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KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 


More Details on Alleged Cockfighting Ring Raid

A Rochester man has admitted he was raising roosters at his home to sell for cockfights in Oregon, Texas and as far away as Mexico.  Up to 240 roosters were being raised in a pen area behind the residence in the 17900 block of Danby Drive when they were seized Monday in a raid by agents of the Washington State Gambling Commission.  Agents also seized about 60 hens.  According to The Olympian, 35-year old Victor Hugo Gallegos Chavez was arrested on suspicion of felony crimes related to raising roosters for cockfighting.  During a court hearing on Tuesday, Chavez was ordered held in the Thurston County Jail on $25,000 bail.  The raid was the culmination of a nearly two-year long investigation.


Tenino School Bond Measure is Failing

It looks like the Tenino School District bond measure is going down to defeat.  After the first count of ballots from Tuesday’s special election, the bond measure is receiving only a 51.7 percent “yes” vote.  The $38 million measure to make a variety of improvements in the district needs a 60-percent “yes” vote to pass.  The next count of ballots is expected this evening.  This is the second chance for the bond issue which was rejected by voters in February.


Construction Begins on New Toledo Sewer Plant

Construction began Monday on a new sewer plant in Toledo, and an official groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place in the coming weeks.  Funded primarily with state and county grants, the new oxidation ditch is expected to allow the city to grow at a larger rate, and will replace the aging lagoon system.  According to the Towne Crier newspaper, during the Toledo City Council meeting Monday night, City Clerk Michelle Whitten told officials the expected construction timeline was "very aggressive" and the contractor, Rotschy Inc. of Vancouver, expects to have the project completed by June of next year.


Adna High School Senior to Hold Mock Crash

For his senior project, Adna High school senior Levi Williams is hoping to educate his fellow students about the dangers of drinking and driving.  Working with local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders, plus the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Coroner’s Office, Willams is presenting a mock crash Thursday morning for the student bodies of Adna and Pe Ell high schools.  He says he hopes that his fellow students will get the message that drinking and driving can affect a lot of innocent people and even cost lives.  The mock crash will be held at the Adna High School football field off Highway 6 Thursday morning beginning at 9 AM.


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