By [email protected] (Ian Cope)
These days, many people have two jobs, but not often do they intersect. Certainly not the way they did on Wednesday for Grays Harbor Public Utility District Commissioner Dave Timmons.
In addition to representing District Two on the Grays Harbor PUD Board, Timmons is also the Deputy Police Chief for the City of Aberdeen. On Wednesday morning, Timmons was participating in the response to an armed man barricaded in a home on the 2000 block of Harding Road in South Aberdeen. When law enforcement asked PUD crews to cut power to the home in an attempt to end the standoff, Timmons and PUD Line Superintendent Steve Easton devised a plan to shut the power off to the home, without impacting surrounding homes.
“At first it appeared the only solution was to turn off all the power on Harding Road, which would impact around 350 customers,” Timmons recalled. “I wasn’t really comfortable with impacting that many homes, so Steve came up with a way to cut the power at the pole.”
From: Grays Harbor PUD
Aberdeen has a new consultant to invigorate development of the downtown core. Mayor Bill Simpson said this morning that we might see some changes coming with consultant Cary Bozeman at the helm. “We’ve already seen changes downtown with the theater started, and then the bead shop and Flowers by Pollen, and the antique store and then Waugh’s and that whole block now is full. Across the street is all full, there’s just one block that has some empty ones and that’s going to be part of our target.
The Aberdeen city council approved a report authorizing the Mayor to contract with The Bozeman Group last night. Founder of the group and former mayor of Bremerton and Bellevue, Cary has over 30 years of experience in both public and private sector mine fields.
Simpson said the contract is for 1-year and is in the city’s budget.
The city of Aberdeen took a step closer to allowing a marijuana store downtown last night, the council adopted a report from the Planning Commission recommending that retail sales be permitted in both General and Downtown Commercial zones.
Councilwoman Margo Short said the report also recommends production, processing, and sale be permitted in both industrial zones, she told the council before adoption of the report “Right now all we’re doing is accepting the report, which if you read carefully, considers four zones.
A public hearing will be held March 12th before an ordinance is brought before the council.
The standoff in South Aberdeen came to a peaceful end Wednesday afternoon. In the eighteenth hour negotiators were able to talk 54 year old Michael Watson out of the home with a Washington State Patrol robot. He was seen briefly by Aberdeen medics before being taken into custody. Aberdeen Officer Schmidt tells us “The State Patrol sent in their robot, it has a camera, with a microphone on it, they were able to talk him out. He is in custody, as far as I know nobody’s hurt, he’s not injured, he’s being checked by the aid unit and will be transported to the Aberdeen Police Department.
The man barricaded himself in a home on Harding street Tuesday evening. Officers first responded around 8 P.M. after reports that he was shooting a handgun in the area. An Aberdeen officer reported seeing him enter the home in the 2000 block of Harding Road with a weapon. A Washington State Patrol SWAT team took over the standoff around 10 Wednesday morning, with about the same result until sending in a robot around 2, he walked out just after 2:30 that afternoon.
A standoff continues this morning, after a man reported to be shooting a handgun in the area barricaded himself in a home on the South side of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Police Captain John Green tells us officers saw him carrying a handgun as he ducked into the home on the 2000 block of Harding Road near South Boone Street just after 8 last night.
Green said they have seen a green laser being shined inside the home, and have heard what sounds like the beating of a drum at times overnight, but have had no verbal contact with the man.
A Washington State Patrol SWAT team is joining the standoff this morning. Sgt. Patrick with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department reported no injuries, and said they are not certain if the man has anyone in the home with him.
ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is warning customers to be aware of a phone scam in which callers are posing as PUD employees and demanding payments on overdue accounts.
PUD Customer Service Manager Randy Schmidt says the PUD has received several reports from businesses and individuals who have received calls from people claiming to be employees of the PUD and threatening to shut off a customer’s power if they do not immediately pay a certain amount of money.
“Customers need to beware of scams like this,” said Schmidt. “If you receive a call demanding immediate payment, we urge you to immediately contact PUD staff to verify that the call was genuine. Under no circumstances should you make a payment of any kind to callers without first checking to see that they are legitimate representatives of the PUD who can verify your account information and exact amount owing, both current and past due.”
Law enforcement agencies say their offices have received similar reports of callers claiming to represent television and phone providers, public utilities and magazine companies, demanding immediate payment. Other scams include forged bills and parking tickets left on cars and in mail boxes. Recipients of such fraudulent calls and mailings are advised to first contact company officials to verify the claim and to contact the office of your local law enforcement agency.
Aberdeen – Come one come all. Seaport Landing, Aberdeen’s new public waterfront and home port for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, is asking members of the Grays Harbor community to volunteer their time to prepare Lady Washington’s home for her 25th birthday celebration.
The Historical Seaport “Salty Saturday” Project Parties are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from now through May in preparation for our ships return on June 5th. Salty Saturday projects are flexible and can accommodate individuals, groups or organizations. Minors over 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our first Salty Saturday is scheduled for Saturday, March 1.
Inside and outside projects are available. A Seaport Landing staff member will help volunteers find an appropriate project. Volunteers should dress warmly, even for indoor projects. Volunteers interested in helping with gardening and landscaping should bring their own garden tools.
For more information: Prospective volunteers should contact Randy Beerbower, community outreach lead, 360-532-8611, [email protected] Seaport Landing is located at 500 N. Custer Street in South Aberdeen, the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill.
The city of Aberdeen yesterday celebrated its first Kurt Cobain Day, honoring the Nirvana front man on his birthday, “A celebration of his, is not because he was a druggy, but because he was a great musician.”
Mayor Bill Simpson spoke to a crowd of over 200 before the unveiling of Randi Hubbard’s statue of Kurt Cobain, at the Aberdeen Museum last night “I’m proud to be able to put this thing on today, it’s been tough. I’ve had some people who were not very nice to me because of the fact that he was a druggy. But you know, I think Elvis was a druggy, I think Janis Joplin was a druggy too.”
We spoke with Simpson before the unveiling, as the band Gebular rocked the Museum; “Over the years there will be a lot more than this, I would like to see at least a couple of nights more. Maybe one here maybe one at the D&R Theater, and really make it a big success. It’s been a long time in coming and we needed to do this for the band, for Kurt Cobain, and for our community. To let them know what great people have come out of this community.”
Cobain would have been 47 yesterday, the band Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th – or if you’re in Hoquiam; on Nirvana Day.
Four separate fights broke out at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center on the Westport Highway Thursday. Cheri Izatt with SCC said yesterday that all medium- and minimum-custody units at Stafford Creek Corrections Center near Aberdeen were placed on lockdown after a series of multi-offender fights. No staff members were injured. One offender sustained injuries that were not life-threatening but required treatment at a local hospital.
The first fight occurred around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the day room of one of the facility’s medium-custody units. A short time later, three other multi-offender fights occurred – one in the same medium-custody unit, one in another medium-custody unit and one in a minimum-custody unit.
Staff swiftly responded and prison administrators placed the facility on lockdown immediately following the fights. The offenders involved were placed in a segregation unit where they will be interviewed by staff investigators.
Stafford Creek Corrections Center houses about 2,000 offenders in minimum-, medium- and maximum-custody units.
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state Corrections Department spokeswoman says all medium-security and minimum-security units at a state prison in Aberdeen are locked down after a series of multi-inmate fights….
From: AP Washington News