glee Club in LCC’s early days. Gay Quoidbach also composed LCC’s Alma Mater. Rob Quoidbach entered LCC at the age of 17, eventually moving on to Stanford and a long career as a building contractor and a founding member of Columbia Bank. LCC Foundation Executive Director Erin Brown says that Quoidbach has made a huge difference to the students and faculty at LCC, along with the community at large. She says that he truly represents the values of the LCC family in every way.
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The Mariners begin an eight game road trip today in the Bronx as Robinson Cano makes his return to play the Yankees, KLOG 3:00 pm…..Pierce two-timed LCC 8-6 and 7-2 in college baseball last night…..A Civil War baseball split as Mark Morris beat R.A. Long 18-6 then the Jacks won the second game 7-6. Also, Columbia River downed Kelso 5-3. Today the Scots host Bay and RAL is at Washougal…..The Kelso softball team blasted Fort 25-0 while RAL blanked Hockinson 12-0. Kelso is at Bay today…..RAL defeated MM 4-2 in girls tennis…..Civil War boys soccer tonight as RAL hosts MM at 6 pm. Kelso is at Fort at 5 pm…..In Civil War track today, RAL is at MM. The Kelso track teams host Mt. View today…..The Seahawks have signed safety Earl Thomas to a four year extension.
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Rip City is RIP City. Just hours after the Blazers took a 3-1 series lead over Houston with a 124-120 OT win, Blazers fans are mourning the death of former coach Jack Ramsay. Dr. Jack passed away this morning at 89 after battling cancer for over 10 years. Game five of the series in Wednesday in Houston…..Kyle Seager hit two homers including a three-run shot in the 8th to give the M’s a 6-5 win over Texas yesterday. The Mariners are at the New York Yankees tomorrow night…..The LCC baseball team split two games at Pierce yesterday, winning 8-1 and losing 1-0. The tow teams play a twin bill at Story Field today at 4 pm…..R.A. Long host Mark Morris in a Civil War DH today at 3 pm. Also, Kelso hosts Columbia River at 4 pm…..MM hosts RAL in girls Civil War tennis today.
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