Cosmopolis police investigated a threat at Cosmopolis Elementary this morning. Deputy Police Chief Heath Layman tells us the school discovered the threatening statement on a bathroom wall and contacted police. While they do not believe there is any imminent danger, Layman said police gave a strong presence at the school this morning and are assisting the school to determine who may have left the message.
UPDATE: the student has been identified, and parents and teachers are helping, Layman said police are not getting further involved in the incident.
Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines phoned in on Friday…. hey it was Friday.
Speeding was the cause of a two car accident on State Route 101 just outside of Cosmopolis Thursday morning. The Washington State Patrol reports a 2003 Chevy Blazer driving North by a 35 year old Aberdeen woman lost control in a sharp curve and struck the concrete barrier just after 8. The Blazer then veered across the oncoming lane and collided with the side of a semi truck trailer. A 55 year old Chehalis man driving the semi was not injured, the woman was transported to Community Hospital with unspecified injuries, and charged with driving too fast for conditions.
Smoke on the horizon this morning is likely Weyerhaeuser conducting controlled burns of several brush piles near State Route 107 outside of Cosmopolis. Forester John Todd tells us the brush is on Weyerhaeuser property, but only about 100 yards away from the highway near the Blue Slough road.
Smoke may be visible from the roadway when they begin controlled burning around 10 this morning, Todd said flaggers will be in place if the smoke begins to affect visibility.
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.
Investigating officers determined that the 1991 red Dodge was heading Southbound on Jefferson. The driver stopped at the stop sign at Wishkah St. The driver of the Dodge van then proceeded to cross Wishkah when she struck the 1991 Chevrolet S-10 PU which was heading Westbound on Wishkah at Jefferson.
The collision caused the Chevrolet PU to run into the front of the business and the Dodge Van to spin around and end up on the East side of the same business.
Traffic was not disrupted and the intersection was cleared within 50 minutes
The driver of the Dodge van is a 74 year old female from Cosmopolis and the driver of the Chevrolet truck is a 65 year old man from Montesano.
The female driver was cited at GH Community Hospital for Failing to Yield the Right of Way.
MONTESANO, Wash. – The Montesano city council tonight will discuss a new levy, this one already has your approval. Signed into law this summer, Substitute Senate Bill 5705 allows a taxing district the authority to recover portions of their levy that were reduced over the previous 12 months.
Monty Cobb, Policy Director with the Washington Association of County Officials explained earlier this year “What it boiled down to be is if Monty pays his taxes, and on April second I win my appeal and my taxes get reduced. The treasurer will refund a portion of my taxes, and what a local taxing district would have got from me they can add back on to their levy and be made whole the next year.” Cobb said that due to the wording of the law, if you hadn’t paid those taxes before they were modified, the taxing districts would lose out on the difference.
In Cosmopolis, Finance Director Kathy Welch said three separate levies are worth about $40-thousand more, thanks to a change in the value of Cosmo Specialty Fibers “It used to be that you were just ‘out’ and you couldn’t go back for those taxes.
Welch said countywide there is about $500-thousand that could be recovered, however the decision will be up to each taxing authority.
COSMOPOLIS, Wash. – The city of Cosmopolis is getting about $40-thousand more in levy funds, thanks to legislation adopted last year. In the case of Cosmopolis three separate levies are being modified (re-levied), a bond for the fire station will add 9,882.69, an EMS levy will add 106.75, and a general fund levy 34,753.49.
Finance Director Kathy Welch told the city council at last night’s meeting that the county appraisal modified the mills’ value from September 2012 to last month “So we were not able to assess that amount of money, and collect those property taxes on it. It used to be that you were just out, and you couldn’t go back for those taxes that were either refunded or rebated back.” Welch said the money will be collected as an additional levy beginning next year.