The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department recently received recognition for successfully completing the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Accreditation review. Accreditation is a voluntary process in which law enforcement officials review an agency’s policies and procedures to determine if they meet industry standards in all aspects of law enforcement. There are 136 standards in all and an agency must comply with all of them in order to receive recognition.
Originally accredited in 1994, GHSO have continued to participate in this voluntary program. Sheriff Rick Scott said, “It takes a combined effort from all personnel to make sure our agency stays in compliance with all of the standards and procedures which can be a difficult task during these tough times of reduced staff and budget. I am very proud of our personnel for their efforts.”
There are currently only seven Sheriff’s Departments in the State of Washington that are accredited with WASPC.
Scott says that the benefits to accreditation are:
To increase public confidence in the agency
To increase credibility.
To provide a systemized agency self-assessment.
To broaden perspectives.
To intensify administrative and operational effectiveness.
To ensure recruitment, selection, and promotion processes are fair and equitable.
To strengthen understanding of agency policies and procedures by agency personnel
To improve agency morale and pride.
To decrease susceptibility to litigation and costly civil court settlements.
To potentially reduce liability insurance costs.
To provide state and local recognition of professional competence
Left to Right: WASPC President Chief Ed Holmes of the Mercer Island Police Department, Chief Civil Deputy Judy Mawhorter, Sheriff Rick Scott and WASPC Director of Management Services Mike Painter
KXRO, along with additional Grays Harbor Radio staff, looked over the stories from 2012 to find the stories that received the most attention, reads, and social network shares and put together our Top 10 Stories of the Year.
10. Shark found on Wishkah
9. Hoquiam Teacher Investigation
8. Enno Cancer, Gizmo Death, Nitro Retirement
7. Mary’s River Fire
6. Tabitha Kowal/Taleigha Green/Nikki Jelovich and Community Support
5. Twinstar/Radio Shack/Hucklebearies Robberies
4. Harbor Paper Re-opening
3. Montesano High School Fire/State Champions
2. Jon Favro Murder and Investigation
1. Grays Harbor Courthouse Attack
According to statistics from KXRO.com, our Top 5 read and shared individual stories were:
Top 5 Online
1. Identities of Oakville Collision Victims Released January 2012
2. Photos Released of Elma Bank Robbery Suspect November 2012
3. Breaking: Three People Killed, One Injured in Oakville Collision January 2012
4. Public Help Needed in Identifying 2 Women in Baum Investigation February 2012
5. Fully Involved Fire at Mary’s River Lumber August 2012
Raymond Police have continued their follow up to a Christmas burglary at Sagen’s Pharmacy with an arrest. Christmas morning, officers from Raymond and South Bend arrived at the business and found the front glass door shattered. Officers searched the building and collected evidence, but no suspects, at the scene.
Following their initial response, property stolen during the burglary was recovered at a business in Aberdeen. Aberdeen Police are assisting and conducting an investigation for trafficking stolen property.
Over the weekend, the Raymond Police Department conducted a search warrant at a home in Raymond and recovered more evidence in the case and a suspect was arrested. Officers are continuing their investigation as it appears there are additional suspects.
If you have any information about this burglary, or any crime, you’re asked to call Raymond Police at 942-4120 or Pacific County Dispatch at 875-9397.
Following up the local Night of 1000 Stars emphasis comes new legislation for those who may have gotten a DUI during the emphasis.
Authorities announced that alcohol ignition interlocks in Washington will soon have a feature designed to prevent others from performing breath tests for the driver. Starting January 1, a camera will snap a picture every time the machine is used, verifying that the driver is the person who took the test.
Interlocks are required on the vehicles of those who’ve been accused or convicted of impaired driving. The machine requires a legal breath sample from the driver before allowing a car to start.
“We’ve had cases where impaired drivers asked passengers, friends or even children to take the test for them,” said Lt. Rob Sharpe, commander of the Washington State Patrol’s Impaired Driving Section. “We’ve even heard stories of people trying to use portable air compressors to take the test.”
Failures or attempts to tamper with the device get recorded by the machine’s software.
Washington has what’s called an Ignition Interlock License, allowing those whose drivers’ licenses would normally be suspended to drive legally with an interlock to obligations that require a car.
Captain Rob Huss, commander of WSP’s Office of Government and Media Relations said “History taught us that these people were going to drive anyway,”
Drivers can lose their Ignition Interlock License by attempting to fool the machine, and the photographs will provide new accountability for those trusted with the license.
Thursday morning, Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Hoquiam Police with the execution of multiple warrants near Moclips.
The officers were attempting to arrest a 31 year old male and a 42 year old female. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate says that as they were executing the arrest warrants, a pit-bull owned by the female attacked one of the Hoquiam officers and was subsequently shot by that officer.
There was no injury to the officer however the dog sustained serious injury. At the request of the owner, the animal was taken to a veterinary clinic in Aberdeen by police. The male and female were both arrested without further incident.
The dog that had been shot had prior aggressive behavior complaints against it in the City of Hoquiam in 2009 and 2010 and had been declared Potentially Dangerous.
Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department Animal Control will be following up on the status of the dog and investigating its continued aggressive behavior.
The dock suspected to have been set adrift by the Japanese tsunami remains beached on a remote and rugged section of the Olympic National Park coastline, state officials said today.
State responders are developing a plan for dealing with the dock, but no plan can be enacted until January due to tides and daylight access.
Meanwhile, as a precaution, a tracking buoy is attached to the dock. The buoy transmits its location twice daily via satellite. The location coordinates have not changed, showing that the dock has not moved since visited by a response team last week.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is working with marine invasive species experts from Williams College in Connecticut, Oregon State University, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History to analyze samples they helped collect from the dock and to assess the risk they might pose to native Washington species. Nearly 30 species have been identified so far.
Allen Pleus, WDFW’s aquatic invasive species coordinator, said this evidence shows that Japanese coastal organisms continue to survive on marine debris, even after 20 months at sea. Pleus said most of the species on the Washington dock were present on a similar dock that came ashore on Agate Beach, Ore. in June, but none of the highly invasive species found on the Oregon structure were present on the Washington dock.
More detailed analysis is ongoing and may require several months, Pleus said.
Responders also took samples to test for radioactivity. State Department of Health experts say it’s unlikely that radioactive contamination will be detected.
The dock has not been officially confirmed as tsunami debris. Crews located Japanese writing in one of the holds and shared photos with the Japanese consulate and are waiting for confirmation from the government of Japan on whether the dock is tsunami debris.
Pending further information about the risks associated with the dock, the section of the park between Goodman Creek and Jefferson Cove remains closed to all public entry.
A petition has been submitted to the White House to “Restore the Federal Recognition Status of the Chinook Indian Nation”.
According to the petition application, the only basis for termination of Chinook Federal Recognition was the naming of 4 Chinook tribes in the 1954 W. Ore Termination Act, created to assimilate Indians into White culture.
The US reinstated the Chinooks in 2001, before the Bush Administration rescinded the Recognition.
The petition states that the Chinook satisfy all 6 criteria for Tribal Restoration, including; An ongoing community of Indians who are descendants of the Tribe; Located in the vicinity of the former lands; Performing self-governing functions through elected representatives/general membership meetings; Current use of aboriginal language/customs/culture; Marked deterioration in socioeconomic conditions since termination; & lower than average socioeconomic conditions.
Chinook refers to several groups of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest , speaking the Chinookan languages. In the early 19th century, the Chinookan-speaking peoples lived along the lower and middle Columbia River .
The Chinook tribes were those encountered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 on the lower Columbia.