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Local schools get continued Levee support as February special election results certified

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Election results were certified last night for the February special election, locally all replacement Maintenance and Operations levies passed, with Oakville’s multi-county race passing by only 4 votes, 210 to 206 with 13 Lewis County voters. Grays Harbor’s voter turnout ended at 36.3%, while Pacific County reports 53.76% and Lewis 38.7% voter turnout. Hoquiam is…

2014 Brings Change to Pacific County Sheriff’s Office

South Bend, Washington – Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson announced changes to the Sheriff’s Office command staff including a retirement, promotion, and new appointment.  In November Chief Civil Deputy Debbie Allison, who has been employed by Pacific County in excess of 30 years, announced her intent to retire effective December 31, 2013.  Sheriff Johnson expressed…

Pacific County Saddened by the Death of Former Sheriff

South Bend, Washington – Late yesterday afternoon the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office learned of the death of former Pacific County Sheriff John Didion and wishes to extend heartfelt condolences to John’s wife, children, and grandchildren at this sad time.

After a successful career as an NFL linebacker, John and his family settled in Pacific County where John served as Sheriff from 1998-2010. John was a key supporter of the Naselle Youth Camp for at-risk youth over the years.  “He worked to keep that facility open when they faced state budget challenges” Sheriff Johnson noted. 

According to Sheriff Johnson, former Sheriff Didion began his career with Pacific County as a road deputy and was later assigned as the D.A.R.E. officer.  Didion also served as the Washington State D.A.R.E. coordinator.  He worked to modernize the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office during his years of service.  In 2009-2010 Didion served as the President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. 

“John did a lot for our community and for the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office where he served as Sheriff for 12 years.  He will be missed by many,” said Sheriff Scott Johnson.  

State Patrol looking for victims after ID thieves found with several names

SHELTON, Wash. – The Washington State Patrol is warning merchants in Pacific County that after taking a male and female into custody on identity theft charges, they found numerous checks, a check printer and several identifications in different names. Checks listing addresses in multiple states and multiple cities were discovered. Several checks listing addresses in Astoria Oregon, Warrenton Oregon and Seaview Washington were also recovered.
The State Patrol reports at this time it is unknown whether the subjects were successful in obtaining, cash, goods or services in these areas. Checks may have been prepared using several different names to include the last names Godwin, Thompson, Brown, Dove, Smith, Brawdy, McDonald, Olive, Thompson and Allison.
If you believe you are a victim of fraud related to these individuals within Pacific County, please call your local police department or the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.
Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
300 Memorial Street
South Bend, WA 98586
Non-emergencies: 360-875-9395

Brake/gas confusion drives couple off landing in Pacific County, killing passenger

DOTY, Wash. - Confusing the gas for the brake sent a couple over a landing in Pacific County, killing the passenger. The Pacific County Sheriff’s Department tells us the driver, a 70 year old man had to be extricated, and was life-flighted from the scene, a female passenger did not survive the accident. Lieutenant Jim Bergstrom tells us the 2013 Ford F150 appears to have rolled several times before striking a tree over 1500 feet from the road.

On November 11th, deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven off the end of a landing. The first report indicated the accident may have occurred in Lewis County. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the location and determined the accident had occurred in Pacific County. 

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Department tells us Raymond aid and Lewis County volunteer Fire/Aid responded to the scene. The driver, age 70, had to be extricated from the vehicle, and was life-flighted from the scene. A female passenger did not survive the accident and was later removed by members of the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State DNR Officers and Washington State Patrol Officers.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s investigation shows that the driver had driven down to the end of a landing, had attempted to hit the brake, however hit the accelerator driving off the end of the landing. The vehicle appears ho have rolled several times before striking a tree and coming to a stop. The distance the vehicle travelled after leaving the roadway was estimated to be in excess of 1500 feet before it came to a stop.

The vehicle a 2013 Ford F-150 was determined to be a total loss. The driver is recovering from the incident in a hospital, he is expected to survive.

South Bend Man and Woman Arrested For Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine

SOUTH BEND, Wash. – On November 5th, deputies with the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located in the 100 block of Robert Bush Drive. Also assisting with the service of the warrant were deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the South Bend and Raymond Police Departments. A female subject identified as Jamie Cable, age 33, and a male subject identified as Misael Rodriguez Martinez, age 32 were arrested in conjunction with the investigation that led to the request for the search warrant.

The search warrant was granted as a result of a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the alleged facilitation and delivery of methamphetamine by both Rodriguez Martinez and Cable. The pair resided together. During the searching and arresting process, investigators located a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine hidden within the residence, cash, digital weigh scales and drug related paraphernalia. 

Pacific County resident honored with top Ecology award

OLYMPIA – Pacific County resident Russ Lewis is being honored with an Environmental Excellence Award for his exemplary efforts to keep Washington beaches clean and his tremendous support of Washington State Marine Debris Task Force efforts.

 

The Task Force formed to monitor and respond to marine debris from the tragic March 11, 2011,  Japan tsunami along Washington coastal beaches. Before that time, Lewis already had been removing marine debris from beaches almost daily for years. In 2012 Lewis also assisted the

Task Force by:

  • Stepping up his efforts and collaborating with others to remove marine debris and ensure it was put into a secured commercial trash bin for proper disposal.
  • Supplying nearly daily reports on conditions along the coast, including information on both long- and short-range debris washing ashore, post-storm reports and weather patterns.
  • Providing early reporting to Ecology about potentially hazardous materials such as oil drums or fuel canisters washing up on beaches, and taking steps to secure any area with hazardous debris until responders could arrive.
  • Providing considerable assistance to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in its surveillance efforts to monitor and respond to potential aquatic invasive species attached to incoming debris.
  • Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office near Leadbetter Point to help prevent debris from entering Snowy Plover nesting areas when these areas are closed to the public. Lewis also was the first one in to clean debris when the seasonal closure ended.

Grays Harbor and Pacific County Farm Bureau elects 2014 officers

MONTESANO, Wash. – 2014 Officers were elected at the Annual Grays Harbor & Pacific County Farm Bureau Dinner on Friday.
President Terry Willis, VP Al Loughead, Secretary/Treasurer Dan Wood and State Board Owen Schaffner were selected, members also heard from guest speakers State Representative Brian Blake and CEO of the Washington Farm Bureau John Stuhmiller.

Their next regular meeting will be Jan. 27th, with guest speaker Cosmopolis Mayor, and Grays Harbor Commissioner Candidate Vickie Raines.

Local businesses warned of check writing scam hitting Western Washington

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – The North Beach Chamber of Commerce in Ocean Shores tells us they have been advised that there is a large ring of people involved in a check writing scam who have hit 45 businesses from Grays Harbor to Pacific County and as far south as Astoria. Local businesses are circulating a list of names associated with the scam, the chamber says you should be suspicious of any large check amounts even if the name does not appear on the list.

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. 

Search and Rescue Teams Search for Missing Man in Packwood

PACKWOOD, Wash. – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and several Search and Rescue teams are searching for a missing 68 year-old Auburn man. The man left Saturday from his residence in Auburn to pick mushrooms. The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the family on Sunday saying he had not returned. The family was unsure where the man was headed and said he could be anywhere between I-90 and Packwood. An attempt to locate was put out for the man, with no success.

Late yesterday afternoon, the vehicle the missing man left in was found on Forest Service Road 4715, approximately five miles northwest of Packwood.

Search and Rescue teams searched for the man for six hours last night. They resumed their search at 0600 hours this morning. Teams from King, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Pacific County assisted Lewis County teams. The teams included ground, 4×4, and K-9 teams. Over 25 members are involved.

Law Enforcement Efforts over Rod Run Weekend Leads to a Safer Roadway Event

LONG BEACH, Wash. - Local law enforcement agencies in Pacific County are calling Rod Run a successful event, with no major incidents to report over the weekend of events.

Organized by the Beach Barons, the 30th Annual Rod Run to the End of the World has grown in the number of spectators over the past two decades. Approximately 760 classic vehicles met at Wilson Field for the two day event, where an estimated 8,000 people viewed the cars and participated in several family friendly events.

 

Although the Beach Barons have very strict rules regarding alcohol consumption on the grounds of the event, often the alcohol related problems occur after the festivities wrap up for the day and spectators gather along the streets of Long Beach to view the classic cars once again.

 

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.