Trial of Forks Woman In Homicide of 2-year-old delayed

The trial of a Forks woman accused of killing a     2½-year-old boy in November is being delayed while prosecutors gather

 

Trial of Forks Woman In Homicide of 2-year-old delayed

The trial of a Forks woman accused of killing a     2½-year-old boy in November is being delayed while prosecutors gather more evidence.

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40-year old Ramona Ward is charged with homicide by abuse and second-degree murder-domestic violence of Isaac Ward, who was found non-responsive at the Calawah Way home on Nov. 9.

The 3-week trial was original set for this month.  But prosecutor Michelle Devlin says a trial is several months away.  She says investigators are continuing to gather evidence including postings and messages from the woman’s Facebook page.

The autopsy says the boy died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Ward is a Quileute tribal member.  She was in the Clallam County jail Wednesday on $300,000 bail.

Four Remain in Hospital after Fatal Wreck at Lake Crescent

We are learning more about the injuries suffered by the Federal Way family when a tree fell on their SUV while driving around Lake Crescent on New Year’s Day.

 

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5 year-old Dezmond Harper died at the scene.  His grandmother, 50-year-old Julie Young was in a coma Monday and remains in critical condition.  The driver, 51 year-old Robert Young has a broken back and is in serious condition – and 5-year old Bella Young has a broken back and is paralyzed from the waist down.

2 year Tharon Sluharty has had a breathing tube removed and he is expected to make a full recovery.

GoFundMe sites to help with funeral and medical expenses are at Alisha Marie Cartwright’s Facebook page and at www.gofundme.com/young-family-medical-and-funeral.

Road to Playoffs Comes Through Forks

The Seahawks are bringing their “Road to the Playoffs Tour Presented by Toyota” all over Western Washington this week – and they will be in Forks today.  That in order to get fans hyped for Saturday’s wild-card playoff game at Century Link against the Detroit Lions.

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Two alumni Sea Gals and Seahawks DJ Supa Sam will be in Forks, today at 3:45pm at the forks Football field.  Fans are being urged to come out today wearing Seahwaks gear to represent the 12s in Forks.

The Tour began yesterday and end at CenturyLink Field on Friday, Jan. 6.

Child Dead, 4 Injured as Tree Falls on SUV in ONP

A child is dead and four other family members were injured after a large evergreen tree fell on top of an SUV in Olympic National Park New Year’s Day.

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Clallam 2 Fire says the vehicle was traveling east around Lake Crescent on U.S. Highway 101 when the tree came down about 2:16 p.m.

Forks Broadcasting’s Clell Hanson says when firefighters arrived, a person was trapped inside the SUV.

The grandparent who was trapped, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition.

Three others are in serious condition at Olympic Medical Center

Traffic between Forks and Port Angeles was re-routed via Hwy 112 while the Washington State Patrol assisted the U.S. Park Rangers with a major accident investigation.

Forks Council Favors Alt 7 on Elwha River Bridge

The Forks City Council in joining the chorus of public officials who are asking the state to replace the battered U.S. Highway 101 Elwha River bridge on a new alignment.

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Council members voted 3-0 Tuesday to pass a resolution in support of a state Department of Transportation (DOT) design alternative — option 7 — that would place a new bridge north of the existing span with new approaches.  That’s also the option favored by County Commissioners, Port Commissioners and the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

The 90-year-old concrete bridge’s piers are being undercut by the now free-flowing Elwha River.

Option 7 would allow drivers to use the existing bridge during construction, eliminating the need for lengthy detours onto state Highways 112 and 113.

Forks Mayor Bryon Monohon says it also would also eliminate “dead man’s curve” east of the river where the highway meets Olympic Hot Springs Road.

The resolution states “None of the other alternatives ensure the continued flow of commerce and travel while providing for a long-term, lasting solution to the current problem, as well as the bridge reaching the end of its useful life in a cost-efficient manner,”

Forks City Councilmen Ken Ayers, John Hillcar and Jon Preston approved the resolution during Tuesday night’s council meeting. Council members Bill Brager and Juanita Weissenfels were absent.