Mason County Sheriff’s Office “Knock & Talk” verifies registered sex offenders

Last week, the week of August 11-15, 2014, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety, Skokomish Department of Public Safety, the WA State Department of Corrections Shelton Field Office, and the Western WA US Marshal Fugitive Apprehension Task Force conducted operation “Knock & Talk”.

 

Nineteen personnel from the above agencies divided up into four teams and contacted registered sex offenders within Mason County in order to verify that they were complying with WA State law.  A Sheriff’s Clerk also participated to help with the administrative side of the operation.

 

234 address verifications/or attempts were made, another 9 transient/homeless sex offenders were verified, 3 were arrested that had outstanding warrants for their arrests and 12 investigations for failure to register were started.  As of today, that number is dropping as sex offenders are being verified that went on vacation, registered in other jurisdictions, and other reasons as to not being at their registered addresses.

 

During the operation, 20 different locations were also investigated in the attempt to apprehend fugitives living in Mason County that have outstanding warrants.

 

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that partnering with the US Marshal Service as well as our local Law Enforcement partners, provides a high level of safety and security to the citizens of Mason County.  Coordinating sex and/or kidnapping offenders in Mason County is a very important part of our responsibilities that we take very seriously!

 

For questions regarding the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Sex and/or Kidnapping Registration Program, please visit the MCSO website at: http://so.co.mason.wa.us/ and click on “Sex Offenders”.

Results of retail marijuana store license lottery announced

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today posted the results of marijuana retail store lotteries on the public records section of its website. Earlier this week applicants were notified of their standing on each ranked-ordered list produced by 75 lotteries. *
The independent, double-blind process took place April 21-25, 2014, and produced ordered lists of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. If an applicant is within the maximum allotted number of stores allotted for that jurisdiction but fails to pass the licensing process, the WSCLB will withdraw the application and move to the next license application on the list.

Jurisdictions Requiring a Lottery
1,174 applicants were included in the lottery

o    75 jurisdictions required a lottery
o    47 jurisdictions did not require a lottery

The agency contracted with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center of Washington State University and the accounting firm for Washington’s Lottery, Kraght-Snell of Seattle, to independently produce rank-ordered lists of applicants in each jurisdiction where a lottery is necessary. Being identified as the apparent successful applicant is not a guarantee that the selected applicant will receive a license. There are multiple requirements for licensure such as the applicant must pass a criminal history and financial investigation as well as have a location that is not within 1,000 feet of a school, park or other area specified by Initiative 502 as places where children congregate.

Next Steps
The agency has begun processing the retail applications. Licensing staff will continue to process producer, processor and retailer simultaneously. As of April 30, the WSLCB has issued 25 producer and processor licenses. The agency expects to begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July. 

* The lottery results for Longview were stayed by the Cowlitz County Superior Court pending a May 7, 2014 hearing.

Gregoire Challenges Successor: WA Needs New Revenue


Gregoire dismissed that idea, saying political leaders need to be realistic. Economic growth will be slow, she said.

“The idea that we’re going to turn the economy around in a split second and get ($1 billion) – there is absolutely nothing in terms of a forecast to suggest that would suggest that to be true,” Gregoire said.

Gregoire’s comments came as she signed what is likely to be the last spending plan of her eight-year tenure. She will propose a new budget before leaving office in January, but it will likely be left for her successor to finalize.

That budget cuts state spending but avoids further cuts in education. Budget negotiators relied on a $238 million accounting maneuver in which the state will temporarily claim control of local sales taxes before they are redistributed back to jurisdictions at their usual time.

Gregoire also approved major policy bills that conservative lawmakers had pushed as part of a final budget compromise. One of those requires that lawmakers pass budgets that are projected to remain balanced over a four-year period, instead of the current two years.

Hoquiam Police Conduct Warrant Sweep Weekend

On Saturday, January 8, 2011, the police department conducted the first in a planned series of monthly warrant sweeps/jail openings for 201l.  The Hoquiam City Jail was staffed by six corrections officers from other agencies who were temporarily hired for this session. 

 

During this weekend jail session, twenty three prisoners were booked into the Hoquiam Jail.  Three of these bookings were jail commitments being served as ordered by the Hoquiam Municipal Court.  Nine of the persons arrested during the opening posted bail or bail bonds to secure their release. As a result, the court was able to collect $11,800.00 in bail. 

 

In a dedicated effort by Hoquiam Officers and officers arresting persons with Hoquiam warrants in their jurisdictions, a total of 40 warrants were cleared during this latest effort.  In addition, three defendants walked into court to surrender on their outstanding warrants; they were arraigned during the court session.  

 

Once again, persons who have outstanding Hoquiam Municipal Court warrants are urged to contact the Hoquiam Municipal Court in person to make arrangements to quash their warrants and arrange for a new court appearance date.  

 

The Hoquiam Jail will be opening once per month through 2011 and 2012.  The objective is to have the openings at various times during the year to avoid the evasive behavior on the part of persons who fail to obey the order of the court and have outstanding Hoquiam warrants. 

WSDOT, State Patrol develop additional strategies for snow, ice responses

During a 24-hour period Monday and Tuesday, the State Patrol responded to 1,044 collisions and 987 disabled vehicles in Western Washington – about 10 times the normal number. Many involved buses and trucks.

 

Another new strategy is for WSDOT to convert existing pickup trucks into mini-sanders, which will more easily maneuver between stopped vehicles than full-size sanders or snowplows. The mini-sanders will work alongside troopers to reach collision scenes more quickly in highly congested areas. Equipment will be ordered soon for the vehicle conversions.

 

“Our people in the field saw some opportunities for improvement and developed a good action plan,” said Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond. “We want to improve our ability to respond directly to high-impact collisions, especially involving large vehicles, that potentially could impact hundreds of other motorists.”

 

WSP Chief John R. Batiste said large-vehicle collisions have been a problem for the State Patrol.

 

“We’re still seeing large semi-trucks, without chains, jackknifing and bottling up hundreds of other cars behind them,” said Batiste. “Our troopers will be writing citations for all chain-up violations they spot, even if there hasn’t yet been a collision.”

 

The State Patrol and WSDOT will consult on whether or not chains become mandatory as conditions warrant, recognizing that there are no good chain-up areas on Puget Sound-area freeways.

 

WSDOT and the State Patrol will work with the Washington Trucking Association to address the issue.

 

WSDOT and the State Patrol also plan to:

  • Improve communication with off-freeway jurisdictions, particularly about emerging weather conditions, recognizing that decisions made by one entity can have significant impacts on others.
  • Review how the I-5 express lanes are utilized during snow events, and improve coordinated decision-making within WSDOT and with transportation partners about altering normal schedules for reversing the lanes and other operational issues.

 

WSDOT and WSP already work together on many issues. Under a Joint Operations Policy Statement, the two agencies routinely coordinate their responses to collisions, disabled vehicles and other events that block roadways.

 

Hammond and Batiste said they are reluctant to over-promise during battles with Mother Nature, particularly because a daytime snow event such as the one last week is one of the biggest challenges responders can face.

 

“If it snows at night, people have the option to stay home,” Hammond said. “If it snows during the day, people have to try and get home. That creates rush-hour traffic volume on roads that sometimes are nearly impassable.”

Chill, the Drill’s Over

  Grays Harbor County Emergency Management also  initiated the local Tsunami Warning Calling Tree to notify local jurisdictions along the coastal regions of an impending tsunami. Thank you to Grays Harbor 911 for activating the Calling Tree and to all agencies who participated.

 

   The Grays Harbor Notification System was also activated at 9am. Approximately 4200 text, e-mail and phone call messages were transmitted. The e-mail messages went out in under 1 minute. The text messages finished 8 minutes later. The phone messages began and we were given the option during the drill to speed up the calling. The goal of the system is to send complete notifications in e-mail, text and phone message formats in as quick a time period as possible. When the speed of the system for the phone messages was sped up, a glitch occurred and a 10-15 second delay appeared in the voice message on the phones. Once the issue began to present itself to Emergency Management, we immediately had Telecom Recovery return to the original speed. The glitch disappeared and the remaining calls were made without incident. Telecom Recovery is working to correct the issue. When Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is confident that the issue has been resolved, a similar County wide test will occur at that time.

 

   Similar tests done with the previous notification system took 5 hours to complete a 1000 person notification without texting capability. Telecom Recovery adds the dimension of texting along with e-mail and phone notification. Approximately 4000 people were contacted by phone, text and

 e-mail in just under 3 hours. Once the glitch is worked out with the system, notifications will be more efficient and faster than ever before.

 

   Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would like to give KUDOS to the citizens of Grays Harbor County for today’s exercises and drills. Grays Harbor 911 indicated that they had no increase in normal call volume during the drills!  Grays Harbor Radio, Jodesha Broadcasting, The Daily World and all local newspapers did a great job of getting the word out to the public about the drills. Thank you all for your cooperation, assistance and understanding.

Washington State Tsunami Test Is Overwhelming Success

"Washington state has worked steadily since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster to provide better alert and warning to coastal residents and visitors who are outdoors in the beach areas. Monday's test demonstrated that the satellite system can provide timely as well as audible warnings to coastal residents and visitors," he said. Schelling also noted this system is designed to alert those who may be outdoors and reiterated the need for coastal residents to purchase a NOAA weather radio to obtain warnings while inside. He added, "Another important aspect of Monday's test was that it began a series of monthly tests to be conducted by state and local jurisdictions. These tests will ensure that the system can be depended upon to provide critical alert and warning to Washington's coastal areas."

WEMD's tsunami program has plans to expand the AHAB warning system this summer. The expansion will include installation of eight additional sirens in cities, counties, and tribal reservations along the outer coast and inland waterways.

April is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington State

Flyers for the drill will be posted April 1 in multiple languages on the  Washington Emergency Management Division's (WEMD's) Website, www.emd.wa.gov Preparedness information materials for such hazards as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes also will be made available to local jurisdictions.

Disaster Preparedness Month activities will include the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, April 14-15, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, as well.

Washington State will observe Disaster Preparedness Month in April.

Disaster Preparedness Month activities will include a statewide earthquake drill between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22.

Because Washington remains vulnerable to a variety of natural and human-made hazards, "Citizens of our state should prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for at least three days following a natural or man-made disaster," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.

A regular monthly test of the Emergency Alert System will initiate the statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill. Flyers for the drill will be posted April 1 in multiple languages on the Washington Emergency Management Division's (WEMD's) Website, www.emd.wa.gov

Preparedness information materials for such hazards as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes also will be made available to local jurisdictions. Disaster Preparedness Month activities will include the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, April 14-15, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, as well.

All Hazard Mitigation Planning Meetings

·         Thursday, March 19, 2009 – 6:15 p.m.

South Bend High School Library

405 East 1st Street, South Bend, WA

 

·         Monday, March 23, 2009 – 6:30 p.m.

South Bend City Hall

1102 W First Street, South Bend, WA

The goals of hazard mitigation planning include:

  1. Contribute to the development of a long-term, comprehensive mitigation program by funding measures designed to achieve the goals of the state hazard mitigation plan.

  2. Assist local governments in avoiding or lessening the impact of natural hazards through safer building practices and the improvement of existing structures and supporting infrastructure.

States and communities use the planning process to set short and long-range mitigation goals and objectives.  In recognition of the importance of planning, counties with an approved mitigation plan in effect at the time of disaster may receive Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding from FEMA for planned projects.   Jurisdictions lacking a hazard mitigation plan are not eligible for HMGP funds.