Archive for June 2013

DeBolt and Braun applaud $28.2 million allocation for flood protection

The funding will allow the Chehalis Basin Flood Authority to continue. It will also go towards engineering and design of a water retention facility in the upper Chehalis River, fishery enhancement and local flood projects for communities across the basin from Pe Ell to Aberdeen.

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Dan Boeholt Lake Quinault closed to all non-tribal use

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Elma man allegedly forces ex-girlfriend to help him steal propane tanks from Warm company

Investigators contacted the 29 year old man and arrested him on an unrelated warrant.  The man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and became hostile.  While the deputies escorted him to the patrol car, the man head-butted the passenger door of the car causing minor damage.  The suspect was eventually secured in the car and transported to the county jail.  Deputies were able to obtain a search warrant for the man’s residence and located the stolen propane tanks.  The man was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Burglary, Theft, and Malicious Mischief to the patrol vehicle.


The estranged female has since obtained a restraining order against the man.  Deputies were also able to verify the female’s account of threats by the estranged boyfriend.  At this point, the female is not looking at any charges.

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Wrong way driver collides with Aberdeen police cruiser

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Police Officer Rathbun was not seriously injured yesterday after a wrong-way driver collided with his marked patrol car at the intersection of Wishkah and Alder streets in Aberdeen. Captain John Green tells us it happened just after noon Thursday, Rathburn had just entered the intersection from Wishkah when a 2011 Ford F150 truck drove into the front passenger side of his cruiser. 

A 64 year old Westport man was treated for chest pain at the scene, Officer Rathbun was checked at Community Hospital for upper back pain, his vehicle sustained serious damage to the front.

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Hoquiam completes spray park at Art Pocklington, just in time for heatwave

HOQUIAM, Wash. – With the great weather in the forecast, the city of Hoquiam is opening their new spray park today at Art Pocklington Central Play Park, Mayor Jack Durney said the park has always been a favorite “I grew up a couple blocks away, so it’s always had this fence around it and now there’s a new one that’s absolutely gorgeous. We have paved walkways in there, [the] Hoquiam Rotary barbeque shed was constructed by some volunteers from the carpentry union. We’ve had city crew working on pouring concrete, doing different things, and the water spray park is ready to go.
City Staff, volunteers and contractors have been working steadily over the last three months to finish the park before July.

Recent work includes construction of the Rotary Picnic Shelter which was built thanks to a $10,000 donation by the Hoquiam Rotary Club, new fencing, walkways and landscaping improvements.

City Administrator Brian Shay tells us new benches donated by the Hoquiam Lions Club, picnic tables, lighting and other enhancements will be installed over the next month.

A formal grand opening celebration will be held later this summer to thank all of the volunteers, staff and donors, who contributed nearly $300,000 in grants and private donations to make this Hometown Hoquiam Project a reality.

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Alleged Metal Theft Family Arrested in Oakville

Deputies and detectives eventually learned that the 40 year old man and his 44 year old girlfriend had stolen metal from a Quonset Hunt that had been located on property in the 100 block of Norton Road, not far from this location.  It was also learned that the 58 year old female normally would first go to various property’s to see what was available to steal and if contacted by property owners or witnesses, would claim that she was lost or disoriented.


The 40 year old man, his 44 year old girlfriend, and the 58 year old mother were all arrested and transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail where they were booked for Theft 1st degree.


Detectives eventually located the owner of the property on Norton Road.  The property owner was not aware of the theft at the time however advised that the value of the Quonset Hut was $10,000.00.  The hut was still in its new packaging and had not been erected yet.  The suspect’s had taken over half of the hut however received less than $200 for the value of the scrap.  It is believed however that the total loss in $10,000.00 as the property owner is not sure the various items can be separately replaced.

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Copalis Crossing could lose ambulance service on Monday

COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing in North Grays Harbor is hoping a deal can be reached with the City of Hoquiam before ambulance service is cut off on Monday.
With a new commissioner on their board, Fire District 16 is looking for ideas to help pay off over $15-thousand in back bills. Commissioner Caroline Perry told the Hoquiam city council this week “We have a contract with the city of Hoquiam. Right now we pay 370 every time they come out into our district. We’ve been paying the current amount, we haven’t gone any further behind, we just haven’t been able to catch up.”
Perry said she is meeting with the city today to discuss payment options. They received a letter from the city of Hoquiam last month, stating that if they couldn’t pay in full by the end of the week service would be cut off July 1. If ambulance service is cut off on Monday, the city would only send out a crew for trauma-related calls.
The volunteer fire hall is funded by their tax base, and has held fundraisers like the Barn Bash in the past to fund everything from safety gear to ambulance services.
They’re also looking for volunteers from the North shore,  meetings are Thursday nights at 7 PM at the Copalis Crossing Fire Hall.
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