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McCleary man arrested after stealing motorbike in front of deputy

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department

A 46 year old McCleary man was arrested overnight, after running from deputies, stealing a mini bike in front of one, leading them on a brief chase before he was caught in an East county yard. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us last night at approximately 7:00 pm, a deputy observed two men in a heated argument and preparing to fight in the 400 block of West Simpson Avenue in McCleary. As the deputy approached, one of the males, who was not wearing a shirt, fled on a bicycle. The deputy made contact with the other male and determined that no assault had taken place. The man advised he just did not like the other person and wanted him off his property. The man gave the deputy a name for the subject who fled however there was no computer record found.
Approximately 40 minutes later, a citizen called to report the person who fled from the deputy earlier was seen in the 800 block of Elma McCleary Road. In an attempt to identify this person, McCleary PD and the deputy checked the area and again found the shirtless man however he immediately fled into a nearby wooded area. The officers did not give chase as they still did not have a crime. Shortly thereafter, Deputy Gay with his K-9 partner Max, had arrived in the area and observed the same shirtless man standing next to another male on Elma Hicklin Road just west of Church Road. The other male was holding onto a mini-bike. Once the shirtless man saw Deputy Gay, he grabbed at the mini-bike and fought briefly with the other male, eventually pushing him down and fleeing on the mini-bike. Deputy Gay pursued the mini-bike at speeds between 30-40 mph. The suspect then headed east in the westbound lane of Elma Hicklin Road before dumping the bike in a yard near the 800 block on Elma Hicklin Road. At this time, the other deputy along with two McCleary officers had arrived on scene. Deputy Gay with his K-9 partner Max chased the suspect around the residence. The suspect circled the home and then attempted to get back on the mini-bike. The suspect was contacted by the officers however continued to resist arrest. He was eventually taken into custody.
The man was a 46 year old McCleary resident who had a number of outstanding felony warrants. He was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on the warrants, Robbery 2nd for forcibly stealing the mini-bike for the owner, as well as Eluding, Resisting Arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

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Washington State DOT funds available for freight rail projects

Washington Rail Map

The Washington State Department of Transportation is accepting applications to receive state funding for freight rail projects in Washington that create family-wage jobs and demonstrate the economic and environmental advantages of freight rail.

Railroads, port districts, rail districts, private companies and local governments are eligible to apply for part of nearly $8 million in project grants and loans available through two state programs – the Freight Rail Assistance Program and the Freight Rail Investment Bank.

Selected projects will improve freight mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help ease congestion on busy highways, reduce wear and tear on state roads and strengthen the state’s economy through domestic and international trade.

Applications and additional information are available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Freight/Rail/GrantandLoanPrograms. Applications are due August 29.

 

Washington State Department of Transportation’s call for projects for the Freight Rail Assistance Program and Freight Rail Investment Bank is now open. Applications are due by 5pm on August 29, 2014.

For additional information, answers to frequently asked question and application requirements, please see the 2015-2017 biennium project application packets below:

Freight Rail Assistance Program application packet (pdf 311 kb)
Freight Rail Investment Bank application packet (pdf 311 kb)

Additional questions about this call for projects can be directed to:
Chris Herman, Freight Rail Policy & Program Manager
360-705-6921

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Proposed Hospital District #2 meeting tonight in Aberdeen, and later tonight in Brady

Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Summit Pacific Medical Center administrators

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate tonight on the formation of a second public hospital district at the Rotary Log Pavillion in Aberdeen. It starts at 6, but video statements from commissioner candidates of the proposed district’s board will begin at 5:30.

News Director for Jodesha Broadcasting Dave Haviland will be moderating, and on the proponents side we’ll have Dr. Ed Brewster president of Grays Harbor College, Lisa Smith with Imperium Renewables, Patrick Wadsworth from the GH Democrats and Dr. Anna Marie Wong. On the opponent-side we’ll have Aberdeen councilman Alan Richrod, local conservative Jim Walsh, Claudia Woodward -Rice, and John Farra.

Hospital Administrators will be on hand to answer questions until around 6:30 when a couple will head out to a second meeting hosted by Fire District #2 on the topic that is being held at Station 32 in Brady tonight at 7.

The hospital district, and it’s board members, are on the primary election ballots – which you should have received by now, with votes being tallied on Aug. 5th.

The Vote

The Grays Harbor County Elections Department reports that the Commissioners on your ballot with the most votes from their district will become the new district’s Commissioners for the next 6 years. There will be no vote to determine commissioners in the November General election – regardless of the number of candidates in the district.

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President Obama signs Washington emergency declaration for wildfires

Washington State Emergency Management Division

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement state and local response efforts in the area affected by wildfires beginning on July 9, 2014, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Chelan and Okanogan and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Michael J. Hall has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.

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DUI driver allegedly turned around and hit vehicle a second time

Washington State Patrol accident report

The Washington State Patrol arrested a DUI driver overnight after they allegedly struck a barrier on Highway 12 outside of Montesano just after 1 this morning. About 15 minutes later they drove their 91 Chevy Suburban through an intersection at the Gateway Plaza and into a turning vehicle.
The 29 year old Idaho man began to drive away, then turned around and drove into the 78 Ford Flatbed a second time before getting out and attempting to fight the passenger, an 18 year old Aberdeen man, then attempting to leave again.
A 19 year old Aberdeen woman driving the truck, along with her passenger were transported to Community Hospital with undisclosed injuries, the driver of the Suburban was treated at the scene, then booked into the Aberdeen Jail on DUI hit and run charges.

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Grays Harbor PUD Commissioners approve 1.5% rate increase

Grays Harbor PUD

The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners has approved an increase in customer rates. The 1.5% increase will go into effect on August 1st.

The increase was approved in December as part of the 2014 budget. However, the commissioners agreed to postpone a portion of the increase to help move the District away from winter increases to the summer when bills are lower and household expenses are not as high.

“We understand that when bills go up it has a big impact on customers,” said Commission President Russ Skolrood. “For that reason, we delayed a portion of this increase until August 1st when electricity bills are not as high. The extra time also gave our staff a chance to make some adjustments and reduce the size of the increase.”

The PUD had expected an increase of 1.75%, however those adjustments allowed the increase to be lowered by a quarter-percent. The need for the increase is driven by rising operational costs, especially an increase in power costs from the Bonneville Power Administration.

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Hoquiam man sentenced to prison for 5th DUI

Hoquiam Police Department
A Hoquiam man was sentenced to prison for his fifth DUI earlier this month, the arresting officer, Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers thanked the County Prosecutor for getting tough on repeat DUI drivers.
Arresting documents show 55 year old Carl C. Weber was driving his son home from the hospital on a revoked license on April 15th when he tested at twice the legal limit for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. Interim County Prosecutor Gerald Fuller said on July 9th, just 4 days after Weber’s birthday, he was sentenced to 25 months for felony DUI.
Myers said in his report that the man repeated several times during the traffic stop, and his arrest, that he “was going to go to prison this time.”
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