South Bend, Washington – Residents of South Pacific County will receive a test call from the Pacific County Emergency Notification System on February 13, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The test will call all landlines and registered cellular and VoIP phones from Nemah to South Pacific County. No calls will be placed in the North County.
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been working with Hyper-Reach, the emergency notification system provider, as well as CenturyLink and Wahkiakum West to address potential issues that were identified during an initial test of the system on October 17, 2013.
Pacific County residents are encouraged to visit http://co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/Notification.htm to register their cellular or VoIP phones to receive emergency notifications. Notifications may also be received via text message, email, and or TDD depending on preferences selected during registration. A list of frequently asked questions can also be found at this website.
Residents with questions or requiring additional information should contact Scott McDougall at (360) 642-9338, (360) 484-7338, or (360) 875-9338.
Raymond, WA – On January 30th a deputy with the Pacific County Drug Task Force observed a male subject identified as Justin F. Bailey (age 38), of Cosmopolis, driving a vehicle in the Raymond area. The deputy had prior knowledge that Bailey was a wanted person and had an outstanding Department of Corrections Felony warrant for his arrest. The deputy also had knowledge that Bailey’s privilege to drive was suspended in the State of Washington. The deputy relayed
the information to other deputies and officers in the area.
A Pacific County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the vehicle that Bailey was driving just north of the city limits of Raymond on state route 101. The vehicle Bailey was driving fled from the deputy and other officers at high speeds. The pursuit traveled several miles and entered Grays Harbor County. Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputies joined in the pursuit as the suspect vehicle continued to flee. The suspect vehicle fled onto a logging road just off of North River Road.
The suspect vehicle was halted and the driver, Justin Bailey, was taken into custody without further incident. Agencies involved with the pursuit were the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, the Raymond Police Department, the Grays Harbor
County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources Police.
Justin Bailey was transported to the Pacific County Jail and booked on charges of Felong Attempting to Elude Police Vehicles, Driving While License Suspended and for the Felony Department of Corrections Warrant.
South Bend, WA – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating an Animal Emergency Plan Workshop on February 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Pacific County Annex located at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive South Bend, WA 98586. Recent experiences from other areas around the nation have underscored the importance of having a coordinated Animal Emergency Plan. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has identified this as a goal for 2014.
The Public is welcome to attend. If you would like to have your comments heard but are unable to attend, you may email them to Scott McDougall, Deputy Director, PCEMA [email protected] by the end of business on February 3, 2014.
Come along on the next EDventure presented by Grays Harbor College Continuing Education January 25th, 9 am to 4:30 pm; to Raymond and South Bend, Washington. Join us as we look up at the Historic Pacific County Courthouse Rotunda, Pacific County Historical Society, climb in a Wagon at the Northwest Carriage Museum, and enjoy the view from behind the Helm of the Vansee at the Willapa Seaport Museum.
Steve Rogers, Pacific County Commissioner & Pacific County Historical Society President, will be starting off the tour. We will be visiting the original Courthouse location, watching a slideshow presentation of the construction, touring the historic structure and beautiful grounds. Just a few blocks below is the Pacific County Historical Society; which houses wonderful displays and artifacts of local significance. The venture continues back to Raymond’s Northwest Carriage Museum. Sit in some of the finest collections of 19th century carriages, buggys, and wagons. The Willapa Seaport Museum is right around the corner, chalked full of maritime treasures and nautical stories shared by Captain Pete. Participants will be returned to Riverview Education Center and Main Campus locations.
Space is limited so register today at any of the Grays Harbor College locations. For further information, please contact Bethany Oszman at 360.533.9733 or [email protected] (Whiteside Continuing Education Center) or Carol Staricka at 360.875.9466 ext. 1 or [email protected] (Riverview Education Center, Raymond).
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 his appreciation of Allison’s years of service and work ethic, stating that he values her attitude and principles, always treating issues as if they were her personal responsibility with the intent to work in the interest of the taxpayer and citizen safety.
With the retirement of Deputy Allison, Sheriff Johnson has appointed Denise Rowlett as Chief Deputy, with responsibility for civil, financial, and administration operations within the office. Rowlett has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for over 14 years serving as Deputy Director of Emergency Management since 2008.
Sheriff Johnson has appointed Scott McDougall to fill the position of Deputy Director of Emergency Management. McDougall joins the office with previous experience in the fire service as well as Pacific County Fair Manager.
The Sheriff added that he wishes Allison the best in her retirement, and is looking forward to leading the command staff team with those in new roles as we approach 2014.
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.
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.
Misael Rodriguez Martinez was booked into the Pacific County Jail on 4 counts of delivery of methamphetamine, 1 count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, 1 count of possession of a dangerous weapon and an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer. Martinez’s bail was set at 250,000 dollars.
Jamie Cable was booked into the Pacific County Jail on 2 counts of delivery of methamphetamine, 1 count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Cable’s bail was set at 150,000 dollars.
The Task Force – consisting of the state Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD), Ecology and several other state agencies – was created by the Governor’s office to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to coordinate state, federal, tribal and local activities. Volunteer efforts along beaches always have been key to keeping shores clear of marine debris.
Terry Egan, the state’s Marine Debris Task Force lead, said: “Innovative partnerships with everyone, from citizens like Russ to local communities and volunteer groups to state and federal agencies and Tribal governments have been essential in addressing this issue. Russ’ efforts have saved the state thousands of dollars while providing extremely valuable information. It is unlikely state agencies would have been able to monitor conditions along the coast at the same level without his support.”
Sally Toteff, Ecology Southwest Region Director, said: “Russ is an excellent example of how individuals quietly contribute to the extraordinary quality of life of Washington’s coastal communities and elsewhere in our state. Even before the tragic Japan tsunami, Russ and his neighbors were often spending countless hours scouring the Long Beach Peninsula and picking up marine debris, using their own resources. While he’s had noteworthy assistance from various local folks, Russ’ efforts extend well beyond removing debris from beaches. That’s why we are recognizing him with this award of excellence.”
Marine debris has been an ongoing issue for decades, but concerns were elevated after the earthquake and tsunami claimed nearly 20,000 lives, destroyed countless homes and structures and swept 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean. While 70 percent of the debris likely sank near Japan’s shore, the remaining 1.5 million tons of debris dispersed in the ocean.
The Environmental Excellence Award is the Department of Ecology’s highest award for recognizing environmental excellence in the state of Washington. The department issues the award to individuals, businesses, and organizations that have shown leadership, innovation or extraordinary service in protecting, improving, or cleaning up the environment.