KELA News Headlines for Thursday, March 5, 2015 (Updated 11 AM)
BREAKING NEWS!!! INFANT DEATH IN TOLEDO BEING INVESTIGATED
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an 8-month old baby boy in Toledo Wednesday night. Stacy Brown with the Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the 200 block of Foster Creek Road about 8:30 PM for an aid call for an infant that was not breathing. Deputies learned the father found the baby not breathing in his crib. 911 was called and CPR was started but the efforts were unsuccessful. Brown says an investigation is underway. She says no other information will be released until an autopsy is performed which could happen on Friday.
A fire does minimal damage in a rest area bathroom
A fire did minimal damage to a restroom at the Maytown Rest Area on southbound I-5 in south Thurston County late Wednesday night. According to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority, crews responded to the report of the fire about 11:45 PM. When firefighters arrived they discovered a fire in some trash and rolls of toilet paper in one of the men’s restrooms and it was quickly extinguished. The fire is being considered suspicious. The restroom was closed so the incident could be investigated by the State Patrol and the state Department of Transportation. DOT says the one restroom remains closed but the other men’s restroom at the rest area is open.
Benefit planned for Winlock fire victims
Community organizers have announced a poker ride motorcycle fun run for later this month to benefit the family impacted by the devastating fire in Winlock last week. The 75-mile ride on Saturday, March 21 will begin and end at St. Helens Tap House in Toledo. Registration will begin at 9 AM with the ride starting at 11 AM. The entry fee is $25 per person. All funds collected will be donated to the family. In addition, monetary donations are being accepted at all Umpqua Bank branches. Donations of items such as clothes, bedding, books, toys, personal hygiene products are being accepted at the Winlock branch of Umpqua Bank, the Christian Fellowship of Winlock Church, and Aaron’s appliance store in Chehalis.
College Foundation offers funding for research projects
The Centralia College Foundation is accepting applications for funding for student research projects at the college in 2015. Centralia College President Dr. Robert Frost says the funding can be used to complete Capstone Projects across all areas of study. This is the third year of the Capstone Projects at the college. The number of projects has gone from six in 2013 to 17 last year. The Foundation has approved $10,000 to fund the projects this year. Up to $500 may be available for an individual or $2,500 for a group. To be considered, students need faculty approval for their project. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 13.
Port of Centralia authorizes sale of properties
The Port of Centralia commissioners recently authorized the sale of two parcels of Port property in the 3500 block of Galvin Road in Centralia. Business to Business report one of the properties is a 2.35 acre parcel with a 44,000 square foot building currently occupied by Rogers Machinery. Rogers lease with the Port for the property expires at the end of 2015. It’s currently listed for sale or lease with a purchase price listed at $1.9 million. The other parcel is approximately 3 acres with a 1,500 square foot machine shed. The assessed value of the property by Lewis County for tax purposed is $325,000.