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Equipment stolen from Ocosta Fire Department

OCOSTA, Wash. – The Ocosta Fire Department reports some vital lifesaving equipment was stolen recently. Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s detectives say the thieves got away with more than $2,000 in gear. District 14 Fire Chief Mike Mahnke said sometime over the weekend that a new Stihl M290 chainsaw, a Husqvarna chainsaw with carbide chain, and a Makita circular saw with a diamond blade were stolen. A Motorola portable radio that would look like a scanner was also stolen, all were marked property of Ocosta Fire Department.

Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department tells us the Makita saw would be a tool used to help extricate individuals from damaged vehicles due to a collision. Obviously it’s theft greatly affects the ability for the fire department to properly handle many serious types of emergencies.

Anyone with information regarding this burglary is asked to call the Grays Harbor County dispatch center at 360-533-8765.

Ocosta street flooding addressed, street closed

OCOSTA, Wash. – Third street in Ocosta is about to be an abandoned underwater street. The county commissioners yesterday approved the recommendation by county engineer Russ Esses to close the somewhat-blind intersection at State Route 105, also noting that portions of the loop road are flooded year round. He said property owners won’t loose access to anything, the road is flooded at the intersection of 3rd and Atlantic due to a beaver dam on private property.