Archive for July 2012

Re-striping in Aberdeen and Hoquiam Wednesday

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Transportation will be re-striping the fog lines & center lines through all of Aberdeen and Hoquiam tomorrow. Drivers are urged not to park along All state routes through Aberdeen and Hoquiam, 101, 105, and Highway 12 on Wednesday. In Hoquiam, this includes Sumner, Simpson, Lincoln and Perry. Aberdeen includes Boone, Wishkah, Heron, Alder, SW Blvd, and Park.

State street is closed today in Aberdeen, with no thru traffic allowed from Park street to the bridge, Scott Olson from the Sign Shop tells us the city will try to keep as many side streets open as possible. Olson said the goal is to keep the larger trucks off the route for the week, as crews complete prep work on State st. for an overlay to be installed later this summer.

Oakville Man Flees Montesano Courtroom to Avoid Arrest

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department searched Montesano yesterday for 31 year old Jessie James Eichelberger of Oakville after he fled the Grays Harbor County courtroom when a judge told him he would be remanded to custody on an outstanding warrant.

Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimental tells us Eichelberger had 5 warrants when he approached the District Court 1 judge on Monday, asking for them to be squashed. When Eichelberger was asked to sit down, and told that he would be remanded to custody, he said he had to use the restroom and ran out of the courtroom.

Eichelberger is described as 6 foot, 200 pounds, with a muscular build and shaved head. Pimental said he now has a new warrant for Escape in the second degree.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office at (360)249-3711

Shelton Police Grab Attempted Kidnapper

SHELTON, Wash. – On Saturday, July 28th at about 2:30 in the morning a Mason County Deputy was flagged down by a 33 year old female who had been walking S/B on Olympic Hwy S near Harvard Street in the City of Shelton. Lieutenant Les Watson tells KBKW, the female subject reported that a stranger had tried to abduct her as she was walking on the sidewalk toward her destination. She said she was able to get away after a brief struggle during which she bit her attacker’s hand. The Deputy alerted other local police units via radio. Within a few minutes a Shelton Police Officer responding to the area observed a dark colored pickup truck exiting a side street with its headlights out. The Officer initiated a traffic stop on the truck and detained the driver/sole occupant of the vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck was identified on location by the victim as the person who had attacked her. He had what appeared to be a fresh, bleeding injury to his hand.
The suspect, a 55 year old male, was booked on charges of Kidnapping 2nd Degree and Assault 4th Degree. He is identified to be James Alan Shelton with an address in Mason County. Shelton is being held in the Mason County Jail on a bail of $100,000.

Hoquiam Searches for Possible Hit and Run Suspect

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Detectives are looking for a blue Honda or Acura with frontend damage in the investigation of a motorcycle accident Saturday in Hoquiam.
Detective Srgt Shane Krohn tells us multiple witnesses described a vehicle that may have been involved in the accident near the Polson Museum on Riverside that sent two riders to Harborview.
Krohn said a single-vehicle motorcycle accident was reported around 11:20 Saturday, first responders were stopped by several witnesses who reported a second possible vehicle.
The Hoquiam Fire Department reports the male rider was transported to Community Hospital  his female passenger was flown to Harborview, and is now stable but expects a long recovery.

Hoquiam Paramedics Douse Smoker Fire

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Hoquiam ambulance crew returning from the hospital spotted smoke and found a burning food smoker at a home in the 400 block of Chenault.
Paramedic Clay Farrer (Far) tells us his ambulance was pulling into the driveway as the fire was being dispatched. Far said the residents were not home, but a 6 foot propane-based smoker was stuffed with Salmon and burning in the driveway. Paramedics used a garden hose to douse the flames before they spread to the home Sunday afternoon.

State Street Closures Continue in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – State street is closed today in Aberdeen, with no thru traffic allowed from Park street to the bridge, Scott Olson tells us the city will try to keep as many side streets open as possible. Olson said the goal is to keep the larger trucks off the route for the week, as crews complete prep work on State st. for an overlay to be installed later this summer. State street will be closed this week, from Park to the Chehalis River Bridge.

Motorcycle Endorsement to Require Training Beginning August 1

After passing the tests, customers will go to a licensing office to obtain their motorcycle endorsement. The cost of a motorcycle endorsement will remain at $25; however motorcycle training schools will set the fee they charge for the tests.
This move is the first phase of implementing House Bill 1635, which gives the department authority to contract with private drive training schools, school districts and motorcycle training schools to conduct some knowledge and skills tests. The bill was passed in an effort to reduce wait times in licensing service offices.
For a list of state-approved motorcycle training schools, go to: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/motoschools.html.

Mark Reed Seeks Name for New Hospital

Hospital District Administrators, Commissioners, and Staff are looking for a name that will be representative of the entire region they serve and services they provide. The community is encouraged to help by submitting ideas. The deadline for submitting names will be noon, Sunday, August 5th.
“This decision wasn’t taken lightly,” Renee Jensen, CEO shared, “We will continue to operate a rural health care clinic in the McCleary location with the name of Mark Reed. We felt it was important to uniquely identify these two locations to avoid confusion. It is important to be respectful of and preserve the history of the McCleary site while allowing the new campus to create its own identity.”
The current Mark Reed Campus in McCleary consists of both Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic and Mark Reed Hospital. When Mark Reed Hospital closes in February 2013, Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic will remain open and operating out of its current offices. The District hopes to fill the space that will be vacated when the hospital moves with third party medical vendors.

Aloha and Albacore Festival at Westport Winery in August

The winery’s new solar array is fully functional and the perfect place to enjoy the Hawaiian music outside while taking in the incredible gardens. Come and discover the Aloha spirit for yourself at Westport Winery.

Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The winery’s Farm to Fork restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner is offered on Friday and Saturday from 4p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner reservations are recommended. For more information call 360-648-2224.

Contract Worker Rescued Under Power Lines

ABERDEEN, Wash. – First responders had to get a man hoist working again before they could get to an electrocuted contract worker semi-conscious just below active lines on 1st street today. Captain Jr. Streifel tells us crews were able to get the motor to the man hoist working and get the patient half way from the power lines to the ground, rescue was accomplished with a 24 foot ladder and the patient’s safety harness.
The Aberdeen Fire Department transported the man to Community Hospital with life threatening injuries, he was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
Liz Anderson with the Grays Harbor PUD tells us crews were called to the area in response to an outage impacting about 40 customers around 11 Saturday morning. The PUD’s preliminary investigation indicated that a contractor working on a lift in the area came into contact with a power line.
Power was restored to the area just before 2pm.