Minor injuries for one firefighter after Montesano home burns

MONTESANO, Wash. – Crews from the Montesano Fire Department and Grays Harbor Fire District #2 responded to a well involved residential structure fire at the 400 block of Medcalf street in Montesano Monday evening. Montesano Chief Corey Rux tells us they initially attempted to battle the fire from an offensive position, but conditions quickly worsened and firefighters were forced to withdraw and set up a defensive posture.

Photo courtesy of GHScanner.com
Photo courtesy of GHScanner.com

The fire quickly spread throughout much of the home causing extensive damage. Firefighters contained the fire to the building of origin.
Rux said homeowners and occupants were able to evacuate the home safely. One occupant was transported to the hospital for a precautionary evaluation and was later released. One firefighter sustained minor injuries during fire suppression efforts; he was also transported to the hospital and later released.

The damage to the structure and contents is estimated to be approximately $300,000.

Aberdeen mayor preparing for Kurt Cobain week

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The city of Aberdeen will soon celebrate Kurt Cobain Week, beginning on his birthday February 20th. Mayor Bill Simpson told his council at last night’s special meeting “At our meeting on the 8th [of January] I will bring a resolution declaring February 20th, and the week of that, for Kurt Cobain. There’s some things that I’m working on that I cant talk about yet, but there will be more coming on that.”
Simpson said last week that he’s hoping to hear from the Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation “hopefully they’ll come forward for this resolution on the 20th and accept it from me. Something’s going to happen big for Kurt Cobain down here. We’ve put up signs and done a lot of the things that we could do with city money.” The mayor said he’s looking for private investors to help the city memorialize the Aberdeen native.

Aberdeen council appoints Alan Richrod to fill Ward 5 seat

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen city council last night appointed Alan Richrod to take the Ward 5 position most recently held by Alan Richrod – he was appointed to the seat after John Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Ward resident Bill Simpson had also expressed interest in the appointment, Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said before the vote “I have to be able to know that what I did was right, and that everything I do – to the best of my ability, passed what I call the smell test.
Bill Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson, expressed interest in the position earlier this month but a vote was tabled because not all councilmembers were present.
Hoder, and 5 other councilmembers voted with 44% of the 5th ward that chose Richrod in November. Richrod was sworn in after a 6-4 vote last night with councilman Jeff Cook absent.

2014 Brings Change to Pacific County Sheriff’s Office

South Bend, Washington – Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson announced changes to the Sheriff’s Office command staff including a retirement, promotion, and new appointment.  In November Chief Civil Deputy Debbie Allison, who has been employed by Pacific County in excess of 30 years, announced her intent to retire effective December 31, 2013.  Sheriff Johnson expressed his appreciation of Allison’s years of service and work ethic, stating that he values her attitude and principles, always treating issues as if they were her personal responsibility with the intent to work in the interest of the taxpayer and citizen safety.

 

With the retirement of Deputy Allison, Sheriff Johnson has appointed Denise Rowlett as Chief Deputy, with responsibility for civil, financial, and administration operations within the office.  Rowlett has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for over 14 years serving as Deputy Director of Emergency Management since 2008.

 

Sheriff Johnson has appointed Scott McDougall to fill the position of Deputy Director of Emergency Management.  McDougall joins the office with previous experience in the fire service as well as Pacific County Fair Manager.

 

The Sheriff added that he wishes Allison the best in her retirement, and is looking forward to leading the command staff team with those in new roles as we approach 2014.

Grays Harbor PUD outage update: Quinault

UPDATE: Power has been restored to approximately 50 customers in the Lake Shore Road area of Lake Quinault, after a car v pole accident caused an early-morning outage at about 2:30 a.m.

 

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Crews are reporting that a car accident on the South Shore Road in Quinault has resulted in a broken pole and an outage affecting approximately 50 customers in that area. Customers can expect an extended outage that may go well into mid-morning while additional crews respond to the area to make repairs.

Cosmopolis police replace stolen present, with support from friends

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. – A Cosmopolis police officer did more than just file a report over the holidays when a child’s Christmas present was stolen from their carport overnight. Deputy Chief Heath Layman tells us the boy was still wearing his helmet when they arrived to file a report on the stolen bicycle.
Knowing there was little hope to find the bike, Layman turned to his friends list on Facebook. Within about 20 minutes he said he had more than enough for a new bike, helmet, and heavy duty bike lock from friends and family -mostly local firefighters and fellow officers.
Cosi police delivered the bike to a very gracious family, and hung around long enough to help them write down the serial numbers for future reference. Layman thanked Cosmopolis Volunteer Firefighters, as well as off-duty Ocean Shores officer Chris Iverson who helped to deliver the bike.

Hoquiam Police Department gets accredited

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department is heading into the New Year accredited by the Washington Association of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs.
Hoquiam Chief Jeff Myers said they’ve worked for 7 years to complete this voluntary program. “It’s an opportunity for an agency to look top-to-bottom and meet 132 standards that are set forth by the organization [and] considered the best practices in our profession.”
Myers said they’ve made changes, and have seen changes over the past seven years, including the new partnership with the state Department of Corrections to re-open the city jail. “It’s been a long, ongoing – I would say battle some days. We’ve had major change in the last seven years at the Hoquiam PD.”
Myers commended Officer Phil High, who stepped forward this year to help complete the process. Hoquiam joins 55 other agencies to earn the accreditation, out of 300 law enforcement agencies in Washington.

Humtulips man injured after his car slides into SR101 ditch

HOQUIAM, Wash. – An 18 year old Humptulips man was transported to Community Hospital yesterday afternoon, after his car slid sideways into the ditch. The Washington State Patrol reports the 1995 Acura was Southbound on State Route 101 about 7 miles North of Hoquiam when the car lost control around 4:20. The accident is under investigation, and charges could be pending.

Aberdeen police investigate Christmas Day knifepoint robbery

ABERDEEN, Waash. – Police are investigating a Christmas Day robbery at knifepoint on the Chehalis River Bridge in Aberdeen. Police Captain John Green tells us around 7:20 Wednesday evening a man was walking North on the Eastside of the bridge when two males approached him, demanded money and displayed the knife. One was described as heavy-set 6′ about 55 years old. the other as thinner, about 5’9″ also about 55 years old.
A k-9 unit failed to track them, Green reports they fled with the victim’s wallet toward Southside Swanson’s store. Green said the investigation continues.

Christmas Eve adoption saves family plans

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – A North Beach resident was able to play a pretty big part in one family’s celebration of the holidays, after an overnight tragedy sent them looking for a last minute puppy replacement.
North Beach Paws reports on Christmas Eve they received a call from local dispatchers that a Christmas Miracle was needed. A mother and grandmother had lost her K-9 companion of 14 years and the family planning to surprise her with a new puppy woke to find the puppy had passed away overnight.

Actual Pug may or may not be shown in photo.
Actual Pug may or may not be shown in photo.
(They have a lot of Pugs)

One of two Pugs being fostered by North Beach PAWS staff was later reported to be a perfect fit, and mutual love at first sight. Maggie the Pug was adopted from Harbor Rescue, and saved Christmas in time for one family. Her brother Max was adopted on Saturday.