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Cowlitz Sheriff recieves call after home made pipe cannon at park - 09/29/16

Cowlitz County: Willow Grove Maintenance personnel found a small pipe with a burnt fuse coming out of it in a garbage can at Willow Grove Park at about 8:51am today. The Cowlitz County Sheriff called the Portland Bomb Squad who responded and disposed of the device.

This was not a bomb. It was a very short piece of 2 inch pipe that had a burnt fuse in one end. The other end was not capped. These devices while not safe, do not by their nature cause destruction when detonated; rather they make a loud noise like a very small cannon.

There is no reason to believe there was any intention to harm anyone or cause any damage. It appears as though it was simply thrown in to the trash can by someone wanting to dispose of it.

Update #1: H+T driver arrested: Hit and Run to restaurant: Dark colored Nissan SUV, young male driver left scene - 09/28/16

Update: Deputies working on the case were able to locate the driver by using variations of the partial license that was provided by witnesses. Arrested for Hit and Run: Joseph L. Riley, Longview, 45 yrs of age. Riley, who drove a Nissan Pathfinder, said that he got scared and decided to leave without reporting the accident. A witness nearby got a partial plate. Riley could not explain why his car ran in to the building other than to say that it "went forward" after being started and he could not stop it.

There are no pictures or video available at this time.

Longview, Wa: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is investigating a hit and run where a dark colored Nissan SUV ran in to Mary's restaurant, 4503 Ocean Beach Hwy, at 5:30 a.m. and left the scene. The driver is described as a young man. No one in the building was hurt, the restaurant was not open. There is a possibility the license plate is similar to "ANG_66".

Deputies are checking local businesses for video and we will release them here via flashnews if they are available.

No pictures of the scene at this time. Damage is very difficult to estimate at this time until a contractor can examine the building at a later time.

Anyone with tips are encouraged to call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office or use TIP411 and enter CCSOTIP at 847411.

Cowlitz Deputy arrest man for stolen truck and motorcyle, Trafficking stolen Prop: Poss. Heroin. - 09/28/16

Cowlitz County: Castle Rock: Deputies take a report of a truck and motorcycle that was stolen from a castle rock area residence. Hours later, Deputy Marc Johnson, recognizes the truck and motorcycle at 312 Olson road in Longview. The victim had mentioned that Zach Harris was a possible suspect. Harris had contacted the home owner on Olson road, Davod Loiselle, and tried to sell him the motorcycle. Harris told Loiselle the motorcycle was not stolen.

Heroin, and syringes were found in the stolen truck. Harris admitted he had a drug problem.

Zachariah C Harris, 26 years, of Longview, was booked for possession of stolen vehicle (2x), Possession of Heroin, and Trafficking in stolen property.

Cowlitz Deputies arrest man for rash of hit and run accidents and stolen vehicle - 09/28/16

Cowlitz County: Longview, Wa: Deputies received a call on Monday of several home owners reporting a vehicle driving erratically through their yards knocking down mailboxes, all on a car with a flat tire. The owner of the car, Ryan Bell of Longview said that he had loaned the car to Patrick L. Phillips 34yrs.(longview) This car abandoned in the area.

On 9-27-16 at about 0730 Deputies learned that a 1991 Chev P/U was stolen from Ammons Drive, not far from where Phillips left the first car abandoned. They also were dispatched to a vehicle on Pilgrim road, which is about 5 miles north of Longview that had been driving off in to the brush. Phillip was found walking in the area and was taken in to custody. His phone was found in the stolen truck.

Phillips was booked in jail for: Possession of stolen Vehicle, Hit and Run (X3), driving with a suspended license, and Operating a motor vehicle without a interlock device.

Due to the high volume of investigations we will not be able to provide all victims contact information to the media.

Three Year Old Explorer found Safe` - 09/02/16

Ariel, WA-Three year old Jovie was located safe in a cabin after wandering away from a family camping trip Friday afternoon.

The Brianne and Evan Weisner family were camping in the Anderson Resort area when Jovie went missing around 4 p.m. After initial searches were completed, approximately 15 volunteer searchers from Cowlitz County Search and Rescue arrived and were getting ready to deploy when she was located. Jovie was found in a small cabin in the 100 block of Sassy's Creed owned by the Meyer family.

Jovie told deputies and her mother that she had gone to look for her dad and grandpa who were setting up their tent. She didn't find them so she kept looking. She said that she could hear her mother calling her but answered in a quite voice. After a while she came to a small house and knocked on the door. No one answered so she went in, took off her shoes (because that's what they do at home) and waited.

When the Meyers' got home they could see the search vehicles around and began to check their own property where they located Jovie in the small cottage on their property. A searcher reported having searched that area already and it is supposed that Jovie arrived after the outbuilding had already been searched.

Jovie was in good condition and did not appear to be injured in any way.

There are about 100 family members there camping this weekend for their family reunion.

Sheriff Mark Nelson