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Superior Court — Criminal — 10/18/2012

The following are summaries of selected cases filed in Grays Harbor County Superior Court for alleged crimes and individuals in our primary readership area. Information is from public court records. The complete superior court docket is available at http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/Clerk/Docket/index.asp. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Scott Lee Beeson — Beeson, 27, of Everett was charged Oct. 3 with failure to register as a sex offender.

As a result of a 2001 conviction in Grays Harbor County Superior Court for first-degree child molestation, Beeson must register as a sex offender. Beeson last registered Jan. 23, 2012 in Snohomish County.

Snohomish county law enforcement attempted to make contact twice this April. One of the individuals at the address Beeson had provided said Beeson had never lived there.

Beeson was arrested in Aberdeen on May 31 and Sept. 9. In September, Beeson provided an Aberdeen address, which he identified as the home of a relative, but not as his residence. Aberdeen police learned that Beeson has been living in his car and abandoned homes in the area.

No additional information available.

Charles W. Bliss — Bliss, 56, of Aberdeen, was charged Sept. 28 with a felony violation of a no-contact order, domestic violence.

Bliss is subject to a no-contact order issued by Aberdeen Municipal Court for fourth-degree domestic violence. The order is in effect until Sept. 29, 2016.

On Sept. 25, Aberdeen police were dispatched to a South Boone Street residence on a report of an assault. Enroute, police confirmed the no-contact order and a separate felony warrant for Bliss.

Police knocked at the door and, through a window, saw Bliss get out of bed. A woman seen in the bed with him was identified as the woman named in the no-contact order.

Arraignment was Oct. 8; bail was set at $15,000.

Brian James Funkhouser — Funkhouser, 29, of Aberdeen was charged Oct. 1 with second-degree burglary.

On Sept. 29, Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office were informed of a possible attempt to take scrap metal from an enclosed area.

Upon arriving, the deputy saw two men walking in the area. The first individual identified was Funkhouser. Funkhouser allegedly said he was there to pick blackberries, that he was alone, and did not know the other man. The deputy detained Funkhouser to speak with the other man.

The second man said he was the owner of a nearby truck and he and Funkhouser ran out of gas while taking scrap metal from the railroad tracks.

The deputy arrested Funkhouser who later allegedly said he was with the second man but was only assisting him in loading a few scrap items into his truck.

Arraignment was Oct. 8; bail was set at $15,000.

Jay R. Gladden — A warrant for the arrest of Gladden, 29, of Hoquiam was issued Oct. 3 for first-degree robbery.

On Sept. 17, Gladden allegedly entered a Hoquiam credit union, passed a note to the teller on duty demanding the cash from her drawer. The teller complied with the man, who then left.

Austin Eric Ross — Ross, 26, of Aberdeen was charged Oct. 2 with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

On Oct. 1, Aberdeen police stopped Ross for speeding. Ross allegedly was driving with a suspended license and that the vehicle he was in had been taken without permission. The owner of the vehicle was called to the scene. He told police that the keys in the vehicle were not his.

Arraignment was Oct. 8; bail was set at $20,000.

Edward H. Ryea — Ryea, 52, of Oakville was charged Sept. 28 with second-degree child molestation and voyeurism.

Ryea allegedly molested a female relative over the course of a year when she was 12 and 13 years old in 2008 and 2009. Ryea reportedly was living in a tent on a property; the girl and her mother live in a trailer on the property. In June, Ryea allegedly told a family friend, who lived on the property, that he had “touched” a friend of the girl and had been peeping at the girl through a hole in the shower until he was poked in the eye; he reportedly had a red mark under his eye. The friend told police of the conversation on Sept. 26.

The girl told investigators that incidents with Ryea began when she was 11 and staying in a tent on the property. Ryea allegedly entered the tent and molested the girl’s friend who later moved away; he allegedly first fondled his relative later that summer when asked to help tie a swimsuit top. She slept in a bedroom of the main trailer by herself and Ryea allegedly would repeatedly enter her room at night to fondle her. The molestation stopped around her 13th birthday, when she moved into another trailer with her mother.

In June of 2012, the girl noticed a hole in the shower with light shining through and then dark again. The girl poked the handle of a razor through the hole and said she heard Ryea cry out. She said she later saw a red mark under Ryea’s eye.

Arraignment was Oct. 8; bail was set at $100,000.

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