Miss Grays Harbor 2013 Lauren Kuhn crowned Miss Massachusetts 2014

Miss Grays Harbor 2013 Lauren Kuhn was crowned as the 75th Miss Massachusetts over the weekend, she said from her hotel room this morning “I’m so excited, and the girls are amazing there, I tell you what the competition was very very good.”
She’s attending Harvard Dental there, and appreciates the scholarships “I’m so lucky to be the 75th Miss Massachusetts. I won a $10,000 scholarship for winning, then I won the academic award which is through the Miss America Organization so that was another 1,000.” The Miss America Competition also guarantees her another 3,000. She already has a pretty tight schedule, now making room for the 2015 Miss America Competition in September, she said “I think I have to pick out my Miss America evening gown today.”
She’ll be back in Washington next weekend, Lauren said to schedule an appearance visit www.missmass.org

MRAP leads parade to front door of conflict, then through downtown Aberdeen

Aberdeen Police arrested a man on assault in the first degree charges this morning following a standoff that ended with the use of their new armored vehicle.
Police Captain John Green tells us they received the call around 5:30 this morning of a shotgun being fired in a room at the Travelodge hotel in the 500 block of Wishkah street. Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis police responding found a woman had already left the room, leaving the suspect alone. Initial contact did not work this morning, Green said they evacuated nearby rooms, shutdown a couple blocks of Wishkah street, and activated the Regional Crisis Response Unit. That includes the large military looking vehicle you might have seen in the Founder’s Day Parade this morning just a few blocks away from the scene of the crime – still being processed.
Their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) was driven to the front door of the room, a negotiator was able to speak with him from the other side, Green said the 59 year old man eventually came to the door and was taken into custody without further incident.

Aberdeen Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)

 

Investigation closes State Route 101 in Aberdeen for hours Saturday morning

Aberdeen police had to close State Route 101 for several hours this morning at Jefferson Street, while they investigated A a possible shooting incident a block away.

We’ll get more details on the investigation when that’s available, in the meantime give yourself extra travel time through Aberdeen today as several roads are closed during the festivities of Aberdeen’s Founder’s Day celebration.

Reported drug house in Hoquiam shut down after complaints

Heavy foot and vehicle traffic reported at a suspected drug house turned up a few arrests for Hoquiam Police yesterday. Chief Jeff Myers tells us deputies from the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department aided in serving a search warrant in the 200 block of K Street yesterday morning. A 34 year old Hoquiam woman was arrested on methamphetamine charges. A 28 year old Hoquiam man was also arrested on DOC felony warrants.
Myers said the home had no electrical service, and was in such disrepair that the city plans to condemn the building
In the morning hours of June 26, 2014, detectives with the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force, along with officers from the Hoquiam Police Department and Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at 211 K Street in Hoquiam pursuant to an investigation regarding small-scale methamphetamine sales.
During the course of the search warrant, the suspect and resident of the premises, a 34-year old Hoquiam woman, was arrested for multiple counts of Violation of the Uniform Substance Act. The female was subsequently booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on pending felony drug charges.
A 28-year old Hoquiam man, who was staying at the home, was arrested on an outstanding DOC felony warrant for probation violations. Suspected methamphetamine was also found on his person. He was booked at the Hoquiam City Jail under the contract with DOC to hold state probation offenders and may face additional felony drug charges.
Other occupants staying at the residence at the time of the search warrant were checked for outstanding wants and released.
This investigation stemmed from numerous neighborhood complaints to the Hoquiam Police Department of heavy foot and vehicle traffic to and from the residence. These complaints were forwarded to the Drug Task Force, which initiated an undercover investigation.
Given the conditions of the residence, including the fact there was no electrical service, the premises will be condemned by the Hoquiam Building Department. Anyone who returns will be arrested for trespassing once the premises is posted “unsafe to occupy”.
A derelict vehicle, also belonging to the female resident, was impounded from the street in front of the house.
“One of our three Department Focus Points is targeting drug dealers and drug locations. The Drug Task Force took on this location based on citizen concerns and developed a case which will hopefully resolve the problem.”

Aberdeen removing water fountain statue for repairs

The city of Aberdeen is removing the fountain statue in front of City Hall, Parks Director Karl Harris tells us it’s going out for repairs. Heaven, Man and Earth“The statue was originally built by George Tsutakawa; Gerry Tsutakawa his son has come down to visit us and looked at the statue. He said that it’s actually in the best condition of any of the water fountains that his father had done that he’s seen, however it’s not in good condition.

Harris said the pipes inside are corroded, and they need to track down a leak “What we’re going to have to do is take the fountain off the pedestal our water department will then take the fountain up to Mr Tsutakawa’s shop he will work on it, make it look just like brand new. At the same time our water department will dig up [the pool] and find out where the leak is.

Harris said they should be able to reinstall the fountain by next Spring.

The bronze statue titled “Heaven, Man and Earth” was built in 1977, George passed away in 2010, his son Gerry Tsutakawa made the sculpture placed a block away called Illumination for the Timberland Regional Library in 2005.

Heaven, Man and Earth was built in 1977 by George Tsutakawa

Battalion Chief Bill Mayne retires after 36 years with Aberdeen Fire Department

Aberdeen city staff said goodbye last night to Battalion Chief Bill Mayne, Fire Chief Tom Hubbard told the council “Battalion Chief Bill Mayne has dedicated his career to providing for the safety of the citizens we serve, and the firefighters with which he has worked. Bill we wish you well on your retirement, your wisdom and knowledge will truly be missed, and you will always be considered a member of the fire department family.”
The chief, and Mayor Bill Simpson presented Mayne with a plaque honoring his service. “Congratulations on your future, but you are always welcome at city hall here too.”
Mayne thanked the current council, and those before “I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity that the city gave me to be a career firefighter for the last 36 years. It has truly been good for me, a blessing to me, and it’s been an honor to have worked in that capacity.” Mayne said his last day will be Monday June 30th.

Aberdeen looks to purchase former Chevron gas station site on Wishkah Street

The City of Aberdeen has agreed to pursue the option to purchase some new property downtown, Mayor Bill Simpson tells us the council last night approved the purchase in the 400 block of Wishkah street “Our goal has been to make the entrance to the city of Aberdeen better, and to work on the shoreline and all these things. The council last night gave me the permission to sign a contract to purchase what we call here in town Lake Chevron.”
The former site of a Chevron gas station has been vacant for decades, Simpson said it’s part of a bigger picture that’s beginning to take shape. “Great things are happening in Aberdeen and we’re going to build a greater city. I’m just excited about this whole program to make a whole new look for the city of Aberdeen and as you drive in to town… WHAM.” Simpson added that they hope to create a gateway atmosphere as you come off of the Wishkah River Bridge near Zelasko Park.
The city talked the owners of the former Chevron property down from $800-thousand; after presenting their plans to revitalize the downtown corridor they agreed to sell for $250-thousand.

Prolific vehicle prowler linked to at least 17 incidents from Aberdeen to Olympia to Centralia

The Hoquiam Police Department nabbed what they describe as a prolific vehicle prowler. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us they’ve linked 26 year old Troy N. Hodge, of McCleary, to 16 additional vehicle prowls from Aberdeen to Olympia to Centralia.

Myers said he was booked in the Grays Harbor County Jail for possession of stolen property in the second degree. Detective David Blundred continues to work to identify the owners of property recovered during the course of this investigation and associated vehicle prowls in Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Shelton, Olympia, Tumwater and Centralia.
On May 25, 2014, Hoquiam officers investigated a reported vehicle prowl in the parking lot of Olympic Stadium. One of the items stolen in the prowl included a MacBook Pro.
Officers used an Apple tracking feature to locate the MacBook in the 400 block of Second Street in McCleary, but were unable to pinpoint the exact location.
Lacey PD officers stopped a stolen vehicle on June 3, 2014 whereby they recovered a MacBook Pro. Lacey’s evidence custodian checked the MacBook in an effort to identify the owner, but instead found data related to Troy Hodge; Hodge was known to reside in the 400 block of Second Street in McCleary.
When Lacey PD contacted Hodge about the MacBook, he was evasive and did not seem to know much about it, which raised the suspicions of the officers. They checked the LINX system (a computer system which links police reports from around the state and the country) and located the reported vehicle prowl in Hoquiam, including the stolen MacBook.
Detective Blundred applied for a search warrant for Hodge’s residence based on the fact the stolen MacBook had been tracked to the area of Hodge’s residence and had been used by Hodge.
During the service of the search warrant at Hodge’s residence in McCleary on June 9, 2014, detectives recovered additional items which had been stolen in the vehicle prowl in Hoquiam. The victim’s wallet was observed in Hodge’s vehicle, therefore the vehicle was impounded and another search warrant was obtained.
During the course of the two search warrants, detectives recovered identification, driver’s licenses, wallets, credit cards, checkbooks, vehicle titles, cell phones, keys, garage door openers, tools, battery chargers, clothing and personal information belonging to numerous victims.

In addition to the stolen property, detectives also recovered key rings with “shaved keys” organized by vehicle brand as well as approximately one thousand assorted keys for vehicles, homes, lock boxes, padlocks and safes. Hodge’s vehicle contained a box of various vehicle make/ model key fobs, garage door openers, slim-jim and other vehicle entry devices.
In checking the victims, Hoquiam detectives were able to link the stolen property to at least sixteen additional vehicle prowls ranging from Aberdeen to Olympia to Centralia. It is suspected there are more victims and cases which were possibly not reported or items recovered which have not been linked to a specific victim at this time.
Detectives believe Hodge traveled around the region in his vehicle, a black 1994 Honda Civic, whereby he engaged in vehicle prowls of cars parked in public parking lots. It appeared Hodge traveled to different areas at different times; therefore many of these crimes were not linked until now.
HPD has submitted a state-wide bulletin to notify other law enforcement agencies of the information.
Detectives continue to work leads and attempt to identify victims; Hodge will be facing additional felony charges to include numerous counts of possession of stolen property.