Archive for May 2013

Aberdeen and Municipal Court Judge Settle Harassment Lawsuit

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The city of Aberdeen this week settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against a Municipal Court judge for half a million dollars.
The lawsuit was filed August of 2010, by former court administrator Aminta Hill, and alleged that Judge Paul Conroy sexually harassed and stalked her, and claiming she quit her job after declining his advances.
Aberdeen City Attorney Eric Nelson tells us after 12 and a half hours of mediation on Tuesday, the tort claim for up to 2 million dollars in damages filed against the City, as well as any claims against Conroy, were settled out of court for $580-thousand. Nelson said the city’s Insurance will absorb that cost.
Hill was represented by Erik Kupka of Aberdeen and Victoria Vreeland of Bellevue. The settlement calls for a payment to Ms. Hill of $580,000.00 for damages and recoveries available to her under the state’s anti-discrimination laws. 
The lawsuit was filed in state superior court for discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation against Aberdeen Municipal Court Judge Paul Conroy and her employer, the City of Aberdeen.
The city, in early 2010, hired an independent investigator who concluded that the judge did make romantic advances toward his court administrator, but the inquiry did not find credibility in other accusations, Nelson said that report “speaks for itself,” and that no other workplace complaints had been filed against Conroy. 
Conroy submitted a  legal response denying accusations of workplace hostility, sexual harassment and stalking in September of 2011. Nelson said no action will be taken against the judge who has served with the Municipal Court since 1999, his term expires at the end of this year.

Victim in Mason County Shot Multiple Times in Driveway

BELFAIR, Wash. – A man was shot in a Mason County driveway this week, the woman in the parked vehicle with him at the time is in custody. Detective Bill Adam with the  Mason County Sheriff’s Office tells KBKW the victim of multiple gunshot wounds was airlifted to Harborview in critical condition from the Belfair home in the 500 block of Larson Blvd.
The alleged shooter is in custody, under investigation for attempted murder. Adams said detectives are uncertain whether the two were in a relationship, or who made the 911 call at 10:46 PM, Tuesday night.

Two Arrested in Pacific County Theft Investigation

LONG BEACH, Wash. – On May 6th, 2013 the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a theft that had occurred from a residence located near 109th and Sandridge road in the Long Beach area. A deputy responded and spoke with the reporting party. The reporting party stated that three rifles had been stolen along with two lawn mowers, hand tools and rare coins. The deputy started the initial investigation of the incident at that time. 

On May 24th, the deputy investigating the incident received updated information regarding the possible whereabouts of some of the stolen items. The deputy learned that some of the items had been sold to other people. The deputy questioned those people and was able to identify two suspects that may have committed the initial theft. During the course of the investigation, the three rifles were recovered as well as most of the other stolen property. The deputy also learned that one of the suspects had forged fraudulent bills of sale for some of the items. The deputy also learned that the two suspects knew the victim. 

On May 27th, deputies arrested a 42 year old Pacific County resident for 5 counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property in the 1st Degree and 3 counts of Theft of a Firearm. A 49 year old Pacific County man was also arrested for 7 counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property in the 1st Degree and 2 counts of Forgery.

Both were booked into the Pacific County Jail.

Summer at the Library—it’s for every child and teen, and parents, too

Themes let kids dig into interests

“Summer is a time when kids and teens can dig into things they’re interested in,” said Ellen Duffy, TRL’s Youth Services Coordinator. “Even more than helping kids gain and maintain reading skills, the library is about keeping the excitement about reading and learning and life alive and active! It’s about giving kids and teens opportunities to explore, to play, to make friends – to discover new characters and places in books.”

 

Last year’s summer themes encouraged kids to dream big and teens to “own the night.” This year we dig down. Through books, programs, activities and special performances, children will “Dig into Reading,” exploring farms and gardens, dinosaurs and other fossils, and creatures who live below the ground and under the sea. Teens will seek “Beneath the Surface,” unearthing worlds and creatures hidden underground and in the sea, unraveling secrets and mysteries, discovering the inner self, and shining a light on underground societies.

 

Programs and Special Events

Libraries will host professional performances, lead programs and book discussions, and present art activities, scavenger hunts, and stuffed animal sleepovers. They’ll conduct games, activities and contests, both in libraries and online, and guide kids and parents to the best books and films.

 

Each Timberland library will present two or more children’s and all-ages performers, including Glenda Bonin (puppets), Brownsmead Flats (folk music), Buck and Elizabeth (music, ventriloquism and humor), Ian Dobson (Caribbean steel drum music and culture), Eric Haines (comedian-juggler-one man band), and Chris Fascione (literature in stories, mime, and clowning). Favorites such as magician Jeff Evans, noise impressionist Charlie Williams, medieval era re-enactors the Knights of Veritas, and others will perform at several libraries.

 

In keeping with this year’s children’s theme, new family programs such as, “Composting” and “Dig into Dinosaurs,” have been developed by Timberland youth librarians. Full of stories, activities and creative crafts, they will be presented at many branches. Story time programs will also be enriched with theme-related books and activities.

 

“Read & Feed” has become a practice during major system-wide youth programs. All summer, people may bring canned and other non-perishable food items to their TRL branches for local food banks to distribute.

 

Beginning at the Beginning

Timberland libraries have a strong focus on early learning with programs throughout the year for preschoolers beginning with babies. This summer, a new Read-to-Me Log suggests activities for families to do with their pre-readers. The activities engage five early learning skills: talking, reading, singing, playing, and writing—or for really little ones—scribbling.

 

Children who are about ready to read have a vocabulary of about 15,000 words. Summer story times and other library programs help build that vocabulary by introducing preschoolers to many “rare” words – words not often used in conversations with young children.

 

Onward: The School Ages

The new Children’s Dig into Reading Log invites kids to extend summer reading experiences by attending library programs, reading about dinosaurs, drawing a picture about a book they have read, making up a story and making frequent visits to the library. These experiences also have literacy connections, including reading, creative thinking, creative writing, storytelling, and making reading choices based on personal interests.

 

“Whether it’s dinosaurs, gardens, bugs, robots, outer space, the deep sea, unicorns, caves, places to see, famous people…kids’ natural curiosity inspires and builds a love of learning,” said Duffy.

 

Teens set out, “Beneath the Surface”

New this year, TRL is piloting a program to bring teens together around one book and author. All teens are invited to read or listen to “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, the critically acclaimed author of the young adult science fiction series, The Lunar Chronicles. Ms. Meyer will talk with teens about her books and writing career at six Timberland libraries throughout the five counties.

 

“Cinder” is a futuristic retelling of the Cinderella tale set in a dystopian New Beijing. Cinder is a gifted mechanic, a cyborg whose robot body parts allow others to treat her as a second-class citizen. When Prince Kai visits her shop with a broken android, and her sweet stepsister Peony contracts the deadly new plague, Cinder pursues a way to help them both, while keeping the secret of her mysterious past and who she really is beneath the surface.

 

Programs around the novel include discussions of the book and creative activities related to the story (“Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles” and “Cinder Celebrations”). All teens are invited to visit Meyer at libraries hosting her this July. The schedule for the author visits are as follows:

 

July 25

  • Noon-1 p.m.    Ocean Park Timberland Library, (360) 665-4184
  • 6-7 p.m.           Aberdeen Timberland Library, (360) 533-2360

July 26

  • 2-3 p.m.           Winlock Timberland Library, (360) 785-3461
  • 7-8 p.m.           Olympia Timberland Library, (360) 352-0595

July 27

  • 11 a.m.            -noon   Centralia Timberland Library, (360) 736-0183
  • 3-4 p.m.           Shelton Timberland Library,   (360) 426-1362

 

TRL has lined up several online activities for teens including two contests, Minecraft and Book Trailers. Visit www.TRL.org/minecraft and www.TRL.org/booktrailer beginning the week of June 10 for all the details.

 

The many at-the-library programs for teens include “Zines for Teens,” books-and-snacks parties, movies, gaming, Minecraft parties, and numerous arts and crafts activities. Also for teens is a bookmark entitled “Brainy Ways to Track Your Books,” featuring book-tracking websites and seven ways to “unearth a zombie.” The bookmark is also a prize entry form.

 

Prizes and coupons

Summer at the Library abounds with opportunities to win prizes and mementos. To start things off, during the week of June 24 to 29, each Timberland library will draw three winners of one-day free passes to any Washington State Park. Each pass admits one vehicle to a State park on a summer day of the winner’s choice. The passes are provided by Washington State Parks in honor of the its 100th Centennial. The drawing is open only to children and teens who sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program. One entry per child or teen.

 

Other prizes offered by every Timberland library include books, passes to NorthwestTrek or the Point Defiance Zoo and the new Hands On Children’s Museum as well as coupons for free pizza from Papa Murphy’s and small souvenirs of summer at the library. More coupons and prizes from individual libraries are provided by local businesses and Friends of the Library groups.

 

To parents and caregivers

Library summer programs help parents keep children active and engaged during the summer. Infants and pre-readers, participating with you, their parents—your children’s first and most important teachers—develop language and a love of books and learning.

 

“The library is an exciting summer destination, alive with performers, hands on programs, story times, family events, books, games, computers and welcoming staff. It’s a place to connect with friends, old and new, and to grow,” said Ms. Duffy. 

Lady Washington Seeks Land Lovin Volunteers For Some Land Lovin

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have scheduled a homecoming to their new home port, Seaport Landing, on July 3. We need your help to get their new home ready! We need volunteers for general site clean-up, clearing brush, light maintenance, and other easy and fun projects.

Where Are The Ships Now?We have scheduled work parties for each Saturday in June from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seaport Landing, 500 N. Custer St., Aberdeen (map). Wear your work clothes and bring basic clean-up and gardening tools. You’ll be met by a volunteer team leader who will help you find an interesting job and get you started.

 


The next work party happens Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

If you’d like more information, or you’d like to become a team leader, contact project manager Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239, [email protected].

 

Visit our website at http://www.historicalseaport.org/. See you at Seaport Landing!

Aberdeen Woman Robbed in Her Driveway

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A woman was robbed early this morning after pulling into her driveway. Police Captain John Green tells us at about 12:40 A.M. Wednesday morning, Aberdeen Officers were sent to a home in the 800 block of North M Street on a call of a robbery.
The 27 year old female said she returned home in her car, and that when she was walking to the passenger side of her car she noticed movement coming from the lawn area. The victim reported to the police that a man approached her, rabbed her by the arm, and demandedmoney. The women said the man took a purse from the car and then fled on foot.
The suspect was described as light skinned male, about 5-7, 165 pounds, slim build, with very short brown hair. The victim reported that the man was wearing a dark bandana on his face, a dark jacket with blue jeans. Green said the area was checked with the suspect not being located. The investigation is continuing.

Raymond Search Warrant Nets Purse, Arrest

RAYMOND, Wash. – One woman is in custody after another woman’s purse was recovered from a Raymond home, when a tipster spotted two men going through the purse.

The Raymond Police Department executed a search warrant, with the assistance of the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and South Bend Police, in the 1100 Block of Howard Street on Saturday.

The department reports they received a tip that two men were seen looking through a purse at the home. The purse was reported later that day as being taken during a vehicle prowl.

During the search warrant, the purse matching the description given to police by the victim was located in the home.

A woman at the scene was taken into custody for Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree.

Seatbelt Emphasis Patrol Nabs Illegal Handheld Shotgun

Rochester, WA – During a Target Zero seatbelt enforcement emphasis, TCSO deputies stopped a seatbelt violator that resulted in an arrest for methamphetamine possession and possession of a deadly, illegal weapon. At approximately 7:00 pm, deputies were working the emphasis at the intersection of SR Hwy 12 and Albany St in Rochester. The “spotter” deputy observed an SUV in which the driver was not wearing her seatbelt. He notified his partner who made a traffic stop for that violation. During the stop, an investigation by the deputy found a quantity of suspected drugs in the possession of the driver. The vehicle was impounded and the deputy applied for and was granted a search warrant. The search uncovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine secreted in the spare-tire storage under the vehicle.
Also stashed in the spare tire holder was a hand-held shotgun shooting device. A 23 year old female from Rochester as booked into the Thurston County Jail for unlawful possession of a controlled substance-synthetic drug while armed with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of short barreled shotgun.

Grays Harbor County Fair Seeking Talent Show Contestants

Do you play an instrument? Do stand-up comedy? Do you dance, sing, or both at the same time? Do you have some hidden talent you are ready to share?

Then the Grays Harbor County Fair needs you to come out to the auditions for the 33rd Annual Grays Harbor County Fair Talent Show. The auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th and Wednesday June 12th. Be at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds in the Pavilion Meeting Room at 6:30 pm sharp, to take your chance at making history.

The 33rd Annual Fair Talent Show will take place during the fair on Friday, August 9th at 6:00 pm on the Pavilion Lawn Stage.

Auditions are open to all individuals and groups from Grays Harbor, Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Pacific Counties. Contestants will be selected in each of the following age divisions: Youth 6-12 years, Teens 13-17 years, and Adults 18 years and up.

First place in each of the age divisions will receive $150; and second place will receive $75.

For an application form or additional information contact the Grays Harbor County Fair at 360-482-2651 or www.ghcfairgrounds.com.

Eugene Elkins Sentenced to Nearly 20 years for Montesano Murder

MONTESANO, Wash. – Eugene V. Elkins was sentenced to 19 and a half years in prison yesterday for the beating that led to the death of his girlfriend Kornelia Englemann last summer at their mobile home on Clemons Road near Montesano.
“Beating women was never on the top of my list of good manners,” Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey told Elkins before his sentencing “This savage beating of this woman — in my career of sitting in here and before that — I think you’ve got first place. I haven’t seen one beaten to death this badly.
The Vidette reports Elkins was convicted of second degree murder last month.