Monthly Archives: October 2018

West End Halloween Events Today

The VFW of Forks is sponsoring the Rain of Terror Haunted Hangar from 7 p.m. to midnight today, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.

The haunted hangar is at the Quillayute Airport, 5144 Quillayute Road.

Organizers have said it is the scariest on the Olympic Peninsula.

Admission is $10.

      Wed Oct 31 News

A Truck and treat will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The annual event will be held on the campus of Forks Assembly of God, 81 Huckleberry Lane.

The event will include games, food, prizes and more than 30 themed vehicles.

Quilcene Crash Kills PA Woman

A Port Angeles woman is dead after her vehicle crashed into an auto shop while driving through the town of Quilcene,

The State Patrol says 38 year old Dolores Chapman died shortly before midnight Sunday at the crash scene – on U.S. Highway 101 about 25 miles south of Port Townsend.

      Tue Oct 30 News

Further information about Chapman was unavailable Monday.

The patrol says a passenger in her 2005 Ford Escape, 39 year old Christopher P. Carrozza  of Kennesaw, Ga., was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.  He was in satisfactory condition Monday following surgery.

the State Patrol says Chapman was southbound on U.S. Highway 101 near Center Road when her vehicle veered off the roadway to the right, striking the structural pillar of Mountain Mechanic auto shop.

Chapman’s car also struck an unoccupied vehicle parked at the shop before stopping.

The State Patrol does not know how fast Chapman was going and that the crash remains under investigation.

Drugs or alcohol were not believed to be involved in the wreck.

Ross Fights Extradition in Murder Case

The man accused of murdering Janet Bowcutt of PA in 1978 refused to waive extradition for his return to Clallam County.  Instead, 60 year old Tommy Ross, Jr  remains in an Oregon jail, opting to let an effort to stay the dismissal of first- and second-degree murder charges play out in the Washington state Court of Appeals.

      Mon Oct 29 News

Ross was released Tuesday in Port Angeles after Clallam Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour dismissed charges against him on grounds Ross’ constitutional right to a speedy trial had been violated by Clallam County authorities.

Ross was charged with Bowcutt’s strangulation murder 40 years ago but prosecutors allowed him to be taken from Los Angeles to Canada to face murder charges in the strangulation death of 26-year-old woman — rather than have Ross be extradited to Clallam County.

After serving 38 years for the Canadian murder, Ross was arrested Nov. 15, 2016, at the Canadian border.  He spent the next two years in the Clallam County jail awaiting trial.

Ross was on his way to California on Tuesday afternoon when Oregon State Police re-arrested him in Clackamas County south of Portland on a new arrest warrant from the court of appeals – which reinstated conditions of release, including bail of $1.5M.

The next court date for Ross is Dec. 21, for the return of a  warrant that would extradite him back to Clallam County

State Steps Up Election Security to Prevent Hacking

Election officials in Washington continue to bolster the state’s elections systems against cyber threats that could disrupt voting or cause citizens to lose faith in the results.

The Seattle Times reported that sensors to detect suspicious activity have been installed in voting systems across Washington’s 39 counties, and officials have received extra security training.

      Thu Oct 25 News

In a news conference Tuesday, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said she isn’t aware of any threats beyond what elections offices normally receive, but officials are nonetheless prepared.

“I’m very confident that your ballot is going to be secure this fall,” said Wyman, as she gathered with other officials at the King County’s elections offices in Renton, where ballots are counted.

The Washington National Guard has conducted two of three planned assessments to check for weak spots in the voting systems.

During the 2016 elections, Russian hackers targeted Washington and 20 other states, and breached the election system in at least one state, Illinois.

Since then, state officials have teamed up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Guard to ramp up efforts to prevent any disruptions.

Forks Man Among Two Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

A Forks man and a Tacoma man have been charged in the brutal killing of a single mother whose body was found on Joint Base Lewis-McChord last month

U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says 30 year old Jeremy Jay Warren  of Forks and 49 year old Bobbie Anson Pease of Tacoma have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Jessica Shaunti Jackson of Tacoma, who federal prosecutors say was attacked with pepper spray, beaten with a baseball bat and shot three times.

      Wed Oct 24 News

Pease was arrested after a traffic stop in Forks on Sept. 19. He was booked into the Clallam County jail for investigation of an unrelated domestic violence assault.

Warren and Pease each were charged Monday with second-degree murder.

Tacoma Police say Jackson  was last seen on video surveillance with the co-defendants Sept. 4 and was reported missing Sept. 8.  Her body was discovered in a wooded area on the military base south of Tacoma on Sept. 13.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Jackson had three gunshot wounds to the head and multiple skull fractures.

The criminal complaint says Warren’s wife told the FBI that she had seen Warren and Pease with blood on their clothing on or about Sept. 4. It says when FBI agents were interviewing Warren’s ex-wife in Forks on Sept. 19 they were approached by Warren, who asked if they were there “because of the missing girl.”.

Warren agreed to be interviewed at the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, where he admitted that he was present when Jackson was killed but said Pease committed the homicide.