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Aberdeen man sells nearly 5k in stolen metal for $139.60, shipping label included

Stolen Metal

Hoquiam investigators are working to identify a second person responsible for nearly $5,000 in metal cuttings heads and brackets that were scrapped for 139.60 recently. Chief Jeff Myers tells us a scrap processing company in Hoquiam notified Officer Hergert after a suspicious purchase last week. The cutting heads were still in bubble wrap, and a box of brackets still had a shipping label addressed to Vaughn Pump in Montesano.

Antonio B. Sarabia, age 22 of Aberdeen, was arrested and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Trafficking in Stolen Property 1st Degree after he sold $4,500 in machine cutting-heads stolen from Vaughn Pump for $139.60 in scrap.

Myers said on January 30, 2014 at about 10 A.M. employees at a scrap processing company in Hoquiam notified Officer Hergert of a suspicious purchase which had come in just prior to closing the day before.

Stolen MetalOfficer Hergert examined a brass propeller, a box of orange shelf brackets and another box of machined solid metal pipe boring cutting heads. The cutting heads appeared to be new as they were still in a box in bubble wrap. The box of shelf brackets still had a shipping label attached for Vaughn Pump in Montesano.

The propeller, shelf brackets and cutter heads had been sold by Antonio Sarabia for a total of $139.60 in scrap.

Officer Hergert contacted Vaughn Pump which verified the shelf brackets and cutting heads were from the company. They reported a series of ongoing thefts where these sort of industrial items had come up missing. No one knew Sarabia nor had he been given permission to possess or sell the equipment.

The 140 shelf brackets had a total value of around $280 while the 19 cutter heads were valued at $4,500. Ownership of the propeller was not determined.

Sarabia admitted he knew the items were stolen. He indicated he was tasked to sell the stolen items and split the proceeds with another person. Sarabia denied he had stolen the items himself.

Sarabia was booked for Trafficking in Stolen Property in the First Degree which is a Class B felony. The investigation is ongoing to identify the other person involved.

AHAB Siren testing Monday February 3rd

AHAB Siren

MONTESANO, Wash. – Washington State Emergency Management will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, February 3, at noon.

AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.

AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message. These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are OUTDOORS! Residents and businesses located within a tsunami inundation area are encouraged to maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio.

Please DO NOT CALL 911 regarding this testing. If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or [email protected].

Man Arrested For Attempting To Elude A Police Vehicle And Outstanding Warrants

Raymond, WA – On January 30th a deputy with the Pacific County Drug Task Force observed a male subject identified as Justin F. Bailey (age 38), of Cosmopolis, driving a vehicle in the Raymond area. The deputy had prior knowledge that Bailey was a wanted person and had an outstanding Department of Corrections Felony warrant for his arrest. The deputy also had knowledge that Bailey’s privilege to drive was suspended in the State of Washington. The deputy relayed
the information to other deputies and officers in the area.

A Pacific County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the vehicle that Bailey was driving just north of the city limits of Raymond on state route 101. The vehicle Bailey was driving fled from the deputy and other officers at high speeds. The pursuit traveled several miles and entered Grays Harbor County. Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputies joined in the pursuit as the suspect vehicle continued to flee. The suspect vehicle fled onto a logging road just off of North River Road.
The suspect vehicle was halted and the driver, Justin Bailey, was taken into custody without further incident. Agencies involved with the pursuit were the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, the Raymond Police Department, the Grays Harbor
County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources Police.

Justin Bailey was transported to the Pacific County Jail and booked on charges of Felong Attempting to Elude Police Vehicles, Driving While License Suspended and for the Felony Department of Corrections Warrant.

Rainier Agility

Dog agility is a fun and exciting sport in which handlers direct their dogs through a complex course of challenging obstacles. Agility is enjoyed by people and dogs of all ages. So, come on out to the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, February 8th and 9th from 7am-6pm and see what the woof is all about.


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

Body found at the Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen

APD Investigates Body
Aberdeen Police are investigating a death on the Westport highway. Police Captain John Green said at the Bishop Athletic Complex Tuesday “Aberdeen police received a call this afternoon, pedestrians at the Bishop Complex saw a man down next to the concession stand, police discovered a male subject deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.
The sports complex on the Westport highway was closed at the time, a single pickup truck was found parked at the locked gate. Police have identified the body, and are working with the Grays Harbor County Coroner’s office to notify next of kin. Green said the investigation continues.
APD Investigates Body

Grays Harbor AHAB sirens test successful, connection issues identified

AHAB Siren

The AHAB test on Monday, January 13th at noon, was successful in activating all AHAB sirens. Washington State Emergency Management Division as well as the Grays Harbor County Radio Shop monitored the test activation. Minor connection issues were found in five AHAB Sirens; Westport, Aberdeen, Ocean City and two in Grayland. Every AHAB siren was activated during the test. Washington State Emergency Management will be sending a crew to inspect each of the five identified sirens this week. The minor connection issues would have no effect in a true activation of the AHAB Siren with the wailing siren used in a true emergency.

Each day, Washington State Emergency Management sends a silent test message to every AHAB Siren in the State. All Sirens in Grays Harbor County passed the daily test this morning, prior to the activation of the test mode by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management.

Washington State Emergency Management is scheduled to activate the AHAB test in February. In order to ensure all sirens are operating optimally, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will activate the Monthly Test on Monday February 3rd, the regularly scheduled test activation day. Washington State Emergency Management and Grays Harbor County Radio Shop will once again, be monitoring the test.

3 vehicles hit herd of elk in Grays Harbor County

SATSOP, Wash. (AP) — Three vehicles crashed into a herd of elk crossing Highway 12 Monday night in Grays Harbor County at Satsop…. …read more

From: AP Washington News


Results of recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in Grays Harbor released

WSP DUI Patrols

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, WA – The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from November 27, 2013 through January 1, 2014.

In Grays Harbor County, 36 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 2723 drivers for DUI.

Last year in Grays Harbor County, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 41 people for DUI.

In Grays Harbor County, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano, and Ocean Shores Police Departments, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The holiday season is an important time for these patrols, given the number of holiday festivities that often involve alcohol.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.

Grays Harbor County Sees Record Low in Traffic Accidents for 2013

GH Roads

Traffic accidents on County roads in Grays Harbor were at a record low last year, according to preliminary data released by the County.

There were 99 reported traffic accidents on County roads during the past year with no deaths, as compared with 109 accidents and three (3) deaths the previous year (2012).

Traffic accidents have declined 70% from a modern day record high of 343 accidents in 1976 to the record low of 99 accidents in 2013.

The reduction in accidents is the result of educational programs that have made people better drivers, DUI laws and more enforcement, improved vehicles and roads.

Injury accidents have declined 85% from 240 in 1976 to 37 reported last year. Seatbelt usage has been the major factor in this reduction, along with airbags and other improvements to vehicles.

The traffic accident rate per mile driven was 4½ times greater in 1976 as compared to 2013.

Accidents involving alcohol/drugs, speeding, granting right of way and driving over centerline have decreased significantly whereas accidents involving inattention, weather and defective equipment have not changed significantly in the past 20 years.

These state programs and legislation are an important part of this decline:

1971 Habitual Traffic Offender Law
1984 Mandatory Child Restraint law for Children Less than Age One
1986 Mandatory Seat Belt Law
1989 DUI youth Lose License for 90 Days or Until Age 19
1990 Mandatory Insurance Required
1993 Enforcement of Pedestrian Crosswalk Law
1995 Law Enforcement Authorized to Take Blood of DUI Suspect
1998 Drivers Arrested with BAC of 0.08 or Above
2000 Graduated Driver Licenses Law for Teens, Booster Seat Law, Target Zero Program
2001 Intermediate Drivers License Guidelines
2002 Click It or Ticket Program
2006 Impaired Driving Program, Night Time Seat Belt Enforcement Program
2007 Occupant Protection Program, Speeding Program “Slow Down or Pay Up”

Even though the Federal Target Zero Program seems unrealistic, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff Department is committed to reducing accidents and saving lives through education, awareness and enforcement programs.

Robber caught 3 blocks away from Bank of The Pacific in Ocean Shores

A man walked into the Bank of the Pacific in Ocean Shores this afternoon and handed the teller a note that said he wanted all of the $100 bills, or he was going to “blow the place sky high.
Deputy Police Chief Russ Fitz tells KBKW the 23 year old Ocean Shores man walked out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. He walked about three blocks down the road to Point Brown Avenue where he surrendered to Officer Chris Iversen, and is now held on bank robbery charges. The man was later transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail and booked for Robbery 1st Degree.