• New mobile app provides state and county offender custody information to Washington crime victims

    Washington crime victims can now receive alerts and check on the real-time status of offenders through a new free mobile app.

    VINEMobile enables victims of crime and the public to use smartphones or tablets to anonymously monitor the location and custody status of offenders in Washington correctional facilities and participating county and city jails.  Users can also register for around the clock phone, email,  or TTY device notifications when an offender’s custody status changes.  Those changes include an offender’s, transfer, release,  or death.  VINEMobile is a mobile app version of WASAVIN (Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification), an automated victim notification service which can be accessed at www.vinelink.com or 1-877-846-3492.


    “We’re very pleased to make this app available on smartphones and tablets, so victims of crime have another option to register for important notifications about offenders in custody,” Sheriff Rick Scott said.

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  • Ocosta School District to build first vertical evacuation building in the US

    WESTPORT, Wash. – The Ocosta School District plans to build the first vertical evacuation building in the nation, and a big part of any federal help in that plan was completed yesterday when the County Commissioners approved Sheriff Rick Scott to be the application agent “This will allow for the students, staff, and employees, to evacuate safely in the event of a tsunami by going up rather than trying to get out of the area. It’s something that will bring not only positive attention to the Ocosta School District, and safety to their students, but it’s going to bring a lot of positive attention to Grays Harbor County.”
    Earlier this summer about 3,000 voters approved a levy to fund replacement of the Ocosta Elementary “Round building,” at the time administrators were looking at the vertical evacuation possibilities.
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  • Wynoochee Shooting Being Investigated as Possible Act of Self Defense

    GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department has identified the man fatally shot at Lake Wynooche as 25 year old Weston Wolff of Olympia. Grays Harbor County Under Sheriff Rick Scott says that based on collected evidence and statements, the incident appears to be an act of self defense.

    Scott told KBKW News that the homicide investigation continues, however the County Prosecutors Office is not requesting an arrest at this point and that the department is not releasing information on the person of interest in the investigation "They are awaiting our completed investigation, before they make the legal determination as to to whether this was justifiable or not."

    County deputies arrived on the scene around 2 o’clock Saturday morning, and investigated well into Saturday afternoon Scott said there are some details of the incident still under investigation, and that many details that led up to the shooting early Saturday morning will not be released until the Prosecutors office has made a ruling.

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