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Cowlitz Sheriff releases video of arson of coffee stand: Seeks public help on case. - 05/18/17

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at around 1:00 AM, a subject entered the coffee stand at Drew's Grocery - 5304 Spirit Lake Hwy in Toutle, WA. Within minutes, fire erupts and the subject is seen running from the coffee stand. Toutle Fire quickly responded and extinguished the fire, but the building was a complete loss.

The event was captured by a video camera and can be viewed on youtube at this link:

https://youtu.be/fwxd07-NWBk

The building is owned by Connie Gorman. The coffee stand was operated by Dexter "Juice" Solomon and his wife, Patricia "Patti" Solomon.

The subject responsible for the fire likely sustained burns. If anyone has any information on the fire, or might be able to identify the subject running from the building, please contact Sgt. Troy Brightbill or Detective Lorenzo Gladson at 577-3092.

People who want to remain anonymous can use the smart phone app "Tip411" and make the information to the attention of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

Free Boating Education Class - 05/16/17

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division, will begin hosting an Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next available class will be held on Saturday, June 3rd. The class will run from 8:00am-3:00pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington. There is no cost for the class.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer via email at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us. Registrations fill up fast.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out www.boatered.org.

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Toutle Fire Investigation Continues (Photo) - 05/10/17

Cowlitz County Sheriff Deputies are continuing their investigation into Sunday's fire that destroyed the Liberty Espresso coffee stand in Toutle, WA. Evidence located at the scene and information from concerned citizens are aiding the investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092. Anonymous tips may be sent through the free "CCSOTip" app available on both iPhone and Android.

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Body of Missing Kelso Man Located in Cowlitz River - 05/09/17

Kelso - The body of a man suffering from Alzheimer's was located in the Cowlitz River near Carnival Market this morning. At approximately 7 a.m. Sheriff's deputies received a call that 77 year old William Collins who suffers from Alzheimer's was missing from his residence in the 4600 block of Pleasant Hill Rd., Kelso where he lives with his wife.

Upon family members discovering Mr. Collins missing, the family had initiated a search and located the man's vehicle along the river not far from his home. As the Sheriff's Office called out Search and Rescue assistance, several family friends launched boats to search the river area downstream from where the vehicle was located.

Search and Rescue auxiliary communications drone pilots also responded and were just set to launch the drone when at approximately 9:50 a.m.the victim's body was located by family friends floating in the river near Carnival Market.

The body was turned over to the Cowlitz County Coroner.

Sheriff Mark Nelson

Sheriff Investigates Arson at Toutle Coffee Stand - 05/08/17

Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent arson at the Liberty Espresso stand in Toutle. On Sunday, May 7 at approximately 1 a.m., Toutle Fire responded to a report of an explosion and fire at the stand, located in the 5300 block of Spirit Lake Highway.

When fire arrived the building was burning and was heavily damaged before the fire was extinguished. Fire investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set and turned the investigation over to the Sheriff's Office to conduct a criminal investigation.

Deputies have been following up on several leads and information developed during the processing of the scene and subsequent investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092 for Sergeant Troy Brightbill, or you can place an anonymous tip through Tip 411 by email or from your smart phone by texting 847411 and beginning your message with "ccso tip" and then your message.