Mason County Sheriff swears in a new Deputy Sheriff

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave the oath of office and swore in Patrick Lopez, the newest Deputy Sheriff of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Patrick Lopez
Deputy Lopez has his mother pin his Sheriff Star badge on his chest.

Deputy Lopez was hired as a regular Deputy Sheriff in 2008, but then was laid off due to budget cuts. Deputy Lopez was then hired by the Squaxin Island Tribal Police Department and served with distinction until he re-applied to again work as a Mason County Deputy Sheriff when a position opened this year.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that we are very fortunate to have been able to re-hire Deputy Lopez and that he will be a worthy addition to our agency.

Deputy Lopez lives in Mason County with his wife & family, and is looking forward to being on patrol and serving the citizens of Mason County.

U.S. Attorney warns: Watch for ID theft during tax season

U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan joined federal law enforcement partners warning about a growing problem of identity theft related to tax refund fraud.  Scammers across the country are using other people’s personal information to try to claim income tax refunds.  People may not know they are a victim until they try to file their tax return and it is rejected because someone using their Social Security Number has already filed and claimed a refund.
 
“Protecting your personal information has never been more critical,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “Always mail your tax documents from a secure mailbox, or file electronically on a secure network.  Using a trusted tax professional and filing early can also protect you from being a victim.”
In 2013, nearly 700 Washington residents reported being a victim of tax related identity theft, and there are likely many more people who simply did not report being victimized.  Nationwide tax ID theft fraud is estimated to cost the U.S. Treasury more than $5 billion annually. 
 
“Stealing identities and trying to file false tax returns not only threatens the integrity of our tax system, it victimizes innocent people.  It can cost victims time and stress when they have done nothing wrong,” said Kenneth J. Hines, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in the Pacific Northwest. “The men and women of IRS, along with our law enforcement partners and the United States Attorney’s Office, will continue to pursue fraudsters who try and help themselves to our nation’s tax dollars and who cause so much heartache for the victims of this crime.”
This week as part of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are teaming up to educate the public about ID theft tax refund fraud.  The FTC is providing a webinar tomorrow to educate tax preparers about the problem and how to assist their clients if they discover they have been the victim of tax refund ID theft.  For those who have had their identities stolen and used for fraud, the IRS will issue a special PIN to use for filing taxes.  More information on the PIN program is available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Combats-Identity-Theft-and-Refund-Fraud-on-Many-Fronts-2014
IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Ken Hines is available to talk further with reporters about the problem of tax ID theft refund fraud.   To arrange an interview please contact Leia Bellis at (206) 464-4920 or Leia.Bellis@ci.irs.gov.
 
Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) have resources for victims of identity theft.  Find them at www.ftc.gov and www.wccva.org

St. Lawrence centennial celebration Sunday in Raymond

In 1979, Fr. Tom Suss was assigned to the church in Raymond (Immaculate Conception), and the mission in South Bend (St. Lawrence). With years of history behind them, both parishes had always strongly resisted merging. Within four-months of his arrival in the area, Fr. Tom announced that they would be building a new church. He said, “Oh, you could have heard a pin drop on the carpet!” He assured the congregation that he was not independently wealthy, nor did he rob banks. He handed out envelopes with three choices, and it was a surprise to most that an overwhelmingly percentage chose to be in favor of the building project. The rest is history.

The last mass celebrated in the old Raymond church was on December 8, 1980. By that time there was no heat in the church and it was cold. However, at the end of the mass, Fr. Tom suggested that as folks left the church, they should take something with them to the area indicated for storage during the time of demolition and construction. Within an hour, or so, the church that had stood for more than 70-years, serving its congregation by providing physical and spiritual shelter, was stripped and everything but the carpet and pews were gone.

The congregation met at South Bend’s St. Lawrence Catholic Church while the new church was under construction.

With the support of the majority of the two-church communities, the actual construction of the newly proposed facility was contracted out. Church members Ken Green, Bob Inglin, George Inglin and fellow parishioners (many of the men working were members of the Willapa Harbor Knights of Columbus #1606) spent many hours working together on projects that needed special attention and extra effort. They were selfless in their generosity of time and talent on behalf of the new church. All of the electrical work was done by Jack Ford, owner and operator of Ford Electric, Inc. and his crew. Jack is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. The ladies formed a calling committee and provided food and beverages until the project was completed.

After the last service at St. Lawrence in South Bend, the statues and the stained glass windows were placed in the sanctuary of the newly constructed church building. The stained glass windows from the old Immaculate Conception Church were used to enhance the day-chapel; creating a sense of beauty, as well as a spiritual atmosphere.

Longtime parishioner, Robert “Shorty” Remington recalls hearing, as a youngster, that Charles Muller designed and crafted an altar at his home. When completed, it was dismantled; then placed on a barge and taken down the river to be placed in the south bend church. This original creation now serves as a background altar; a place of honor reserved for the tabernacle.

George and Robert Inglin, built a mahogany altar, which serves as the main altar.

Efforts were made to have the picturesque church in South Bend included on the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, this never came about. Sadly, the church was demolished.

Oral tradition, stories passed down from one generation to the next, play a significant role in the history of the Catholic church.

One such story, the poignant story of the “Basil Bell” that dates back to 1918, resurfaced after the death of Jim Weathers. Jim, longtime friend of Joseph Basil, asked his children before he died to have the “Basil Bell” put in a place of honor, as it deserves.  Jim’s daughters, Patti Bridgewater and Toni Glazier have been scurrying to get the project completed in time for the centennial.

The worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918-19 didn’t miss Pacific County. Many people in Raymond, South Bend and other local towns fell ill, and there was a high death rate for those who contracted it. One of those who fell ill was Doumina Basil, young daughter of A. G. Basil. Fearing for her life, he prayed, telling God that if Doumina recovered, he would donate a bell to the local church, which didn’t have a bell. Doumina did recover, and true to his word, A. G. Basil had a bell made and donated it to the Catholic Church in Raymond, which at that time was St. Mary’s. That bell hung in the bell tower of the newly constructed church, along with the old bell from St. Lawrence in South Bend until the weight of the bells caused the tower to start separating from the building. The South Bend bell is currently located near the church entrance.

 Sunday, after mass, when the festivities begin in the church social hall, this story will be retold. Fr. Kaech is looking forward to hearing others’ stories, as well!

19th District Legislators to Hold Tele-Town Hall Meeting

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Residents of the 19th Legislative District will soon have the chance to ask their legislative members questions without leaving their homes.
On the evening of April 17th, Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview, and Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, will take part in a telephone town hall meeting. Residents of the district will receive a phone call at or around 6 p.m., asking if they would like to participate in the live event. Those who do will have the chance to join thousands of their fellow constituents in directly asking the members questions or sharing concerns they have for the 19th District and the state.
Constituents should receive a phone call inviting them to take part at around 6 p.m. Anyone who does not receive a call may participate by calling 1-877-229-8493 and enter the PIN number 18646 when prompted.

Hoquiam Police Arrest High-Speed Suspect

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A 53 year old Grays Harbor man is in custody after two Hoquiam Patrol cars were used to block his vehicle in yesterday. The Aberdeen resident was known to officers and had eluded police in May, when a high speed pursuit was called off by Hoquiam police due to dangerous driving on East Hoquiam roads, and speeds of around 90 miles per hour.

When A Hoquiam police officer located the man yesterday afternoon in the 2600 block of Bay Avenue, he called for backup, but saw the suspect walking towards a 1986 Honda CRX, so he attempted to pin the vehicle before it could leave.

The suspect drove back and forth and was able to break free just as the second officer arrived and successfully executed a PIT maneuver, causing the fleeing vehicle to spin out.

After still attempting to start his vehicle and flee, the driver had to be forcibly removed and was taken into custody on multiple felony warrants, Felony Eluding for yesterday’s attempt, and one warrant stemming from the previous eluding in May The man was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail.

Aberdeen High School Takes 15 Medals From SkillsUSA State Conference

State Champions are;

Jacob Benner – Residential Wiring
Karmen Ayres – Extemporaneous Speaking
Ryan Hendrickson – Refrigeration
Tyler Shelton – Audio Production
Samantha Tomlin – Audio Production

Silver Medalists;

Meljay Tucker – Job Demonstration Open
Katie Grimnes – Residential Wiring
Zack Smith – Refrigeration
Jacob Prater – Audio Production
Sierra Fenn – Audio Production

Bronze Medalists;

Marty Torres – State Pin Design
Dakota Madtson – Residential Wiring
Joe Moore – Refrigeration
Ben Herry – Audio Production
Jenna Prater – Audio Production

Other Awards;
Aberdeen High School – Largest Chapter in the Olympic Region
Aberdeen High School – 100% Participation Award
Jacob Benner – $2000 Scholarship to JM Perry Tech
Tyler Shelton – $5000 Scholarship to Boston University
Samantha Tomlin – $5000 Scholarship to Boston University

Other students who attended and competed at the state conference are;

Ariel Murphie – Photography
Ashley Robbins – Photography
Kisa Mullikin – Photography
Isaiah Napier – Residential Wiring
Jordan Christensen – Residential Wiring
Michael Vanairsdale – Residential Wiring
Christian Herr – Residential Wiring
Nick Nelson – Residential Wiring

The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting a Cowboy Bar-B-Que Wednesday May 19th in the commons at Aberdeen High School from 6PM to 8PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any SkillsUSA member. The Aberdeen Chapter of SkillsUSA will be trying to raise $10,000 to send six students and two advisors to the national conference in Kansas City MO. If you are interested in helping to make this goal a reality, please send any donations to; Aberdeen High School attn: SkillsUSA National Fund, 410 North “G” Street Aberdeen WA 98550.