DUI driver allegedly turned around and hit vehicle a second time

The Washington State Patrol arrested a DUI driver overnight after they allegedly struck a barrier on Highway 12 outside of Montesano just after 1 this morning. About 15 minutes later they drove their 91 Chevy Suburban through an intersection at the Gateway Plaza and into a turning vehicle.
The 29 year old Idaho man began to drive away, then turned around and drove into the 78 Ford Flatbed a second time before getting out and attempting to fight the passenger, an 18 year old Aberdeen man, then attempting to leave again.
A 19 year old Aberdeen woman driving the truck, along with her passenger were transported to Community Hospital with undisclosed injuries, the driver of the Suburban was treated at the scene, then booked into the Aberdeen Jail on DUI hit and run charges.

Puget Sound & Pacific improving railroad crossings at entrances to Olympic Gateway Plaza in Aberdeen

A construction project to improve six railroad crossings at the East Wishkah Street/Olympic Highway/U.S. 12 entrances to the Olympic Gateway Plaza in Aberdeen is planned for Monday, July 21, through Wednesday, July 23, from 7 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad plans to close and completely rebuild each crossing, raising it back to the level of the streets. Two crossings per day are scheduled to be completed. To minimize inconvenience to shoppers and businesses at the plaza, no more than two crossings will be closed at any time during the project. Each rebuilt crossing will be reopened prior to the closure of any additional crossings.
“We understand that this creates some inconvenience for local business owners and shoppers, but when the last crossing is reopened on Thursday morning, people will have a significantly improved experience entering and exiting the plaza via the new crossings,” says Joel Haka, Puget Sound & Pacific president. “The project doesn’t add any capacity to the railroad but is being done to enhance safety at the crossings and improve quality of life for people utilizing them.”
The rebuild process consists of crews closing and removing the railroad track, tamping the railroad bed, replacing the wooden ties as needed, resurfacing and paving and reinstalling the rail.
Puget Sound & Pacific has invested more than $4.3 million in track upgrades since being acquired 18 months ago by Genesee & Wyoming, which owns 112 short line and regional freight railroads. After a highly unusual series of low-speed derailments two months ago, Puget Sound & Pacific plans to spend another $4.6 million on its track in the next 18 months.

About Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad (PSAP) transports freight over 108 miles of track in Northwest Washington, interchanging with BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. Major commodities include lumber, automobiles, agricultural products, waste, food and kindred products, and chemicals for pulp and paper mills.
PSAP provides the vital link between the Port of Grays Harbor and the national rail freight network. PSAP employees live and work in the same communities they serve and are committed to safely and efficiently supporting the growth that they help bring to the region.
PSAP was acquired in 2012 by Genesee & Wyoming, North America’s largest owner of short line and regional freight railroads and a safety leader in the industry.
See www.gwrr.com/psap

Grain train derails North of Friends Landing in Montesano

The third train derailment in three weeks occurred in Grays Harbor County Thursday afternoon in West Montesano.
It happened just after 4 p.m. at the Devonshire Road crossing near Central Park drive, leaving 7 grain cars off the tracks North of Friends Landing. No intersections were blocked, crews from Genesee & Wyoming were on scene early Thursday to assess the damage. They were in town already, having just reopened the tracks near the Wal-Mart intersection of the Gateway Plaza in East Aberdeen after a train derailed last Friday. A grain train derailed South of State street in the early morning hours of April 29th as well.

City of Aberdeen begins “Phase 1″ of more aggressive stance on panhandling

The city of Aberdeen is taking a more aggressive stance on panhandlers. Police Chief Bob Torgerson said this morning.
“One of the things that they were looking at is the Gateway Plaza area. And really the road [Chehalis Street] that comes into the Plaza, that’s the only roadway where panhandling is going on where we have control of the property, [by] city right of way.”
Rain or shine, familiar faces ask for money with cardboard signs at the base of a lightpost at that intersection, “What the committee looked at is that that’s not for pedestrians, the sidewalk is on the other side of the street. So why are we letting folks walk on that side of the street when it’s not for pedestrians?”
The site used to be more accessible, but construction at Wal-mart required the contracted water filtration and containment tanks , giving very little room for pedestrians.
The chief said they are working with the public works department on a “No Pedestrian Traffic” sign for that side of the street, Councilman Denny Lawrence said last night that this is phase 1 of their plan.

Kluh Jewelers closing Aberdeen store with “Going Out of Business” sale Friday

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Kluh Jewelers in Aberdeen is closing their doors at the Olympic Gateway Plaza. Longtime family owner and operator Greg Kluh tells us “I’ve got some good news and some bad news, bad news first is that we’re going to close our store. We’re going out of business at our Aberdeen store. The good news is that we’ve got the biggest sale that the harbor’s ever seen – 30, 60, 80% off.” adding that their Aberdeen store will be closed this week to prepare for a closeout sale this Friday “Doors open for this going out of business sale at 10 a.m. this Friday in the Olympic Gateway Plaza in Aberdeen.
Current Owner Alex Kluh said their Lacey store will remain open in the South Sound Center.

Stolen vehicle recovered after thieves switch plates in front of Aberdeen officer

ABERDEEN, Wash. – An Aberdeen officer watched from his unmarked car as two men attempted to mask their stolen car by stealing the license plates from a similar car in the Gateway Plaza parking lot Tuesday afternoon.
Police Captain John Green tells us one of their Sergeants was parked in an unmarked police SUV in the Staples parking lot around 2 P.M. Tuesday. While the officer was speaking on a cell phone he noticed a male subject standing by two very similar Honda Accords.
The Sergeant reported that the subject was scanning the parking, looking around, as he looked at the license plates of one of the Honda Accords. Another male wearing a red hoodie sweatshirt removed a license plate from one of the Hondas, and the two males began to drive away from the location in one of the Honda Accords.
The Aberdeen Police Sergeant stopped the vehicle, and discovered that the vehicle theywere in was reported stolen from Tumwater on 9/23/13.

The two suspects, a 34 year old Tacoma man and a 31 Shelton Man, were arrested for possession of stolen property and booked into the City of Aberdeen Jail.
A search warrant is being applied for by Aberdeen Detectives this morning for the recovered stolen vehicle.

The investigation is continuing.

Grays Harbor PUD Outage affecting 100 overnight

The Grays Harbor PUD worked overnight on a power outage in Northeast Aberdeen affecting about 100 customers, 11:30 last night a vehicle hit a pole on Young street, knocking out power to residents from Bear Gulch to the Gateway Plaza – power was restored to the Gateway plaza area within about half an hour, Liz Anderson from the Grays Harbor PUD tells KBKW power was restored to all residents by 7:05 Friday morning. Thursday night’s outage was in parrallel to the planned outage on the South side of Aberdeen.