Homemade explosive device injures 3 South Aberdeen residents

A homemade explosive device sent three to the hospital Monday afternoon, Detective Sergeant Art Laur tells us at about 6:22pm, they received information from staff at the Grays Harbor Community Hospital that a 26 year-old man and 21 year- old woman were being treated for burns related to a small explosion. A third victim, a 4 year-old female, was mentioned as also injured in the explosion but was not currently at the hospital. Aberdeen Officers responded to a residence located in the 1600 Block of Coolidge road in an effort to locate the child.

When the officers arrived at the residence they observed a roll of toilet paper smoking on the pavement behind the house. Also noted in the area was a severely chard women’s tank top. While at the residence, it was discovered that the 4 year-old child was now at the hospital having her injuries attended to.

Aberdeen Police Detectives were called to the location and soon determined that the 26 year- old male had been at the residence with his 21 year-old girlfriend and 4 year-old niece. He had placed the toilet paper roll on the ground and poured black powder on top of it. He then lit a fuse which he had attached to the paper, causing the powder to smoke and flash. He then attempted this act again but when he poured the black powder on top, it exploded.

The male received burns to his left hand and leg. The 21 year-old female received burns to both legs, abdomen, and left arm. The 4 year-old child received burns to her upper chest and shoulder area. The 21 year-old female and 4 year-old child were transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. The 21 year-old male was taken to the same location by a family member. Both females remain at Harborview in satisfactory condition. The male was treated and released.

The investigation is on going.


David Banner of Cosmopolis receives 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

Cosmopolis resident David Banner was recently selected as recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for in recognition of his work with the Senior Companion Programs in Grays Harbor, Pacific and Thurston Counties. The awards were presented by Washington Governor Jay Inslee and his wife at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia on April 21, 2014.

The award given Banner read as follows:  “David Banner has been a tireless volunteer for the Senior Companion Program since November 2000. Using his computer expertise and creative skills, he develops and upgrades the Senior Companion Program’s public relations materials and recently created a website to enhance visibility. In addition to the innumerable hours he donates to the program, he also volunteers for several other non-profit organizations including Child Evangelism Fellowship, Christian Women’s Connection, South Aberdeen Baptist Church, and the Aquanotes, a local music group who visits residential care facilities to bring the gift of song. David is generous and devoted to his community and brings an altruistic spirit throughout his volunteer service.”

Cable Employees team with Historical Seaport for Comcast Cares Days at Seaport Landing

Comcast employees will be helping out the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport this year for their 13th annual Comcast Cares Day, April 26th at the Seaport Landing in South Aberdeen.
The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will return to port in June, and the Seaport Landing needs volunteers to help prepare for the Lady Washington’s 25th birthday celebration this summer. Grays Harbor’s Historical Seaport is inviting land lovers to help them prep the Seaport Landing for Lady Washington’s 25th birthday celebration.
For details visit www.historicalseaport.org you can also stop by the Seaport Landing for “Salty Saturdays” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from March to May at the Seaport Landing – 500 North Custer street in South Aberdeen.

In the past Comcast employees have helped with cleanup at Miller Junior High, Habitat for Humanity, and Rebuilding Together.

“Comcast Cares Day speaks to the heart of our company,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation last year.  “I am extremely honored to participate this year alongside tens of thousands of Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family members and friends across the country and around the world to make a meaningful difference that will have a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”

Aberdeen standoff comes to an end in eighteenth hour

The standoff in South Aberdeen came to a peaceful end Wednesday afternoon. In the eighteenth hour negotiators were able to talk 54 year old Michael Watson out of the home with a Washington State Patrol robot. He was seen briefly by Aberdeen medics before being taken into custody. Aberdeen Officer Schmidt tells us “The State Patrol sent in their robot, it has a camera, with a microphone on it, they were able to talk him out. He is in custody, as far as I know nobody’s hurt, he’s not injured, he’s being checked by the aid unit and will be transported to the Aberdeen Police Department.

The man barricaded himself in a home on Harding street Tuesday evening. Officers first responded around 8 P.M. after reports that he was shooting a handgun in the area. An Aberdeen officer reported seeing him enter the home in the 2000 block of Harding Road with a weapon. A Washington State Patrol SWAT team took over the standoff around 10 Wednesday morning, with about the same result until sending in a robot around 2, he walked out just after 2:30 that afternoon.

Police standoff in South Aberdeen continues

A standoff continues this morning, after a man reported to be shooting a handgun in the area barricaded himself in a home on the South side of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Police Captain John Green tells us officers saw him carrying a handgun as he ducked into the home on the 2000 block of Harding Road near South Boone Street just after 8 last night.
Green said they have seen a green laser being shined inside the home, and have heard what sounds like the beating of a drum at times overnight, but have had no verbal contact with the man.
A Washington State Patrol SWAT team is joining the standoff this morning. Sgt. Patrick with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department reported no injuries, and said they are not certain if the man has anyone in the home with him.

Historical Seaport seeking land lovers to prep for Lady Washington’s 25th

Aberdeen – Come one come all. Seaport Landing, Aberdeen’s new public waterfront and home port for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, is asking members of the Grays Harbor community to volunteer their time to prepare Lady Washington’s home for her 25th birthday celebration.

The Historical Seaport “Salty Saturday” Project Parties are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from now through May in preparation for our ships return on June 5th. Salty Saturday projects are flexible and can accommodate individuals, groups or organizations. Minors over 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our first Salty Saturday is scheduled for Saturday, March 1.

Inside and outside projects are available. A Seaport Landing staff member will help volunteers find an appropriate project. Volunteers should dress warmly, even for indoor projects. Volunteers interested in helping with gardening and landscaping should bring their own garden tools.

For more information: Prospective volunteers should contact Randy Beerbower, community outreach lead, 360-532-8611, rbeerbower@historicalseaport.org. Seaport Landing is located at 500 N. Custer Street in South Aberdeen, the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill.

Grays Harbor College Human Services students kick off 8th annual Toy Drive

The Toy Drive is seeking donations of new or unwrapped toys, items for gift baskets to be raffled, or cash. The deadline for making donations is November 29. The toys will be distributed at an on-campus event in early December.

Donation boxes and cans have been placed around the GHC campus and in the Grays Harbor area at the following locations: Waugh’s and Selmer’s in downtown Aberdeen, N. W. Passage in South Aberdeen, Personal Service Providers and Harbor Home and Health in Hoquiam, The Mermaid in Westport and Everybody’s in Elma.

The GHC Human Services Club was founded in 2005 and currently boasts around 60 members who are students in the GHC Human Services program. That year, the club’s first Toy Drive gave toys to 36 children. Last year’s total was over 300 children.

The club’s faculty adviser and Human Services academic program coordinator and instructor, Chandra Miller-Starks, added that the Toy Drive “means one less thing for students to worry about: they can focus on finals, not on how they will get toys for their kids.”

Besides the Toy Drive, the Human Services Club is involved in many other activities, including the annual Ocean Shores Jamboree/Serenity event at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, working within the community to provide the Grays Harbor Youth Center with snacks and personal care items in order to help support their street outreach program, as well as joining the Washington Department of Social and Human Services on “Lets Draw the Line,” a statewide underage drinking prevention campaign.

Miller-Starks said many graduates of the GHC Human Services program “are currently working, helping members of our community in various positions at non-profits, government agencies, and chemical dependency treatment facilities.”  The program also has 13 students currently serving as interns at various locations in the community.

“Our goal is to help — individuals, families and our community as a whole,” Miller-Starks said.  “Most of our students have a strong personal connection to the community and are very passionate about helping their neighbors.”

For more information about the Grays Harbor College Human Services Club, please contact Miller-Starks at cstarks@ghc.edu or 360-538-4097.

Lady Washington Gets Support For New Home

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen City Council last night adopted a resolution showing their support for the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport’s attempt to procure a home for Washington’s Official Ship, the Lady Washington.
Director of the Seaport, Les Bolton, tells us red tape is holding up the lease transfer, not with property owner Weyerhaeuser, but with the State “The Department of Natural Resources owns the shorelines of the State of Washington. Weyerhaeuser has a lease that runs through 2015, we need the lease because we want to create public moorage on DNR property.”
The Seaport Authority made an offer to acquire 28 acres of the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill property in South Aberdeen more than a year ago, however Bolton quipped “I can’t park Lady Washington in the parking lot.”
Bolton said without that lease, the Seaport would remain land locked. If acquired, Bolton said they intend to develop the property into a regional tourism destination and maintenance facility for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.
State Representative Brian Blake tells us he has requested an onsite meeting with the DNR, Weyerhaeuser, and the Seaport, on April 30th to discuss this issue.

Road Buckles in South Aberdeen, Interrupts Water Service

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A water main break this morning has interrupted service to parts of Aberdeen and Cosmopolis. Residents reported loosing water pressure before 11 this morning. Aberdeen’s Water Department said the break apparently occurred when the road buckled near the intersection of Heremin and Lewis streets, and could provide no estimate for a restoration time, crews are on scene and working to restore service.

Fire Monitoring System Saves Life of Elderly Aberdeen Woman

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen Fire Department Crews had to bust down a door at the scene of a Kitchen fire in South Aberdeen last night. Battalion Chief Bill Mayne tells us the fire started on the stove when an elderly woman had fallen and was unable to shut off the cooking food. Mayne said this 96 year old woman was very fortunate, and had many factors working in her favor last night, not the least of which was a monitored fire alarm that prompted the response to the 1100 block of Stockwell just before 7PM. Southside crews were on scene 36 seconds after notification from the monitoring service. The woman was treated and transported to Community Hospital.