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Police Blotter: April 23

Harassment — Kelso police Saturday arrested Kevin Gerald Munday, 57, of Kelso on suspicion of felony harassment. 7200 block of Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, Toutle. Saturday. Someone took down T posts and no-trespassing signs on property.


'Words fail to describe that loss': DeRosier family speaks about fallen deputy

LONGVIEW, Wash — The family of slain Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy Justin DeRosier spoke to the media for the first time since he was fatally shot in the line of duty on April 13.


Sheriff's Office: Man who killed deputy had handgun, meth when shot by police

The man who shot and killed a sheriff's deputy was holding a handgun and meth when he was killed by police, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Butts died in a shootout with police, the day after investigators say he shot Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier outside of Kelso.


Sheriff releases procession route for DeRosier memorial

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced the route for Wednesday's law enforcement procession for slain Deputy Justin DeRosier happening prior to the memorial service in Portland.


Longview school board approves budget cuts

The Longview School Board Monday night approved a new curriculum adoption cycle and authorized Superintendent Dan Zorn to include at least $2.8 million of cuts in next year’s budget as part of the district’s ongoing budget reduction process.


Hundreds walk in Longview to honor Cowlitz Co. Deputy DeRosier

LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) – Hundreds of people came together in Longview on Saturday in honor of fallen Cowlitz County deputy Justin DeRoiser. The 29-year-old Kelso native was killed in the line of duty last Saturday night.


Law enforcement agencies volunteer to cover Whitman County service calls, deputies can attend Cowlitz County memorial service

WHITMAN COUNTY - A number of local law enforcement agencies have volunteered to take Whitman County Sheriff's Office shifts so deputies can attend Justin DeRosier's memorial service.


Butts armed, carrying 45 grams of meth when shot

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The man believed to have fatally shot Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier on April 13 was carrying 45 grams of suspected methamphetamine when he was killed by police.


Update provided in officer-involved shooting connected to Deputy DeRosier homicide investigation

When suspect Brian Butts was in an armed confrontation with officers, he was armed with a loaded semi-automatic handgun and had methamphetamine. More information was released Monday in the investigation into the officer involved shooting that killed the suspect in the death of Cowlitz County Deputy


Pickup driver airlifted after crash with log truck

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The driver of a small pickup truck was airlifted after colliding with a log truck on Highway 30 shortly before 1 p.m. Monday in Columbia City. The crash happened at the intersection of Hwy 30 and I Street, Columbia River Fire & Rescue said, and caused "extensive front end da


TRAFFIC CRASH: 2 vehicle crash sends 1 to hospital

Multiple law enforcement and fire agencies responded to the scene of a traffic crash on Highway 30 near I St. in Columbia City on Monday afternoon, April 22. The crash sent an empty log truck off the roadway and left a pickup truck heavily damaged in the roadway. Law enforcement officials at the sce


Washington state lawmaker apologizes for nursing comments

OLYMPIA (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker who angered nurses by saying some may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals says she wishes she could reel that comment back in.


Famed conservative filmmaker coming to Cowlitz County

A notable conservative filmmaker will headline the Cowlitz County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner. The party has announced Dinesh D’Souza will speak at the annual event on May 4 at the Cowlitz County Event Center.


Class Gatherings Calendar: April 23-May 1

Kelso High School class of 1958: noon, no-host luncheon, Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso, classmates, spouses and friends welcome; Judi Fouch Peters, 360-577-4584. R.A. Long High School class of 1959: 11:30 a.m., Olde Creekside Cafe, 1323 Commerce Ave., Longview; spouses and friends welcome;


Clark County releases more information in Butts shooting

Brian Butts was carrying a semi-automatic handgun and about 45 grams, or roughly $2,000 worth of suspected methamphetamine at the time officers confronted and killed him the night of April 14, according to a press release Monday by the Clark County Sheriff's Office.


Mint Valley golf course's fortunes rising under city management

The Longview City Council’s decision to take over full operation of the Mint Valley Golf Course sparked nearly a year of controversy, but less than four months after the switch, city officials and golfers alike seem pleased with the results.


Wash. set to be first state to allow human composting

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington is set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated process of decomposition that turns a body into soil in a matter of weeks.


Funeral for slain Cowlitz deputy set for Wednesday

A memorial service for the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputy who was killed in a shooting earlier this month is planned for Wednesday in Portland. The ceremony for deputy Justin DeRosier will take place at 1 p.m., April 24 at the Earle A. & Virginia H. Chiles Center at the University of Portland. Simu


Washington Democrats call for GOP state Rep. Matt Shea to be expelled after latest allegations

OLYMPIA — Washington Democrats are calling for the expulsion of GOP state Rep. Matt Shea from his caucus after a report that he allegedly participated in a group chat that discussed spying on and attacking political enemies.


Fire crews extricate patient after crash on Hwy 30 in Columbia City

COLUMBIA CITY, Ore. – Firefighters had to extricate someone from a vehicle after they collided with a semi truck on Highway 30 Monday afternoon. Columbia River Fire reported the crash at about 1 p.m. along the highway at 5th Street in Columbia City.