KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Three Arrested by Centralia Police in Kelso Pot Bust
A two-month long investigation by Centralia Police, the Cowltiz County Drug Task Force and Kelso Police resulted in the arrest of three people on a variety of drug-related charges after officers served a search warrant at a Kelso residence Monday. According to Centralia Police, officers were searching for an illegal marijuana manufacturing operation that was supplying large amounts of pot to the Lewis, Cowlitz, Thurston and Pierce county areas. The warrant was issued after undercover officers made controlled purchases from the suspects. In addition to the arrests, officers seized marijuana plants and products with a street value of about $84,000, about $51,000 in cash plus vehicles and firearms.
A Tenino Baby Dies in Tragic Accident
A one-year old Tenino girl was killed after being hit by a vehicle in a driveway Tuesday morning in what is being called a tragic accident. According to The Olympian, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office says the girl had been playing outside about 8:15 AM when a 21-year old woman arrived to pick up another child. The child’s mother took the other child out to the van, and both women thought the 1-year old had gone back into the house. Lt. Cliff Ziesemer with the Sheriff’s Office says the 21-year old woman started to pull out of the driveway and ran over the 1-year old. The child was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say neither drugs nor alcohol was involved.
Mellen Street Traffic Changes Delayed
The major change for drivers who travel Mellen Street at the I-5 interchange in Centralia is being postponed until this weekend at the earliest. Bart Treec with the Washington Department of Transportation says crews still need to complete the paving for the new route. The change will have eastbound traffic on Mellen Street being directed south on the new frontage road along the west side of I-5, across the new couplet bridge over the freeway and then north on the eastside frontage road back onto Mellen Street. The current part of Mellen Street under I-5 will be one-way westbound only. Treec says DOT crews hope to be able to complete the paving by Saturday morning, at which time the traffic changes will take effect.
Lower Speeds on Northbound I-5 in Olympia this Weekend
Drivers on northbound Interstate 5 through Olympia will find the speed limit reduced to 35 miles per hour this weekend as the project to replace an expansion joint on the bridge over Capitol Lake continues. The Department of Transportation says the northbound lanes will be shifted to the right beginning at 10 PM Thursday and will stay shifted until 5 AM Monday. From 10 PM Friday through 5 AM Monday, northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes during the day and one lane during the nighttime hours. There will also be similar lane closures on southbound I-5 during the weekend. DOT says the speed limit reduction also begins late Thursday and runs through early Monday.