Archive for July, 2012

Woman avoids abduction in Shelton by biting her attacker

July 31, 2012 Comments off

Police in Shelton say they’ve made an arrest in a reported attack on a woman who was walking along Olympic Highway. The woman told police a man tried to abduct her but she was able to get away after biting his hand during a brief struggle.

Police say the 33-year-old woman flagged down a Mason County sheriff’s deputy early Saturday to report the attack.

The deputy alerted local police, who stopped a dark-colored pickup truck leaving the area with its headlights out. Police say the driver had a fresh, bleeding injury to his hand.

Police say a 55-year-old man was booked into jail for investigation of second-degree kidnapping and fourth-degree assault.

Categories: Northwest News

Re-striping of SR 101 Wednesday morning, WSDOT asks residents don’t park on street

July 31, 2012 Comments off

The Washington State Department of Transportation will be re-striping the fog lines & center lines on US 101 through Aberdeen and Hoquiam starting on Wednesday at 9am.

The WSDOT is asking residents to not park along streets along SR 101 starting on Tuesday night to ease the project.

In Hoquiam, this would include Sumner, Simpson, Lincoln and Perry. Aberdeen would include Wishkah, Heron, Alder and Park.

Categories: Harbor News

The first pontoons finally float into Grays Harbor

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It’s been almost 18 months since the groundbreaking of the SR 520 pontoon construction site in Aberdeen, and the first pontoons have finally been pulled out into Grays Harbor.

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson was at the ground breaking in February of 2011, and at the launch last night said how gratifying it was to see the project in action.

Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said that it you can see all of the progress on the faces of the workers locally.

The pontoons were scheduled to float out months ago, but cracking and flaking was found after post-tensioning tests on the giant cement structures. Crews had to remove concrete and insert additional rebar to endure the pontoons were able to hold up to the massive weight of the SR 520 bridge.

Construction can now begin on the next five cycles with 27 more pontoons planned for construction in Aberdeen between now and 2014.

Categories: Harbor News

16 year old accused murderer pleads not guilty

July 30, 2012 Comments off

In his 2nd court date for the stabbing of 22 year old Jon Favro, 16 year old Teddy Bryan plead not guilty in Grays Harbor District Court.

Bryan was charged with second-degree murder as an adult earlier this month and bail was set at $500,000.

The teen is accused of stabbing Favro early July 14 in Hoquiam after an argument about the 20 year old girlfriend of Bryan. According to Hoquiam Police, the 16 year old struck Favro several times in the face before stabbing him in the chest and lower thigh.

Favro drove away following the assault before hitting an embankment and dying from his injuries in an alley.

When officers found him, he admitted to stabbing Favro.

The investigation is ongoing.

Categories: Harbor News

Authorities searching for man who escaped custody

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The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department is searching for 31 year old Jessie James Eichelberger of Oakville after he fled the Grays Harbor County court. According to Undersheriff Rick Scott, Eichelberger was being remanded to custody when he fled the court.

Eichelberger was being put into custody on an outstanding warrant.

He is described as 6 foot, 200 pounds, with a muscular build and shaved head.

A photograph was not immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office at (360)249-3711

In 2006, a Jessie Eichelberger was found guilty by a jury in Grays Harbor County Superior Court of Possession of a Firearm and prior to sentencing fled the court. In court documents, the man addressed the court stating he did everything required of him. As he left the courtroom in 2006, the judge said “That’s an escape. That’s an escape. That’s an escape.” Officers arrested the man on a warrant at his home and Mr. Eichelberger was charged with Escape in the First Degree and Resisting Arrest.

According to the Grays Harbor County Corrections Division, Jessie James Eichelberger has been held for 60+ charges since 1999.

Categories: Harbor News

Grays Harbor Community Foundation awards $24 thousand in grants

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The Grays Harbor Community Foundation says they invested almost $24 thousand through grants in the third quarter of 2012.

“We know times are still tough for non-profits and we are proud that all of these organizations are continuing to do amazing work right here in our community every day,” said Cassie Lentz, the Program Officer at the Foundation.

The organizations funded through the grants program this quarter include Harbor Art Guild for Solo Artist Shows, Montesano School District for Accelerated Reader Tests and Books at Beacon Elementary, Aberdeen School District for an upgrade to AJ West Playground Equipment, and Our Aberdeen for Restoration and Replacement of Historic Murals.

Dick Warren, Grants Committee Chair for the Foundation said “We had an interesting mix of requests, but all those that we funded had a solid plan and will ensure broad community benefit for citizens and visitors alike.” Warren said. “I am continually surprised and intrigued by the projects being taken on here in Grays Harbor.”

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $30,000 to four After School Programs through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Harbor After School for its Elma Elementary and McCleary School sites, Hoquiam School District for its “Hoquiam’s BEST After School Program” at Emerson Elementary, Cosmopolis School for Science and Technology based After School Program, and Montesano Community Outreach for its After School Program at Simpson Elementary will all receive funding.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

You may find out more by checking the foundation website at or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:

Categories: Harbor News

Hoquiam Police investigate Riverside motorcycle accident

July 30, 2012 Comments off

The Hoquiam Police Department is asking for any information regarding a motorcycle accident on Riverside on Saturday. Sergeant Shane Krohn tells KXRO that just before 11:30am on Saturday officers were called to the area of 19th St and Riverside for a motorcycle accident.

When officers arrived they found a man and woman lying in the left hand lane. The man was sitting against the downed motorcycle; the woman was unconscious but breathing in the street. The woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for her injuries and was reported to be in stable condition.

Witnesses report a blue Honda or Acura style vehicle seen near the motorcycle at the time of the accident. It is not currently known if this vehicle is connected.

Hoquiam Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this vehicle or the accident to call Sgt. Krohn at (360)532-0892 ext. 102.

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