Archive for April 2010

Baum Investigation Continues, Reward Increased

 

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the McCleary Police Department at 360-495-3107, Toll Free at 1-866-915-8299, e-mail tips to soadmin@co. grays-harbor. wa.us, or send tips to Post Office Box 305, McCleary WA, 98557. 

(from our original posting on the Baum disappearance found here)

 Investigators would still like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything in McCleary between 9 and 10 pm Friday – June 26th when the little girl failed to return to her home on Mommsen Road from a friend’s house on Maple street a few blocks away.

Police are also asking that people get their facts from the police or local media, and to not flood tip lines with rumors heard second hand, or online. 

 Investigators looking for the missing McCleary girl say it’s unlikely she ran away or is playing a prank on her family, FBI investigators have said it is also unlikely that she was abducted by a stranger, and more likely someone she knew.

Police are following up on several leads in the case, Scott tells us that the Forensic Investigation on Lindsey’s home computer has turned up little more, and that they have expanded the computer level search to other computers that Lindsey may have used to access her internet profiles, including the local public library’s computer.

Scott said that video footage taken from a nearby Shell station yielded no stand-out leads, some leads are still being investigated from the video. Scott added that the footage is now being investigated by forensics teams, in hopes of enhancing some of the video.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff Mike Whelan says that, early in the investigation, investigators have received many tips, and that so far the investigation has yielded no primary suspects. "We’ve been sending teams of detectives out to follow up on those tips" "as far as suspects are concerned, we don’t have anyone that we can say is the suspect"

"I just need my daughter home," Melissa Baum, the girl’s mother told The Aberdeen Daily World. She said she’s afraid someone has taken her daughter and away from McCleary, a town of about 1,500.

Lindsey’s mother reported her missing Friday night.

Chief George Crumb of the McCleary Police Department said that weekend that friends and family are assisting the search, and that while his department hopes Baum just ran off on her own, "she’s been gone far too long."

 Melissa Baum said she is afraid someone has taken her daughter, and taken her away from McCleary.
"If anyone does have her, bring her back home or take her to a pay phone where she can call home," Baum said.
No Amber Alert was initiated because no one had seen anyone take her. Lindsey Baum was reported as a missing child.
"It did not meet any of the criteria for an Amber Alert," Crumb said.
McCleary Police set up the initial search, but called in the Sheriffs Office at 4 a.m., Patrick said. Thurston County sheriffs deputies, FBI Officials, and the Washington State Patrol are also assisting.

Opening Night at Grays Harbor Raceway…. Take Three

In an effort to bring more excitement back to GHR in 2010, double file restarts will be used in the Modified, Midget, Hobby Stock and Hornet divisions this year. The leader will start on the front row alone, with all other drivers lined up double file. There will be no more cone on the front straight, on all restarts passing will begin when you pass the chalk line in turn four.

Drivers expected to challenge last year’s champions in their respective divisions include, in the Sprint Car ranks, Tacoma’s Shawn Rice, Rice should be one of the top challengers for the championship as he will debut his new paint scheme this Saturday night. As well as seven time Sprint Car Champion Jay Cole from Shelton. Cole will also be sporting a new paint scheme in his quest for his eighth Sprint Car championship, others will include Enumclaw’s Henry Van Dam, Renton’s Steve Vague, Renton’s Dan Dunlap and young guns Quilcene’s JJ Hickle, Maple Valley’s JJ Dishneau, Logan Forler from Orting and possibly 2008 Sprint car Rookie of the year TJ Hartman from Puyallup.

Modified drivers expected to challenge include former champions Scott Miller from Shelton, Craig Moore from Seabeck and back after a three year layoff Chehalis driver Jon Swiglo, others include Seabeck’s James Wolfard, Aberdeen’s Greg Dineen, Randy Ward, 2009 Rookie of the year Joe German from Aberdeen, Matt Scherer from Aberdeen, Morgan Criswell from Vancouver along with Scott Westley from Centralia, David Burns from Bremerton, Del Schnitzer from Shelton, Steve Signal from Olympia and Elma’s Floyd Livingston. Rookie drivers include Shelton’s Alan Muenchow, Renton’s Bill Lamm, and Castle Rock’s Carl Larson.

In the Hobby Stock division, 2009 Rookie of the Year Derek Junell from Gig Harbor will be back to challenge along with, Olympia’s Eddie Blood and Brian Izzi, Bremerton’s Keith Knowlton, Aberdeen’s Jack Parshall, Zack Fuller from University Place, Koit Honea from Montesano, Patrick Glennon from Wesport, Patrick Murray from Port Orchard and two father and son combinations including many time pavement Late Model Champion Tom Sweatman from Cosmopolis and his son Cory Sweatman along with the Greg and Ross Watkins from South Prairie.

AHAB Siren Testing Monday

Montesano, WA – Washington State Emergency Management Division will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, May 03, 2010, at noon.

AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.

AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message. These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are outside. Residents and businesses located within a tsunami inundation area are encouraged to maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio.

There has been some issue with the voice activation at the County level and new programs have been added to correct the problem. This test is to insure that all sirens are working properly. Please send feedback to this test to Grays Harbor County Emergency Management.

Please DO NOT call 911 regarding this testing. If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or [email protected]

PUD COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZE “FAIR AND REASONABLE” PAYMENT

“We had hoped we could come to a settlement agreement with Spradlin Rock, but it has become increasingly clear that we won’t be able to resolve this dispute without continued legal action,” said Rick Lovely, General Manager. “Since it appears unlikely a settlement can be reached, the Board authorized payment in an amount we believe is fair for the work completed and is based on Spradlin Rock’s customary rates and industry standards. We believe anything above this amount is excessive and feel it is in the best interest of ratepayers to continue our appeal.”

Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners voted in March to go forward with an appeal of the case, saying that the Board has a responsibility to ratepayers to ensure charges are fair, accurate and reflective of the work. The basis for the appeal is a court ruling that significantly restricted the PUD’s arguments during the trial. The court ruled that because the utility had paid for some of the work, it created a contract authorizing the charges, despite being double or triple Spradlin’s customary charges. The PUD maintained the District disputed the charges in a timely manner on all the invoices and anticipates a successful appeal will provide the opportunity to focus on the rates charged by Spradlin Rock, which is critical to the District’s argument that the charges were excessive.

The PUD is appealing the case to the Washington State Court of Appeals. If the appeal is successful, the case will go back to Grays Harbor Superior Court for a new trial. “We believe we have a strong case and remain optimistic that we will be successful in our appeal” said Lovely. The appeals process is estimated to take approximately 15 months.

“Alternative Energy – The Multiple-Choice Question” Presentation at Elma Timberland Library

 A technical researcher and writer, Richrod has avidly studied alternative energy resources for the past 30 years and has often given presentations on the subject. Because the industry is changing so rapidly, Richrod will bring new information to this talk. He will take questions after the presentation.

The Elma Timberland Library is located at 118 N First Street, Elma. For more information, call (360) 482-3737 or go to www.TRL.org

Second Annual Monte Trails Appreciation Day: Saturday May 1st

Everyone is invited to come out on Saturday, May 1st for Monte Trails Appreciation Day. Trails are great recreation, but they require annual maintenance. It’s only through the efforts of local volunteers that the City can offer and continue to keep open our tremendous trail system. Bring your boots and gloves, a favorite shovel or pruning shears if you have them, and spend the morning helping to put our trails into tip top shape for another great year of outdoor enjoyment. The Party will begin at the parking area at Lake Sylvia State Park swim beach at 9:00 AM. Contact City Forester Loren Hiner (249-54241) or Mayor Ron Schillinger (249-3021) for additional information.

As many of us active outdoors-people know, the City’s nearly 5,000 acre Chapin Collins Forest is not only a much appreciated source of timber revenue for the City, but, in conjunction with Lake Sylvia State Park, it is also a wonderful place for local recreation. Local outdoor enthusiasts have been instrumental in creating and maintaining over 15 miles of wonderful hiking and mountain biking trails on the City Forest. There are short walks and day long adventures, easy strolls and difficult treks, streamside riparian paths and ridge top trails. Something for everyone!

Grays Harbor Emergency Management Agency Survey

The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management has begun a survey to find out if they are addressing the needs of our citizens. The survey will take about 10 minutes to finish and has an area for your comments and questions. The Agency’s goal is to have 500 citizens complete the survey. At the moment, they have collected 65% of the needed surveys. Your completed surveys and comments will enable Grays Harbor County Emergency Management to become more effective and responsive to the expectations and needs of Grays Harbor citizens. You may also find the link to the survey on the Grays Harbor Emergency Management website.

Please take the Grays Harbor Emergency Management Survey to assist in providing better service to you.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D3Z6LPQ

Earn cash and save salmon – pikeminnow season is here

What: Pikeminnow season kick-off featuring aquarium truck with live pikeminnows.
When: Saturday, May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp on the Columbia River. Take exit 307 off of I-5, head east on NE Marine Drive. The boat ramp is across from Portland International Airport at 15475 Ferry Road.
Who: Expert pikeminnow anglers, the Bonneville Power Administration, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Anglers get paid $4 to $8 for northern pikeminnow nine inches and larger caught in the lower Columbia (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and Snake (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam) rivers. The more pikeminnow an angler catches, the more the fish are worth. The first 100 are worth $4 each; the next 300 are worth $5 each, and, after 400 fish are caught and turned in, they are worth $8 each. As an added incentive, specially tagged fish are worth $500. The annual program starts May 1 this year and goes until Sept. 30, 2010.

Since 1991, more than 3 million pikeminnow have been removed from the Snake and Columbia rivers through the sport reward program. Last year, anglers caught approximately 142,000 pikeminnow. As a result of these efforts, pikeminnow predation on juvenile salmon is estimated to have been cut by 40 percent.

The program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.
For more information about the program, call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.

BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility that operates a high-voltage transmission grid comprising more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. It also markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has more than 2,800 megawatts of wind interconnected to its transmission system.

WDFW statement on the listing of 3 Puget Sound rockfish species for protection under the ESA

"To provide additional protection for these fish, WDFW recently closed fishing for all species of rockfish from southern Puget Sound north to the Canadian border and west to Port Angeles, effective May 1. In addition, anglers fishing for other bottomfish in Puget Sound will be required to observe a 120-foot depth restriction. This new measure is specifically designed to reduce mortality of rockfish incidentally intercepted in these fisheries.

"This summer, WDFW plans to release a final Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Plan, establishing a comprehensive framework for rockfish conservation in the Sound. In the meantime, we will work closely with NOAA-Fisheries to ensure consistency with the provisions of the ESA listings announced today."

Unsecured, Stolen Load Falls From Possibly-Stolen Vehicle in Hoquiam

-Sgt. Wertanen processes the stolen Pepsi machine for latent prints

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact HPD detectives at 532-0892 x102.