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October 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM
PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County sheriff’s office says a 46-year-old Seattle man is reported in critical condition at a Bremerton hospital after he was stabbed multiple times in the back at an Olympia Peninsula resort.
Chief Criminal Deputy Joe Nole did not identify the victim Monday.
Nole says a 21-year-old Port Angeles man has been arrested for investigation of assault in Friday’s attack at a Discovery Bay resort. That man was identified as Donovan Smart.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that Nole says the victim had been staying at a condo with two Seattle acquaintances when the three men met Smart at a Port Angeles bar and invited him back to the condo.
September 17, 2013 at 7:46 AM
PORT ANGELES (AP) — The 18 dead geese laid out on a beach at a Dungeness-area county park on the north Olympic Peninsula probably were legally hunted, says a Washington Fish and Wildlife official.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that Mike Cenci says photos show that breast meat was harvested from the carcasses and there were no obvious signs of illegal activity.
He says it was “very poor form” to dump the carcasses on a public beach, and there could be some legal issues with that.
Still, he says goose season was open and breast meat is the only useful meat on a wild goose.
The geese were found and reported last weekend by retired Port Angeles Police Detective Ken Fox.
August 22, 2013 at 6:50 AM
A kid and a gun: A 14-year-old was passing a loaded gun around at a basketball court in Rainier Valley when it went off yesterday, wounding him in the lower leg. Would have been nice if they were just playing basketball instead of toying with a firearm, no?
Buggy jail: Remember the guy busted for bulldozing down houses over in Port Angeles awhile back? Well, he’s still behind bars and says the Clallam County Jail is infested with bugs. To make his point, he brought a bag of them to court to show them to a judge. The judge wanted nothing to do with bugs and told the man to take it up with jail officials, who say they have since sprayed the place.
Cop hit in head with lemonade can: Also in Port Angeles, a man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for hitting a cop in the head with a can of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. The Port Angeles officer saw Trevor Keith Durham of Sequim walking down the street, found that Durham was wanted on a warrant and went to arrest him. That’s when Durham swung his arm around and smacked the officer. The Peninsula Daily News has the story.
Hot, hot, hot: There are reports that we’ll see the highest temperature of the week today in some places in Western Washington, possibly creeping up to the mid-80s. We’ll see.
Wildfires continue to burn in Eastern Washington: Dry conditions, high temperatures and lightning have led to many fires, with too few resources to fight them.
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July 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Nine people are reported safe after their Native-American canoe overturned this morning near Port Townsend.
The nine were recovered by a 45-foot Coast Guard response boat and were taken to John Wayne Marina in Sequim. The Coast Guard said some were experiencing mild hypothermic conditions.]
“We’re not exactly sure what caused the canoe to capsize,” said Amy Nuckolls, public affairs specialist for District 13 of the Coast Guard.
The carved canoe was paddled by tribal members participating in the annual Intertribal Canoe Journey Paddle to Quinault, which draws members of Native-American and First-Nations tribes from throughout the Northwest.
The incident was reported shortly after 7:30 a.m. by Jefferson County authorities.
The Coast Guard said that the canoe overturned about five nautical miles north of Port Townsend. The distress call was reportedly made to Jefferson County via cell phone by one of the people in the water, according to a news release.
The Coast Guard sent a helicopter and a cutter, along with several rescue boats. Units from Station Port Angeles, Station Bellingham and Air Station Port Angeles also responded.
July 15, 2013 at 7:19 AM
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Port Angeles Mayor Cherie Kidd is visiting Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday to demand answers from the Army about helicopters she says “terrorized my city.”
Kidd is meeting with Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr. about unannounced training flights late Thursday night that alarmed residents, woke up children and startled livestock.
The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/12PUQWl ) the mayor is inviting Hodges to address the public at a Tuesday night city council meeting at City Hall.
No one notified local officials that four special forces helicopters would be flying around the Coast Guard station at Ediz Hook. Startled residents called emergency dispatch operators and said low-flying copters were circling the city.
June 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM
PORT ANGELES (AP) — Port of Port Angeles Executive Director Jeff Robb resigned Monday because of health issues and then was immediately hired to a newly created position at the same salary of $138,000 a year.
The Peninsula Daily News reports port commissioners approved the deal on a 2-1 vote over the objection of those who called it a sweetheart deal.
The 59-year-old Sequim man said he intends to retire in July 2014 when he can take state retirement benefits after serving 30 years in government.
Robb’s wife Laura said he has stress issues. His new job as port director of environmental affairs does not have an official job description and was never posted as a job opening by the port.
May 14, 2013 at 9:14 AM
PORT ANGELES (AP) — The damage done in a rampage by a man who used a bulldozer to destroy three houses, damage another home and crush two sheds, a pickup, lawn mower, fences and other property has been tallied at $300,000.
No one was injured in the tirade by suspect Barry Swegle who is held on $1 million bail for possible charges of assault and malicious mischief. The 51-year-old is to appear in Clallam County Superior Court tomorrow.
The Peninsula Daily News reports Swegle had a dispute with a neighbor over a fence that he said made it difficult to maneuver the bulldozer and other heavy equipment he owns.
May 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM
Authorities have arrested a man who they say hit four Clallam County homes, a truck and a power pole with a bulldozer shortly after noon on Friday.
The homes sustained substantial damage, but nobody was hurt, said Jim Borte of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred in a subdivision near Highway 101 and North Baker Street, just east of Port Angeles.
Borte identified the suspect as Barry Swegle, 51, of Port Angeles. Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief.
Borte said Swegle was “highly agitated” and that “apparently there appears to be an ongoing dispute with some of his neighbors.”
Jesse Major, a 19-year-old student who said his grandmother lives in one of the damaged homes, said Swegle is known in the neighborhood because he sometimes digs seemingly random holes with a bulldozer late at night.
Major, who attends Pacific Lutheran University, said his grandmother wasn’t hurt in the incident.
“Of course she was scared,” Major said. “Something was being pushed into her house.”
Borte said he knew of no construction going on nearby which would have been using a bulldozer. He said the machine was an International Harvester TD-25, similar to a Caterpillar D-9.
Police have had a difficult time investigating because of downed power lines in the area.
Thousands of homes were without power in an area ranging from east Port Angeles to Sequim, said Clallam County Public Utility spokesman Mike Howe.
He said power was being restored, but that some homes could be without power for 10 to 12 hours.
Howe said the 70-foot or so power poll taken down by the bulldozer ripped up a major power line, which is why so many homes were affected.
The power isn’t expected to be restored until 9 p.m., Borte said.
Seattle Times staff reporter Erik Lacitis contributed to this report.
April 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM
PORT ANGELES (AP) — A relatively untapped fishery is growing on the North Olympic Peninsula with at least two fish distributors planning to expand hagfish operations to supply Asian markets.
Hagfish, also known as “slime eels,” are a popular food in South Korea, the Peninsula Daily News reported.
Five Ocean Seafoods Inc. has applied to the Port of Port Angeles for the lease of a warehouse at the port’s industrial park in Port Angeles. There, the live fish would be kept in seawater tanks until they are shipped by air to South Korea.
The fish, which are caught in traps similar to crab pots, are being kept in open tanks near Neah Bay, where employees are being trained in hagfish care and local anglers are learning the tricks of hagfish fishing, said Brandt Koo, general manager of Five Ocean Seafoods Inc.
Neighbors have complained about the noise of the fledgling fishery operation in Neah Bay, but there haven’t been any complaints about a fishy smell, Koo said.
“The slime just smells like seawater,” he said.
The port is looking for a similar upland hagfish operation to determine whether the smell of the fish is manageable in a business park setting and whether it would be a good neighbor for other businesses, said Jeff Robb, Port of Port Angeles executive director.
Olympic Coast Seafoods has been shipping live hagfish from Port Angeles to Korea for two years and also plans to expand, said owner Rodney Kim.
Several fish distributors have tried to enter the hagfish market in Port Angeles but haven’t lasted long after discovering that the fish can be difficult to get to the Asian markets in good condition, Kim said. “We’re always learning new things. There is always room for new ideas,” he told the newspaper.
At the Olympic Coast Seafoods warehouse last week, more than a dozen large tanks of salt water awaited the next boatload of hagfish.
One tank held hundreds of the fish, resting several layers deep at the bottom of a net.
Hagfish can kill themselves in their own slime, so the tanks are constantly cleaned and the area kept quiet and dark to make sure the fish are calm and comfortable, said Andy Inscore, operations manager at the Olympic Coast Seafoods hagfish warehouse.
Employees offload the hagfish, clean off the slime, and then put them in large holding tanks, where the fish live for about two weeks until they are transferred to smaller tanks for export.
“A single hagfish can fill a bucket with slime,” Inscore said. The slime is meant to dissuade predators from eating them, it also can block the hagfish’s own gills.
December 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ANGELES — An 8-foot tall mushroom sculpture that was toppled is one of about three-dozen sculptures damaged by vandals at a sculpture park in Port Angeles.
Fine Arts Center Director Robin Anderson discovered the damage Thursday when she arrived at work. Vandals overnight had upended, pulled down or broken about a third of the works in the adjoining 5-acre Webster’s Woods park.
The Peninsula Daily News reports some of the sculptures are so heavy more than one person must be is responsible. Some works are damaged beyond repair and the loss could exceed $10,000.
Police are asking for tips to identify the vandals.
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