Archive for November 2013

Tragic end for one man after Thanksgiving day argument with family

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Thanksgiving day argument ended in suicide last night in Hoquiam, after a 29 year old man allegedly pistol whipped a female family member then drove into town and shot himself. Sgt. Jeff Salstrom tells KBKW they responded to the home off of State Route 109 in Moclips just after 8 last night. Two assault victims said the man left with a handgun, heading toward Hoquiam. Salstrom spotted his vehicle on State Route 109 just before 9, as he pulled it over in the parking lot of the Hoquiam 7-11 he heard a loud-muffled sound from behind the tinted windows.
Once officers secured the scene and approached with a ballistics shield they broke out the driver’s side window to confirm the man had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two Hoquiam, and three Aberdeen police units responded, as well as Hoquiam fire and ambulance. Salstrom said the investigation is ongoing.

Phone survey for crude/coal by rail is not a product of the Port

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Port of Grays Harbor’s Commission has learned of a phone survey being conducted to gauge the level of support for the development of a coal export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor. The Port tells KBKW they “did not sanction this survey and we have no knowledge of who did. We can unequivocally state that there are no discussions or plans for an export coal facility at the Port of Grays Harbor.

Public Affairs Specialist Kayla Dunlap added in a press release “In contrast, we are aware of a countywide phone survey that was conducted several months ago regarding the transporting of crude oil by rail to potential storage facilities at the Port of Grays Harbor that suggested overwhelming support for such projects.

The Port of Grays Harbor works hard to pursue safe and effective job development initiatives and values the trust and confidence of the community in bringing these efforts to fruition. We thank you for your support and will continue to provide our customers and our community with the highest level of service.

State Patrol looking for victims after ID thieves found with several names

SHELTON, Wash. – The Washington State Patrol is warning merchants in Pacific County that after taking a male and female into custody on identity theft charges, they found numerous checks, a check printer and several identifications in different names. Checks listing addresses in multiple states and multiple cities were discovered. Several checks listing addresses in Astoria Oregon, Warrenton Oregon and Seaview Washington were also recovered.
The State Patrol reports at this time it is unknown whether the subjects were successful in obtaining, cash, goods or services in these areas. Checks may have been prepared using several different names to include the last names Godwin, Thompson, Brown, Dove, Smith, Brawdy, McDonald, Olive, Thompson and Allison.
If you believe you are a victim of fraud related to these individuals within Pacific County, please call your local police department or the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.
Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
300 Memorial Street
South Bend, WA 98586
Non-emergencies: 360-875-9395

US Army conducting helicopter exercises at Satsop Business Park

ELMA, Wash. – We’ll see some helicopters over the Satsop Business Park next week. The Regional Education and Training Center client, US Army SOAR(A) team, will be conducting aerial helicopter exercises the night of Wednesday, December 4, 2013. The exercises will begin approximately 7:00 pm and conclude approximately 11:00 pm.

Army SOAR(A) will also be conducting aerial recon on Monday, December 2, 2013, during the daytime for a daylight view of the Park and landing zones.

For their evening exercise on the 4th, the Army will be potentially utilizing all the Park helicopter landing zones. The Army does not anticipate landing at the Park – just flying over the zones for airborne drop of and pick up.

The RETC tells us they “do not anticipate this will cause any interference for the nearby community, or with normal Park business activities.

Hoquiam couple allegedly walk woman to cash her check, then rob her

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Police quickly tracked down a man and woman who reportedly robbed a 54 year old Hoquiam woman, after walking with her to the 2700 block of Simpson Avenue to cash her check.
Deputy Chief Don Wertanen tells us just before 11 Wednesday morning, they were called to a strong-arm robbery. It was reported a 54-year old Hoquiam woman was just leaving when a female grabbed her cash.
Hoquiam officers were at the scene within less than a minute, and able to obtain descriptions of the female suspect as well as a male observed with her. The officers were familiar with both as they had observed them walking earlier in the area. Officers recognized the female suspect as a 36-year old transient who formerly resided in Hoquiam.
Officers immediately located the 19-year old male subject, the female was found hiding in the backseat of a vehicle after she had called someone to pick her up from where she had been hiding in an alley.
The suspect was arrested without incident and transported to the police department to be interviewed for investigation of Robbery 2nd Degree. The female was in possession of some cash, but not the amount taken in the robbery.
Wertanen reports no weapons were displayed during the reported robbery; the victim did not sustain any injuries.

Vini Samuel declines prosecutor appointment

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County faces a difficult situation with what could become a precedent-setting decision, just to find a County Prosecutor. The commissioners today heard their answer from appointee Vini Samuel, not only did she decline she urged them to pick Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda.
The commissioners received a letter from Samuel just before 5 Wednesday evening. On Monday they had asked her to take the oath of office since she had been – either chosen for appointment, or appointed in October, she said she would provide her answer on Wednesday.
One theory on the matter holds that the county commissioners would ask the Democrats for another list of three willing candidates, after their appointed candidate reconsidered and re-created the vacancy. Others are waiting for a 60-day clock to run up on November 29th, sending the matter to the Washington Governor’s desk for a decision regardless.

No injuries as fire guts East Aberdeen home early Wednesday

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A fire gutted a single family home in East Aberdeen Wednesday morning. Battallion Chief Bill Mayne said they’ve investigated but the cause remains undetermined at this time. No injuries were reported, however a family pet did not make it out.
Mayne said the fire had spread through about a third of the home when crews arrived to several vehicles parked down the dead end driveway, which delayed their response. Crews mostly fought the fire in a defensive mode after running lines down North Chehalis street to get water to the riverside home behind Michael’s Meats. “We had limited access, and we had to wait for some people to move some cars.” Flames were visible from across the Wishkah river, Mayne said no other homes were threatened.

Dave and Kathy Senior Center November 2013 Part 2

Dave and Kathy Senior Center November 2013 Part 1

Fire investigation will keep Pioneer Avenue closed for now in Montesano

MONTESANO, Wash. – Pioneer street through downtown Montesano will remain closed in front of a burned out building through the weekend, Police Chief Brett Vance said they should have the roadway open in time for the rest of the holidays. “We’re hoping that the whole thing will be taken care of by Festival of Lights [December 13th] but we should have the roadway [open] within the next 4 or 5 days.”
The cause of the fire that destroyed a vacant building at the corner of Fleet Street and Pioneer Avenue remains under investigation. The walls of the building are weak enough that city officials have closed off the street nearby in case of a collapse.