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February 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Kelso man recovering after passing through bark machine

LONGVIEW, (AP) — A 23-year-old Kelso man who fell into a machine that breaks up clumps of wood bark is out of a Vancouver hospital and recovering at his mother’s home. Frank Arce Jr. says support from his family and friends is one reason he was able to leave the hospital Saturday — sooner than doctors…


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February 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Assault victim arrested to help prove case

LONGVIEW (AP) — A victim of sexual assault was arrested last week and ordered to show up in court to help Cowlitz County prosecutors prove the case against her alleged abusers. The Longview Daily News reports the 43-year-old woman spent one night in jail after being arrested under a material witness warrant. She had…


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January 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

2 minor quakes shake Longview area

LONGVIEW (AP) — Seismologists say two minor earthquakes were felt in communities near Longview Sunday morning. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s John Vidale says the two quakes happened about an hour apart and within a kilometer of each other. He says people definitely felt it but the quakes aren’t likely to cause damage because they were…


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January 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Man sues Longview care home over wife’s hypothermia death

The Associated Press LONGVIEW — A man who is suing a Washington state dementia-care home over the freezing death of his wife has asked the court to expedite testimony. Donald Sheldon turns 90 next month and says he may not live to see the trial. He and Norma Sheldon were married for 69 years. He says…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: accidental death, Department of Social and Health Services, lawsuit

December 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Longview retirement facility faulted in woman’s freezing death

The Associated Press

LONGVIEW — State officials are revoking the operating license of a Washington retirement facility after an 88-year-old woman froze to death in its courtyard earlier this month.

Officials with the state Department of Social and Health Services said staff mistakes and ineffective security measures at Canterbury Gardens Alzheimer Care in Longview are to blame for Norma Sheldon’s death Dec. 6, The Longview Daily News reported.

Sheldon’s body was found in an enclosed, open-air courtyard after staff missed a required hourly bed check at midnight. The Alzheimer’s patient was wearing only a nightgown in the 28-degree weather, the newspaper reported. She died of hypothermia.

“This was a very serious situation,” said Irene Owens, interim director of the state’s residential care services, part of the health services department.

According to the state’s revocation letter, the violations found by investigators “resulted in the death to a resident and put 61 other residents at risk for accidents or injuries.”

The facility can continue to care for its current 57 residents while an appeal takes place, but it can’t accept new patients.


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: death investigation, Longview, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

December 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Longview woman, 88, froze to death outside retirement home

The Associated Press LONGVIEW — The Cowlitz County coroner’s office says an 88-year-old Longview woman froze to death outside her retirement home last week. Chief Deputy Coroner Brett Dundas said Monday that an autopsy showed the woman died of hypothermia. He says the manner of death was declared an accident. The Daily News reports Norma Jeannette Sheldon was…


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November 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Longview woman jailed over dangerous pit bull

The Associated Press LONGVIEW — Two weeks in jail haven’t compelled a Longview woman to turn over the pit bull that bit a young boy. A Cowlitz County Superior Court judge found Kimberly Marie Vasquez in contempt of court Nov. 12 for hiding the dog that tore a chunk out of the 5-year-old’s leg. The judge ordered Vasquez…


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March 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Jesus still invoked at Longview council meetings

Take Our Poll LONGVIEW (AP) — The Rev. Larry Pedigo of Highlands Baptist Church delivered the invocation at Thursday’s City Council meeting and ended the prayer, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” “Amen,” came the hearty response in the council chambers, The Daily News reported Friday. Longview Mayor Don Jensen told the audience that until…


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March 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

‘Christ’ banned from Longview council invocations

LONGVIEW (AP) — Ministers should refrain from invoking Jesus Christ in invocations for City Council meetings, Longview Mayor Don Jensen said.

Jensen told the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association last month that such prayers were not acceptable because they could expose the city to a lawsuit, The Daily News reported Tuesday.

“It’s not my choice to stop this, but I don’t know how we can put our citizens at jeopardy and cost our city and our citizens a lot of money,” said Jensen, who met with the association upon the advice of the city attorney.

If they can’t speak the name Jesus Christ, association ministers will no longer provide the invocation, said President Mark Schmutz, pastor of Northlake Baptist Church. He called the development sad and disappointing.

“They’re asking us not to do what we’re (called) to do,” he said. “This is the one and only true God, and so we’re not trying to be against anybody — we’re just being clear about what we’re for.”

A Christian invocation has started Longview City Council meetings since the 1950s. There was no invocation at last Thursday’s meeting.

The invocation complaint was lodged by Longview resident Dan L. Smith, 69, who describes himself as a “very comfortable atheist.”


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