• Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview (MBTL) proposal

    New environmental review schedule for Millennium project

    Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology have proposed a new environmental review schedule for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview coal export facility.   Today’s decision to separate the federal and local/state timelines will allow Cowlitz County and Ecology to move forward more quickly. The county and state’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is […]

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  • Kelso man suspected of strangling stepfather, allegedly over beer argument

    KELSO, Wash. (AP) — The Cowlitz County sheriff’s office says a Kelso man confessed to strangling his 82-year-old stepfather in an argument over beer.

    The sheriff’s office says 56-year-old Bruce W. Albee was arrested Wednesday night in Pacific County where he told deputies he had left Charles Marion Rees dead at their home in Kelso.

    Deputies went to the home and found a body.

    Albee told investigators he and Rees got into an argument over beer and it turned into a fight that ended with Rees strangled.

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  • Trespasser Arrested, Non-Registered Sex Offender Booked

    Raymond, WA- A trespassing arrest this week revealed a non-registered sex offender in Pacific County. Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock tells us around 11:30 Wednesday morning a woman reported an unknown man on her property off of State Route 101 in the Butte Creek area. Investigators found a man matching the description at a neighboring house and placed him under arrest. After the man was identified as 35 year old Tyran L. Ward, Deputies discovered the man had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest because he failed to register as a sex offender in Cowlitz County. Ward was booked into Pacific County Jail for the warrants as well as Trespassing, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and for Making a False Statement to a Public Servant.

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  • Long string of “accidents” turns out to be insurance fraud

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Kelso woman has pleaded guilty to attempted insurance fraud after collecting more than $200,000 for dozens of bogus medical claims, including falsely claiming that her husband’s foot had been amputated.

    Kelly Klein, 47, had accident insurance through an employer. In less than three years, she filed 96 claims stemming from eight alleged accidents involving her family members.

    “Insurance fraud drives up the cost of premiums for all of us,” said Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, whose Special Investigations Unit helped investigate the case. Washingtonians pay an estimated $200 to $300 a year in increased home- and auto insurance due to fraud, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

    In insurance claims filed from April 2004 through January 2007, Klein said that:

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  • State disciplines health care providers

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

    The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

    Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

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  • Naselle man arrested for attempted murder after making threats to roomates

    NASELLE, Wash. – A Pacific County man was arrested early yesterday morning after making threats to his roomates about shooting them, and the police if they responded.
    On July 16th Deputies investigated the report of a man having fired a firearm at two subjects in the 300 block of Knappton road, in Naselle. The Sheriff’s department reports the victims had fled the scene and were contacted by deputies. They reported that the male had been arguing with them throughout the night, and at some point made threats to harm them and to shoot the police if they came to the house.
    Deputies responded to the area, close neighbors were evacuated, it was believe the suspect was still inside the residence. Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson requested outside assistance from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol and other local police agencies.
    The residence was entered and cleared the male suspect was not found. Early on the morning of July 17th, 2013 Sheriff Scott Johnson arrested the suspect, not to far from the residence. The suspect surrendered without incident.
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  • More Coal in Cowlitz County Commission Stockings?

    LONGVIEW, Wash. – The face-offs continue between Northwest conservation groups and coal companies. Today, an appeal is being filed at the Washington State Shoreline Hearings Board. A coalition wants to reverse last month’s decision by the Cowlitz County Commission to allow a coal export terminal to be built on waterfront land in Longview.

    The groups’ attorney, Jan Hasselman of Earthjustice, says the coal industry is scouting the Pacific coastline for sites it can use to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to China, which he says should require more environmental scrutiny at the state or regional level.

    “The governors of Washington, Oregon and California need to stand up and say, ‘No! This isn’t the right thing for our communities.’ They haven’t done that. So, the law puts the burden on the local authorities, who are making these permitting decisions.”

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