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Snow Causing Closures, Cancellations

The National Weather Service is forecasting 2-4 inches of snow for the coastal areas of the North Olympic Peninsula causing closures and cancellations

Snow Hits the Peninsula

Chimacum SD: No preschool. AM Buses On time – Regular routes – PM Early dismissal grades 3-12 @ 12:15, Chimacum Creek @ 12:30 (Effective tomorrow – Fri Feb 8th)

Port Angeles SD : Schools will be release early on Friday, Feb. 8th. The District will use the half day conference schedule. Please check the district web page for release time. No Pre-School.

Quilcene SD: Early release at 1:15 due to forecasted weather and road conditions. (Effective tomorrow – Fri Feb 8th)

New Ehlwa River Bridge Work to Start in Fall

Work on a New Elwha River Bridge Starts this Fall

Crews will break ground on a new bridge over the Elwha River this summer for completion by 2021. 

That from DOT officials in Forks at the C of C meeting on Wednesday. 

Assistant regional administrator Steve Roarke That engineers are “just about pencils down” on designing the $32.5 million project. And he’s says they are pretty stoked to get this rolling.”

The three-span concrete bridge will be built to the north of the existing bridge. The old bridge will continue to serve highway traffic during construction.

The new two-lane bridge will have a more gentle approach on the east side of the river and a wider road surface with 12-foot lanes and eight-foot shoulders on both sides.

Roark says Olympic Hot Springs Road will get a new intersection east of the bridge with better sight lines, illumination and dedicated turn lanes from the highway.  Construction is scheduled to take 18 to 24 months, after which time traffic will be shifted onto the new bridge.

The existing bridge built in 1926 was undercut by changes to the Elwha River after removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams from 2011 to 2014.

Roark says is still safe – and DOT has equipment monitoring the bridge at all times.   

Erickson is County’s First Female Superior Court Judge

 Lauren Erickson made history becoming the first female Superior Court judge to serve on the bench in Clallam County.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Erickson to the bench last month and she was sworn in Monday, making her the first female Superior Court judge in the court’s 118-year history.

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She has replaced Judge Erik Rohrer, who was elected to the District Court 2 judgeship, a position he won in the Nov. 6 general election. He had two terms left.

Erickson says she’s thrilled to be the first female Superior Court judge,”and said  “This is a big deal. Women deserve representation on the bench.

Before taking on her new position, Erickson operated a solo law practice in Port Angeles where she represented parents in state dependency matters. She also served a pro-tem administrative law judge in the state Office of Administrative Hearings in Tacoma.

State Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens was on hand to swear in  Erickson, Owens served as a district court judge in Clallam County for 19 years.

Third Murder Suspect’s Bail set at $3M

Bail of $3 million was set Thursday for the third of three people accused in the Dec. 26 triple homicide on Bear Meadow Road, east of Port Angeles.

37 year-old Ryan Warren Ward is being held in the Clallam County jail on three charges of aggravated first-degree murder with firearms enhancements and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The probable cause statement says Ward was a methamphetamine user and did work as a “bill collector” in a drug world that included the three shooting victims – 57 year-old Darrell C. Iverson; his son,27 year-old Jordan D. Iverson  and Jordan Iverson’s girlfriend, 26 year-old Tiffany A. May.

Ward’s arraignment and those of his alleged accomplices 50 year-old Dennis Marvin Bauer  and 34 year-old Kallie Ann Letellier  are set for Feb. 8.

The victims’ bullet-riddled bodies were discovered New Year’s Eve day and New Year’s Day.

Ward allegedly texted a friend Dec. 31 “stating people were dead and that he was nearly murdered himself,”   However, when arrested Letellier told authorities that Ward participated in the killings. 

Charges Upgraded in Triple Homicide

A second suspect in the triple homicide on Bear Meadow Road east of PA has had charges upgraded.

34-year-old Kallie Ann Letellier was charged Wednesday with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder with firearms enhancements.

Letellier is one of three people accused in the homicides of Darrell C. Iverson, 57; his son, Jordan D. Iverson, 27, and Jordan Iverson’s girlfriend, Tiffany A. May, 26, all of Port Angeles.

Their bullet-riddled bodies were found in a driveway at the  Bear Meadow Road property on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Authorities say they were slain Dec. 26.

Charges were upgraded to first-degree murder after the probably cause statement says Letellier referred to a  “plan” to kill the Iversons and May that was discussed by Letellier, 50 year-old Dennis Marvin Bauer and 37 y/0 Ryan Warren Ward.

Bauer has already been charged.  Ward is being returned to Clallam County after being arrested on a separate warrant.  

Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict said Wednesday there are no other suspects in the case.