Archive for March, 2013

Standoff Ends in Hoquiam as House Burns

March 28, 2013 Comments off

The standoff with police in Hoquiam has ended and the suspect was shot dead while the home was engulfed in flame.

Hoquiam Sergeant Brian Dayton tells KXRO that the suspect came out of the home and gunshots were exchanged with police. The suspect went down at the scene, and no police were injured following the exchange.

No ambulance or hospital were called.

A source told KXRO that soon after flash grenades were sent into the home, the entire structure burst into flame.

The home looks to be a complete loss.

Police continued to use loudspeakers and send gas into the home in the home overnight in an effort to not allow the suspect to sleep.

The standoff began when 4 officers arrived at a home Wednesday to serve a warrant and were fired upon by the suspect.

A Hoquiam officer was shot and treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for minor wounds. Following the attack, the 49 year old barricaded himself in the 2nd floor of the home.

Officers from throughout Western Washington arrived on scene and evacuate neighboring houses and taped off the area.

Throughout the day, attempts were made to negotiate with the suspect.

Standoff House

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Standoff House Fully Engulfed in Flames

March 28, 2013 Comments off

In the second day of the standoff in the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue, the home that a 49 year old suspect barricaded himself inside is now fully engulfed in flames.

Explosions could be heard coming from the home as police continued to send gas canisters into the home.

A source told KXRO that soon after flash grenades were sent into the home, the entire structure burst into flame.

The home looks to be a complete loss.

The status of the suspect is not immediately known.


Standoff House

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Montesano Courthouse Attack Trial Continues

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The trial for a man accused of wounding a deputy and judge at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano is under way in Lewis County.

Deputy Polly Davin testified Tuesday she thought she was going to die last March when she was stabbed and shot with her own gun after she confronted Steven Kravetz because he was “creeping people out.”

Judge David Edwards was stabbed when he came to the rescue. Both the deputy and judge have recovered.

Kravetz is charged with assault and attempted murder. Prosecutors say the McCleary man didn’t want to be taken into custody because there was a warrant for his arrest.

The defense is expected to argue Kravetz has diminished capacity and didn’t intend to kill anyone.


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Layed-Off Westport Shipyard Sought by Worksource

March 28, 2013 Comments off

Following the recent layoffs at Westport Shipyard, the Aberdeen office of Worksource Grays Harbor is looking for any of the former workers who were effected to come to a Rapid Response Meeting they’re holding for them on April 3rd.

Sponsored by WorkSource Grays Harbor, the meeting will discuss unemployment compensation insurance, retraining, job search assistance, and other Worksource programs.

Meeting Information

Where: Woodworker’s Hall at 2600 Sumner Ave, Aberdeen, WA
Date/time: April 3rd, two sessions, 10am and 1:30pm


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Comments on Hoquiam Crude Oil Due by March 29

March 28, 2013 Comments off

After announcing that they will join the Washington Department of Ecology acting as co-lead agencies reviewing the Westway Terminal Tank Farm Expansion Project proposal to ship crude oil from the Port of Grays Harbor, the City of Hoquiam only has 1 day left for public comment.

Westway is proposing an expansion on its bulk liquid storage to allow for crude oil trains, storage of crude, and shipment out of the Port.

4 new tanks would be added, each capable of holding 200 thousand barrels of crude. The project estimates that the terminal would receive 9.6 million barrels per year.

This expansion would have permitting completed by April 30, with construction lasting through December 2013, and a new facility brought into service January 2014.

Hoquiam City Administrator Brian Shay said that both agencies determined that it will not have significant impact on the environment. This decision was made after review of an environmental checklist. This information is available to the public on request.

Comments appealing the determination must be filed with the City of Hoquiam by March 29.
Both the City and Dept. of Ecology will not act on this proposal until April 13.

City of Hoquiam

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Grays Harbor Dredging Begins Today

March 28, 2013 Comments off

Corps of Engineers to start Grays Harbor maintenance dredging soon.

Grays Harbor’s annual dredging will begin by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Working around-the-clock, crews are scheduled to dredge through May 1. The work is expected to dredge 1.2 million cubic yards of material during the month.

Dredges will place material at Half Moon Bay and South Beach sites as well as Point Chehalis and South Jetty open water disposal sites.

Corps Seattle District officials worked with state and federal agencies and Native American Nations to minimize harm to the ecosystem.


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Standoff Continues in Hoquiam

March 27, 2013 Comments off

At around 10:30 Wednesday morning, Hoquiam Police Officers serving a warrant on a 49 year old man were fired upon, leading to over 12 hours of a standoff.

4 officers arrived at a home on Aberdeen Avenue to serve a warrant from Sacramento for Felony Fraud on the man when he began to fire upon them. A Hoquiam officer was shot in the side, and treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for minor wounds. Following the attack, the 49 year old barricaded himself in the 2nd floor of the home.

Officers from throughout Western Washington agencies arrived on scene to evacuate neighboring houses and tape off the area.

Throughout the day, attempts were made to negotiate with the suspect. Police secured the bottom floor of the residence as the suspect was barricaded into the upper floor.

The suspect told police that he had body armor and a gasmask at his disposal. At one point, when tear gas was fired into the home, the suspect began to fire a weapon towards SWAT members.

Police warned residents to stay out of any sight line of the home for safety.

An additional SWAT team and officers were called in from agencies, including a vehicle resembling a tank.

Despite no visible action for hours, reports said that the suspect was still alive and well within the home after 10pm.

Loud speakers were used telling the suspect to come out of the home with his hands up and tear gas was once again used.

More details as they develop.


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Hoquiam Officer Shot. Suspect Barricaded in Home.

March 27, 2013 Comments off

Police from agencies throughout Grays Harbor have surrounded a home in Hoquiam following an officer involved shooting.

Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate told KXRO that Hoquiam Officers learned of a 53 year old woman and 49 year old man who came into town from Sacramento with active warrants. Officers came to the home where the couple was believed to be on Tuesday and arrested the woman, but the man was not arrested. It is believed that he gave a fake ID when approached.

Officers returned Wednesday morning to arrest the 49 year old man who they believed gave a fake ID. When officers approached, the suspect produced a firearm and shot at the officers. Hoquiam Police returned fire. It is not known if the suspect was injured.

A Hoquiam Officer was shot in the side and is being treated for non life threatening injuries.

Officers have surrounded the suspect in the shooting who has barricaded himself inside of a home.

Traffic has been blocked in the area of the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue while police negotiate with the suspect.



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South Shore Mall Considers Indoor Skate Park

March 27, 2013 Comments off

The South Shore Mall is actively pursuing tenants for the JC Penney location set to be empty in August.

According to a representative from the mall, they are looking at the possibility of turning the location to an indoor skate park and store.

The mall recently asked skater Tony Hawk and corporate store Zumiez about converting the site saying that after talking to a local skater there are 5000 skaters locally and the 78,000 square foot space could become a skate park and store combination.

JC Penney announced the closure of their Aberdeen store earlier this month as one of six stores nationwide slated to close in August.

JC Penney Media Relations Manager Joey Thomas told KXRO that ”While it’s never an easy decision to close a store, especially due to the impact on our valued team members and customers, we would not have moved forward with this difficult decision if we did not believe it was absolutely necessary.”


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Car Hits Man in Pacific County

March 27, 2013 Comments off

A car vs. pedestrian accident in Pacific County had one person airlifted to a hospital.

Just after 9pm last night, officers were called to the scene after a 27 year old Columbia man was struck by a vehicle. According to Washington State Patrol, the man was walking across the road in front of a 56 year old Portland man driving a minivan.

As the 27 year old crossed, he stopped and turned around in the middle of the street before being struck.

He was air lifted to Oregon Health & Science University for his injuries.

Possible charges against the pedestrian in the accident are currently under investigation.


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