Multiple fights prompt lockdown of Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Four separate fights broke out at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center on the Westport Highway Thursday. Cheri Izatt with SCC said yesterday that all medium- and minimum-custody units at Stafford Creek Corrections Center near Aberdeen were placed on lockdown after a series of multi-offender fights. No staff members were injured. One offender sustained injuries that were not life-threatening but required treatment at a local hospital.

The first fight occurred around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the day room of one of the facility’s medium-custody units. A short time later, three other multi-offender fights occurred – one in the same medium-custody unit, one in another medium-custody unit and one in a minimum-custody unit.

Staff swiftly responded and prison administrators placed the facility on lockdown immediately following the fights. The offenders involved were placed in a segregation unit where they will be interviewed by staff investigators.

Stafford Creek Corrections Center houses about 2,000 offenders in minimum-, medium- and maximum-custody units.

Body found at the Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Police are investigating a death on the Westport highway. Police Captain John Green said at the Bishop Athletic Complex Tuesday “Aberdeen police received a call this afternoon, pedestrians at the Bishop Complex saw a man down next to the concession stand, police discovered a male subject deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.
The sports complex on the Westport highway was closed at the time, a single pickup truck was found parked at the locked gate. Police have identified the body, and are working with the Grays Harbor County Coroner’s office to notify next of kin. Green said the investigation continues.
APD Investigates Body

Thieves used cars to steal copper wiring near Aberdeen settling ponds

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police are investigating a large metal theft after two vehicles were being used to rip copper wiring from equipment behind a gated area near the Westport Highway.
Police Captain John Green tells us around 5:30 Wednesday morning they were advised of subjects coming out of the settling pond area near the Bishop Athletic Complex on the South side of Aberdeen.
Officers located two unoccupied vehicles inside the gated area near the ponds, they also found that the vehicles had apparently been being used to pull copper wiring from the equipment installed on the settling ponds.
Green said the cost to repair the damage is expected to be in the ten of thousands of dollars, the equipment belongs to the COSMO Paper Company located in Cosmopolis, WA. The vehicles have been seized as evidence. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information or who may seen anything while passing the settling pond area is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180 or the APD tip line at 538-4450.

Westport rider killed in head-on collision on Westport highway

Updated with corrections to story
WESTPORT, Wash. – A man on a motorcycle with no lights on was killed on the Westport Highway last night. The Washington State Patrol has notified the family of 49 year old Kevin Crnich of Westport. He was struck when a car turned left in front of him on State Route 105 South of Twin Harbors State Park. A Northbound 1993 Mercury pinned the 1978 Yamaha on the southbound shoulder. A 35 year old McCleary woman who was a passenger on the bike was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The driver, an 81 year old Yelm woman was transported to Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
Both riders were wearing a helmet, the highway was closed for several hours last night while State Patrol investigated the incident, both a cause and any charges are under investigation.