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Police Blotter: Feb. 20

Fraud — A young child reportedly attempted to purchase ice cream in the 4500 block of Ocean Beach Highway in Longview Monday with a counterfeit $100 bill she said she got from her grandma.


Red Leaf opening two more locations, hiring 16

Red Leaf will expand this year with two new coffee shops — a walk-up located in the 1400 block of Broadway in downtown Longview and another standalone store nearly the size of their largest shop in West Kelso, according to the owners.


On recording, suspect describes hatchet killing in murder trial

Ryan Scott Adams said that despite "telling myself not to swing," he wouldn't stop swinging a hatchet at Robert Lorenzo Diaz III on May 11, according to police interview footage played for the jury during the third day of Adams' murder trial Tuesday in Cowlitz County Superior Court.


Sheriff Thurman talks transition, communication, hiring and gun laws

Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman unseated incumbent Mark Nelson last year in large part due to a campaign that promised to reforge relationships with other law enforcement and emergency response agencies that had been "damaged beyond repair."


Local lawmakers support retaining the death penalty

Local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they support retaining the death penalty as an option for the most "heinous" murders. The state Senate on Friday voted 28-19 to repeal the death penalty. Both of the local area's senators, Longview Democrat Dean Takko and Centralia Republican John Braun


Skamania sheriff identifies deceased man

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deceased male found in Skamania County near Cougar on January 24. The Longview Daily News reports the man, 24-year-old Brian Bodle of Newberg, Oregon, died of homicidal violence, according to an autopsy conducted on Jan.


Severe weather shelter closing Tuesday, reopening Wednesday

Love Overwhelming's severe weather shelter will be closed Tuesday night but will reopen Wednesday as another stretch of below-freezing temperatures begins. Tuesday night's temperatures should remain above freezing and don't meet the City of Longview's definition of severe weather. The shelter will r


Keslo murder suspect appears in Clark County court

Nenemeny W. Ekiek, 21, suspected in the killing of Kelso convenience store clerk Kayla Chapman, appeared Tuesday morning in Clark County Superior Court after being arrested on a warrant two weeks ago.


Man found dead near Mount St. Helens is identified

COUGAR, Wash. - A man found dead Jan. 24 along a remote road near Mount St. Helens has been identified, says the Skamania County Sheriff's Office. The Longview Daily News reports the man, 24-year-old Brian Bodle of Newberg, Oregon, died of homicidal violence, according to an autopsy conducted on Jan


Should Washington state look at a regional minimum wage?

In 2016, Washington voters approved a measure to significantly raise the state’s minimum wage in increments spread across six years. But the minimum wage that works for a metropolitan area like Seattle might not be what’s best for smaller, rural areas, argues state Rep. Skyler Rude.


Free heart screening for students Saturday

Spencer's HeartStrong Foundation will hold its annual Student Heart Check from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the PeaceHealth Lakeside Clinic on Kessler Boulevard in Longview. There will be a cardiologist and EKG readings will be available. Students can also learn hands-only CPR.


Longview schools bond: Board OKs soil study

The Longview School Board Tuesday approved a soil study at the Mint Valley Elementary School site despite learning that the study wouldn’t pinpoint the exact cost for a foundation at that site.


Kelso council to hear update on animal control services

The Kelso City Council on Tuesday will hear an update on animal control services from the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. The humane society took in 505 animals from Kelso last year, which is up from the 479 taken into custody in 2017 and 399 in 2016, but still below 541 in 2014.


To save on surgery, out-of-state patients travel to Washington’s Longview

A year and a half ago, Anita Graves’ doctor told her her right knee needed to be replaced. However, rather than undergoing the procedure near her home in Omaha, Neb., where the surgery would cost about $50,000, Graves saved $13,000 by having it at the Pacific Surgical Center in Longview.


Sheriff's deputy Charlie Rosenzweig to host home safety talk Thursday

Charlie Rosenzweig, Chief Criminal Deputy of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's office, will host a presentation on preventing and staying safe during home invasions beginning at noon Thursday at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum, 405 Allen Street in Kelso.


Cassie's Castle Rock barbershop still going strong

CASTLE ROCK — Cassie Hensley was not quite 20 and only a few months into her first job when she decided to start her own business. Four years later, Cassie’s Barbershop at 113 First Ave. in Castle Rock is still going strong.


County and City of Longview finger pointing delaying shelter funds

A dispute between the City of Longview and Cowlitz County officials is threatening to push homeless people out of the Love Overwhelming emergency shelter and into the streets. The crux of the matter is this: Each entity is willing to give LO $9,000, but they're arguing over who should dish out the m


Column: Kelso's state trophy after Freund's hectic week shows why coach among the best

Just minutes before Mat Classic XXXI started on Friday at the Tacoma Dome, Kelso coach Bob Freund was on the phone working on rescheduling a basketball game. “I finally had to send a text out to everyone saying ‘I have to check out,’” Freund said. “I just felt so detached.”


Superior court judge Anne Cruser appointed to state Court of Appeals

Cowlitz County will soon lose one its judges. Superior Court Judge Anne Cruser was appointed Friday to the Washington State Court of Appeals Divison II by governor Jay Inslee. Cruser will replace Judge Jill Johanson, who is retiring at the end of the month from the bench. The Division II court, base