Charges of malicious mischief, theft and criminal conspiracy are being filed against four teens from Vader, after they allegedly vandalized the old city jail and a church, also setting a U. S. flag on fire. The Centralia Chronicle says that this spree took place on Saturday. The group allegedly kicked in the door of the old jail, and then they crossed the street and damaged the Vader Assembly of God Church. Security videos reportedly show that the teens took down the flag outside the church, set it on fire, tied it in a knot and then ran it back up the flag pole. It’s also alleged that the group cut the church phone lines, forced a power supply box open, and then damaged two security cameras. It was at that time when the teens provided close-up images of their faces. The 14-to-16 year-olds were arrested after the videos were reviewed, and are now being held in the Lewis County Juvenile Detention facility.
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Crews from Cowlitz-Skamania Fire District 7 in Ariel were busy on Monday and Tuesday, dealing with a house fire that re-kindled at least once. Firefighters were first called to the house at 7441 Lewis River Road at about 2 pm on Monday, arriving to find flames coming out of the windows in the house. It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control, but fire crews then spent another four hours trying to get hot spots extinguished. A team was left on the scene, keeping an eye out for possible flare-ups; that crew actually called for assistance from the Sheriff’s Office, saying that possible squatters kept trying to come back onto the property. The house actually did re-kindle at about 10:20 Monday night, with firefighters staying on the scene until about 4 yesterday morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Pictures of large stainless steel valves are being distributed to metal recycling outfits around the area, after a theft was reported yesterday morning from a site on Douglas Street in Longview. At about 8:20 yesterday morning, employees of Bay Valve reported that someone had cut their fence, and then stole four or five of these large steel valves, valued at about $2,500 apiece. So far, none of the valves have shown up, and no suspects have been identified.
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The County Commissioners are moving ahead with the contract to construct a 16-mile pipeline from the Headquarters Road Landfill to the Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant, a line that will handle the liquid leachate that comes out of that facility. Commissioner Jim Misner says that system helps to address some significant issues…leachateline…Rotschy, Incorporated of Vancouver had the low bid for the project, coming in about two million dollars below the engineer’s estimate with a contract of $7.9 million. Construction on the project is expected to begin after the contract details are finalized, and is expected to be operational early next year.
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An update on the SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvements Project is planned for this evening at the Longview City Hall. The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments will share information that has been collected and evaluated over the past few months, looking to identify and prioritize a set of concepts for rail and highway improvements along the corridor going from I-5 to Mount Solo Road. The open house is set to run from 5:30 to 8 pm, with a brief presentation planned at 6 pm. That presentation will include an update on project progress, a prioritization of projects that have been identified, and an overview of the next phase in the project. Following the presentation, you’ll be able to meet with staff to get additional information on each concept, and will also be able to ask questions. This evening’s SR 432 Project Open House is being held in the second floor Training Room at the Longview City Hall, and is open to anyone interested.
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The closure of Forest Road 90 at Swift Creek that had been planned to start today is being delayed. The Forest Service says that the repair project on the Swift Creek Bridge is being put off for an indefinite perios. They had been planning to close the bridge, starting today and going through June 11th. A new schedule for the repair work hasn’t yet been determined, but a public notice will go out when that work is planned. Get more details from the Forest Service.
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Celebrating the opening of their new Rainier branch in August of this year, Fibre Federal Credit Union is planning to give up to $5,000 to three Rainier-based non-profit organizations. If your group would like to be considered for one of these grants, you have until June 29th to produce and submit a video of up to two minutes in length. Full rules and submission information for these videos can be found on the Fibre Federal Credit Union website at www.fibrecu.com.
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The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Mariners 6-4 last night. The four game series is tied 1-1 as Felix Hernandez goes against CJ Wilson tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The WIAA State golf tournaments are underway in various locations. Kelso’s Logan Davis and Blain Gilmore are playing at Tri-Mountain while Kayli Thompson competes at Lewis River. In the 2A action in Tacoma, Dave Belt of MM and Tyler Messinger of RAL are playing at Chambers Bay while Shelby Stanwood of MM and Cara Caldwell of RAL are competing at The Classic course…..In Oregon 3A State baseball, Rainier plays at Cascade Christian in Medford today while Clatskanie hosts Blanchet Catholic. In 3A State softball, Rainier hosts Harrisburg and Clatskanie is at Dayton.
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The Mariners beat the Angels 5-1 yesterday as Chris Young got the win and Robinson Cano had three hits and two RBI’s. The M’s and Halos play again tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Edmonds defeated Bellevue 7-6 to win the NWAACC baseball title yesterday at Story Field. It’s the 7th NWAACC baseball title for the Tritons…..Oregon State is the top national seed and will host an NCAA baseball regional this weekend. The Beavers open with North Dakota State. Washington will travel to Oxford, Mississippi for a regional with Georgia Tech as the opening opponent. Oregon will play in a regional at Nashville and take on Clemson…..The Seattle Seahawks have three practice sessions this week known as OTA’s, or organized team activities.
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Recovery efforts continue this morning on the Cispus River near Randle, working to find the body of a five year-old boy that was swept away over the weekend. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports that the boy was with his family from Tacoma, camping at an unimproved site on the banks of the river, about 10 miles from Randle. Family members say that the boy was riding his motorcycle, and apparently got too close to the water. The bike went in, with the boy wearing full protective riding gear and a helmet. The boy’s 32 year-old father jumped into the water, but was unable to get to him before he was swept away. The father was swept about a half-mile downstream in the cold and fast-running stream before he was able to get out. Teams have located the boy’s helmet, snagged on a branch about a mile downstream from where he went in. The effort was discontinued last night, due to the extremely swift water and darkness, but swift-water teams were back on the scene this morning. Updated information will be released as it becomes available.
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