KELA News Headlines for Friday, September 23 2016
Sheriff's Office warns of new phone scam
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam involving the Sheriff’s Office. They have received calls from several people who say they have been recently contacted by someone saying they are an employee of the warrants division of the Sheriff’s Office in reference to outstanding warrants, due to missing “federal jury duty”. The caller explains the only way not to be arrested is to come to the Sheriff’s Office only after an initial procedure is completed. This procedure involves obtaining Green Dot prepaid cards and providing the caller with security code information so they can obtain the funds.
Tenino defamation lawsuit settled
A defamation lawsuit filed against the Tenino City Council by former police chief John Hutchings is over. All matters between Mr. Hutchings and the council have been dropped by all parties, with no settlement money involved. Hutchings says he is delighted this can now be put behind all involved. Tenino’s Mayor Wayne Fournier confirmed to KELA/KMNT that the parties have agreed to settle their claims against each other. The city is no longer involved in litigation as a party, and is pleased to have the litigation resolved.
Sales tax increase recommended for Chehalis TBD
Chehalis city officials are recommending asking city voters to approve a two-tenths of one percent sales tax increase as a way of funding the city’s Transportation Benefit District that was created by the City Council in late 2014. Don Schmitt with the city of Chehalis told the City Council Monday night that if approved by voters, the sales tax increase would bring in an estimated $850,000 a year and would add just 1 cent to a $5 purchase. He says it would apply to anyone who makes a purchase within the city limits, not just city residents. The measure could go to voters in February.
New Centralia College bachelor's program approved
Centralia College has received official word that its proposal to add a Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education has been approved. The approval comes from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Centralia College President Dr. Robert Mohrbacher says the program is in collaboration with Grays Harbor College.CentraliaCollegewill accept its first students for the program in the fall of 2017. Initially they will offer certification for both elementary education (K-8) and special education.
Thurston County to offer septic system loans
Thurston County has joined the regional Clean Water Loan program partnership that includes nine other Western Washington counties to offer affordable loans to county residents for septic system repair or replacement. County officials say Craft 3, a non-profit, non-bank community development financial institution, is the lending partner in the program. Money for the loans will come from a 9-million dollar award from the Washington Department of Ecology.