McCleary man connected to Grays Harbor, Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties

June 26, 2014 Comments off

A McCleary man connected to a series of vehicle prowls throughout Grays Harbor has been arrested.

On May 25, Hoquiam officers investigated a reported vehicle prowl in the Olympic Stadium parking lot where a MacBook Pro was taken.

Officers used a tracking feature to locate the laptop in the 400 block of Second Street in McCleary, but were unable to pinpoint the exact location.

Lacey PD stopped a stolen vehicle on June 3, and recovered a MacBook Pro. Lacey’s evidence custodian linked it back to a McCleary man living on Second Street.

When they cross referenced the computer to regional cases, they connected it to the Hoquiam case. After multiple search warrants, detectives recovered driver’s licenses, wallets, credit cards, checkbooks, vehicle titles, cell phones, tools, battery chargers, clothing and personal information belonging to numerous victims.

A 26 year old McCleary man was booked in the Grays Harbor County Jail for possession of stolen property in the second degree.

Hoquiam Police continue to work to identify the owners of property recovered from vehicle prowls in Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Shelton, Olympia, Tumwater and Centralia.

If you believe that items may belong to you, call Hoquiam Detective Blundred at 360-532-0892 x 117.

Vehicle Prowls

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Lindsey Baum, 5 years later

June 26, 2014 Comments off

Today is the 5th anniversary of the disappearance of Lindsey Baum.

Lindsey’s 15th birthday came and went last year with no new information despite local and national attention.

Lindsey went missing from Downtown McCleary on June 26, 2009 as she walked from a friend’s home.

Lindsey’s mother, Melissa Baum, spoke with KXRO when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children worked with family members and local authorities to create an aged photograph to show what Lindsey may look like today.

Melissa’s hope is that this photo will lead to calls about what happened to Lindsey.

A team of investigators, including the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s office, FBI, State Patrol Missing Persons Unit and the Department of Corrections, continue to work on the case.

Sheriff Rick Scott says that no suspects in the case have been ruled out, but no definitive evidence has been discovered yet.

A $35,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Lindsey remains available.

If you have any information that may help find Lindsey, please call the Grays Harbor County Information Tip line at (866) 915-8299, or email:

Missing Since: 06/26/09
Missing From: McCleary, WA
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at Disappearance: 10
Date Of Birth: 07/07/98
Height at Disappearance: 4’10
Weight at Disappearance: 90 lbs
Eyes :Brown
Hair: Brown/Dark Blonde
Colored fillings in her teeth

Lindsey Missing

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Transformers return to Grays Harbor tonight

June 26, 2014 Comments off

After over 8 months of waiting, we will find out tonight which Grays Harbor locations and locals will be movie stars.

In October, local residents were cast as paid extras as filming was done for Transformers: Age of Extinction at the Satsop Business Park around the unused nuclear towers.

Information about what footage was shot locally has been kept secret, and how much of the local footage will be included into the final film, or how they fit in the storyline will not be known until tonight.

The film opens tonight for advanced showings locally and across the country.

SouthShore Mall Cinema  
Standard 9:00pm
3D 9:00pm
Ocean Shores Cinema 3  
Standard 9:00pm
Skyline Drive-In – Shelton  
Standard 9:00pm



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Public input needed on 2015-2021 hunting seasons

June 25, 2014 Comments off

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is now accepting proposals for changes in state hunting rules during the 2015-17 seasons.

Hunters and other members of the public can post their proposals on WDFW’s website at, which includes a timetable for rule development.

The department is also hosting public meetings around the state to discuss options for the state’s draft game management plan 2015-2021. The closest local meeting is tomorrow from 7-9 pm at the Red Lion in Olympia.

Dave Ware, WDFW game program manager, said changes proposed by the public will play an important role in shaping hunting seasons and hunting regulations.

“We want to hear people’s comments and concerns, especially those that address a significant conservation or management issue,” Ware said. “We don’t implement every proposal we receive, but we do take a close look at all of them and incorporate a lot of those ideas into the state’s hunting rules.”

The public can also comment on key aspects of the six-year plan via an on-line survey, available at through July 18.

Key issues considered in the draft plan include:

  • Maintaining hunter access to timberlands;
  • Promoting hunter recruitment and retention;
  • Managing predator/prey relationships;
  • Managing wolves after they are no longer classified as an endangered species; and
  • Possible new rules requiring the use of non-toxic shot.

Final recommendations for the six-year plan will be presented to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for a public hearing in August and adoption in September. Final rules for the 2015-17 hunting seasons will be submitted to the commission next spring.



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Grays Harbor PUD replacing poles in one of the hardest hit local areas for outages

June 25, 2014 Comments off

The PUD will conduct a planned power outage in the Cedarville-Oakville on July 24 at 6:00 pm, lasting through the night.

During the outage, multiple crews will work on transmission lines, including replacing several deteriorating power poles.

The outage will impact over 1600 PUD customers, including those on SR 12 from Porter east to the Grays Harbor-Thurston County line, including all residents of Porter and Oakville. The outage will also impact all customers on the South Bank Road, the Dunlap Road, Elma Gate Road, all homes on and roads served by the Capital Ridge, Garrard Creek and Delezene Roads and residents of the Chehalis Reservation west of Anderson Road.

The outage is scheduled to take 12 hours, but the PUD reminds residents that this is only an estimate and power could be restored at any time as work is completed.


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Alert Deputy apprehends Naselle Youth Camp escapee

June 25, 2014 Comments off

A Pacific County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the right place at the right time to catch a 17 year old boy who escaped from the Pacific County youth camp in Naselle.

The Pacific County Communications Center were told by the camp that one of their inmates was missing from the facility and details and a physical description of the missing inmate were given to deputies responding to assist with the search.

Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock told KXRO that a short time later the deputy saw a teen matching the description running along the state route west of the youth camp. The deputy got out of his vehicle and apprehended the suspect after a short foot pursuit. The re-captured inmate was returned to the custody of the Naselle Youth Camp.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office was in the process of activating a neighborhood notification of that area regarding the inmate’s escape when the inmate was apprehended.

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Unemployment rate increases in May

June 25, 2014 Comments off

The Grays Harbor unemployment rate increased between April and May, up from the adjusted rate of 9.7% to 10.5%.

Compared to previous years, the rates have been dropping steadily, from 12.0% in May 2013 and 12.8% in 2012. Although, while the rate has dropped, so has the overall labor force.

In preliminary numbers, the current civilian labor force sits at 26,810, up 250 workers from April, but -800 from May 2013. Total unemployment sits at 2,800. In 2009, the labor force was at its peak of the last 25 years in at 31,620.

Looking back, current labor force and employment numbers resemble May, 1998 when we had 26,750 in the labor force and 24,510 employed. At that time, there were approximately 600 people less who were unemployed, and the rate was 8.4%.


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