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Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner
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Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner

United States Coast Guard Air Crews and Boat Crews spent Saturday evening and most of Sunday looking for a missing fishing vessel in Willapa Bay. The F/V Kelli J was reported missing by the wife of the captain and lone soul on board. She reported he had taken the vessel out and did not return to port as scheduled prompting her to call the Coast Guard.

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WWI Memorial re-dedicated next to Willapa Seaport Museum
Photo by Jeff Clemens - The Raymond American Legion Post 650 providing a rifle solute to honor the fallen.
WWI Memorial re-dedicated next to Willapa Seaport Museum

Saturday, May 19 the American Legion Post 150 and VFW Post 968, both of Raymond, held a re-dedication for the WWI Memorial next to the Willapa Seaport Museum in Raymond. Around 100 people were present to witness the ceremony including many WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans. The last surviving WWI veteran sadly passed away in 2011.

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South Bend Oyster Shack ready to satisfy your seafood craving
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Dan Lindt pictured left and "Meg-a-tron" pictured right working inside the oyster shack in the middle of a mid-day rush.
South Bend Oyster Shack ready to satisfy your seafood craving

Coastline Construction owner Shane Moncy and friend Dan Lindt have opened the Oyster Shack next to DSHS in South Bend under the new name OysterBay. For over a month residents and passersby observed the construction as the team setup the location. Moscy and Lindt look to have it open all summer with plans to keep it open during the winter months too.

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Willapa Harbor Prom 2018
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Vehicle fire in parking lot of Thriftway

Friday, May 11 at approximately 4:10 p.m. Raymond Fire and Raymond Police responded to report of a vehicle fire in the parking lot of Thriftway in Raymond. According to a scene report supplied by Raymond Fire Chief Todd Strozyk, upon arrival on scene fire crews discovered a red Toyota pickup with visible smoke and flames coming from under the hood.

Raymond Fire quickly cooled the vehicle and extinguished the fire that was discovered to be plastic and wiring burning near the vehicle's air intake and was confined to that area. The scene report also noted that the driver of the vehicle discovered it was on fire after returning from the store after shopping.

According to Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor the fire was extinguished quickly, but the vehicle did sustain severe damage. The owner of the vehicle was on scene and no injuries resulted from the fire.

No further details were available at the time of reporting.

Information for this article courtesy both Raymond Fire and Police.

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Lindsey Baum's remains found in Eastern Washington

"We've brought Lindsey home," Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott stated during a press conference on Thursday, May 10. "Sadly, she was not recovered as we and her family had hoped." Multiple-state and federal agencies from Washington, Idaho, and Montana are now searching the area where she was found hoping to find clues as to what happened. Her disappearance is being investigated as kidnapping and homicide.

Lindsey went missing from McCleary in 2009 after she left a friends house and was last known to be walking a few blocks to her home. That was the last time she was seen or heard from until her remains were found. Two hunters in Eastern Washington found human remains while hunting in September 2017, but because there was no crime associated with them at the time they weren't immediately sent to be tested for DNA by the FBI.

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National Teacher's Week: Erika Harmer of Chauncey Davis Elementary
Erika Harmer
National Teacher's Week: Erika Harmer of Chauncey Davis Elementary

May 8 is National Teacher Day along with the entire week being Teacher Appreciation Week. Erika Harmer who teaches third-grade at Chauncey Davis Elementary School in South Bend has been with the district for the past 17 years and is commended by her peers as being passionate about teaching each and every day.

Harmer grew up in Montesano and graduated from Montesano High School in the Class of 1989. She began her teaching career in 1993 with the Hoquiam School District teaching at Emerson Elementary. "I worked with Hoquiam for about 8 years before coming over to South Bend," she said. "I believe it was back in 2001 I came to work here and I've been here ever since. I just love it here and I hope to finish my career here some day. This is my 25th year of teaching and I just love it!"

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Pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness
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Pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness

The Crisis Support Network along with several agencies placed pinwheels along US 101 between Duryea and Commerical Streets to bring awareness of child abuse for National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

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Pickernell gets harsh sentence in domestic violence case

SOUTH BEND - Thomas James Pickernell, 37, of Raymond was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in prison for third degree assault, domestic violence.

"Although the victim in this case did not want to pursue charges, and had no injuries, we felt that for her safety and the safety of our community, that someone who attempts to strangle another commits a serious crime," Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain told the Herald.

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