Today’s News Headlines

KELA News Headlines for Friday, October 20, 2017

Hank the pit bull is free

A pit bull named Hank that was wrongfully blamed for killing livestock last year is now free. A Thurston County judge on Wednesday voided a Lewis County euthanasia order and ordered that Hank be released to his adoptive Centralia family. KIRO TV reports though witnesses said the pit bull that killed the livestock was not Hank, a Lewis County judge ruled Hank a dangerous dog and directed he be put down. Hank’s owners have been fighting in court for five months and finally won on Wednesday. The family says they plan on spoiling Hank.

Four arrested, two sought in alleged assault near Chehalis

Four suspects are in custody and two are still being sought in connection with an assault that allegedly happened in the early morning hours of October 13 in the 200 block of Brockway Road west of Chehalis. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says deputies made the arrests late Wednesday and early Thursday following the investigation into the incident. Authorities say in the alleged incident, a 19-year old man said he was walking his dog when a car drove up and three people exited the vehicle and confronted him, striking him several times in the head with baseball bats. The victim said he initially believed the attack was in retaliation for an earlier incident where one of his friends stabbed anther individual.

Charges brought against teen in Oregon wildfire

Charges have been lodged against a 15-year-old boy who allegedly used fireworks to start a wildfire in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge that burned out of control, triggering evacuations, the closing of an interstate highway and causing ash to rain down on nearby Portland. The Hood River County District Attorney said in a statement Thursday that the charges in juvenile court include reckless burning, depositing burning materials on forest lands, criminal mischief and recklessly endangering other persons. The charges came after a criminal investigation by the Oregon State Police.

Proposed Vancouver oil terminal brings big money to port commissioner race

Developers of a proposed oil-by-rail terminal that would be the nation’s largest have poured big money into a port commissioner race that may shape the project’s future. Campaign finance records show backers of the Vancouver Energy project have given $370,000 in cash to support Kris Greene, who has expressed support for the oil terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver. That represents the bulk of the cash he has raised in the Vancouver port commissioner’s race. His opponent, Don Orange, is against the proposed $210 million oil terminal that would handle about 360,000 barrels of crude oil a day. He says he would work to end the project’s lease at the port.

Saturday is “Bill Wiester Day” in Lewis County

Saturday is Sheriff William H. “Bill” Wiester Day in Lewis County in honor of the county’s former sheriff. The Lewis County Commissioners on Monday approved a proclamation dedicating the day to the former sheriff who passed away last month at the age of 91. Commissioner Edna Fund says if there could ever be a book or a movie about Wiester’s life, it would be very interesting. Bill Wiester served as Lewis County Sheriff for 20 years until retiring in 1986. A celebration of the life for William H. “Bill” Wiester will be held Saturday at 1 PM at Bethel Church in Chehalis.

George Washington “pop-up” museum is this weekend

Several area groups and organizations are hosting a “pop-up” museum about Centralia founder George Washington this weekend in Centralia.  The Lewis County Historical Museum is contributing items to the temporary exhibit. Historical Museum Director Jason Mattson says it will include a timeline of George Washington’s Life with as many photographs that they have been able to collect, plus other exhibits, including a model of the statue of George, his wife Mary Jane and their dog Rockwood, that is proposed for Washington Park in Centralia. The free pop-up museum opened Thursday night and will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM at 328 N. Tower Avenue in Centralia.