Coast Guard rescues two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay

A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay, Wash., Saturday.

The 67-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were safely transported to an airfield in Raymond, Wash., where they were met by local emergency medical services for evaluation.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center received the call for assistance via Pacific County Dispatch late Saturday night after the boaters reported their 12-foot aluminum skiff was aground on a mud flat. The two individuals became stuck in the mud after leaving their vessel to attempt to walk to shore prompting another 911 call. The command center watchstanders dispatched the Jayhawk crew to respond. Once on scene they hoisted the boaters aboard and departed to Raymond.

“This case illustrates the importance of having hoist capable helicopters in the Pacific Northwest,” said Mark Dobney a command duty officer at Sector Columbia River. “With the professionalism of our highly trained helicopter crews, along with aircraft capabilities, we were able to get these two boaters the help they needed in a timely manner.”

Hoquiam woman arrested at scene of vehicle collision with motorcycle

A Hoquiam woman was arrested at the scene of a motorcycle versus vehicle accident on the East Hoquiam Road over the weekend. Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Dave Pimentel says the rider of the motorcycle, a 32 year old Aberdeen man, was transported to Harborview in serious condition. The accident was reported in the 2400 block of the East Hoquiam just after 5 Saturday night, Pimentel said the investigation at the scene indicated the 44 year old woman crossed the center line and collided with the motorcycle head on, she remains in county custody on charges of vehicular assault.

Grays Harbor Mounted Posse Indoor Pro Rodeo

The Grays Harbor Mounted Posse Indoor Pro Rodeo will be at the Fairgrounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22. Friday and Saturday hours start at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Friday or Sunday Family Packages are available for $25, Adults $10, Kids ages 6-12 $7 and 5 & under free. Saturday Night there will be a Dance with live music. Sunday is Family Day with the Kids Annual Stick Horse Race. We look forward to seeing you at the Rodeo!



For more information, call the fair office at 360-482-2651 or check out our website at

High Wind Watch in effect for the coast Saturday afternoon

The National Weather Service In Seattle Has Issued A High Wind Watch…Which Is In Effect From Saturday Afternoon Through Late Saturday Night.

Note: The image may not reflect the current alert state for your county due to a several minute delay between the issuance of the alert and the map processing.

• Wind…Southerly 30 To 40 Mph With Gusts To 65 Mph Possible Saturday Afternoon And Night.
• Some Affected Locations…Westport…Ocean Shores…Hoquiam… Forks…And La Push.
• Timing…Very Strong…Possibly Damaging…Winds Are Expected To Develop Saturday Afternoon…With The Highest Speeds Anticipated Late In The Day Saturday Or Early Saturday Evening.
• Impacts…High Winds Can Down Trees And Power Lines As Well As Damage Property And Cause Power Outages.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions…

A High Wind Watch Means There Is The Potential For A Damaging Wind Event. Sustained Winds Of At Least 40 Mph And/Or Gusts Of 58 Mph Or Stronger May Occur.

Suspicious Package Prompts Bomb Squad Response in Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – A briefcase left in a restroom was reported as suspicious Saturday night prompting a bomb squad response from the Washington State Patrol in Olympia. Trooper Russ Winger tells KBKW the package, found in the West Chance A La Mer approach restroom, was cordoned off Saturday night and x-rayed. The bomb squad determined that the breifcase was not a threat, and turned the lost property over to the Ocean Shores Police Department.

Stolen Bass Guitar Recovered in Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – A $2000 bass guitar stolen from the vehicle of former Bad Company bassist Lynn Sorensen has been recovered, after the alleged thief was overheard bragging about the guitar.
Ocean Shores Police Srgt. Grossi said the suspect surrendered the stolen guitar after officers contacted him around 3 this morning. The tipster tells KBKW that the suspect was bragging to friends about the guitar.
While no arrests were made, police have the stolen guitar, and the suspected thief, an Ocean Shores man, is cooperating with the investigation.
Sorensen, former bassist for Bad Company and the Paul Rodgers Band, was staying at the Ramada Inn when the guitar was reported stolen from his vehicle over the weekend.
Sorensen was in town with Spike and the Impalers for a concert at the D&R Theatre Saturday night.

Hoquiam Police Seek Man With Injured Arm

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Hoquiam Police are looking for a man with a possible broken arm… a security guard at Buther’s Scrap Metal hit the suspicious arm with a hammer when it reached into a sliding metal door around 9:30 Saturday night.

The suspect did not make a sound but immediately left the area, The Security Guard reported the hand attached to the arm appeared to be wearing a latex glove. Hoquiam Police contacted the hospital but found no recent injuries that appeared to be related, Police are asking for any information as the investigation continues.

Aberdeen Man Not Just Happy to See Officers

ABERDEEN, Wash. – An Aberdeen man was arrested Saturday night for carrying a weapon into a bar on South Side. Aberdeen Police Captain john Green tells us the 45 caliber pistol had been reported stolen from Oregon, and was found in the 27 year old man’s waist band just before 11 o’clock Friday night. The man was taken into custody without incident outside of the bar, and was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, and possessing a firearm in a prohibited place.

Grayland Man Thrown From Bike

RAYMOND, Wash. – A Grayland man was ejected from his motorcycle late Saturday night when he left the roadway and hit an elevated driveway. The 46 year old man was treated for back and head injuries, then transported to Community Hospital, his 1992 Kawasaki was totaled. The rider was 25 miles north of Raymond on State Route 105, just after 10 pm when the accident occurred. The Washington State Patrol said the cause of the accident, and possible charges are pending an investigation.

Aberdeen Police Investigate Tire Slashing Incident

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, Seventeen vehicles had multiple tires slashed in downtown Aberdeen. Aberdeen Police Captain John Green tells us the vehicles were parked on West 1st street between Park and Division streets. The investigation continues, if anyone has any information in the case you are asked to contact the Aberdeen Police tip line at 360-538-4450