Deputies make two arrests in Longview port scuffle

Deputies make two arrests in Longview port scuffle
Police and union workers face off during a tense moment as union workers block a grain train in Longview, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

LONGVIEW, Wash. - Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputies announced they had made two arrests Monday evening following a contentious standoff last week at a Longview grain facility that saw violence, vandalism and numerous confrontations between police and union members.

Ronald Patrick Stavas, 45, was arrested Monday night on a "probable cause statement," according to a press release from the Sheriff's office. He was taken into custody without incident.

Deputies said Stavas was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on four felony charges including burglary in the first degree, assault in the second degree, intimidating a witness, and sabotage. 

At his initial appearance in Cowlitz County Superior Court Tuesday morning, Stavas' bail was set at $50,000.00. He is still in custody.

The suspect was identified by a witness after seeing a news video shot at the union hall where Stavas confronted the news crew.

Also arrested on Monday was Shelly Ann Porter, age 39, of Longview. 

She was charged with criminal trespass in the second degree as a result of the blocking of the train on Wednesday, September 7.  She was booked and released on this misdemeanor charge and is scheduled to make an appearance in Cowlitz County District Court.

Sheriff Mark Nelson said that the investigation into the incidents on Wednesday and Thursday of last week is continuing.