Archive for April, 2012

Firefighters respond to unattended stove

April 25, 2012 Comments off

The Aberdeen Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Aberdeen Manor Tuesday evening after a resident left a dish on the stove. When firefighters arrived they discovered smoke throughout the 7th floor hallway. The cause of the smoke was determined to be from burned food due to unattended cooking. The apartment suffered minor smoke damage. No injuries were reported.

Battalion Chief Tom Hubbard reminds residents that the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

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Grays Harbor unemployment rate rises in March

April 24, 2012 Comments off

County by county unemployment numbers for March were released today, and Grays Harbor’s rate increased .3% to 14.2% overall. This makes the 2nd highest unemployment for the state. Pacific County rose over an entire percentage point to 13.6% for March.

Statewide unemployment remained steady from February at the adjusted rate of 8.3%. This rate caused available weeks of long term unemployment benefit to drop and cause approximately 12,500 people to lose benefits last week. Another 11,000 are expected to run out by mid June.

Recently, announcements of the re-opening of Grays Harbor Paper and Hoquiam Plywood could bring as many as 300 new jobs to Hoquiam. Aberdeen will also see new jobs as PetSense and Goodwill announced their opening in the Gateway Plaza.

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Grays Harbor liquor stores sell for over $300k

April 24, 2012 Comments off

Washington State has awarded the right to take over its state-run liquor stores to 121 individual bidders following an online public auction that concluded Friday.

Documents show the Aberdeen store was sold for $95,200.00 to Myrna Figg of Auburn. The Ocean Shores store was sold to Devinder Sahota of Vacaville, CA for $205,000.00. Sahota also purchased stores in Kenmore and Bellevue.

All other Grays Harbor liquor stores were contract stores. No stores in Pacific County were state run.

The state Liquor Control Board announced Monday that bids for the rights to the 167 stores totaled $30.75 million. More than 14,600 bids were offered.

Successful bidders win the exclusive right to operate a liquor store at that location. Because the state does not own the properties, the bidders still must negotiate a lease, as well as acquire a liquor license and stock their stores.

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Aberdeen Police looking for burglary suspect

April 24, 2012 Comments off

An Aberdeen man was woken up in his home in the 200 block of West Marion over the weekend to the sound of someone moving around. At first the resident assumed it was his son because the sounds appeared to come from his room, but after the sound continued he decided to investigate. The resident found a man inside his son’s room stealing items. After a brief altercation, the resident was able to pull a jacket and a sweatshirt off the man before he fled.

Inside the jacket were items identified as the son’s.

Aberdeen Police are still looking for the suspect. He is described as a white male in his mid twenties, approximately 5’9” with a slim build. He was last seen inside the home wearing a black and grey zip up jacket and a grey hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Aberdeen Police at 533-3180 or their tip line at 538-4450.

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PAWS has another break-in, but this time with an arrest

April 24, 2012 Comments off

PAWS of Grays Harbor was broken into again over the weekend, but this time they put someone in custody. Captain John Green of the Aberdeen Police Department tells KXRO that officers received a call Sunday evening from a neighbor who said they saw a stepladder at a window of the business and legs disappearing inside.

When officers arrived they found a broken window and stepladder against the side of the building. Fresh blood was visible on the floor inside and Officer Watts saw a man wearing a green hooded sweatshirt inside.

Officers found and arrested a 40 year old Aberdeen man as he came out a door and found he was bleeding from the finger. The man told officers he was guilty and said that he was attempting to steal a dog to give to another man who was blackmailing him for a guitar. The man said that the blackmailer would “probably stab him if he didn’t get a dog for him.” He also told police that he “was confused”.

The man was booked into Aberdeen City Jail for Burglary in the 2nd degree.

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Grays Harbor Raceway reports burglary following Season Opener

April 23, 2012 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Raceway reported a large crowd for opening night on Saturday, but a post on their official Facebook page say that the raceway was broke into Sunday morning around 1am. The post from the raceway says “More property damage was done than the stolen items.”

Raceway Manager Nikki Gamell tells KXRO that employees arrived Sunday morning and found multiple doors pried open. The concessions stand and announcing booth had both been entered and over $100 worth of candy and 2 laptops used to run the raceway’s scoring system were reportedly taken.

Anyone with any information regarding the burglary is asked to call the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office TIP Line at (360) 249-3911.

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Grays Harbor and Pacific County not included in disciplinary report

April 23, 2012 Comments off

The Washington State Department of Health has released a report showing recent disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The report, released Friday by the department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division shows all charges currently investigated by the department. No facilities or physicians in Grays Harbor or Pacific Counties are listed in the report. 250 facilities in Grays Harbor are listed as being regulated by the department.

Information about health care providers is available on the department’s website at The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998.

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