Reward offered in lethal injury of mother harbor seal in Ocean Park, Washington

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for driving over a mother harbor seal in Ocean Park, Washington.

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, on April 20, local wildlife rescuers spotted a mother seal with a newborn baby resting on the sand dunes and put signs up to alert drivers on the beach to avoid the area. By the next morning, it became apparent that a vehicle had run over the mother seal, leaving her paralyzed. The seal was later euthanized and her pup remains missing.

Jennifer Hillman, western regional director for The HSUS said: “Injuring a marine mammal is a serious crime and we are asking for anyone with information to come forward. The Humane Society of the United States is grateful for the efforts of the NOAA enforcement staff who are seeking to bring the culprits to justice.”

Harming a harbor seal is a violation of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act and is punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the NOAA fisheries hotline at 1-800-853-1964 or Special Agent Kevin Mitchell at 503-325-5934. Callers may remain anonymous.

Poaching:
Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally – tens of millions of animals per year – another is killed illegally.
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals are discovered by law enforcement.
Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.
The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.

Timberland Regional Library schedules closures for spring training

Timberland Regional Library (TRL) employees will have a day of training at their local branches in May. Staff will participate in training to enhance their knowledge and skills in library service to the public.

Each branch will close for one day on a rolling schedule beginning May 7th to ensure the public still has access to services. The TRL Administrative Center will not close.

 

Library building closures by county and branch

County Library Closure Date Phone (360)
Grays Harbor Aberdeen May 7, Wed. 533-2360
  Amanda Park May 22, Thurs. 288-2725
  Elma May 8, Thurs. 482-3737
  Hoquiam May 22, Thurs. 532-1710
  McCleary May 7, Wed. 495-3368
  Montesano May 23, Fri. 249-4211
  Oakville May 8, Thurs. 273-5305
  Westport May 23, Fri. 268-0521
Lewis Centralia May 16, Fri. 736-0183
  Chehalis May 30, Fri. 748-3301
  Mountain View (Randle) May 14, Wed. 497-2665
  Packwood May 8, Thurs. 494-5111
  Salkum May 7, Wed. 985-2148
  Winlock May 21, Wed. 785-3461
Mason Hoodsport May 22, Thurs. 877-9339
  North Mason (Belfair) May 9, Fri. 275-3232
  Shelton May 21, Wed. 426-1362
Pacific Ilwaco May 29, Thurs. 642-3908
  Naselle May 27, Tues. 484-3877
  Ocean Park May 21, Wed. 665-4184
  Raymond May 14, Wed. 942-2408
  South Bend May 7, Wed. 875-5532
Thurston Lacey May 22, Thurs. 491-3860
  Olympia May 21, Wed. 352-0595
  Tenino May 21, Wed. 264-2369
  Tumwater May 14, Wed. 943-7790
  Yelm May 16, Fri. 458-3374
  Central Reference Service May 20, Tues. 704-4636 or 800-562-6022

For locations and hours of all TRL branches, visit the website at www.TRL.org and click on Locations or, except on May 20, call Central Reference librarians at 1-800-562-6022, or 704-4636 in the Olympia area.

One arrested after man stabbed in Ocean Park

OCEAN PARK, Wash. – The Pacific County Sheriff’s office this week arrested a man at the scene of a severe stabbing incident this week. Sheriff Scott Johnson tells us just before 9 Tuesday night, officers arrested Burton L. Rosgen at the scene of a stabbing, in the 25000 block of Vernon Avenue in Ocean Park. Rosgen allegedly stabbed a 29 year old transient male, who was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital with a severe knife wound to the stomach. Rosgen remains in the Pacific County Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Assault. 

Raymond & South Bend AHAB sirens begin monthly tests in Pacific County

South Bend, Wash. – The next monthly test of the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system is scheduled for Monday, October 7th at noon. AHAB sirens recently installed at the Raymond and South Bend Fire Departments will join the existing 16 sirens in Pacific County located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, Ocean Park, Bay Center, and North Cove. Additionally, there are two AHAB sirens located on the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.

Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors.

The procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating, “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency recommends that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test which is scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

JBLM training, not attacks, along Olympic Penninsula overnight

OCEAN PARK, Wash. – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency reports Joint Base Lewis McChord was conducting training in Pacific County overnight. JBLM flew MH 47 Chinook aircraft over the Peninsula just before sunset and 3:00 a.m.

Training on a simulation of threats to the aircraft, Air Force personnel were on the ground carrying what may appear to be large weapons (possibly over the shoulder weapons). They may have been seen simulating shooting the aircraft down.

This was planned to occur somewhere between Ocean Park and Long Beach.

Pacific County Man Brings Drugs to Jail, Extends Stay

South Bend, WA. – On June 4th, 2012 a Pacific County Jail Corrections Officer requested assistance from Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies regarding a narcotics complaint at the jail. Deputies responded to the jail and contacted the Corrections Officer. Deputies were advised that a subject identified as Robin Taylor, age 41, of Ocean Park arrived at the jail on his own recognizance to report for a court ordered sentence.

Deputies were advised that as standard procedure, Taylor was searched as well as his belongings before entry into the jail. Taylor was in possession of a back pack that was searched. The search revealed a baggy of green leafy vegetable matter that was found to be marijuana. Taylor was allowed into the jail to serve out his commitment and was also cited for Possession of Marijuana as well. 

Teen Dies in Ocean Park House Fire

OCEAN PARK, Wash. – An Ilwaco High School student may have perished overnight in an Ocean Park house fire. Pacific County Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock tells us at about midnight last night, the Pacific County Communications Center received a report of a residence on fire in the 2200 block of 177th lane in the Ocean Park area of Pacific County. Pacific County Fire District One personnel were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, District One personnel began suppression of the fire and interviewed two people that had been inside the residence when the fire started. District One personnel discovered that an additional person may have still been inside the residence and was unaccounted for.
After further suppression of the scene, District One personnel located the remains of a human body inside the residence. Matlock said the remains were thought to be that of the student, pending positive identification from the Coroner’s Office.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Pacific County Fire District One are jointly investigating the scene and any evidence present to determine a cause and origin of the fire.

Search Warrant Results in Narcotics Arrest

Ocean Park, Washington – On February 23rd, 2011 members of the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located in the 29000 block of N street in the Ocean Park area. The Honorable Judge Douglas Goelz reviewed the warrant and approved it. The service of the warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into the illicit sales of several different narcotics. Drug Task Force members located methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and diverted prescription medications during the search. Drug Task Force Members also located paraphernalia commonly used to facilitate the sales of narcotics along with a loaded handgun within direct proximity of the narcotics during the search.

 

Sean D. DeMille, age 24, was arrested at the scene without incident for several felony counts directly related to the investigation. DeMille was transported to the Pacific County Jail for booking.

 

Multiple agencies assisted with the service of the warrant. Inter-agency cooperation was key to the success of the operation. Agencies assisting were the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, the Long Beach Police Department, the Raymond Police Department, the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Police and the South Bend Police Department.

Tsunami Siren Test Scheduled for Monday, July 5th

In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound a constant tone for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. Both the Westminster chimes and the actual warning tone can be heard by visiting the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema and clicking on the Tsunami tab.

There are currently twelve AHAB sirens installed in Pacific County located in the areas of North Cove, Bay Center, Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, and Ocean Park. Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

Pacific County Investigates Faulty AHAB Siren Tests Monday

South Bend, Washington – The All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system spotter reports have been received by the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) and forwarded to the Washington Emergency Management Division (WAEMD). The results for today’s test are:

Notes: The sequence heard Monday was 1) chimes with light, 2) wailing siren, 3) high-low pitch siren, 4) chimes, and 5) voice. The voice announcement was short, “tsunami, volcano, hazardous material”. There was no indication this event was a test. At some sites it was reported that the voice was overdriven and distorted.  

LOCATION
CHIMES
VOICE
LIGHT
Ilwaco – 807 Whealdon
NO
NO
NO
Cape Disappointment  – Space 90
YES
YES
YES
Surfside – 33104 J Place
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 21611 V Ln
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 2017 304th Ln
YES
YES
NO
Ocean Park – 27212 U Street
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 2408 245th Lane
YES
YES
YES
Bay Center – 408 Bay Center Road
YES
YES
NA
Seaview – 3801 N Place
YES
YES
YES
Long Beach – 9211 X Street
YES
YES
YES
Long Beach – 319 2nd Street
YES
YES
YES
North Cove – 2829 SR 105 (PCFD5)
*
*
*
North Cove – Seabreeze Rd/Warrenton Cannery Rd
*
*
*

PCEMA is still awaiting spotter reports from the North Cove area.

Volunteers for the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) serve as AHAB siren spotters every month. Without their service PCEMA would be unable to submit timely and accurate monthly test results to WAEMD.

The cause for the AHAB sirens sounding multiple tones and alerts during today’s test is still under investigation. PCEMA will continue to work with WAEMD to determine the cause of the malfunction.

In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound the constant tone for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. Both the Westminster chimes and the actual warning tone can be heard by visiting the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema

Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.