KELA News Headlines for Friday, June 24, 2016
Lacey shooting victims identified
The Thurston County Coroner's Office has released the names of three people who were fatally shot in a travel trailer at a home near Lacey on Wednesday. Coroner Gary Warnock identified the victims as: 36-year-old Gerald M. Berkey of Elma, 28-year-old Jackson L. Edens of Olympia and 31-year-old Terron R. McGrath of Olympia. Warnock say that all three died of gunshot wounds. Authorities say a fourth victim, who called 911 and was found collapsed in the driveway, is still recovering from a gunshot wound in the hospital. Police do not have a suspect in the shooting at this time.
Man arrested after chase through pasture
An Olympia man with 35 previous convictions was arrested Tuesday on Independence Road SW in the Rochester area after leading police on a chase through a cattle pasture in a stolen truck. The Olympian reports when a Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a truck for a speeding violation, it sped up and then drove through three fences and through a herd of cattle in a pasture. The driver, identified as 51-year old Richard Mayer, finally gave up after a short struggle with the deputy after exiting the truck. He was booked into jail on numerous charges.
Work planned for Paradise Inn annex
Work to stabilize the Paradise Inn Annex at Mount Rainier could start in August 2017, forcing closure of more than half of the mountain’s hotel rooms for more than a season. The News Tribune reports the project, once estimated to cost $22 million, should protect the annex and the snow bridge connecting the annex to the main inn from the weight of accumulated snow or collapse due to a seismic event. Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King said the park has released an environmental assessment detailing the scope of the project.
Operation Dry Water event at Mayfield Lake
Summer means more people will be taking to the waterways around Lewis County as part of their recreation. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Tacoma City Power Saturday for an Operation Dry Water safety event at Mayfield Lake Park from 11 AM to 2 PM. The Sheriff’s Office says during the event there will be free boating safety inspections plus a limited number of children’s lifejackets will be given away. There will also be boating safety displays with handouts and activity books for children.
Amatuer radio operators to hold Field Day
Amateur or “ham” radio operators from around the Lewis County area will test their skills this weekend as the Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society holds its Field Day at Borst Park in Centralia. Bob Willey with CVARS says they will be operating under “field” conditions, mainly using generators and solar power to power their equipment just as would be necessary if regular power sources aren’t available such as after a major earthquake or other disaster. The Field Day is from 11 AM Saturday to 11 AM Sunday and the public is welcome to come and watch and ask questions.