Wash. man arrested for fatally shooting dog

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Bellingham man fed up with barking fatally shot his neighbor’s dog in front of her. But the 13-old-month corgi was not the barking dog…. …read more

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Dispatcher: Duvall, Wash., officer shot in leg

DUVALL, Wash. (AP) — A police dispatcher for the suburban Seattle communities of Redmond and Duvall says a Duvall officer has been shot and wounded…. …read more

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First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Pierce County sheriff’s detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition…. …read more

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Fire burns 40 acres at Wash. base training area

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials at a Washington state military base near Tacoma say a wildfire that appears to have been started by military training burned about 40 acres of a training area…. …read more

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Family pet shot with hunting arrow, survives

RAYMOND, Wash. (AP) — The Raymond, Washington, owners of a Husky mix dog say someone shot a hunting arrow into their dog’s head…. …read more

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Man's body recovered from SW Wash. lake

MOSSYROCK, Wash. (AP) — A Lewis County sheriff’s officer says the Thurston County sheriff’s dive team has helped recover the body of a 51-year-old Winlock man from a southwest Washington lake. The man was swimming with a friend when he disappeared Sept. 2…. …read more

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Man tries to poach customers from Seattle pot shop

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a man dealing marijuana out of the back of his Buick has been trying to poach customers from Seattle’s only licensed recreational pot shop…. …read more

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Police: suspect shot in head in Wash. bank rob try

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Police in the Tacoma, Washington, suburb of Lakewood say an armored car driver shot at a man who tried to rob a Bank of America branch, wounding the man in the left side of his head. The suspect still managed to flee in a waiting car, but without any cash…. …read more

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After anonymous complaint, audit finds two errors at City of Montesano

City of Montesano
The State Auditor’s Office has issued two findings to the City of Montesano after an anonymous tip about a recent property sale. City Administrator Kristy Powell said that State Auditors also agreed with the city that they properly advertised and sold 47 acres of property along the Chehalis River in 2012. Powell said last week “That anonymous caller that turned in the audit suggested that there was something wrong with the land sale. The auditors made a statement that there was nothing wrong with the land sale except that documentation of the sign was not there.”
The errors were found in the city’s accounting. Powell said one finding was the second in a row over the way they pay city employees from different departments, “Last year we were given a finding on the same thing, and we immediately adopted a resolution and started tracking time but the auditors didn’t feel that we did enough.” To address that issue, Powell said they’ll enforce daily time tracking and move to cost-based accounting.
Another finding was issued for the way they transferred funds from one department to another – an error on Powell’s part, she said she plans to review the complicated budgeting, accounting, and reporting manual to resolve.
The last finding to the city of Montesano was in 2011, when then-Police Chief Ray Sowers used a city credit card to make nearly $17,000 in purchases. Sowers pleaded guilty to theft and identity theft charges, and was sentenced to 6 months jail time.
Audits conducted by the State Auditor’s Office are available through their website at http://portal.sao.wa.gov/ReportSearch/

Solid gold response to Hoquiam’s “Chief for a Day” Program

Hoqiuam Police Chief Dylan Ellefson
A big thank you to the families and businesses that contributed to the Hoquiam Police Department during their Chief for a Day program. Police Chief Jeff Myers said “I want to thank everyone out there in Grays Harbor. You know we may be a small community, we have a lot of challenges and we often focus on the negative. But when you see a program like this come together, and you see the love in the donations that come from us, it really shows you what a special kind of place this is.”
The department even received a mysterious donation for Dylan Ellefson, in an unmarked envelope. Myers said jokingly “It was thick and bulky I thought it was like a letter bomb. So I gave it to my Deputy Chief to open then I ran to my office. Inside of it was a piece of paper folded up, there were four coin sleeves taped to the paper. Each coin sleeve had a $100 bill in it, and when you unwrapped the $100 bill there were four solid gold coins.”
They don’t know who donated the coins but Myers adds “I’m hoping through getting the word out that whoever donated this wonderful, unexpected, and extremely benevolent gift will know that it was received, and greatly appreciated.” The 4 gold coins, two South African Krugerrands, and two American Eagles, will be sold, and the money used to setup a college fund for Dylan.