Archive for October 2012

Ocean Park Man Arrested For Delivery and Possession Of Meth

Ocean Park, WA. – On October 30th, deputies with the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located near 250th and Z Street in Ocean Park. Also assisting with the service of the warrant were members of the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force and the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Task Force. A male subject, age 53, was arrested in conjunction with the investigation that led to the request for the search warrant.

The search warrant was granted as a result of a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the trafficking of methamphetamine by this suspect. During the searching and arresting process, investigators located a digital weight scale that is believed to have been used to weigh individual amounts of methamphetamine for sale, a small amount of methamphetamine, approximately 1,000.00 in cash and several firearms which included an illegal sawed off rifle. At least one of the firearms serial numbers had been tampered with.

Sheriff Scott Johnson stated, “We are very pleased with the cooperative effort put forth by all agencies involved. This investigation is a good example of why we have agreements in place with other agencies to share resources.”

The Ocean Park man was booked into the Pacific County Jail on four counts of delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful use of a building for drugs and possession of an unlawful firearm. 

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New Web Portal Links Small Businesses to Export Grants, Loans, and Counseling

With resources available through the Washington State Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration,  the Washington Small Business Development Centers, Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington, and others, companies can get help with:

 
• Building an export plan
• Finding export grants and loans
• Arranging one-on-consultations with government trade specialists 
• Finding international network and business-matchmaking opportunities
Visitors to the site can also learn from businesses that have successfully launched an export strategy. ExportWashington.com Success Stories feature video profiles of Janicki Industries, Wood Stone Ovens , Swype, Stemilt Growers, and Anderson Hay & Grain, one of the country’s top 50 exporters and based in Ellensburg, WA.
ExportWashington.com was funded in part by a U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant to Washington State in 2011. The STEP grant is part of the U.S. Small Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Export Initiative to boost the U.S. economy through trade.  STEP programs offered through Commerce began in October 2011, and will continue for another year through September 2013. These programs helps businesses build relationships in Europe, China and India, provide export vouchers up to $5,000 to offset export-related expenses, and support one-to-one consultations with trade and export finance specialists at no charge.
For information about STEP in Washington State or other Commerce programs that help Washington businesses grow, expand and locate, please visit www.exportwashington.com.
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FBI Report Shows Some Crime on The Rise in Grays Harbor

Highlights from cities with populations of more than 100,000 people in Washington—comparing 2011 to 2010—include:

  • The rate of violent crime for Washington’s cities decreased by 6.0 percent (per 100,000 people), and its property crime rate decreased by 3.4 percent (per 100,000 people).
  • In Seattle, there were decreases in the number of robberies, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts. There was a slight increase in the number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters (19 to 20) and increases in the number of rapes, aggravated assaults, and burglaries.
  • In Bellevue, there were decreases in the number of aggravated assaults, burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts, and a slight decrease in the number of robberies (59 to 58). There was a slight increase in the number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters (zero to one) and an increase in the number of rapes.
  • In Everett, there were decreases in the number of rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, larceny-thefts, and motor-vehicle thefts. The number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters remained the same (five) and there was an increase in the number of burglaries.
  • In Spokane, there were decreases in the number of aggravated assaults and motor vehicle thefts, and a slight decrease in the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughter (six to four). There was a slight increase in the number of rapes and increases in the number of robberies, burglaries, and larceny-thefts.
  • In Tacoma, there was a decrease in the number of murder and non-negligent manslaughters, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, and larceny-thefts. There was an increase in the number of motor vehicle thefts.
  • In Vancouver, there was a decrease in rapes, aggravated assaults, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts. There was an increase in murder and non-negligent manslaughters, robberies, and burglaries.

The breakdown for these Washington state cities is:

Bellevue 2010 2011
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 0 1
Forcible rape 10 23
Robbery 59 58
Aggravated assault 69 58
Burglary 657 607
Larceny-theft 2,905 2,775
Motor vehicle theft 207 157
Everett 2010 2011
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 5 5
Forcible rape 76 49
Robbery 181 143
Aggravated assault 273 253
Burglary 994 1,163
Larceny-theft 5,536 5,415
Motor vehicle theft 1,142 925
Seattle 2010 2011
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 19 20
Forcible rape 96 100
Robbery 1,429 1,418
Aggravated assault 1,971 2,126
Burglary 6,449 6,807
Larceny-theft 23,284 21,585
Motor vehicle theft 3,453 3,400
Spokane 2010 2011
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 6 4
Forcible rape 80 84
Robbery 432 484
Aggravated assault 752 732
Burglary 2,859 3,030
Larceny-theft 10,174 10,231
Motor vehicle theft 2,009 1,778
Tacoma 2010 2011
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 14 11
Forcible rape 141 125
Robbery 535 446
Aggravated assault 1,010 925
Burglary 2,893 2,709
Larceny-theft 7,741 7,228
Motor vehicle theft 2,036 2,125
Vancouver 2010 2011
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 0 9
Forcible rape 112 102
Robbery 173 185
Aggravated assault 386 337
Burglary 939 950
Larceny-theft 4,682 4,629
Motor vehicle theft 923 868

For specific information by region, state, and other cities within Washington, please refer to the following links:

Across the nation, more than 18,200 city, county, state, federal, college/university, and tribal law enforcement agencies voluntarily contribute data to this annual report.

The FBI simply compiles the information as it is provided from local jurisdictions. You will need to contact those local jurisdictions for any analysis of the numbers listed above. Also note that the report features a prominent message cautioning against using the statistics to rank cities or counties. Such rankings can lead to simplistic or incomplete analyses, overlooking the many variables impacting crime and its reporting.

The FBI has been producing the Uniform Crime Report since 1930.

View the entire report: Crime in the United States, 2011

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Hoquiam Man Dies in Mason County Collision

POTLACH, Wash. – The Mason County Coroner has released the names of the two people who died Tuesday afternoon in a traffic fatality on State Route 101 near Potlatch.
Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell identified the dead as 51 year old Mary Irene Johnson of Hoodsport, and 52 year old Richard Lee Bieniek, of Hoquiam.
State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger said yesterday that the semi truck driver was not injured, traffic was delayed for a couple hours as WSDOT and State Patrol investigated the collision.

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Wild Olympics-Commissioned Report Says Wild Olympics Will Not Affect Timber Jobs

Stewardship Forestry’s Derek Churchill, who has worked with ONF staff on designing and reviewing timber sales in the past, concluded that less than 1 percent of the proposed 126,000-acre wilderness is harvestable under the current management policies of the Olympic National Forest. Earlier drafts of the proposal had contained nearly five times that amount. The study showed more than 99 percent of the wilderness proposed in the final legislation is already out of the timber base either because of current Forest Service administrative protections, riparian areas, distance from roads, or other factors the agency considers when conducting timber sales. The proposed wilderness designation would simply make current administrative protections permanent. In addition, the report confirmed that the Wild and Scenic River designations proposed in the legislation will have no impact on ONF timber production.

The report illustrates that it is the rate of harvest, not available timber, that is the primary factor in determining what impacts, if any, there could be to timber supply or related jobs. It concludes that 190,000 acres of available timber harvest capacity exists on the Olympic National Forest that would be unaffected by the proposed designations in the Murray/Dicks legislation. Because the current rate of harvest averages only 1,350 acres annually, the report concludes that the Olympic National Forest could significantly accelerate its current rate of harvest for 50 years or more. 

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FEMA: Here Comes The Rain

Many people mistakenly believe that their homeowners insurance covers flood damage. Only flood insurance financially protects buildings and contents in the event of a flood, which is the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster. However, it typically takes 30 days for a new flood insurance policy to take effect, so residents and renters should not wait for a storm to strike before purchasing coverage. It only takes a few inches of water in a home or business to cause thousands of dollars of damage. The time to get protected is now.

With federally backed flood insurance, citizens have an important financial safety net to help cover costs to repair or rebuild if a flood should strike. Individuals can learn more about flood risk and their options for insurance coverage by visiting FloodSmart.gov or by calling 1-800-427-2419.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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Public Meetings Scheduled on Tsunami Marine Debris

The response plan is designed to address both high-impact types of debris, such a large dock or debris containing a hazardous substance such as oil, as well as a potential steady influx of small nonhazardous debris.

The tsunami claimed nearly 20,000 lives, destroyed countless homes and structures and swept 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean. While 70 percent of the debris sank near Japan’s shore, the remaining 1.5 million tons of debris dispersed in the ocean.

EMD’s Terry Egan, the state’s marine debris task force lead, said: “The plan is meant to be dynamic and evolve over time. Continued coordination with local communities will help ensure our response efforts meet the needs of each community, and that our limited resources get out to the right places at the right times.”

The task force will oversee and continually update the state marine debris response plan. The plan is available at http://marinedebris.wa.gov/docs/responseplan_marinedebris_09182012.pdf

It is unknown exactly what, how much and when debris will arrive. Washington saw a spike in amounts of marine debris on its coastal beaches in June 2012 but the quantity washing ashore has since decreased significantly. However, fall and winter weather and ocean current patterns typically wash more marine debris ashore than summertime conditions.

According to NOAA, a portion of that debris has been arriving on U.S. and Canadian shores, including Washington. Predictions are that the debris will show up on Washington’s shores intermittently during the next several years.

The plan recognizes that incidents involving high-impact debris will be unique and difficult to predict. It is designed to give local, tribal, state and federal responders flexibility in rapidly assessing a debris item, identifying which agencies are needed to respond and what resources will be necessary to protect public health, safety and the environment.

Because no state, federal or local entity is officially tasked with removing nonhazardous debris from coastal beaches, the plan calls for supporting volunteer beach cleanup efforts, such as providing gloves, litter bags and trash bins.

Should cleanup needs outstrip local resources, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) may, if requested, deploy Washington Conservation Corps crews to areas of need.

Pacific County Emergency Management Director Stephanie Fritts said the public can help by leaving beaches better than they find them. “Citizens and volunteers can help keep our coastal beaches clean by disposing of small nonhazardous items in their household garbage service such as plastic bottles and floats, polystyrene, crates and other small objects wherever possible.”

However, anyone encountering potentially hazardous debris should leave it alone and immediately call the state’s 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) number and press “1” to reach an operator who can dispatch responders.

More about planning efforts

The state plan is designed to coordinate rapid responses to marine debris of significant impact – particularly items that are large, contain hazardous substances such as oil or toxic chemicals, or pose invasive species concerns.

Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard will respond to petroleum products or other hazardous materials that wash up on our beaches. This includes items such as spilled oil, drums and barrels, fuel tanks, gas cylinders, chemical totes and other containers with unknown fluids.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will respond to invasive species concerns. The department anticipates marine debris with invasive species attached will be rare and limited to large structures that spend a long time in their native waters such as boats, docks, navigation aids and breakwaters. People may find organisms attached to other items – sometimes in heavy accumulations – but these will be common open ocean species such as pelagic gooseneck barnacles. For more, see http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/tsunami/.

The Washington Department of Health (Health) radiation will respond to any debris marked with words or symbols indicating it may be radioactive. Health experts do not expect to find any marine debris with elevated radiation levels. Earlier tests on debris items revealed only expected low, background levels of radiation. For more information, go to http://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse/FukushimaUpdate/TsunamiDebrisFAQ.aspx.

Numerous entities manage Washington’s 375 miles of coastal beaches including:

  • · Hoh Indian Tribe
  • · Makah Nation
  • · Quileute Indian Tribe
  • · Quinault Indian Nation
  • · Shoalwater Bay Tribe
  • · Olympic National Park
  • · U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • · Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
  • · Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission 
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