Regarding "Serious Level III" sex offender community meetings:
In reference to your article last week regarding the Level III sex offender being released into the Pacific County community, we attended the informational meeting set up by Sheriff John Didion on Friday, Aug. 10 and were dismayed that more citizens were not in attendance to become more informed on the serious event in our community.
We were shocked to learn the person being released, Robert Howell, has no place to live and is being housed in a tent next to the Office of Correctional Operations located in Raymond. We were comforted when informed both Community Corrections Officer Michael Foster and the sheriff's deputies will closely monitor him, but realize this is the best that can be done under the circumstances,
There are no housing facilities for these types of persons being released back into our community. It is time we begin to demand the state of Washington provide funding to protect the community from serious felons who present such a dire threat, particularly to our children. Presently, there are no guarantees Mr. Howell will not just be fed back into society and continue his past criminal activities.
We want to commend the Pacific County Sheriff's department and Michael Foster for their diligent time and efforts to protect us to the best of their ability with the limited resources at their disposal. The sheriff's regular articles in the Chinook Observer are appreciated by many of your readers and we thank him for taking the extra time to continually provide for Pacific County's safety and well-being.
Bob & Charlotte Jacobs