The Washington State Patrol have released the name of the woman found in a ditch in Junction City on Tuesday. Their hope is that someone knows the woman, or more about what caused her death.
On Tuesday, a driver found the body of 36 year old Katrina Rugg of Aberdeen alongside Highway 12 in Junction City. The death is being investigated as a possible fatality hit and run. Her body may have been in the ditch overnight before being discovered.
First identified as a man, once officers were able to get to the body into daylight, the WSP discovered on Wednesday that she was a woman on Wednesday.
Rugg’s family has been contacted.
There are currently no suspects.
If you have any possible information regarding this collision, contact Trooper Rodney Green at (360) 473-0148.
Temperatures are expected to be frigid this weekend with the possibility of
another snow event.
The National Weather Service in Seattle is forecasting single digit
temperatures throughout the entire County for tonight into Sunday morning.
Some computer models are showing the possibility of another snow event
similar to the one last night to occur later this weekend. More
information will follow as the models develop greater confidence.
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management urges all citizens to check on
friends and neighbors who may need assistance dealing with the extreme
cold temperatures. Remain vigilant over pets and farm animals that are
Those using portable heaters and generators should be aware of the
dangers of using them indoors or too close to windows and doors. Never
use your oven or stove for heat! Review the warning signs for Carbon
Monoxide poisoning to protect yourself and your family.
As always during these events, roads may freeze or become covered with
frost or snow and become extremely hazardous. Use caution while driving
and give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.
WSDOT and County Road Crews will be working throughout the weekend to
maintain safe roadways.
Police from throughout Grays Harbor will be in Downtown Aberdeen Saturday morning, with lights and sirens, but Sheriff Rick Scott says not to worry, it’s for a good reason.
Saturday is the annual “Shop with a Cop”, a day where police officers team up with Grays Harbor to children to take them shopping for Christmas presents for themselves and their families. Before shopping, officers and the children will have breakfast, provided by the Aberdeen Eagles, before turning on the lights and sirens and moving through Downtown.
Scott says that the day begins when officers have breakfast with the children and Santa in South Aberdeen before patrol cars turn on lights and sirens and bring the children through Downtown Aberdeen to Walmart to shop. Agencies from all areas of Grays Harbor will be involved.
According to Walmart, they have donated $2500 this year to Shop with a Cop.
Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Wecker in 2012 with his shopping partner.
Due to cold weather, and the safety of runners, the City of Hoquiam will be postponing the Penguin Classic Fun Run originally scheduled for tomorrow as a part of Ho Ho Hoquiam.
Temperatures in low teens tonight and remaining under freezing tomorrow will cause unsafe slick conditions for runners and the traffic watching for them on the course.
According to the City, they are only postponing the race and it will be rescheduled after the holidays.
The Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating a collision that occurred on November 29 on the Olympic Peninsula. The collision involved three vehicles and happened on State Route 101 east of Port Angeles. One of the vehicles involved was driven by an on-duty Washington State Trooper.
The Washington State Patrol says the initial investigation shows that the trooper was responsible for a crash.
Sgt. Jason Hicks told the Peninsula Daily News Trooper Travis Beebe lost control while trying to overtake a speeder. When he made a U-turn, he struck two vehicles. One driver was treated at the scene by medics. Beebe was treated at a hospital for back and neck pain. The patrol car was destroyed.
The Peninsula Daily News reports Beebe was also involved in a May 2012 chase east of Port Angeles that ended in the death of a motorcycle rider and the destruction of his patrol
Detectives are seeking witnesses that may have seen any events leading to or the actual crash.
If you have any information or know someone who does, please contact Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will accept public comments on draft policy options for Grays Harbor salmon during a meeting scheduled today and tomorrow in Olympia.
Also at the two-day meeting, the public will be able to comment on proposals that would prohibit the use of internal combustion motors while fishing on a portion of the Naselle River.
Over the past month, state fishery managers have been working with a citizen committee and the public to develop draft options for a new policy to address conservation and catch allocation for Grays Harbor salmon fisheries.
The goal is to develop a policy that helps ensure spawning goals are met for wild salmon returning to the basin and to give anglers and commercial fishers a clearer picture of what fishing opportunities they can expect each year.
Thirty-eight community colleges were recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program offered by the American Association of Community Colleges. The program is working to train 10,000 baby boomers over the next two years for new jobs in health care, education and social services, while helping them complete certificates or degrees.
Grays Harbor College is on that list, joining Green River Community College and 98 other colleges.
Participating colleges will offer workforce training programs that prepare older adults for new careers.
Since 2008, AACC and its network of Plus 50 Initiative colleges have supported baby boomers coming to college and helped them prepare for new careers. 89% of students participating told an independent evaluator that college workforce training helped them acquire new job skills, and 72% attributed landing a job to such training.
“Baby boomers who are out of work or want to transition into new career fields need to update their skills. Community colleges are affordable and working to help baby boomers, even if they’ve never stepped on a college campus before,” said Mary Sue Vickers, director for the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC.
The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is funded with a $3.2-million grant to AACC provided by Deerbrook Charitable Trust.