KELA News Headlines for Friday, October 24, 2014
Tornado Cuts Through Longview/Kelso
A tornado cut through Longview and Kelso on Thursday afternoon, tearing roofs off buildings, knocking over trees, shattering windows and scattering debris in a nearly 3-mile-long swath that included some of the busiest parts of town. According to the Daily News, no injuries were reported, no one was displaced from their home and crews were quick to clean up under sunny skies that followed the brief event just after 1 PM. Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha said the tornado formed above the 200 block of Beech Street and broke up at around the Kelso-Longview border. Authorities say it touched down in at least two places. The extent of the damage will be known Friday after city crews finish assessing the wreckage, which could lead to some buildings being condemned.
Alleged Attempted Kidnapping at Local Hospital
A Chehalis man is being referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor for an attempted kidnapping at Providence Centralia Hospital Wednesday night. Centralia Police report just before 8 PM the man, identified as 36-year old William M. Eaton, came into the emergency room allegedly high on drugs and attempted to take a small child that was with its parents and still strapped in a child’s car seat. Police say hospital security and a Centralia officer who just happened to be at the hospital on a different issue responded and took Eaton into custody. When questioned, Eaton believed the child was his. Eaton is still being treated at the hospital for unknown medical issues. Nobody was injured during the altercation. This case is still under investigation.
Food Fight for Local Food Banks Returns
Last December, Shop N Kart in Chehalis organized a food fight between the twin cities to help local food banks and it was very successful. Now they have started another food fight to help stock the shelves at the food banks. Sonya Riachl with Shop N Kart says customers at Shop N Kart in Chehalis and Fullers Market in Centralia are being asked to purchase either $5 or $10 bags of food that are located at the checkout stands in each of the stores. Raichl says the bags are filled with the most needed food items according to the food banks. She says the friendly competition between the two cities began October 1 and will likely continue through the end of the year.
Student Mock Election is Next Week
As Washington voters fill out and return their General Election ballots, thousands of students in grades K-12 in the state can get a taste of what voting is like by taking part in the annual Washington State Student Mock Election. Brian Zylstra with the Secretary of State’s Office says students will be voting on Initiatives I-591 and I-594, I-1351 plus the congressional races in their district. He says the online voting starts Monday at 9 AM and ends next Friday at 1 PM. To vote, go to: vote.wa.gov/MockElection. The results will be posted online shortly after the student voting ends next Friday.