Hard to believe the big weekend is here, this Saturday. Winlock Egg Days kick's off on Friday night with the coronation of the Egg Day Queen. Then on Saturday, the town stays open until the last bar closes. Winlock residents and former residents have always looked forward to Egg Day.
For many who reside here and classmates who graduated from Winlock, almost consider this a mini reunion.
Friday night begins with the Queen's Coronation, which takes place at the Winlock Community Building. This has been a tradition for decades. There will be an Egg Day Queen crowned, unfortunately at press time, we have not received the names.
Winlock has a flower shop once again, the new Oopsy Daisy Flower Shop has opened in downtown Winlock. Many remember the old Winlock flower shop and then another one popped up later, but that too closed. Now, we have one that is here for you! Danielle Miller is the new owner and she is happy to serve you.
Danielle wanted a flower shop in Winlock, because "Growing up, there was always a flower shop here. So, I decided to open up a flower shop in Winlock." The flower shop will offer flowers for all occasions, weddings, funerals, congratulations, corporate, get well, a new baby and anything else you can think of. Danielle also offers a variety of plants, silks and gifts.
Pacific County Sheriff's Deputy Jesse Eastham was terminated from his position effective April 4, 2022, as the result of an independent investigator's report where Eastham violated multiple policies within the Sheriff's Department.
Since the middle of October 2021, Eastham had been on paid administrative leave. This action was the result of an investigation into Eastham's actions and conduct while on duty.
Eastham was issued a lengthy Brady Letter by former Pacific County Prosecutor Benjamin Haslam on January 13, 2021, before his administrative leave. A Brady Letter means that the testimony of the officer is under suspicion and that the officer was caught being less than truthful in the past. There are pending cases that are under scrutiny currently because they are based mainly on Eastman's testimony.
Raymond School District teacher Robert Swogger, who was arrested for assault in the second degree, a felony, for an incident that took place in a classroom, has a pre-trial court appearance scheduled for Friday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Pacific County Superior Court, according to the Pacific County Prosecutor's Office.
Swogger, 43, who is also the RHS Head Volleyball Coach, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, according to information from the Raymond Police Department (RPD) report on the incident.
The Herald asked Pacific County Criminal Chief Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Crawford a few questions, including: Do you expect there to be a plea bargain in the case? Will your office ask for the stiffest sentence? Since many people know Mr. Swogger, do you think there's a good chance the case will be moved to another area?
Crawford's only response was, "The case is still on the newer side and will need to be evaluated after we have received the entire investigation to determine the most just path forward."
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