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.

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.

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.

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.

Aberdeen Police Investigate Assault

ABERDEEN, Wash. –  Police are looking for a newer white Chevy pickup after a reported assault over the weekend. Captain John Green tells us a woman in the emergency room of Community Hospital reported that the truck pulled alongside her while walking near State and K streets. The woman said she was attacked after declining a ride, pulled into the vehicle, then driven behind the Bakery Outlet on State Street. The victim said she was assaulted and strangled before escaping, an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

The Aberdeen Police Department released an updated suspect description yesterday:

The suspect was described as:
                White Male
                35 to 40 years old
                5-10 to 6 foot
                Around 190 pounds with a slender build.
                Short light brown to dark blond hair
                Clean shaven
                Last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, black tennis shoes.
                Driving a newer white four door pick up, possibly a Chevrolet.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police at 360-533-3180 or the tip line at 360-538-4450.

Aberdeen Man Seeks Arrest

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Following a recent statement by Police Chief Bob Torgerson that officers are seeing more mental health issues on Aberdeen streets, an unidentified man threw a brick through the front window of the Jodesha Broadcasting Offices on Simpson Avenue Monday morning. When followed and questioned by reporters, the man said he did it because he wanted the sun to shine. Arresting officers said the man admitted he just wanted a place to stay, however Torgerson said “we’re not seeing an increase in people that want to use the jail as housing for themselves, but we are seeing what appears to be more people suffering from mental illness.”
No injuries were reported this morning, one woman was standing within 1 foot from where the brick came to rest.

Missing Person Located

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A missing person reported by Hoquiam Police was found over the weekend, Grays Harbor County Dispatch says Ronald W Karbo was located Saturday morning getting off of a bus from Olympia. Karbo was reported missing by family on Friday.

Aberdeen Running Start Students Ready to Run

ABERDEEN, Wash. – High School students have rearranged their schedules and changed a few plans to work around new legislation on the State’s Running Start Program, as Grays Harbor College President Ed Brewster tells us “these are changes limiting the amount of enrollment that a student can be involved in.”
Aberdeen School Administrator Tom Opstad tells us students will have to decide to go full time High School, or Full time College; “it’s your students that are taking courses at the high school and at the college that exceed what they call 1.2 FTE – any amount over that and the student will have to bear the cost.”
Opstad said he doesn’t expect a huge impact on Grays Harbor’s Running Start students, once they’ve adjusted their schedules.

Stevens Invites Parents to Participate in Flagship STEM School

ABERDEEN, Wash. – An Aberdeen Elementary School is hiring; parents. Although pay may only be lunch with your kids, Stevens Elementary Principal Kathleen Werner says one of their newer approaches to educating students is involving adults and the work that they do every day “I’ve already talked to Dr. Brewster at the College and he really wants some of his professors to come down and be involved.”

Werner said being the flagship STEM School in the district is opening doors for students all the way to college. Parents are welcomed to contact the school about how they can help build the new model for education.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff: Crime up, Budget Down

MONTESANO, Wash. – As budgeting talks continue for the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Mike Wheelan tells us staffing is already low “we had 88 people, now we have 80, and we’re looking at the possibility of having even less than that.” Wheelan said call volume isn’t adhering to that trend, and is up %33, regardless; “we could be providing law enforcement services with staffing levels from the 1990’s.”
The Sheriff’s Department was granted an extension last week in order to find %3 to cut from their budget for the county, County Commissioner Terry Willis said earlier this month that they may ask for an additional 4% next year.