KELA News Headlines for Monday, January 26, 2015
Police break up large underage drinking party
Police cited and released 40 persons under the age of 21 for minors in possession of alcohol after they responded to the report of a fight late Saturday night outside a residence in the 2200 block of Earl Street in Centralia. According to Centralia Police, it was discovered that several student athletes from the Centralia College athletics department were throwing a large alcohol and marijuana party. Officers learned that the people throwing the party had also been consuming alcohol and were under 21 years of age. Two 17 year old females were also referred to the Juvenile prosecutor. There were also two people arrested and booked into Jail for outstanding warrants. An adult male was allegedly assaulted and suffered injuries to his face. The assault case is still under investigation.
Man found dead at duck blind from Onalaska
The man who was found dead in a duck blind at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge last Tuesday has been identified by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office as 54-year old Mark Lee Haskins of Onalaska. According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, when Haskins did not check out at dusk as required, a manager went to the blind and found him face down. The manager called 911 to report the incident. When Ridgefield Police and aid units arrived, they determined Haskins was deceased. The Columbian reports the body was turned over to the medical examiner’s office which ruled the death was accidental and did not order a full autopsy.
Centralia College diesel program to get $20,000 grant
The Diesel Technology program at Centralia College has received $20,000 in funds from the Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Matching Grant. Julie Johnson with the Centralia College Foundation says $10,000 is coming from NC Machinery and another $10,000 from Caterpillar. She says $15,000 will be used for expenses within the program such as tools and parts. The remaining $5,000 will go for scholarships. Johnson says the scholarships will be for students in both the two-year Associate of Arts Diesel Technology program at Centralia College and the new 4-year Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology program which began in the fall of 2014.
State lawmakers want to get tough on repeat DUIs
Some lawmakers want to get tough on repeat DUI offenders in Washington. A bill introduced by Republican Senator Mike Padden last week is aimed at changing one of the country’s most lenient driving under the influence laws. The bill would make a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years a felony, not a misdemeanor. That would mean state prison time for offenders rather serving their sentence in the county jail. According to Senator Padden, 45 states have felony DUI laws. Of those, Washington is the only state requiring five convictions within a 10-year period.