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Wynoochee Valley Road Outage Restored

By [email protected] (Tracy Dugas)

UPDATE: Power has been restored to all customers in Montesano.

A broken tree has about 75 customers on the Wynoochee Valley Road in Montesano without power. Crews are making repairs but report that the outage may last into the early morning hours.

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

Power has been restored to all customers in Montesano.

Burglary suspect identified when mom reports him missing

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office

Four Montesano teens were arrested in connection with a burglary at the Brady Food Mart early Tuesday morning, after one parent filed a missing persons report that matched the description of their suspect. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office reports on Tuesday April 15th at about 4:07 am, deputies were dispatched to the Brady Food Mart in Brady (Montesano) reference a burglary which occurred sometime during the night. The building does have video surveillance and investigators learned that two unknown males in their late teens to early 20’s broke the front window to gain access to the business at approximately 12:47 am. The subjects stole a number of items before fleeing the scene. The video was able to give investigators detailed information on the subjects clothing and general description. Later this morning at approximately 6:24 am, Montesano PD responded to a runaway complaint reference the parent’s teenage son that had not returned home from the night prior. When clothing information was given for the runaway, it was similar to one of the suspects of the Food Mart burglary.

Deputies responded with Montesano PD to the complaint and learned of three additional male subjects that the runaway had been with. Montesano PD and deputies continued to look for the subjects throughout the day. None of the subjects had attended school that day however.

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 5:21 pm, a concerned citizen called to report 4 juvenile males walking in the 100 block of Monte Brady Road (Montesano). A detective with the Sheriff’s department along with an officer with Montesano PD contacted the 4 subjects and eventually determined that they were involved with the Brady Food Mart burglary. All 4 subjects were arrested and interviewed. The subjects were then released to their respective parents however reports will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office recommending charges of burglary. Three of the subjects were Montesano students all 15 years of age. The other subject was a 16 year old Aberdeen student.

Multiple arrests made in connection with interrupted Montesano burglary

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department has made multiple arrests in the investigation of an interrupted burglary just outside of Montesano last week.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us around 3:30 Tuesday, investigators arrested a 30 year old male resident, and his 23 year old pregnant girlfriend at a home in Hidden Valley Mobil Home Park. At approximately 5:30 pm, investigators then arrested the owner of the 1989 Mazda pickup that had allegedly been stolen and used in the burglary/robbery. And then at approximately 7:00 pm, a 23 year old Montesano man was arrested for also being involved with this crime.

Shumate said investigators learned that the 30 year old Montesano man had borrowed the Mazda pickup from the owner/friend on Thursday April 3rd . He then proceeded to drive around the east county area with his pregnant girlfriend, and the 23 year old Montesano man, looking for residences to burglarize. The suspects noticed the home in the 100 block of Monte Brady Road and it appeared that nobody was home. The suspects drove into the driveway and the 30 year old entered the unlocked front door and took a large glass container of coins and returned it to the pickup. The 30 year old then returned to the residence a second time and was then confronted by the home owner who had been in the back of the residence. The home owner armed himself with a .40 caliber pistol. The suspect pleaded with the home owner not to shoot him and then convinced him to come outside and see that he had a pregnant girlfriend. The homeowner went outside with the man and did notice the pregnant female as the middle passenger. The home owner then attempted to call 911 on his cell phone and the 30 year old attacked the victim and wrestled the gun from him. During the altercation, the firearm discharged twice however nobody was injured from this. The suspect then took the firearm from the home owner and fled the scene.

The suspects immediately drove to the logging roads off of Camp Creek Road and discarded the Mazda pickup. They called the owner of the pickup and had him pick the suspects up. The owner of the pickup then decided to report his vehicle stolen in an effort to throw off the investigation. While the victim of the Burglary/Robbery thought the 3rd passenger may have been a female, this person was actually the 23 year old Montesano man. This same person was also involved with the numerous East Montesano and Brady burglaries from a month ago.

Last night, Investigators recovered the firearm that had been taken from the homeowner. The pistol was buried in the back yard of a residence in Hidden Valley Mobil Home park. The Mazda pickup was also located on the logging road and impounded as evidence. At this point, the 30 and 23 year old Montesano men have been charged with 1st degree burglary and 1st degree robbery. The owner of the Mazda pickup was booked for rendering criminal assistance for those two crimes. The pregnant female was released pending further investigation.

Minor injuries for one firefighter after Montesano home burns

Photo courtesy of GHScanner.com

MONTESANO, Wash. – Crews from the Montesano Fire Department and Grays Harbor Fire District #2 responded to a well involved residential structure fire at the 400 block of Medcalf street in Montesano Monday evening. Montesano Chief Corey Rux tells us they initially attempted to battle the fire from an offensive position, but conditions quickly worsened and firefighters were forced to withdraw and set up a defensive posture.

Photo courtesy of GHScanner.com

Photo courtesy of GHScanner.com

The fire quickly spread throughout much of the home causing extensive damage. Firefighters contained the fire to the building of origin.
Rux said homeowners and occupants were able to evacuate the home safely. One occupant was transported to the hospital for a precautionary evaluation and was later released. One firefighter sustained minor injuries during fire suppression efforts; he was also transported to the hospital and later released.

The damage to the structure and contents is estimated to be approximately $300,000.

Montesano man dies in mobile home fire

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled the body of a 55-year-old Montesano man out of a burning trailer Thursday morning. The Montesano Fire Department was called to the mobile home park off of Poplar road just after 9 a.m. Thursday to find the mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The single resident was pronounced dead at the scene. Crews from Montesano and Fire District 2 kept the flames contained to the single home, a cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s department warning of stolen mail, credit cards

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating stolen mail and fradulent credit card charges after a North county resident reported seeing several mailboxes left open on her road this week. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us on Tuesday they received a complaint that mail had been stolen from the mail box in the 400 block of Ocean Beach Road (Hoquiam). The resident advised that she noticed her and her neighbors mailbox had been left open the day prior. The resident later checked her credit card account and discovered that someone had fraudulently charged over $1000.00 within the past 24 hours on her account. The majority of the fraudulent charges occurred at businesses in Aberdeen.

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of the mail and the Aberdeen Police Department will be handling the fraudulent credit card charges within their city.

Shumate adds “This would be a good reminder to all residents, particularly those who live in remote areas of the county, to be aware of this type of activity. This time of year we see an increase of mail thefts where suspects hope to find Christmas money, gift cards, or items of value.

Vini Samuel declines prosecutor appointment

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County faces a difficult situation with what could become a precedent-setting decision, just to find a County Prosecutor. The commissioners today heard their answer from appointee Vini Samuel, not only did she decline she urged them to pick Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda.
The commissioners received a letter from Samuel just before 5 Wednesday evening. On Monday they had asked her to take the oath of office since she had been – either chosen for appointment, or appointed in October, she said she would provide her answer on Wednesday.
One theory on the matter holds that the county commissioners would ask the Democrats for another list of three willing candidates, after their appointed candidate reconsidered and re-created the vacancy. Others are waiting for a 60-day clock to run up on November 29th, sending the matter to the Washington Governor’s desk for a decision regardless.

Fire investigation will keep Pioneer Avenue closed for now in Montesano

MONTESANO, Wash. – Pioneer street through downtown Montesano will remain closed in front of a burned out building through the weekend, Police Chief Brett Vance said they should have the roadway open in time for the rest of the holidays. “We’re hoping that the whole thing will be taken care of by Festival of Lights [December 13th] but we should have the roadway [open] within the next 4 or 5 days.”
The cause of the fire that destroyed a vacant building at the corner of Fleet Street and Pioneer Avenue remains under investigation. The walls of the building are weak enough that city officials have closed off the street nearby in case of a collapse. 

Outgoing councilman challenges city to stop airing dirty laundry

MONTESANO, Wash. – It may be time to bring in the laundry and “make Montesano what it used to be.” Outgoing city councilman Doug Streeter last night issued the challenge to fellow council, city staff, and residents to make my job more difficult “I’ve always been proud to say that I live in Montesano. The last year and a half it’s been an utter embarrassment to me. We’ve got a lot of healing to do, we need to come together as a community and stop airing our dirty laundry in the newspapers.” Streeter motioned to myself and the editor of The Vidette, adding “I know, Steve and  Dave you guys have jobs to do. We need to stop using sources to get our agendas done – whatever those agendas might be.” – thanks Doug, you probably owed me one, anonymous news tips can be emailed to [email protected] by the way.
The city has been in litigation more than some lawyers lately with union grievances, employee suspensions, and internal investigations. With most of that behind them now, councilwoman Pam McElliot replied “We’re going to turn ourselves around, get on the right track, and I think. I think everything’s going to be just fine.
Election results were certified last night, Marisa Salzer will be filling Streeter’s position 2 seat on the council at their next regular meeting.

Montesano softens changes to water bill, may reconsider strict leak policy

MONTESANO, Wash. – After taking heat over a drastic change to the city’s water leak policy, Montesano Mayor Ken Estes said last night that they will phase in the new policy that offers no forgiveness for leaks that can pull a water bill into the thousands of dollars for homeowners unaware of an issue. “We recognize that this is a change for our water customers. Therefore until January 1, 2014 in order to phase in this change, the city will allow a period of adjustment.
Under a policy adopted by council earlier this month, the city will charge a resident, even if they find an expensive leak.
Councilwoman Pam McElliot placed a review of that policy on the agenda of their next meeting, noting that it was more strict than neighboring cities.