Topic: Grays Harbor County
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September 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM
The Daily World
ABERDEEN – A Grays Harbor Sheriff’s deputy set up a camera of the type hunters use to keep an eye on game and used it to stake out an area where stolen property had been stashed, leading him to three burglary suspects.
Two of the suspects, Brandon C. Craig, 25, of Ocean Shores, and Mitchell T. Staggs, 20, of Elma, both accused of several burglaries in the Copalis Rock development in Copalis Beach, pleaded not guilty Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court.
Deputy Bob Wilson was dispatched to a burglary call at about 11 p.m. Aug. 30, and while canvassing the neighborhood, discovered four more that hadn’t been reported, as well as one unreported attempted burglary.
Undersheriff Dave Pimentel said Wilson found some property taken from the burglaries hidden off hiking trails nearby.
“He set up a game camera on some of the stolen property that had been hidden, and with the pictures he got that had been taken by the game camera and also from a cell phone that had been left at one of the burglaries, he was able to identify three suspects,” Pimentel said.
Using the cameras like that isn’t part of any standard department protocol, he added. “It was his own idea and it was a darn good one,” Pimentel said.
Wilson was also dispatched to an interrupted burglary in the same neighborhood where the owner found a smart phone in his linen closet. Wilson traced the phone back to Craig.
The Sheriff’s Office said that during interviews, Craig implicated Staggs and a 37-year-old Hoquiam woman. She was arrested but charges have not yet been filed.
The majority of the stolen property from the Copalis Rock homes has been recovered and returned.
August 30, 2012 at 7:01 PM
The Associated Press
ABERDEEN – The man accused of stabbing a judge and shooting a sheriff’s deputy at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse has been found mentally competent to stand trial.
A Lewis County judge ruled Wednesday that 34-year-old Steven D. Kravetz of McCleary can be tried on attempted murder and assault charges. His lawyer, David Arcuri, argued that Kravetz couldn’t focus on his own defense. He had two mental evaluations.
Kravetz is held on $900,000 bail for arraignment Sept. 7 in Lewis County Superior Court.
The Daily World reports the violent confrontation last March in Montesano occurred when Kravetz went to the courthouse in an attempt to steal court files related to a 2005 case. In that case doctors attempted to use a catheter on him to get urine for a drug test.
June 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM
The Associated Press
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle says seven people were arrested Wednesday in six raids led by a Drug Enforcement Administration task force on suspected methamphetamine smugglers on the Quinault Indian Reservation and other rural parts of Grays Harbor County.
Agents seized several guns, nearly three pounds of black tar heroin and liquid methamphetamine similar to the drug found at a meth lab in Stockton, Calif., with ties to Mexican cartels.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the 34-year-old Amanda Park man suspected of leading the organization attempted to hide the drug trafficking with the operation of a cedar shingle mill. He and two others are charged by indictment with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and money laundering.
April 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM
An 81-year-old Satsop woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center Monday night after she was attacked by two adult pit bulls in her home on Sixth Street, according to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office.
“In 30 years, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimentel. The woman was severely bitten on her arms, legs, face, chest and back.
At 7:30 p.m., the woman’s two roommates returned home from a trip to the store and found the woman lying on the floor “severely mauled.” The roommates called police and the woman was taken by ambulance to the Grays Harbor Count fair grounds, where she was met by a helicopter that took her to Harborview, the region’s Level 1 trauma center in Seattle. Her condition was not immediately available.
The male roommate shot and killed one of the dogs with a .22-caliber rifle, Pimentel said. The animal had bitten the 81-year-old woman in the calf last week, but that incident was not reported to police, he said.
The second dog, which the owner intends to put down, was turned over to sheriff’s officials and will be quarantined for 10 days, Pimentel said. Should the owner change his mind, that dog, also believed to be an adult male, will be designated a dangerous dog, requiring the owner to take out a bond and abide by other conditions, Pimentel said.
April 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The Associated Press
MONTESANO, Grays Harbor County — A sheriff’s deputy shot and stabbed in an attack that also injured a judge at the Grays Harbor County courthouse has returned to work.
Deputy Polly Davin returned to light duty on Monday, a month after she was attacked. She says she’s amazed and grateful that her injuries weren’t more serious.
Davin was stabbed twice, then shot in the upper arm with her own handgun after confronting a man reported to be behaving strangely on March 9 in the courthouse.
Superior Court Judge David Edwards saw Davin struggling with the man and raced to help. Edwards suffered minor stab wounds and returned to work the next Monday.
A 34-year-old man, Steven Kravetz, has been charged with attempted murder and assault. He remains in custody on $900,000 bail.
March 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM
An earthquake measuring 3.3 on the magnitude scale struck just before noon Sunday about 80 miles southwest of Seattle.
The closest town to the epicenter is Oakville, in Grays Harbor County.
The quake measured III on the intensity scale, which means nearby residents might feel weak shaking, but no damage is likely.
According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the quake orginated about 26 miles underground. More details are available at the PNSN website.
March 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM
Authorities have arrested the suspect in Friday’s Grays Harbor County Courthouse attack after his mother called police to turn him in, said Undersheriff Rick Scott.
Scott said the mother of the 34-year-old suspect called a Thurston County dispatch center after police released a flier with her photo and her son’s photo. She told police that her son, Steven Daniel Kravetz, was at her Olympia home.
Kravetz was arrested without incident at about 1:30 p.m. Evidence linking him to the assault, including a handgun belonging to the injured deputy, was recovered, the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said.
Kravetz is a suspect in the attack Friday at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse that left a judge and the sheriff’s deputy wounded.
Scott said Kravetz’s mother picked him up at an attorney’s office after the attack and drove him to Olympia. Authorities are interviewing the mother, Roberta L. Dougherty.
We’ll update this post as soon as we have more information.
March 10, 2012 at 9:20 AM
Investigators in Grays Harbor County released photos and a description this morning of a 34-year-old man they say is a suspect in Friday’s courthouse stabbing and shooting. They said Steven Daniel Kravetz may be in the company of his mother, identified as Roberta L. Dougherty, 58.
The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office says they believe Kravetz called Dougherty shortly after the attack from an attorney’s office near the courthouse. She picked him up at 3 p.m. and gave him a ride, possibly to the Olympia area. Dougherty is also known as Roberta St. George.
Grays Harbor County had earlier issued a warrant for Kravetz’s arrest for a “domestic violence situation” between 2005 and 2007, said Undersheriff Rick Scott. But investigators don’t know why he was at the courthouse Friday.
He arrived in Montesano Friday by transit bus, Scott said. After the attack, he walked to the office of an attorney he knew from his previous domestic-violence situation, Scott said.
The attorney came forward Friday afternoon to identify Kravetz. Investigators don’t know where Kravetz or his mom live, but she has an Olympia-area post office box. Scott said Kravetz has “no significant criminal history.”
Authorities said the vehicle was a silver Ford Focus with Washington plate AEX8372.
The Sheriff’s Office says Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge David Edwards was stabbed and Deputy Polly Davin was shot during the confrontation Friday with Kravetz. Davin was shot with her own handgun, the Sherff’s Department said.
He then ran from the courthouse with the handgun, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The attack touched off an exhaustive manhunt involving an estimated 100 officers from across the region and locked down the this town of 4,000. But the search failed to turn up the man, who is believed presumed to still be armed with Davin’s handgun.
Edwards, 63, and Davin, 45, survived the attack.
The suspect was described as between 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, clean-shaven, with light-brown hair, a blue shirt, black pants.
Anyone with information on Kravetz or Dougherty is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office TIP line at 360-249-3911.
Here’s the story from today’s newspaper about the attack.
January 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM
The Associated Press
The Grays Harbor County undersheriff says alcohol appears to be a factor in a crash that killed three on a logging road near Oakville on New Year’s Eve.
KOMO-TV says a fourth woman died later.
The station says a car went off the road and struck a tree. Undersheriff Rick Scott says three of the people inside the car — a 52-year-old male driver, a 26-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman — were pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, a 49-year-old woman, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center and later died.
Scott says alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.
January 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Morning Memo/Sunday: New Year's violence on Capitol Hill and in Skyway . . . polar bear plunges … Seahawks
Weather: Mostly cloudy today and warm, with a high near 50. Low tonight around 38. It should be about 50 again Monday, but rain is more likely. So today might be the better day to take down the Christmas lights.
Traffic: Not many people up and about yet. The roads are quiet and clear.
Some grim news from overnight: A shooting on Seattle’s Capitol Hill left two people wounded, and two suspects are in custody. KOMO reports that four people were shot, with some critically wounded, during a house party in Skyway; and four people were killed in a crash on a remote logging road in Grays Harbor County. In Everett, a car struck and killed a pedestrian.
How will you spend the first day of the year? If you are looking to jump in the lake with lots of company, get your swimsuit on and head out this morning to a polar bear plunge. Or maybe it will actually take more strength to stay on the couch watching the Seahawks. They’re in Arizona to play the Cardinals, with no possibility of making the playoffs. Channel 13 at 1:15 p.m. While you’re lying there, you can talk about how the Huskies took your advice and fired Nick Holt and two others responsible for the UW defense.
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