Woman Attacked With Her Own Stun Gun

Shortly after 10:40 am on Monday November 29th Hoquiam police responded to the report of an assault in an apartment building in the 500 block of Karr Avenue.  The man who called in the complaint stated that he could hear the occupants of the apartment yelling loudly and he could also hear a banging sound.


As an officer approached the door to the apartment he heard a loud crash and a female voice screaming.  The officer also heard the distinct sound of a stun gun discharging.  The officer ran to the door and announced his presence and told the occupants to open the door.


A male opened the door and the officer immediately recognized him as a man he had arrested the day before for a traffic violation.  The officer saw a female coming out of another room who was viably shaken and crying and yelling to the officer that she wanted the man out of the apartment.  The officer could see that the woman was also bleeding from a lip and she also had red marks and scratches on her arms.  The 23 year old Hoquiam woman told the officer the male had choked her, punched her in the head and used a Taser (stun gun) on her.


The man was immediately arrested for Domestic Violence Assault.


The victim told officers that she was merely involved in a telephone conversation when the suspect awoke and told her to shut up and go into another room.  The victim said she told the man that it was her home and she could do what she wanted.  This apparently enraged the man and he first got up and tried to wrestle the phone away from the victim.  During the scuffle the man threw her onto the bed and began to choke her.  The suspect let go of the victim only long enough to get the victim’s handheld stun gun.  The victim got up off the bed and attempted to run out the door but the man blocked her exit.  She stated she then ran and hid in a closet but the suspect opened the door and began shocking her with the stun gun.  The man shocked her a number of times and, according the victim, only stopped because the police arrived.


The suspect, a 28 year old Silverdale man, was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Assault 2nd Degree.


The victim did not seek medical attention while officers were on the scene.  She told the officers she was more scared than injured.

Hoquiam Investigates Tire Slashings

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Police are investigating a number of vehicle tire slashings that occurred sometime during the evening and early morning hour of Sunday November 28th and Monday November 29th.  One victim told an officer that he parked his vehicle in front of his home, in the 700 block of 1st Street, at 9:00 pm and when he went out to go to work at 5:00 am he discovered two of the tires had been cut.


Officers began checking the neighborhoods around the 700 block of 1st Street and discovered that vehicles on other streets also had tires that were slashed/cut, the estimated cost to replace the 22 tires that were slashed on the 14 vehicles is over $2,000.  It appears that the tires were slashed with a knife blade.


Anyone who may have any information regarding the tire slashings is asked to call Hoquiam police at 532-0892 Ext. 102.

Razor Clam Dig Approved for December

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2010-11 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov  and from license vendors around the state.


Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said diggers heading to Copalis and Mocrocks should be aware of a traffic revision on eastbound U.S. Highway 101 in Hoquiam due to emergency work on the Simpson Avenue Bridge.


“This is the only route to those beaches, so people should allow extra travel time to make sure they arrive on time,” Ayres said. He advises diggers to check the Washington Department of Transportation website for updated information at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/us101/simpsonbridgepierrepair/.


Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin recommends that diggers also take safety precautions during night digs, especially at Kalaloch.


“Kalaloch is considerably more remote than the other clamming beaches, and visitors should be prepared for primitive conditions,” she said. “With no streetlights or lighted buildings in the area, flashlights or lanterns are a necessity.”


Opening dates and evening low tides for the upcoming dig are:


  • Dec. 3, Fri. – 4:43 p.m., (-0.8 ft.), Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 4, Sat. – 5:29 p.m., (-1.2 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • Dec. 5, Sun. – 6:14 p.m., (-1.3 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • Dec. 6, Mon. – 6:56 p.m., (-1.2 ft.), Twin Harbors


Areas opening for digging those days include:


  • Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.
  • Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.
  • Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.
  • Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.
  • Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park.

NOAA Has Been Right so Far, Predicts More Storms

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all citizens to prepare for the predicted severe weather events. The most important thing to remember about any weather related or disaster event is personal and business preparation. Become Pro-Active in preparation. Obtain the essential items to sustain yourself at home for at least one full 24 hour period with three days being the optimal preparation time period. Those prepared reduce the impact of the event on your family significantly. Those unprepared, risk the loss of property, their home, pets and livestock.
1)       Obtain an All Hazard Weather Radio, program it to the proper frequency and change the batteries in it every time we change the clocks.
2)      Sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System (You’ll receive a text message, phone call and an e-mail with information about any severe weather or disaster related issue)
3)      Find out where the closest shelter or safe haven is located and practice moving to that area with your entire family.
4)      All members of your family should have a person to call outside of Grays Harbor County to inform of their situation in the event they are separated from your family during an emergency or weather situation.
5)      Prepare a GO-KIT backpack with:  ** These are minimal amounts **
a)       an AM/FM battery operated portable radio
b)      Flashlight
c)       1- 2 bottles of water for each person and for each pet in the household.
d)      Matches in a waterproof container (plastic bag)
e)      Snack bars for your family and a small plastic bag of food for each pet
f)       Pocket knife
g)      A sweatshirt or light jacket for each member
h)      Disposable rain poncho for each member of your family
i)        Hand warmer packets
j)        Package of sanitary wipes
For more information on becoming PRO-ACTIVE and to sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System, please go to the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management website at: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp , e-mail us at ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360) 249-3911.

Aberdeen Man Stabbed Sunday in Parking Lot

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A 27 year old man was stabbed in the parking lot of the Aberdeen Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon. Aberdeen Police Report the victim was shopping with his mother when he confronted a person he believed had stolen his cell phone. The suspect’s 20 year old friend got involved and the victim was stabbed in a scuffle. The victim’s mother used her vehicle to block the suspect’s car, Both the 18 and 20 year old fled on foot, but were tracked to a nearby home and taken into custody without incident. The victim was transported to Community Hospital.

Highway 105 Accident Knocks Out Power Pole, Power, and Traffic for Several Hours Sunday

GRAYLAND, Wash. – A crash on Highway 105 between Tokeland and Westport knocked a power pole across the roadway and took out power for over 500 customers for almost 12 hours. The Washington State Patrol reports the 1987 Toyota 4-Runner, driven by a 29 year old Aberdeen man was traveling Southbound on 105 when it passed another vehicle in a no-pass zone around a blind-corner. The vehicle lost control and left the road, striking the power pole and shearing it, causing the pole and live wires to fall into the roadway. 105 was fully blocked for over 5 hours last night as PUD crews worked to replace the pole. The driver was transported to Community Hospital with injuries, and cited for Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence. Power was restored just before 1 o’clock this morning.




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Hoquiam Fire Displaces Family on Thanksgiving Day

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Keen nose for smoke alerted a Hoquiam mother to a fire in her bedroom yesterday morning. The mother of two attempted to smother the small fire on her bed and bedsheets before she grabbed her two children and left her home located in the 400 block of “O” Street just before 9 Thursday. The Hoquiam Fire Department reports the fire could have been a lot worse; there was no working smoke detector in the home. With the damages mostly limited to the bedroom the power had to be shutoff displacing the family for the rest of the day, the Red Cross was contacted to assist with temporary housing. The Department reports the home suffered an undetermined amount of damage to the bedroom, and minor smoke damage throughout, the cause of the fire was the portable heater’s proximity to flammable materials.

Moods Are Light on Black Friday

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Black Friday Specials are bringing people out in their pajamas to get that bargain price as holiday shopping gets into full swing today. Many businesses in The South Shore Mall opened early to get people out of the rain  JC Penny’s employee Laurie McDowell, said “we started opening the doors about three thirty, we had hot cider and coffee outside of the store in the mall here, so people didn’t have to stand in the rain.” McDowell said the store was very busy, and that people have been in a good mood “we were so busy that first hour that we couldn’t move from the registers, people have been great all day, everybody’s getting into the mood for Christmas.”

New faces may also notice new stores; The Incense Booth in the former KITS Camera location, the Hickory Farms store is open again, Kowai Ethnic Designs, The Gregorian Group, and the new HodgePodge re-store.

Opening at 7 this morning, Dennis Company had a packed parking lot on the SouthSide of Aberdeen. One customer said they had lines at both doors backed up into the parking lot.