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.

Man Arrested in Kelso for Brandishing a Weapon and Harrassing Another Driver on I-5

KELSO, Wash. - On 9/23/09 at 11:30 a.m. the Washington State Patrol responded to a report of a weapon brandishing on I-5 near Hwy 12. John Francis Damazio a 50 year old, Enumclaw resident was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup pulling a flat bed trailer. Damazio was I-5 southbound traveling in the fast lane.

Lloyd Feldman a 51 year old, Huntington Beach, California resident was driving a 2008 Pontiac. Feldman was I-5 southbound traveling in the slow lane. Feldman made a lane change into the fast lane. Damazio reportedly started to tailgate Feldman, and displayed a pistol. Feldman accelerated in an attempt to get away from Damazio. Damazio reportedly pursued Feldman reaching speeds of 90 mph. At one point Damazio reportedly pulled along side Feldman and displayed the pistol a second time.

Troopers from the Washington State Patrol took Damazio into custody on I-5 near Allen Street in Kelso. At the time of his arrest Damazio had a loaded pistol on his person as well as a concealed weapons permit. Damazio stated “I didn’t point it at anybody”.

Damazio was booked into the Lewis County jail on charges of Displaying a weapon and Harassment.

WSDOT Stimulus Update

All states met the March 2, 2010 deadline to obligate 100% of the Recovery Act highway funds, meaning no money will be redistributed between states. WSDOT advertised two more cable median barrier projects receiving stimulus funds on March 1. To date, the agency has advertised 28 rumble strip and 13 cable median barrier projects receiving $12 million in Recovery Act funds. WSDOT and local governments continue to advance more Recovery Act projects for construction. Two more individual highway projects and one ferry terminal project were awarded this week.

Washington Attorney General sues two more businesses as part of industry crackdown

VANCOUVER, Wash. –The Attorney General’s announced today that it is suing RGH Marketing, Inc., and the general manager of Interstate Auto Liquidators, as part of an ongoing crackdown on deceptive practices by some dealers and marketers.

“Deceptive advertising by some auto dealers and marketers has accelerated in the down economy,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said.

McKenna said that’s unfair for auto businesses that are playing by the rules and for consumers.

“Whether some dealers are intentionally detouring around the law or ignorant of it doesn’t matter in the end – they can still be sued. The increased sales revenue isn’t worth so much when you have to pay attorneys’ fees and penalties.”

Kelso Man had one of Largest Collections of Child Pornography Prosecuted in Western Washington

BENNY LYLE HILL, 60, of Kelso, Washington, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 32 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for Possession of Child Pornography. According to court documents HILL possessed more than 1,300 CDs of child pornography. Investigators found HILL’s email address, “Stoned_coach,” while investigating another child pornography suspect on the east coast. In the course of the investigation agents learned that HILL was a long time Little League baseball coach in the Kelso area. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said, “I cannot overstate the revulsion in our community, nor the serious and insidious impact on our culture, or how these offenses raise levels of fear in our society. The joy of childhood is constrained by parents who are scared to death by the people who are inspired, motivated, and titillated by those who possess this material. People collect, trade, and organize this material in the same way kids used to collect, trade and organize baseball cards. But it is illegal to collect this kind of material for a reason–because there are real victims in the pictures they trade.”

Labor & Industries moving Longview office to Kelso

Tumwater, WA – The Longview office of the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is relocating to a state-owned office building at 711 Vine St. in Kelso.

The office will be closed Friday, Sept. 25, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the Kelso location. The one-day closure will allow for the transfer and reconfiguration of computer and other technical equipment. Office hours and telephone numbers will remain the same.

L&I is moving because of a state goal to use space in state-owned buildings wherever possible. With the expiration of the Longview office lease, L&I was able to move to a space in Kelso previously occupied by WorkSource.

WSDOT paves the way for early reopening of SR 103 in Long Beach

LONG BEACH – Drivers will notice a smoother ride through the city of Long Beach as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announces the successful completion of resurfacing work on SR 103. The highway had been closed since the early morning hours of Monday, June 15 for paving operations and was reopened at 6 p.m. June 17, nearly two days ahead of schedule.

US 101 SR 103 Ft. Columbia to Long BeachWSDOT’s contractor, Morse Bros., Inc. dba Knife River, was given an early completion incentive to encourage prompt and efficient work. Crews worked around-the-clock for three consecutive days, minimizing traffic impacts to local businesses and the community.

Strategic planning and favorable weather contributed to the success of this project. WSDOT also coordinated closely with the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Visitors Bureau and local businesses to provide traffic impacts and detour information prior to the closure.