Archive for August 2011

Man Wanted in Homicide Investigation Arrested in Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – A man wanted in a California murder investigation was nabbed from Ocean Shores yesterday, Seargent Brouillard with the Ocean Shore Police Department tells us a keen eye from patrol officer Kyle Watson stopped fugitive Rico Espitia because he resembled someone else that officers were looking for. In the process of running his name they found that he had outstanding warrants for Homicide out of California. Espitia was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on fugitive charges stemming from that investigation.

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Garden Hose Helps Douse House Fire

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Hoquiam man used his garden hose on a house fire this morning, and Hoquiam Fire reports, it helped. No one was injured, and about $10-15,000 in damages were reported after a fire on the outside of a home in the 1100 block of Chenault this morning. Captain Jerry Glenn tells us the residents smelled smoke right before the fire alarm went off around 5:25. With everyone safely outside, the homeowner was dousing the flames with a garden hose when trucks arrived. Glenn said that helped limit damages to the exterior of the home. The cause of the fire near the gas main remains under investigation.

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Washington Schools To Get Federal ‘Report Cards’ Today

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Washington education officials will be releasing last spring’s adequate yearly progress reports for schools and districts. Steven’s Elementary Principal Kathleen Werner tells us, the cards are stacked against schools in these reports “there’s 21 cells, you have to pass every cell. So one cell might be special ed, and they’re expected to test at grade level, but they qualify for special ed if they’re 2 grades behind.”
The Pass/Fail report is required by the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Aberdeen School District trails Hoquiam with 63% to Hoquiam’s 81% AYP for the 2009-2010 school year. Werner’s school reported 95% of AYP for the same year, with only one “Fail” in Special Ed Reading.

A preliminary list of schools and districts identified for improvement is released by August 31. The final list is released by November 15.

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Layoffs Possible For Grays Harbor County Departments

MONTESANO, Wash. – Layoffs or Furloughs could be coming to Grays Harbor County next year. The Commissioners decided yesterday to request another %4 in budget cuts going into 2012. Commissioner Terry Willis said “That will be a total of 7% cuts since July first of 2011.” Willis said the county has already spent %100 of it’s levied money for this year “plus some money that was in the reserve, and actually drew the reserve down.”
Willis said an increase of %4 would allow the county to build it’s reserve back up in 2012 “What we hope will happen is we’ll actually increase the reserver by 1 million dollars.”
Grays Harbor County Sheriff Mike Wheelan said on Friday “Are we looking at layoffs? It just depends on where they set my budget for 2012.” The Sheriff’s Department was already granted an extension to find the initial %3 to cut.

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Fourth Map Adopted, Public Meet Pending

MONTESANO, Wash. – Redistricting Grays Harbor now officially has a fourth option, The Grays Harbor County Commissioners accepted the proposal for the fourth map yesterday, Commissioner Terry Willis tells us “In this case Cosmopolis is included in District 3.”
A public meeting will be held in about two weeks to take opinions on the fourth option. One person expected at the front row of that meeting will be Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines, who said on Friday “We’re not happy with alternatives 1,2, and 3, and I don’t see any difference with alternative 4.”
Commissioner Willis said last time the county had to make proposal maps, they made 10, the 8th was adopted.

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Car Seats Save Two Toddlers From Head On Collision

OAKVILLE, Wash. – Car seats saved two toddlers from a head on collision on Highway 12 last night when a 2006 Chrysler Sebring struck the guardrail 2 miles north of Oakville and crossed the center line colliding with an Eastbound 1997 Dodge Caravan around 11. The State Patrol reports a 59 year old Rochester man, and a 46 year old Elma woman were transported to Providence hospital, a 2 year old and 1 year old passenger in the Caravan were uninjured. The cause of the accident and any pending charges remain under investigation.

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Hoquiam Man Borrows, Reportedly Wrecks, Friend’s Truck

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A Hoquiam man was in custody Monday morning after allegedly crashing his friend’s truck into multiple parked cars and racking up a laundry list of charges. Aberdeen Police Captain John Green tells us a 2004 Ford F150 struck three parked cars and a power pole in the 500 block of S West Boulevard just before 2 Saturday morning. Investigators met the registered owner at the scene who said he had loaned his truck to someone else at a nearby bar. Hoquiam’s K-9 Eno (En-Oh) was used and tracked a 22 year old to bushes nearby. The man was eventually tazed after repeated attempts to resist arrest. His charges included four counts of hit and run, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, assault in the 3rd, and attempting to harm the police dog.

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