Missing 18-year old presumed drowned off of Ocean Shores

An 18-year old California man is missing and presumed drowned in the Ocean Shores surf over the weekend.

Sgt. David McManus with the Ocean Shores Police Department tells us at about 8 Saturday night, eight young people from a California youth group were playing in the surf near the beach approach at West Chance ala Mer.
The survivors described getting caught in a rip current and being pulled out through the surf and into deep water. Five of the subjects were able to get to shore with little trouble, while two others barely made it back to shore and were treated by paramedics on scene for exhaustion and possible ingestion of sea water.

After verifying that the family has been notified of the event, OSPD has identified the man as Renelle Paul Alimoren of Pomona, California. He reportedly helped two of his friends to shore before being swept out again by the rip current. He was last spotted in the surf at about 8:30pm Saturday night, about half a mile south of where he first entered the water.

The Ocean Shores Police and Fire Departments responded and attempted to locate Alimoren from the beach. The United States Coast Guard responded with a boat from Station Grays Harbor and a helicopter from Astoria. They searched the area for several hours, but were unable to locate him.

Missing child found walking in Ocean Shores by two ten year old girls, reunited with family

A 4-year old that wandered into the dunes in Ocean Shores was returned to his family with the help of a couple 10 year olds Friday evening. Sgt. Don Grossi tells us around 5:20 Friday, they were called to the report of a missing child near the Polynesian Resort.
A search ensued involving Ocean Shores Fire Department, Fire District #7, and Ocean City State Park Rangers. About a half an hour later the child was found on the beach by two ten year old girls from Edmonds that were playing at the Pacific Beach Approach. They had located the child walking in the surf, wet and cold. He was looked at by Ocean Shores Fire Department paramedics, then reunited with his parents.

Luck, good timing, and good police work results in multiple arrests and the recovery of stolen property

A bit of luck, some good timing, and good police work resulted in multiple arrests and the recovery of stolen property in Ocean Shores last weekend.

Sgt. David McManus tells us on Sunday, July 13, Officer Paul Henderson arrested a 45-year old Ocean Shores man walking in the 700 block of Park Ave. NE in Ocean Shores for an assault that had occurred on the previous day. When searched, the man was found to have methamphetamine in his possession. The man was also carrying three bags full of items that Officer Henderson believed were stolen, especially after the man and a 21-year old who was with him told differing stories about where they obtained the items. However, at this point, the Officer could not prove that the items were stolen.

The 45-year old man was taken to the County Jail on the assault and drug charges, while the 21-year old was cited for Making a False Statement to a Public Servant and released.

Less than three hours later, a part-time resident of Ocean Shores came to the police station to report his house had been burglarized in the past two weeks. The property he reported stolen were the same items Officer Henderson had just seized, and the items were returned to the owner.

The next day, the 45-year old man was interviewed in the jail about the burglary. He stated that the 21-year old said he “got the stuff out of a house”. He said that the 21-year old gave him some items to trade for methamphetamine, and he had just done so right before being stopped by the officer.

Later the same night, the 21-year old suspect flagged down Ocean Shores PD Officer Clinton Potter and said he wanted to confess to the burglary. He was taken to jail.

Based on the information obtained in this investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the house where the drugs had allegedly been obtained. Evidence supporting the case was seized, and a 55-year old woman was arrested for Delivery of Controlled Substances.

The next day, another Ocean Shores resident reported that he had purchased some furniture from the 45-year old man, and he now suspected the furniture was stolen. The 45-year old suspect was interviewed once again, and he confessed to burglarizing a home and selling the furniture. That burglary had been reported to the police on July 12.

Teen arrested for breaking into Brady store, was on probation for breaking into Brady store

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department has arrested two men in connection with burglaries at businesses in Ocean Shores and Brady, one of them was on probation for breaking into the same store a month earlier.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us on Tuesday, Montesano police were investigating an unrelated complaint when they found the two suspects, brothers aged 20 and 15 were arrested on burglary charges. A search warrant on their Montesano home revealed evidence from burglaries of the Sunshine Deli in Hogan’s Corner, and the Brady Food Mart in Brady last month.
Shumate said the two later admitted to their involvement in both burglaries, the 15 year old was already on probation for his involvement in a previous burglary of the Brady store in April.

Emphasis patrols in Grays Harbor County net 26 arrests for DUI

DUI continues to be the number one factor in traffic fatalities and serious injury statewide as well as here in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. In an effort to save lives, local law enforcement agencies participated in a statewide effort over the Fourth of July weekend to crackdown on impaired drivers. During that time period 26 impaired drivers were arrested in Grays Harbor County.

Overtime patrols funded by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission were conducted border to border throughout Washington State. Locally, the patrols were coordinated by Grays Harbor County Target Zero Task Force and were conducted throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. Agencies included: Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department, Pacific County Sheriff’s Department, Montesano, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Ocean Shores, Cosmopolis, Elma, McCleary, Raymond, South Bend Police Department (s), as well as the Washington State Patrol.

Target Zero, which is a statewide effort to prevent all traffic deaths in Washington by the year 2030.

State Patrol Bomb Squad destroys sparkler bombs in Ocean Shores

The Washington State Patrol sent their bomb squad to Ocean Shores today, local police tells KBKW someone found and reported a couple of “pipe bomb-looking devices” in the parking lot of the Shilo Inn at 10:45 Saturday morning. Sgt. David McManus said it was likely they were improvised fireworks, but the precaution was necessary. The area was cordoned off and the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was called. The bomb technicians moved the items to a safe container for transport, then the devices were taken to a remote location and destroyed.

A press release from the department this evening stated that Saturday morning, a guest at the Shilo Inn found two suspected explosive devices left on the back bumper of his truck. He moved them next to a trash can then notified the hotel staff. A maintenance worker placed a bucket over the items and called 911. The Ocean Shores Police and Fire Departments responded.

The devices were two small PVC pipes (about 4-6 inches long), sealed at both ends.

The area was cordoned off and the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was called. The bomb technicians moved the items to a safe container for transport, then the devices were taken to a remote location and destroyed.

The bomb technicians were able to determine that the devices were “sparkler bombs” – common sparklers packed into a tight container. The sparklers that would act as fuses had burned down without detonating the devices, so it appears that whoever made them just left them on the truck’s bumper. Sparkler bombs can produce fairly strong explosions and are very dangerous.

There are no suspects.

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Happy Fourth of July Holiday – Fireworks restrictions and displays

Police and Emergency Management agencies across Washington are wishing you a happy and safe fourth of July holiday. Local fireworks ordinances vary, and for a complete list visit the Washington State Patrol’s website.

In Aberdeen and Cosmopolis, you can light fireworks from 9am to midnight on the 4th of July only. The same time in Hoquiam on July 3rd and 4th only.

In Ocean Shores fireworks can be lit from noon to 11 today and tomorrow (2nd and 3rd) then until midnight on the 4th.
In Westport you can only light them along Half Moon Bay from 9am to 11 on the 4th.
Grayland has no restrictions

Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reminds beachgoers of the added dangers there.
Keep all beach fires 100 feet from the dunes, light fireworks closer to the water, and keep an eye on kids in the surf, riptides can pull someone out to sea from no more than knee deep.

If you are pulled in, don’t swim against it, swim parallel to the beach until you escape the outgoing current, or calmly tread water until the current dissipates and you can swim to shore.

Sponsored Fourth of July Events locally include Rich Hartman Five Star Dealership’s Splash Festival at Morrison Riverfront park in Aberdeen, Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza at the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Booming Bay Fireworks Display at the Marina in Westport, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores, and Shoalwater Bay Casino in Tokeland, also Fireworks at the Port in Illwaco, and Fireworks on the Beach in Long Beach.

Wild Olympics, Elma supporter get starring role in national TV program

Washington’s Wild Olympics and the local effort to safeguard its clean water and old growth forests are highlighted in an upcoming episode of the television series This American Land, which airs nationwide on PBS stations.  The segment features interviews with a number of Olympic Peninsula community members working to permanently protect ancient forests and salmon streams on Olympic National Forest as wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers.

 

“This American Land” has posted the entire Wild Olympics segment for viewing/sharing HERE.

In the piece, Port Townsend City Councilor Michelle Sandoval explains that people are drawn to the Peninsula for the recreational opportunities and stunning scenery, and stay because of the clean water and high quality of life. Bill Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton describes the importance of this clean water to his Hood Canal oyster beds, calling it the “lifeblood” of his industry.  John Lockwood, owner of Pygmy Boats in Port Townsend, says that small manufacturers like him depend on the area’s incredible recreation opportunities to stay afloat.  Port Townsend Fish biologist Dr. Peter Bahls explains how Olympic Peninsula salmon runs are still recovering from a hundred years of overfishing and heavy timber harvesting on the national forest.   And retired logger Fred Rakevich of Elma says though he’s traveled all over, the ancient forests and free-flowing rivers of the Wild Olympics remains “something we need to protect and cherish.”  

 

Connie Gallant of Quilcene, chair of the Wild Olympics Campaign, who also appears in the program, says, “We are delighted that This American Land has included our beautiful piece of the world in its series.  The many local voices featured showcase the broad local support for safeguarding this stunning landscape.   They come from different backgrounds and interests and use our public land in various ways, but they find common ground in the desire to permanently protect our ancient forests and salmon streams just as they are as a legacy to future generations.”

 

“Our mission is to bring our viewers the kind of serious yet entertaining conservation journalism that broadens their knowledge of critical issues with stories that they won’t see anywhere else,” says This American Land executive producer Gary Strieker. “Each segment focuses on unique and little-known places that deserve protection.”

 

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) have introduced legislation to permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of ancient and mature forests on Olympic National Forest as wilderness, and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and major tributaries as Wild and Scenic.  The bill is aimed at permanently safeguarding critical salmon & steelhead habitat, outdoor recreation and sources of clean drinking water for local communities. The measure is backed by over 450 local sportsmen organizations & guides, elected officials, business owners, conservation & outdoor recreation groups, faith leaders –  including majorities on the Westport & Ocean Shores City Councils and over 80 local businesses in Grays Harbor County alone. The measure was crafted with considerable local stakeholder involvement over several years. A group of Olympic Peninsula hunters, anglers and guides called Sportsmen for Wild Olympics have organized in support of the measure and created a website providing a list of threats facing salmon streams unless they are permanently protected under the Wild Olympics legislation.

 

The Wild Olympics segment will air as part of the fourth season of This American Land, which will begin broadcasting in the Seattle area in August. http://www.thisamericanland.org

More than just Unbuckled and Distracted Drivers cited during recent emphasis patrols

Between May 19 and June 1 extra law enforcement patrolled Grays Harbor County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and cell phone using texters and talkers.

During these patrols, 61 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 64 cell phone/texting tickets. Last year, in Grays Harbor County, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote 69 seat belt infractions and 101 cell phone violations.

In addition, three felony warrant arrests, 45 speeding violations, five child passenger safety infractions as well as 41 uninsured motorists and nine suspended/revoked license violations were issued this year.

Last year, during the same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped and 1,897 cell phone and texting violations were written.

In Grays Harbor County, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, Grays Harbor Communications, as well as the Washington State Patrol worked the extra patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force and a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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.

Final razor clam digs of the season to start May 27

Clam diggers will have one last chance to dig razor clams this season during a final opening set to begin May 27.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.

“These last digs will wrap up an excellent razor clam season during which diggers have been getting their limits with lots of big clams,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager. “These dates will mark the end of the most productive razor clam season in more than 30 years.”

WDFW routinely closes the razor clam fishery by the end of May to give the clams a chance to spawn. The next season will begin in fall, when the older clams have recovered from spawning and a new generation begins to grow beneath the sand.

Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include: Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point. Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas. Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)
Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:
Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.
Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.
Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.
Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.
Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • May 27, Tuesday, 6:24 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 28, Wednesday, 7:06 a.m., -1.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 29, Thursday, 7:45 a.m., -1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • May 30, Friday, 8:23 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • May 31, Saturday, 9:00 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • June 1, Sunday, 9:37 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

Brock Hoenes, WDFW wildlife biologist, cautions clam diggers and other beachgoers to avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Hoenes asks diggers to avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect the nesting birds. At Long Beach, the closed area is located north of Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed area is located just south of Cranberry Beach Road and continues south for approximately 1.5 miles.

Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

For more information on razor clam digging, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.