Suspect barracades himself in, then blows up, Mason County garage

Last night, Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 9:16 PM, Deputies responded to within the 100 block of SE Shadowood Blvd., south of Shelton, to the report of a suicidal suspect previously wanted for suspicion of domestic violence assault.  A friend of the suspect had responded earlier and believed that his friend may already have taken his life.

A day earlier on Tuesday night, Mason County Sheriff Deputies had responded to the same residence to the report that the suspect had assaulted his wife, had made threats to kill and then fled the scene.  The suspect was believed to possess multiple firearms.

Upon arrival on Wednesday night, Mason County Sheriff Deputies along with Police Officers from the Shelton Police Department and the Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety all responded when it was ascertained that the suspect was alive, that he had barricaded himself in his garage and that he claimed to have firearms.  Officers and Deputies began to back away from the residence when there was a large explosion which blew the garage door off the garage.

Deputies and Officers pulled the suspect to safety where he was immediately transported to Mason General Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle.  The 35 year old man’s condition is unknown at this time.

Mason County Fire Districts 4, 5, 11 and 16 all responded to the scene and put out the fire.

Due to the explosion and statements made about “booby traps”, the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad will respond this morning and conduct an inspection of the property for any explosive devices.  No further information is available while the case is under investigation.

EPA settles with Washington Crab Producers, Inc., for “Community- Right-to-Know” violations at Westport, WA Processing Facility

Washington Crab Producers, Inc., owner and operator of a seafood processing facility in Westport, Washington, will pay a $16,551 penalty and provide a high-tech thermal imaging camera to the Westport Fire Department to settle alleged violations of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, known as EPCRA.

EPA documents allege that Washington Crab Producers, Inc., stored anhydrous ammonia and nitrogen gas above EPCRA threshold quantities at their Westport facility during calendar year 2012. During that time, they failed to file the required emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms on time with the state emergency response commission, the local emergency planning committee, and the local fire department, as required by law.

According to Kelly McFadden, Manager of EPA’s Pesticides and Toxics Enforcement program in Seattle, Washington, diligent reporting at facilities handling large amounts of toxic and hazardous chemicals can save lives by aiding in community planning and emergency responses.

“Accidents can and do happen,” said EPA’s McFadden. “When responders arrive at a facility, they need to know what they’re dealing with to stay safe. We’re trying to prevent a serious industrial accident from becoming a community tragedy.”

According to legal documents filed with the case, Washington Crab Producers, Inc. has since corrected the violations.

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Quinault Elders in Aberdeen traffic accident Tuesday

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — A tribal spokesman says eight Quinault Indian Nation tribal elders and staff members have been injured in a traffic crash in Aberdeen.

Spokesman Steve Robinson says the Quinault group was headed to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday morning when their van collided with a pickup truck. Robinson says two elders were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, one with a broken pelvis and the other with a broken pelvis and broken ribs. Other injuries in the crash included broken bones, bumps and bruises.

None of the injuries was considered critical.

The crash caused the van to flip over. Robinson says the two people in the pickup were not seriously hurt.

“The truck just came out of nowhere,” one of the victims said. The accident put an abrupt end to the elders’ plans to attend a conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Upon hearing of the accident, tribal staff rushed to provide support.
“This was a terrible accident,” said Tribal Councilman Larry Ralston. “The Tribe and the families will take every precaution with our elders and provide all the support we can to help nurse them back to health. I just wish people would slow down and be more cautious,” he said. Preliminary indications are that the pickup truck ran a red light when it crashed into the tribal van. The accident is being investigated by local authorities.
Among other things, the Tribe is setting up grief counseling, as a precaution, for the seniors and their families.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible accident,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Nation. “We do all we can to keep our seniors safe. They are very precious to us. We extend our gratitude to the local police, Harborview, and Grays Harbor Community Hospital and all other emergency services personnel who rendered aid in this morning’s emergency.”
The names of the victims were withheld until consent to publish them is provided.

US Coast Guard stresses Pacific Northwest boat safety following Labor Day rescue

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to make smart decisions while operating in the Pacific Northwest following the rescue of eight people from an overloaded vessel that capsized near Bainbridge Island over the Labor Day weekend.

“Between the overloading of the vessel, the lack of lifejackets and a water temperature of less than 60 degrees, they are lucky to be alive,” said Daniel Shipman, director of boating safety for the Coast Guard 13th District. “It doesn’t matter how strong a swimmer you are; the shock of cold water immersion can instantly impair your motor function. A lifejacket may be the only ting keeping you afloat.”

A Coast Guard Station Seattle 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew and good Samaritan rescued seven adults, one child and a dog after their 12-foot skiff capsized in Eagle Harbor, Sunday.

Reportedly only the child was wearing a lifejacket and all eight people were in the water for at least 20 minutes prior to discovery by the good Samaritan. All the passengers were treated by EMS for mild hypothermia.

View the original press release about the rescue here:

Click on the text below to hear and download audio clips of the good Samaritan’s mayday call:

Sean Meek, a good Samaritan, issues a mayday call via VHF-FM channel 16 to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle to report a capsized vessel with multiple people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., Aug. 31, 2014.

Seven adults, a 4-year-old child and a dog were in the water for more than 20 minutes after their 12-foot skiff capsized before Meek and his daughter, Grace, heard their cries for help.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle responds to a mayday call via VHF-FM channel 16 from Sean Meek, a good Samaritan reporting a capsized vessel with multiple people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., Aug. 31, 2014.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle transferred the eight people and their dog to shore where they were treated by EMS for mild hypothermia.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

Sean Meek, a good Samaritan, counts people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., while issuing a mayday call to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle via VHF-FM channel 16, Aug. 31, 2014. 

Officials believe the overloading of a 12-foot skiff contributed to the eight people and a dog being thrown from the vessel after it capsized around sunset.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

FBI seeks information on bank robber nicknamed the ‘Quick-Change Bandit’

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks within an hour on Monday, August 18 and changed his clothes between the two robberies. This quick clothing change led to his nickname. Investigators believe he may have also robbed a bank on Saturday, August 16.

The subject may be a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, around 6’0” tall, and of stocky build. He threatened tellers during the robberies.






The subject is wanted for his alleged involvement in at least three bank robberies:

  • Saturday, August 16, 2014, approximately 12:30 p.m.—Chase Bank, on Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, Washington
  • Monday, August 18, 2014, approximately 11:40 a.m.—Bank of America, on 104th Avenue SE, Kent, Washington
  • Monday, August 18, 2014, approximately 12:30 p.m.—Chase Bank on A Street SE, Auburn, Washington

Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspected robber should refrain from approaching him and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force (SSSTF) includes members from the FBI, Bellevue Police Department, Auburn Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Seattle Police Department. The SSSTF is working with the Kent and Lakewood Police Departments to identify and apprehend this robber.

Vehicle of missing Seattle woman found abandoned near Neilton

The vehicle of a missing Seattle woman was located last week in the Olympic National Forest, 33 year old Donna Van Zandt was not. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells KBKW last Friday evening, United States Forrest Service notified the Sheriff’s Department of an abandoned 2000 Honda Civic that had been located by hunters scouting an area near Neilton. The location was a very remote logging road approximately 5 miles in on Quinault Ridge Road. A deputy was eventually able to make his way to the vehicle and determined the car most likely had been at the location for several months due to the vegetation that had grown up around the car. The keys to the vehicle were still inside in addition to camping and hiking gear. There was no other obvious information to indicate what may have happened to the driver/occupants.

Donna Van Zandt

The vehicle was registered to Donna Van Zandt, a 33 year old female from Seattle. On Saturday investigators worked on locating family and friends of Van Zandt. At this point, it appears the last family contact was in April of 2014. Family members did explain that in January of this year, Van Zandt’s father was apparently murdered in New York, and April was the 2nd anniversary of her mother’s passing.

On Sunday, numerous search and rescue members searched the area where Van Zandt’s vehicle was located. Van Zandt was not located on that day.

Here is the vehicle that was located, in addition to a picture of Van Zandt.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Van Zandt is asked to call Detective Keith Peterson of the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711.

Donna Van Zandt car

Sound Community Bank Completes Acquisition of Three Columbia Bank Branches on the Olympic Peninsula

SEATTLE, Aug. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sound Community Bank (the Bank) (Nasdaq:SFBC) today announced the completed acquisition of three Columbia Bank branches on the North Olympic Peninsula. Sound Community Bank now offers banking services in Port Ludlow and expands its market share in Sequim and Port Angeles. The Port Ludlow branch marks the Bank’s first presence in Jefferson County. Sound Community Bank received approximately $22.2 million of deposits and $1 million of loans from the transaction. Sound Community Bank paid Columbia Bank a 2.35% total deposit premium.

Sound Community Bank now has six retail offices, the virtual “EZ Branch” and one loan production office. In Port Angeles, Sound Community Bank will operate the current Columbia Bank branch as Sound Community Bank until Monday, November 10. It will then consolidate into the existing Sound Community Bank branch 8 blocks east at 110 N. Alder St. In Sequim, the Bank operates at its new location at 645 West Washington St. immediately and will permanently close the original branch at 541 N. 5th Ave. at the close of business Friday, September 12. There is no location change in Port Ludlow and this branch will begin Saturday hours, 9:30 AM to 1 PM, Saturday, October 4.

Laurie Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sound Community Bank said, “We are delighted to welcome the clients and employees of Columbia Bank. The acquisition of these Columbia Bank branches helps us expand our market share and our community impact on the Peninsula. We are pleased to offer our great products and services along with our expert client service to the residents of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.”
Sound Community Bank is a full-service bank, providing personal and business banking services in communities across the greater Puget Sound region. The Seattle-based company operates banking offices in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Jefferson and Clallam Counties and on the web at Sound Community Bank is a subsidiary of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.

Seahawks fan takes 12 to a whole new level

Local veteran Bill Vandenbush lost his right eye in Vietnam, his wife surprised him recently for their anniversary with one of the more unusual gifts for a Seahawk fan.

Bill Vandenbush and his new "favorite eye"

The glass eye features the logo of Bill’s favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks, he adds “we can’t take these things too seriously, things happen to people as we grow and we experience life. Sometimes we become disabled, or ill, or lose our hair, but if you take things too seriously life can get very very difficult, and we have to laugh at ourselves sometimes.”

Bill lost his eye at age 19, along with his vocal cords during combat operations in Vietnam, his book “If Morning Never Comes” can be found on and through third party sellers.

Find his entire interview in our OnDemand section.

Bill VandenBush has an eye out for the Seattle Seahawks

Local veteran Bill Vandenbush lost his eye in Vietnam, his wife surprised him recently for their anniversary with one of the more unusual gifts for a Seahawk fan.

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Bishop Center for Performing Arts receives ArtsWA Innovation grant

The Bishop Center for Performing Arts at Grays Harbor College is among several Washington State arts organizations who have been awarded grants as part of ArtsWA’s inaugural Innovations Incentives Program. Arts organizations applied for the Incentives awards as part of the annual competitive Grants to Organizations projects support process.

The Bishop Center was awarded $2,000 in the Level B catagory, according to their website, they received a Project Support grant of $2,400 last year to increase access to, and participation in cultural opportunities. “This year we offered professional arts organizations a chance to compete for an extra $1,000 to $3,000 for innovative projects that will increase art participation with young adults and diverse audiences,” said Mayumi Tsutakawa, ArtsWA Grants Program Manager. “As a result, Innovations Incentives grants were awarded in each of the project support levels for fiscal year 2015. These incentive awards were in addition to the amount ArtsWA granted to the organizations for their FY 2015 project support funds.”

The Innovations Incentives awards are an outgrowth of ArtsWA’s Arts Participation Leadership Initiative (APLI), a five-year project funded by The Wallace Foundation that investigates methods arts organizations can use to broaden, deepen and diversify their participating audiences, supporters and artists. This subsequent pilot program focused on projects that addressed young adults and racially diverse demographic groups, and emphasized projects that employed new uses of social media and technology.


$1,000 –  Level A (Arts Organizations with an annual budget of $200,000 or less)

Mid Columbia Mastersingers / Richland
The grant will be used to introduce dramatic staging elements and operatic treatment in the “All Creatures Great and Small” performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” (Noah’s Flood). Mid Columbia Mastersingers are working to draw a larger and more diverse audience to this project which will help to increase the interest in choral music.
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) / Seattle
To initiate an online music publishing division for SWOJO’s unique jazz ensemble composition contest for women composers. The purpose is to expand participation in, awareness of, and access to, the contributions of women composers in jazz.
Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia / Olympia

To pilot “Media on the Mezz.” This program dedicates the mezzanine level in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for audience members who will use their phones and cameras to post comments, photos and video clips on social media during the concerts. The goal is to attract and encourage young audience members to use social media as an integrated approach to audience development.

$2,000 – Level B (Arts Organizations with an annual budget between $200,000 to $1 million)

Earshot Jazz / Seattle

Incentives funds will be used to involve young professional artists to help curate the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival. The goals are to create a more diverse range of content and also to build future presenters and audiences.


Richard Hugo House / Seattle
Richard Hugo House plans to use Innovations Incentives funds to videotape its Lit Series and Word Works readings, making them available on its website and e-newsletters. The project will help writers investigate craft and help Richard Hugo House expand audiences.

Seattle JazzEd / Seattle

Seattle JazzEd plans to partner with Odessa Brown Clinic, presenting youth music classes and concerts at the inner city health center. Funds will also be used for the JazzEd staff to receive training to help them better serve the social/economic needs of its students.

$3,000 – Level C (Arts Institutions with an annual budget of over $1 million)

On the Boards (OtB) / Seattle

OtB will strengthen diversity in its community with the Ambassador Project, convening 15 individuals from a cross-section of Seattle’s creative industry and arts community to serve as ambassadors. It envisions the project will create conversations about aesthetics and community issues. These new ambassador voices will help interpret performances, lead artist questions & answers and broaden attendance; including curating the 12 Minutes Max performance lab; creating artist-to-artist dialogues; and producing workshops and collaborative performances that contextualize mainstage pieces.

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO) / Tacoma

Tacoma Symphony will create the Mini Maestros Program in partnership with Lakewood Boys & Girls Club, targeting low income families in the South Tacoma area. Its goal is to inspire and provide access to quality live music and education events, working to reduce psychological barriers to classical music programs. TSO plans to use the Innovations Incentives grant to improve overall academic fitness by involving children in the arts.