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Missing Elma man found

March 24, 2014 Comments off

59 year old Richard Park of Elma was found over the weekend after search and rescue teams from 6 counties searched near his home.

Teams from Grays Harbor, King, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, & Mason Counties all joined the effort after Park walked away from his home in rural Elma last Wednesday.

On Friday, the Sheriff’s office had said that they would terminate the search if no clues were found.

Late Friday night, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office posted on their Twitter account, “Mr. Park has been located by family and is being attended to. Nice to have a happy ending to a long, suspenseful time.”

In addition to regional search and rescue; the Washington Civil Air Patrol, K-9 teams, quads, horses, jeeps, and boats were all used in the search efforts.


Guns bring Washington legislators together

February 26, 2014 Comments off

About a hundred people involved with the legislature in Olympia attended the 2014 Legislative Shootout yesterday.

Washington State Legislators, staff, lobbyists and others showed up to this year’s shootout at Littlerock and the host of the event, Senator Pam Roach of the 31st district, said that part of the reason was to raise awareness of how much gun sportsmen and women contribute to the economy.

Senator Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam said that, for him, guns are a tool that should be respected and used safely.

There were competitions in trap shooting, rifles, and pistols throughout the day and teams were made up of House Republicans, House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and Senate Democrats.

Hargrove Gun

Washington State Patrol warn of phone scam

February 10, 2014 Comments off

Washington State Patrol wants to warn people that there is a phone scam occurring in Washington requesting people to give their Social Security Number when they call a Florida area code phone number as part of an identity theft investigation.

WSP has received reports of residents getting calls from people identifying themselves as an official from the “Washington State Police” and the “U.S. Justice Office.” The callers are requesting people to “call today” to an (813) area code number in Florida to confirm their social security number.

Identity thieves often pose as businesses, banks, or government representatives in order to obtain your personal information. They may appear to be legitimate and convincing.

Never reveal your information to anyone you do not know.

WSP recommends if called by someone representing themselves as a WSP employee and asking for your personal identity information, to call a local WSP office to confirm the caller is an employee with the agency and to contact the office they work in for and ask why they need your information.


Representative Kilmer speaks out on local flood insurance rates

February 10, 2014 Comments off

Representative Derek Kilmer spoke in Washington DC on preventing flood insurance rate hikes and the impacts these new rates could have locally.

Kilmer said that these rates are especially drastic in our communities.

The flood insurance program was created to help protect property owners from risk due to flooding.

Over 200 people attended a public meeting last week to learn more about local flood rates following new maps for flood zones.

Ted Perkins a regional engineer for FEMA gave a presentation on all of the changes to local flood maps and said that under the new guidelines, any home that has at least a 1% chance of being impacted by a flood is in a flood zone.

After multiple questions from upset citizens, especially those who are receiving flood insurance rates that are as high as their monthly house payments, Debrah Farmer, FEMA Region 10 Insurance Program Specialist, said that FEMA is not making these rates. They are acting on what congress put in action.

Kilmer is a co-sponsor of the House bill to amend or delay current changes to the FEMA laws.

Kilmer said that the Senate has already moved on approving the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, and the House should do the same.


President Obama to increase minimum wage

January 28, 2014 Comments off

The White House says President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour. The president will announce the increase in his State of the Union address.

The increase will not affect existing federal contracts, only new ones.

The current national minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, $9.32 for Washington State.

Obama will renew his call for Congress to increase the national minimum wage to $10.10 and tie future increases to inflation.

Increasing the wage for federal contractors does not require congressional action.

The White House says those who would benefit from the executive order include federally contracted janitors and construction workers as well as workers in military bases who wash dishes, serve food and do laundry.


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Suicide study released by Department of Health

January 27, 2014 Comments off

In 2011, 992 Washington residents lost their lives as a result of intentional self-harm. In response to this epidemic, the Washington legislature passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2366 mandating the Washington State Department of Health conduct a study assessing the effect of suicide education has on suicide assessment, identification, referral, and treatment practices in various healthcare settings.

These findings were published and presented to the legislature late last week.

Department of Health research study pursuant to ESHB 2366.



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Murder suspect NOT from Humptulips

January 14, 2014 Comments off

After seeing a murder suspect’s tattoos showing his love for Washington, including the state outline and WA on his cheekbones and “SPOKANE” across his forehead, KIRO reporter Dori Monson tweeted “My only regret is that this guy isn’t from Humptulips”.

Brandon Mellon, 26, was arrested after he accidentally shot himself when he reportedly thought he was getting pulled over by police.

Police say investigators had determined Mellon was a person of interest in a fatal shooting in Spokane and they were looking for him.

Mellon was taken to a hospital in Portland in critical condition.

The Spokesman-Review reports he’s under guard and will be returned to Spokane for the homicide case.

Murder suspect Brandon Mellon, 26, has several Washington tattoos. (Image via courtesy the Multnomah County Sheriff's office via The Daily Mail)

Murder suspect Brandon Mellon, 26, has several Washington tattoos. (Image via courtesy the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office via The Daily Mail)

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