Archive for January, 2013

Detectives Seeking Additional Victims in Child Porn Investigation

January 30, 2013 Comments off

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force arrested a 43 year old Graham resident on allegations of Possession/Distribution of Child Pornography.

Detectives initiated the investigation in mid-January based on a cyber tip. Detectives discovered the suspect had traded sexually explicit images and videos involving underage children. The images depicted young girls ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old and were traded using email and social media accounts.

Detectives traced the suspect to a residence in Graham. A search warrant was executed on the suspect’s vehicle and residence. During the search, additional images and videos were located. Teryle C. Smith, age 43, was arrested without incident and booked into the Pierce County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

Detectives have reason to believe, based on images discovered during the search warrant, that there are additional underage victims that have not been identified. Detectives encourage anyone believing their child may have been victim of Mr. Smith to contact MECTF detectives at 360-704-2400.


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Aberdeen School Board Adds Student Member

January 30, 2013 Comments off

The Aberdeen School board has discussed adding student representatives on the board and last night added a new member to their council, senior student representative, Jordan Wolfe. Wolfe believes she is up for the challenge and is eager to start.

Wolfe plans on getting insight from the ASB officers at the District’s Elementary Schools and Miller Jr.High to discuss certain topics at the school board meetings. School Board President Doug Smith thanked Wolfe for volunteering for the position.

Wolfe is scheduled to officially sit in at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, February 12.


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Crude by Rail Informational Meeting Tonight in Aberdeen

January 30, 2013 Comments off

The Port of Grays Harbor will be giving an opportunity for the public to learn more about crude by rail and the projects currently being proposed at the Port tonight starting at 6 pm at the Rotary Log Pavilion.

Imperium Terminal Services, LLC, Westway Terminal Company, and U.S. Development Group, LLC will have representatives on hand to present information about their proposed projects. Representatives from Greater Grays Harbor, Inc., Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad, the Washington State Regulatory Assistance Office, and the U.S. Coast Guard have also been invited.

“We invite the public to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about what CBR is and how it works, as well as learn about the job creation and economic impacts these projects could have on Grays Harbor” said Port Executive Director Gary Nelson.

There will be an overview presentation on CBR at 6 pm, and following that presentation, those who attend will have the opportunity to present their questions about the projects.

Port of GH

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Burlingame Book on Sid Snyder Released Saturday

January 30, 2013 Comments off

A new biography on former state Senate icon Sid Snyder, written by an Aberdeen author, will be unveiled at launch events in Ilwaco and Olympia in February.

The book is entitled “Across the Aisles: Sid Snyder’s Remarkable Life in Groceries & Government,” and is written by Aberdeen High School graduate Jeff Burlingame.

“Sid Snyder was a well-respected fixture in the Legislature for decades, starting as an elevator operator and rising to secretary of the Senate and finally as the Senate’s majority leader,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “It’s fitting that Sid was once an elevator operator because it symbolizes his career’s steady rise to the top.”

The book launch in Ilwaco is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Artisan, 114 Main St. SW. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Center in Ilwaco will have an exhibit on Snyder on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run through March 10. Copies of the new book will be for sale at the museum, at Sid’s Market in Long Beach and Time Enough Books in Ilwaco.

The Olympia launch event is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the State Reception Room in the Legislative Building from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Books will also be available at this event for sale and signing. The Olympia event will be followed by the Joint Session of the Legislature in memory of legislators who have died during the past two years.

The book on Snyder is available for purchase ($25) after Feb. 4 in the State Seal store, located in the Office of Secretary of State on the second floor of the Legislative Building and online, and at after Feb. 13. It was printed with private funds. A free electronic version is available online on The Legacy Project website.

Snyder was born in 1926 in Kelso, raised by a widowed mother who instilled a work ethic that he brought to each of the many jobs he had. In elementary school, he hauled his wagon around town to deliver the laundry his mother cleaned for area bachelors. In junior high, he worked seven days a week at the corner grocery store. In high school, he pumped gas, stacked lumber in a mill, and mopped the floors of his brother’s barbershop.
Snyder bought his first grocery store in 1953 in Seaview, four years after he started his 53-year run of employment at the Capitol by accepting a job as an elevator operator. As Snyder grew his store, a community bank he founded in 1969, and other business ventures on the Long Beach Peninsula and beyond, he also grew his career in Olympia. He worked in and supervised the bill room, served as assistant chief clerk of the House and as secretary of the Senate.

In 1990, Snyder became the 19th Legislative District’s senator following the death of Arlie DeJarnett (D-Longview). Before retiring from the Senate in 2002, Snyder served as Democratic Caucus chair, Senate majority leader and Senate minority leader. After leaving the Senate, Snyder continued to work at his Seaview grocery store well into his 80s. His retirement from politics came the same year he was chosen national legislator of the year. Today, streets in Snyder’s hometown of Long Beach and leading onto the Capitol Campus in Olympia bear his name.

Burlingame is the Image Award-winning author of more than 20 nonfiction books.

The Legacy Project e-book series is available free of charge online at the Legacy Project website.


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Bank of the Pacific to Acquire Local Bank Branch

January 29, 2013 Comments off

Pacific Financial Corporation announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bank of the Pacific, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire three branches of Sterling Savings Bank including the Aberdeen, Washington branch. The transaction will expand Bank of the Pacific’s operations to 17 branches in Washington and 3 branches in Oregon.

Pacific President and CEO Dennis Long said “We are very excited about expanding our footprint with these branch locations, particularly in Oregon. This compliments nicely our current branch construction in Warrenton, Oregon and will provide our new and existing customers with added convenience and service in Clatsop County, as well as boosting our presence in Aberdeen, Washington.”

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions of closing, is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2013.

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Military Ordinance Found in Aberdeen Home

January 29, 2013 Comments off

On Monday evening, Aberdeen Police officers were assisting Cosmopolis Police at a home in Aberdeen for an arrest of a suspect for vehicle theft as well as outstanding warrants.

While doing a sweep of the residence, three pieces of military ordinance were located, including an 81mm mortar round, 3″ artillery warhead, and a 35mm round with its casing attached.

Officers secured the residence and Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Joint Base Lewis McChord were called.

EOD responded and took custody of the items for disposal.

Aberdeen Police Captain John Green says that one of the three rounds was believed be live munition.


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Vehicle Thefts Increase in East Grays Harbor County

January 29, 2013 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office tells KXRO that recently there has been an increase in vehicle thefts and attempted vehicle thefts in the East County area.

Over the weekend, deputies responded to a vehicle theft complaint in the 1100 block of Monte Elma Road. A dark blue Mazda pickup had been stolen sometime during the previous evening. It appeared that someone pushed the vehicle out of the driveway before taking it away.

Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate told KXRO that on Monday morning, deputies responded to two different residences inside the City of Satsop regarding a vehicle theft and an attempted vehicle theft.

In the 500 block of Market Street in Satsop, there was an attempt to steal a 1985 Chevrolet Blazer from the victim’s driveway. The suspects punched the ignition and then towed the vehicle out of the driveway however were not able to unlock the steering wheel and left the vehicle in the roadway.

Shortly following, Shumate says that it appears likely the same suspect or suspects stole a Chevrolet pickup from the 300 block of 4th Street in Satsop.

Anyone with information pertaining to the recent thefts is asked to contact the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department at (360)249-3711 or through the Grays Harbor Communications Center at (360) 533-8765.

GHSO Patch

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