Cosmopolis man tazed after he chops down neighbor’s tree, refuses interview

A Cosmopolis man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly cutting down his neighbor’s tree, then cutting it up on his property. Cosmopolis Police Chief Casey Stratton tells us a woman called from the 500 block of I street around 4 P.M. Saturday afternoon to report that there were two men in her yard cutting trees down. Officer Matt Nelson arrived and found a tree fallen over the creek that separates the woman’s property from the suspect’s. The woman showed Nelson a picture of two men cutting down a twenty foot tree in her yard. Nelson walked to the other property and found two men still cutting the tree into smaller pieces.
Stratton said Nelson began to interview 28 year old Jacob Ackley about the tree, but Ackley would not cooperate or answer questions. Nelson warned the man eight times to cooperate before he started to place Ackley under arrest for obstruction, Ackley resisted. That was when Officer Nelson used his conducted electrical weapon (taser) on Ackley (twice). Ackley was placed under arrest after that, booked on charges of Obstructing an Investigation and Resisting Arrest. Charges were also forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for trespassing and theft of the wood.

Stratton said alcohol may have been involved.

Despondent man talked into mental care, as Hoquiam police seize his pistol

Just before 2 A.M. Thursday morning, officers responded to a possible suicidal subject in the area of 31st Street and Sumner Avenue.
Officers had earlier attempted to locate the 31-year old Cosmopolis man at a local motel to no avail. The man had made threats to harm himself via text to family members; Family members reported finding the man on the street where they tried to detain him until the police arrived.
As Sgt. Salstrom arrived in the area, the man fled down an alley on foot. Sgt. Salstrom was able to overtake the man and start a conversation regarding his thoughts to harm himself. Sgt. Salstrom was able to convince the man to be voluntarily transported to Community Hospital to talk to a Mental Health Professional.
Family members were concerned the man had been in possession of an old derringer-style pistol he may have been carrying inside a backpack earlier in the day. He did not have the backpack at the time he was contacted by Sgt. Salstrom.
Officer Grossi checked the alley and located an abandoned backpack as described. He located items inside the backpack which appeared to belong to the despondent man, as well as a pistol with ammunition.

Hoquiam Seized Weapon
The firearm was seized as evidence as the man is a respondent in a domestic violence no-contact protection order from Cosmopolis whereby he is prohibited from possessing a firearm. The man was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation; the case for unlawful possession of a firearm will be forwarded to the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s Office for charges.

Cosmopolis Lions Club hopes you ‘see’ Lions Recycle for Sight drop boxes

As spring cleaning gets underway, the Cosmopolis Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.
During the month of May the Cosmopolis Lions Club will be emphasizing the collection of used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. “We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,” said Lion Rod Matye, “In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”
The donated glasses will be shipped to the NW Regional Lions Eye glass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.
The Cosmopolis Lions will be out May 1st and 2nd for the annual White Cane fund raising event at the following locations: 1). The Cosmopolis Post Office 114 F St. Cosmopolis; 2). Swanson’s Food, 217 N. Boone St. Aberdeen and 3). Dennis Company 220 N. Boone St. Aberdeen
You may also donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), by placing them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes at these locations.
The Cosmopolis Lions Club has 41 members and meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:30pm at 601 2nd St.. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Cosmopolis Lions Club, please contact us at 533-7779 or stop by on our meeting dates.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the website at


Lions Recycle for Sight

In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life.

That’s why we started the Lions Recycle for Sight program. Everyone can help.

Throughout the year, Lions, Leos and other volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses.  Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

Eyeglass Recycling – How You Can Help

If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need, you can donate them now. Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed. Here’s how you can help.

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New tsunami evacuation maps in Spanish will help coastal communities

New tsunami evacuation maps will help the Hispanic populations of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties learn the best routes to take in order to safely reach a designated assembly area on high ground. The brochures also offer critical safety information in Spanish to help communities understand what a tsunami is as well as preparedness tips. The brochures have been available in English for some time.


Map shows destinations in the Aberdeen and Hoquiam areas. It’s been available in English for some time, but was recently produced in Spanish.

Following a 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan in 2011, the devastating four-story tall Tohoku tsunami killed thousands in Japan on March 11, 2011. At the same time, a tsunami advisory was issued for the coast of Washington, but the largest wave was only expected to reach a foot or two over normal sea level. As a precaution, however, residents in several coastal communities were asked to move to higher ground.

But there were several non-English speaking residents who chose to evacuate to nearby hospitals and other critical facilities instead of high ground or officially designated assembly areas. These spontaneous evacuations to essential facilities caused great concern for hospital staff, emergency managers and first responders. It was subsequently identified that there was a shortfall in localized tsunami preparedness materials accessible to non-English speaking populations.


Map shows destinations in the northern Pacific County. It’s been available in English for some time, but was recently produced in Spanish.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2013, people identifying themselves as Hispanic or Latino within Grays Harbor County account for 9.6 percent of the total population. Within Pacific County, that figure is approximately 8.8 percent. Having recognized the evacuation issues during the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, the Washington State Tsunami Program successfully applied for funding through the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program to create tsunami outreach and preparedness products accessible to non-English speaking coastal populations. The first product of this new series includes tsunami evacuation brochures in Spanish. With funding from the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, and working in close coordination with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and a specialized translation company, the Washington State Tsunami Program successfully produced the first Spanish tsunami evacuation brochures for the Washington’s Pacific Ocean coast.

Maps in both English and Spanish can be downloaded here:

There are maps translated into Spanish for the communities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Ocean City, Copalis Beach, Pacific Beach, Moclips, Ocean Shores,Westport, Grayland, Bay Center, Long Beach, Ilwaco, Ocean Park, Raymond, South Bend, North Cove, Tokeland and many unincorporated areas.

Wreck South of Cosmopolis sends two to hospital

Driving too fast for conditions was the cause of a wreck South of Cosmopolis yesterday. The Washington State Patrol reports that just after 11 Sunday morning a 54 year old Hoquiam man lost control of his 1997 Toyota Pickup on a corner and slid into an oncoming 2011 Ford F250 that was towing a 24 foot 5th wheel camper trailer. Trooper Richardson said both the driver of the pickup, and his passenger, a 41 year old Humptulips man, were injured and transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries. The Toyota was listed as totaled, both vehicles and the camper were towed from the scene.


Cosmopolis man mugged in Aberdeen, police seek tips

Aberdeen police are looking for tips after a man was attacked by two people near Heron and L Street early Tuesday morning.
Police Captain John Green tells KBKW at about 1:10 this morning, they responded to a call of a Spanish speaking male who was reporting a robbery. The victim, a 24 year old Cosmopolis male, was in the area of Heron and L Street.

Officers saw that the victim had a laceration on his head and he was bleeding. The Aberdeen Fire Department responded and provided aid to the victim. The victim was transported to the GHCH by AFD.
The investigating officer used the language line and found out the victim was reporting that he had been assaulted and robbed of his wallet and cell phone near the motel by the AM PM store.
The victim reported he was walking home behind the Travel Lure hotel when he was confronted by two men and a women. The victim said he was assaulted by the two males who hit him and knocked him to the ground. His wallet and cell phone was taken from him. The victim said the female suspect supplied a knife to one of the male suspects during the attack. From the initial investigation it did not appear the victim was assaulted with the knife.

He described the suspects as:

White female, about five feet tall, about 120 pounds with straight dark hair in a long ponytail, and early 20’s in age.

White male, 5-4 to 5-5, thin build, long black hair.

White male, about 6 feet tall, average build, and mid to late 20’s in age.

The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 360-533-3180 or the APD tip line at 360-538-4450.

FEMA to review Grays Harbor County Risk Report at October meeting

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has completed a detailed risk assessment for Grays Harbor County to include all Cities within the County which has been summarized in a report which can be downloaded here. The risk assessment includes a detailed assessment on every building in each community and determines losses due to flood and earthquake, and also assesses impacts from tsunami and landslides. In addition to the risk assessment, a mitigation action section highlights potential mitigation projects as identified through the risk assessment and also includes an overview of actions in the current mitigation plan for each jurisdiction.

They will be holding a meeting to discuss the report and have a detailed discussion with the community on mitigation and resiliency. The meeting will be held on October 23rd at the Log Pavilion in Aberdeen, WA located at 1401 Sargent Blvd from 1:00-3:30pm.

FEMA will be attending along with various state agencies to include Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Emergency Management Division and Washington Sea Grant.

related article Coastal Flood Hazard Study for Grays Harbor County enters appeal period

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FEMA hosting briefings on National Flood Insurance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, and Hoquiam, as well as Grays Harbor County is holding 3 briefings on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Aberdeen on Tuesday, August 26th

In addition to a review of the National Flood Insurance Program and the recent reforms they will also be reviewing floodplain management requirements and mitigation activities at the 10am and 7pm briefings. The 2pm briefing will focus primarily on the NFIP insurance policy and the recent legislative reforms.

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Don’t let a DUI ruin your Summer fun, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Summer is a time for parties and picnics in the sun, but don’t let a DUI ruin your fun.  Even though Washington legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal and dangerous to drive under the influence of marijuana or alcohol.

“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” said Darrin Grondel, Traffic Safety Commission Director.

“With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability,” Grondel said.

That is why between August 15 and September 1 extra officers will be on our roads looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Many of these officers have special training to identify when a driver is under the influence of drugs as well as alcohol.

Drivers are encouraged to find alternative transportation or ride with a sober designated driver. “More people may be using marijuana recreationally, but that should never be mixed with driving,” said Lt. Rob Sharpe, Commander of the Washington State Patrol Impaired Driving Section.

Lt. Sharpe noted that law enforcement has been arresting drugged drivers for a long time and will continue to identify and arrest drivers who make the poor choice to drive under the influence of marijuana, alcohol, or other drugs.

Additionally, law enforcement reminds young drivers that impairment laws are much stricter for anyone under the age of 21. A young driver who has any marijuana in their system or a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or higher is considered to be driving under the influence and is at risk for arrest.

During 2013 in Grays Harbor County, 449 people were charged with DUI.*

The Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will participate in this Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign with the support of the Grays Harbor County Traffic Safety Task Force.

All of these extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website,

Washington Primary Election deadline is today

Washington state voters this week will decide who advances to the general election in 10 congressional races including our 6th District, and dozens of legislative races including our 19th and 24th Districts.
Today is the last day to get your ballots in, or postmarked for the state primary.

Locally, 4 are vying for the District 3 County Commissioner seat, 3 for County Assessor, 3 for PUD Commissioner.
Also on ballots of those affected is the question of whether to form a Public Hospital District in Western Grays Harbor County, and which commissioners will make up it’s 7 board members.

There are no statewide offices on the ballot, but the match getting the most attention is the 4th Congressional District race to replace U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, who is retiring after two decades in the seat. A dozen candidates crowd that race, though four Republicans appear to be the front-runners.

Under Washington state’s primary system, the top two vote-getters in each race advance to the general election, regardless of party.

The Deadline to register for the state’s General Election is October 6th, ballots will be mailed out later that month for the November General.


Ballot Drop-Off Locations
If there is an election in the area, ballots may be dropped off at any of the locations listed below from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. – on Election Day only. Locations only accept voted ballots then transport them to the Auditor’s office. Sites do not offer replacement ballots, voting assistance, or other services.

Aberdeen Hoquiam Cosmopolis

YMCA Convention Center
2500 Simpson Ave
Hoquiam, WA 


Ocean Shores

120 W Chance Ala Mer Ave
Ocean Shores, WA



VFW 158 Summit Rd
McCleary, WA



Methodist Church
204 E Harris

Oakville, WA



506 N Montesano St
Westport, WA



Auditor’s Office
100 W Broadway, Suite 2
Montesano, WA