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East Grays Harbor County residents asked to report suspicious activity

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is warning Brady and Satsop residents of an increase in Burglaries, Thefts, and Vehicle Prowls. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us over the past week and a half, there have been four separate incidents in the area including burglaries on the 18th and 25th in Brady, a burglary in Satsop on the 20th, and aparrently someone stole batteries out of vehicles in the 500 block of the Monte Elma Road East of Montesano on Wednesday. Then just before 7 last night, Shumate reports residents in the 300 block of that road – closer to Brady, watched as a white or lighter colored Jeep Cherokee pull into their driveway and turn off it’s headlights. When asked, the occupants claimed to be lost, but sped away when the residents tried to help.

The driver was described as being a white male in his late 20’s to early 30’s with a skinny build and bald/shaved head. The Jeep was further described as being “beat up looking”. There was a white female passenger of about the same age who was described as having a bigger build than the male.

Anyone seeing a vehicle matching this description in that area is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711 or the Grays Harbor Dispatch Center at 360-533-8765.

On 02/18/14 the department investigated a burglary that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of Winkleman Road (Brady). Suspect(s) broke into the residence and stole several items that included a large flat screen TV, a DVD player, a computer and a laptop. The victim also noticed metals had been taken from around his shop. Investigators eventually developed a suspect of the metal theft and he was located and arrested. It is unknown at this time if he was responsible for the burglary to the home. That investigation is ongoing.

On 02/20/14 the department investigated a burglary that occurred in the 1000 block of Monte Elma Road (Satsop). Suspect(s) burglarized a shed and stole items from the carport. Items included a 10 speed bike, a drill press, and miscellaneous tools. It was believed this crime occurred at night.

On 02/25/14 our agency investigated a burglary that occurred to a residence in the 500 block of Monte Elma Road (Brady). The home owners had only been gone a few hours mid day when they returned home and discovered that suspect(s) had forcefully entered their residence and shop and stole numerous items. Some of the stolen items included a flat screen TV, food, clothing, jewelry, and tools. Due to the extent of theft, detectives were called to assist deputies with this investigation. The sheriff’s department K-9 unit was also utilized however it was believed the suspect(s) arrived and left in a vehicle.

On 02/26/14 residents in the 500 block of Monte Elma Road (Montesano) discovered that someone had stolen the batteries out of their vehicles.
Anyone with information on the above referenced crimes are asked to call the sheriff’s department at 360-249-3711. We are also requesting residents in that area to report any unusual or suspicious activity.

Alleged Hoquiam Bank Robber back in Grays Harbor County Jail

Jay Randall Gladden
The man wanted for the bank robbery of Twin Star Credit Union in Hoquiam, and an espresso stand in Aberdeen is back in a Grays Harbor jail cell this morning. Hoquiam Detective Sergeant Shane Krohn tells us he and Detective Jeff Weiss flew down to California where 31 year old Jay Randall Gladden was scheduled to be released on time served for charges in Fontana.
Gladden allegedly left a trail of cash from the bank to a carport where he vanished September 17, 2012, police believe he is the same suspect in the robbery of Huckle-Bearies Espresso stand that same month. He fled the state at some point and was arrested March of last year in California on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of stolen property, and resisting arrest.
Jay Randall Gladden

Police standoff in South Aberdeen continues

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.

Emerson Manor evacuated due to high bacteria levels

The Emerson Manor in Hoquiam was evacuated yesterday, over 60 tenants were told yesterday afternoon that they needed to collect their valuables as they were moved to the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam for the evening.

As a result of the Thursday morning fire and extensive water damage in the Emerson Manor Apartments in Hoquiam, sample bacteria reports from runoff water returned today have been found to be excessively high, resulting in an evacuation of all 60+ tenants of the apartment building. Tenants were notified in a 4pm meeting Monday afternoon of the need to collect their valuables and necessary clothing to be transferred to the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam for the evening. Many tenants have also been separated from their pets which are being distributed to local area animal shelters and adoption homes until better living facilities can be arranged and they can be reunified with their owners.

The Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), the Red Cross, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Grays Harbor County Public Health and numerous local and regional agencies have been working tirelessly on this incident. Their efforts today were enormous, however it was the extreme cooperation of the Emerson Manor Apartment tenants who helped achieve the evacuation in less than 3 hours. The focus in the coming days is to find better, longer term living arrangements for all of the tenants.

The Emerson Manor tenants are mainly low income, senior citizen residents. Many have specific disabilities, yet they work hard to remain self-sufficient. Today, they had to leave their home, most of their personal belongings and furniture for an extended period of time. Some are lucky enough to have family and friends to assist and stay with during the building rehabilitation, but most have nowhere else to turn. They have left their home with literally the shirts on their back and little else.

The majority of tenants have no insurance covering them for this event. They have no assistance to help purchase new clothing, furniture and appliances lost due to the water damage. Anchor Bank, also displaced due to the fire, has graciously set up a fund to assist the residents of the Emersion Manor Apartments called the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund. Anchor Bank locations throughout Grays Harbor County will accept monetary donations for the displaced Emerson Manor Apartment tenants. Please, ONLY monetary donations will be accepted for this incident, because each tenant requiring assistance has specific needs. Anchor Bank has taken the lead. Let’s follow their example and help neighboring Harborites in need.

Thomas Rhett to headline Grays Harbor County Fair

Thomas Rhett

 The Grays Harbor County Fair is August 6-10, 2014. Fair staff announced this year’s entertainment will be rising star and American Country Music Award nominee for New Artist of the Year, Thomas Rhett. Expect a show “Every night we play a show and we decide to do something crazy on stage,” Thomas said recently.

 

“It Goes Like This”… Golden Circle tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 8th, from 9am-2pm at the Fairgrounds, and will be $40, which includes Fair Admission. If you can’t make it in on the 8th, don’t sweat it, tickets will be available for purchase in the fairgrounds office, while tickets last. Get your reserved seats while you can!

For more information or to purchase please contact the Grays Harbor County Fair & Event Center at 360-482-2651 or stop by the Fair office located at
32 Elma-McCleary RD
Elma, WA
98541

Top Dog Agility at Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds

Join us in watching our four-legged friends work their tails off in the Agility Dog Trials at the Fairgrounds, Saturday, March 1st and Sunday, March 2nd from 8am-6pm. Dog agility is a fun, fast moving sport in which the handler must direct their dog through and over a series of obstacles. So, see what all the woof is about this weekend!

 

For more information, call the fair office at 360-482-2651 or check out our website at www.ghcfairgrounds.com

 

Grays Harbor County Fair

P.O. Box 1229

Elma, WA  98541

 

For more information contact

(360)482-2651 Fax (360)482-3297

[email protected]

www.ghcfairgrounds.com

Indoor swap meet at Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds

Find that one of a kind treasure and get out of the weather at the Indoor Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds!

The Swap Meet will be held Saturday and Sunday March 1st & 2nd. Saturday’s hours are from 9am-4pm and Sunday’s hours are from 10am-3pm.  We are accepting new vendors, so if you have some items that you want to sell give us a call! 

If you’re looking for that one of a kind items, you can browse through bargains including jewelry, antiques, books, tools, toys, furniture, household goods, and much more.   There’s always something you just can’t live without at the Swap Meet, and it’s usually a bargain!  Plus the snack bar will be open all day.  Come to where your neighbors are.  See you there!

For more information, call the fair office at 360-482-2651 or check out our website at www.ghcfairgrounds.com.

Flood warnings in parts of Western Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings Tuesday for Chehalis River near Grand Mound in Thurston County and Porter in Grays Harbor County. Also for the Skookumchuck River near Bucoda in Lewis and Thurston counties, and the Skokomish River near Potlatch in Mason County…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Grays Harbor wetlands among three awarded federal grant funding for restoration

Lower Naselle River

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust was recently awarded $310,000 to permanently protect 175 acres of high quality coastal surge plain and six miles of sloughs at the head of Grays Harbor, in Grays Harbor County. The department was awarded $2.2 million in grant funding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support three critical coastal wetland projects in Washington state. Washington was one of 12 states and Puerto Rico to receive funding under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program.

“The projects selected for the grant funds will help restore and enhance our wetlands which are vital habitat for fish and wildlife,” said Lauren Driscoll, wetlands manager for Ecology’s shorelands and environmental assistance program. “This is a significant opportunity for the selected communities to leverage their local dollars with matching federal grant funds. These projects will help preserve our wetlands for future generations.”

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program is a matching grants program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The program is designed to acquire, restore and enhance wetlands, which are experiencing a dramatic annual loss according to a new study by the Service. Using matching funds from this grant program, Ecology has partnered with tribes, cities, counties, federal and state agencies and others to acquire, restore and enhance coastal wetlands throughout Washington.

About the projects

Elliott Slough Acquisition: Ecology, in partnership with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust was awarded $310,000 to permanently protect 175 acres of high quality coastal surge plain and six miles of sloughs at the head of Grays Harbor, in Grays Harbor County. This acquisition is part of a larger effort to conserve the Chehalis River Surge Plain and is located next to a State Natural Area Preserve and an Audubon Society preserve.

Lower Naselle – Ellsworth Creek Acquisition: Ecology, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), was awarded $921,767 to conserve 386 acres of estuarine wetlands and adjacent uplands at Willapa Bay in Pacific County. This project includes estuarine tidal lands along the Lower Naselle River and within TNC’s adjacent Ellsworth Creek Preserve. The project supports ongoing conservation efforts of a large number of agencies and partners, including the nearby Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge, to protect and restore the bay.

Skokomish Estuary Restoration: Ecology, in partnership with the Mason Conservation District and Skokomish Tribe, was awarded $1 million to complete the restoration of estuarine wetlands located on the Skokomish Reservation at the mouth of the Skokomish River in Mason County. The project builds upon the successful work of Phase 1, with the goal of restoring natural processes, functions, and species to an 825-acre area of the Skokomish estuary, which contains a variety of nationally declining wetland types.

County amends code to allow larger buildings without permit

Grays Harbor County residents can now build larger outbuildings thanks to an amendment adopted yesterday that eases restrictions from 200 to 800 square foot single story buildings before needing a permit.
Public comment included rural property owners looking to build larger sheds. Commissioners Frank Gordon and Herb Welch expressed concerns; Gordon over their ability to assess properties, and Welch over project planning. The commissioners adopted the amendment, with plans to ‘amend the amendments’ later on.