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PACIFIC COUNTY ACCIDENTS

February 24, 2011 Comments off

 Icy roads and negligence left one dead and 2 more in the hospital. In Pacific County, a 26 year old Seaview man was travelling northbound on SR101 when his vehicle left the roadway, crossing the northbound shoulder and sidewalk where it collided with both a power pole and a church before rolling and coming to rest. The Seaview man was pronounced deceased on the scene, his22 year old passenger was transported to Columbia hospital for neck and back pain.

This accident is still under investigation.

In Ocean Park, a 26 year old was traveling northbound on SR103 when his vehicle left the roadway, rolled twice, and came to rest in a driveway. The driver was ejected from the vehicle. He was sent to Emmanuel Hospital.

The Ocean Park driver was charged with DUI on the scene.

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JURY RETURNS GUILTY VERDICT IN PACIFIC COUNTY TROOPER SHOOTING

February 23, 2011 Comments off
A Pierce County jury today returned a unanimous verdict against a Pacific County man charged with shooting a Washington State Patrol trooper in the back of the head in February 2010. Jurors found 46-year-old Martin Jones guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of former trooper Scott Johnson as Johnson was impounding a van belonging to Jones’ wife. Jones’ wife had earlier been arrested and was under investigation for drunken driving. Johnson was shot at point-blank range in the back of the head. But he survived and recovered. He was elected Pacific County Sheriff in November 2010.
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EARLY RELEASE IN EAST COUNTY

February 23, 2011 Comments off
Montesano Schools will release at 1PM today (Weds) due to worsening road conditions. McCleary Schools are on regular schedule, but afternoon programs and basketball practices are cancelled.
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HOQUIAM SHOOTING

February 23, 2011 Comments off

At 8:30 on Tuesday evening a 31-year old Hoquiam man walking home with his girlfriend in the Woodlawn area was approached by 2 other men he reportedly did not know. After a brief conversation, the man turned toward his residence and was struck in the side of the head with a hard object by one of the 2 men. The Hoquiam man., who had a valid Concealed Pistol License, turned to defend himself and the man holding the object reportedly attempted to hit him again. The victim then pulled out his handgun and shot the one of the two males, a 42 year old Aberdeen man, multiple times.  The other male fled the scene on foot.

At this time, detectives are investigating the motive behind the altercation, but it could be related to an ongoing dispute.  The incident did not appear to be a random act. 

Both the man who fired the shots and his assailant were transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by Hoquiam fire department ambulances. The victim of the assault was treated for head injuries. The shooting victim was airlifted to Harborview and is currently in stable condition. Several bullets were recovered during surgery.

A 33-year old Aberdeen man was located near the scene of the assault and shooting and arrested on a Grays Harbor County felony warrant stemming from the original charge of Trafficking Stolen Property.  He was also booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Assault after it was determined he was with the 42-year old during the assault.

The investigation into the incident is expected to continue through the week.

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MONTESANO SOLDIER FACES COURT MARTIAL

February 22, 2011 Comments off
The General Court-Martial case of Army Specialist Adam W. Kelly of Montesano is scheduled to begin at 9:00 Wednesday morning at Joint Base Lewis McCord. Kelly is one of seven 5th Stryker Brigade Soldiers facing charges of serious misconduct while deployed in Afghanistan. The charges against Specialist Kelly include: conspiracy to commit assault and battery, assault consummated by battery, wrongfully using a schedule I controlled substance and wrongfully endeavoring to impede an investigation. If convicted of all charges Specialist Kelly faces a maximum punishment of a Dishonorable Discharge, imprisonment for 11 years, 6 months, reduction in rank to the lowest enlisted grade and to forfeit all pay and allowances.
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ABERDEEN ABDUCTION

February 22, 2011 Comments off

The Aberdeen Police Department on Sunday responded to Exchange Street for a reported abduction.  The officers were told by dispatch that the suspect vehicle was a green Saturn and the victim was a 29 year old female.  It was also reported that the victim had sent a text message to her mother from inside the suspect’s car.  It was later learned that the suspect was known to the victims family as he was the father of the victims five year old child.

 Responding officers requested assistance from the Grays Harbor Sherriff’s Office, Montesano Police Department, Elma Police Department and the Washington State Patrol in locating the suspect vehicle.  They obtained information from the victim, who was able to dial them on her cell phone, saying that the vehicle was heading eastbound out of town.  911 was able to place the cell phone in the area of milepost 11 on Highway 12.  The suspect’s vehicle was stopped by the Grays Harbor Sherriff’s Office and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

 A 34 year old Aberdeen male was taken into custody for Unlawful Imprisonment Domestic Violence and is currently at the Aberdeen Jail.

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VEHICLE/BUILDING COLLISION

February 22, 2011 Comments off

Hoquiam police on Saturday were dispatched to the report of a vehicle colliding with a building at the intersection of Sumner Avenue and Myrtle Street. Investigation at the scene revealed that a pick-up driven by a 70 year old Hoquiam man was traveling westbound on Sumner Avenue, in when it left the roadway.  The vehicle drove over the stop sign located on the corner of the Sumner and Myrtle Street, crossed Myrtle Street and the parking lot of the Raintree Veterinary Clinic before striking the eastside of the clinic’s building. 

 The driver of the pick-up told the investigating officer that he had apparently “blacked out” and awoke after his vehicle had struck the side of the building.  The man was not injured and he had not been drinking.

 Damage to both the vehicle and building was extensive but the dollar amount is not known.

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