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.

No injuries after Aberdeen house fire spreads to second home

A house fire in Aberdeen early this morning spread to a second home, police evacuated a third before the two-alarm fire was stopped. Aberdeen Fire Captain JR Streifel said the call came in just after 12:30 Friday morning. A man noticed flames coming from the attached garage of his home in the 1700 block of Westport Road. Crews reported the house was fully involved when they arrived, the flames quickly spread to a nearby truck and travel trailer, then a second home on the cramped property.
Streifel said Aberdeen Police evacuated a third home on the property before they got the blaze under control around 1:30 this morning. No injuries were reported, the first house looked like a total loss, as did the truck and trailer, Streifel said they stopped the fire in the attic of the second home, which was burned on one outside wall. A total of 21 responders were on scene until nearly 4 a.m.

Aberdeen man stabbed in his home

Aberdeen police are investigating a stabbing Friday afternoon, Police Captain John Green tells us at about 4:25 P.M. they were called to the hospital on the report of a patient with a stab wound. A 52 year old Aberdeen man told investigators that he was at his home in the 1900 block of Aberdeen Ave drinking with some other subjects when he said he was stabbed for no reason by a subject who was at the house. The victim was taken into surgery.
A few minutes later Aberdeen Police Officers received another report from a person at the scene that a stabbing had occurred at a home in the 1900 block of Aberdeen Ave.
The investigating officers were told by subjects at the house that a group had been drinking together for some time. According to those at the scene, a male subject in the group began stabbing the victim for no apparent reason.
The suspect fled the residence. The victim drove himself to the hospital. It was confirmed that the victim in the first report was the same person who was reported stabbed in the second report.
The investigation is continuing.

Two people killed in Aberdeen house fire

A mother and her adult daughter were killed in a house fire in Aberdeen early Friday morning. Neighbors said they were visiting the mother’s parents, to help them move to Idaho later that day. Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard said Hoquiam and Aberdeen crews remained on the scene for hours after a house fire in the 700 block of 8th Avenue on top of Arnold Hill.
Responding units said the home was well involved when they arrived around 5. A couple of neighbors used a ladder to rescue David and Pat Irwin from a window before fire officials responded, their 54-year-old daughter, Kristal, and her 26-year-old daughter, Courtney were lost in the fire in the 700 block of 8th Avenue on top of Arnold Hill.
Responding units said the home was well involved when they arrived just after 5 A.M. Friday.

One neighbor described “A fellow had the ladder up to the window and he and another guy went into the house, and he carried out the grandma over his shoulder kicking and screaming because her grand daughter was still in the house.”

Another woman was transported by aid from the scene. Hubbard said two were killed in the fire.

Hubbard said in a press release Friday afternoon that while they were en route, radio reports from Grays Harbor E911 Dispatch Center advised that occupants were trapped inside the structure. The Battalion Chief upgraded the response to a 2nd Alarm while still enroute to the scene.
On arrival, the 1st and 2nd floor of the residence was fully involved in fire. The initial fire ground operational mode was declared as Rescue but later changed to Defensive as on-scene personnel were unable to gain access to the residence due to the extreme fire conditions. There were two adult civilian fire fatalities from this fire. The Grays Harbor County Coroners Office will be handling victim identification and release of information.
Prior to the arrival of the Aberdeen Fire Department, neighbors with the assistance of the first arriving Aberdeen Police Officer were instrumental in saving the lives of three occupants. One occupant had exited the structure through a 2nd floor window onto the roof and was instructed to jump down to them. Two neighbors also placed a ladder to a 1st floor window and pulled two other occupants from the structure.

At the time of this media release the origin and cause of the fire are still under investigation by both the Aberdeen Fire and Police Departments.

Neighbors pull resident from burning home in Aberdeen

Aberdeen and Hoquiam units are still searching through the rubble of a house fire in the 700 block of 8th Avenue on top of Arnold Hill earlier this morning. Responding units reported the home was well involved when they arrived around 5. A couple of neighbors used a ladder to rescue an elderly couple from the home. Neighbor Mark lives just a block away, he tells KBKW “A fellow had the ladder up to the window and he and another guy went into the house, and he carried out the grandma over his shoulder kicking and screaming because her grand daughter was still in the house.”
The older couple was out safe this morning, their adult daughter was transported by aid from the scene. There have been reports of children in the home, but Fire Chief Tom Hubbard tells us they cannot confirm that at this time.
Hubbard thanked the neighbors and Aberdeen Police for their quick response before units arrived.

UPDATE: Sorry Chief…. Tips sought after child reports man asking her to get in a vehicle while walking to school

Aberdeen and Hoquiam Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a possible luring suspect who followed a girl with his truck across Myrtle street Wednesday.
Hoquiam Sgt. Jeff Salstrom tells us at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aberdeen Police officers were dispatched to contact a 13 year old girl who advised she was walking to school and had been contacted by a male subject in a vehicle who offered her a ride and then later was seen watching her.

The 13 year old said she was walking to catch her bus at about 7:15 a.m. in the alley near the Washington State Patrol office in Hoquiam. A white male subject in his 30’s, driving what was described as a light brown “smaller” Toyota pick-up with a silver colored rear bumper pulled up alongside of her. She said the male asked her if she wanted a ride and when she declined, became more insistent and asked “are you sure?” When she again said “no” the subject drove towards Simpson Avenue.

The girl missed her bus and was returning home. She then noticed the vehicle and the male subject parked in the lot of Grocery Outlet watching her. She continued home without further incident. Unfortunately it was nearly 11 hours before this incident was reported to police.

The male subject is described as being white, in his 30’s, with short brown hair, clean shaven, with crooked teeth.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Grays Harbor 911 center at (360) 533-8765.


CORRECTION: Sgt. Jeff Salstrom provided the press release, everyone in my head typed Myers (as in Police Chief Jeff Myers) instead of Salstrom this morning. Sorry for the demotion chief, we have resent corrected hard copies to everyone that got this in the “mail” earlier today. Also sorry to Sgt. Salstrom, although you might like to know the chief was harassed all day by people thinking he was demoted.

Tips sought in Aberdeen shooting that sends one to hospital, one to jail

Aberdeen police investigated a shooting this morning that sent one to the hospital, Police Captain John Green tells us at about 3 this morning they responded to reports of 4 to 5 people fighting at the Travel Lure Hotel on Wishkah Street. Arriving officers found evidence of a weapon being fired at the scene.
Green said a 37 year old Taholah male was located in a room and appeared to have gun shot wounds. The Aberdeen Fire Department treated and then transported the victim to the GH Community Hospital.

A Cosmopolis Officer that responded found a 17 year old Aberdeen man with a a concealed semi-automatic handgun, he was arrested on a bench warrant and taken to the Aberdeen Police Department. The handgun was seized.

Officers described three other men of interest as about 17 to 21 years of age, possibly Hispanic or Native American, described as wearing all black jackets, shorts, and baseball style hats.
They apparently fled right after the victim was shot, in a 1996 to 1999 Honda Accord with dark tinted windows and alloy wheels.

Aberdeen Detectives were called out and are continuing to process the scene, Wishkah Street in front of the Travel Lure was closed until about 7:00 A.M.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180 or the tip line at 538-4450.

Assault Investigation closes Wishkah street in Aberdeen early Friday morning

Traffic has returned to normal on Wishkah street in downtown Aberdeen, after police had the street blocked off at Michigan street for several hours this morning, investigating an apparent assault near the Travelure motel. Police were looking through bushes near the busy intersection, and using the Hoquiam command truck to spotlight the parking lot near Comcast as they investigated the scene.
No further details were available from Aberdeen police at the time of this report.

Family argument nets Aberdeen arrest after man allegedly holds knife to his sister’s throat

Aberdeen police arrested a man who allegedly held a knife to his sister’s throat during an argument Sunday evening. Police Captain John Green tells us they were called to a home in the 2100 block of Cherry street just after 6 Sunday.

A 34 year old man was apparently arguing with his 42 year old sister, both live at the home. Green said two others in the home reported the suspect displayed a knife and put it to his sister’s throat. No injuries were reported.

The suspect was arrested without incident on a charge of Assault in the First Degree.

Arrest made after Aberdeen homeowner interrupts burglary, chases suspect, reports plate

Aberdeen Police arrested a 23 year old Aberdeen man last week for residential burglary, after a homeowner in the 100 block of East 10th street interrupted a burglary Thursday evening, chased the suspect to a getaway car, then reported the license plate.

Police Captain John Green tells us at about 5:27 P.M. Thursday, they responded to a home in the 100 block of East 10th on the report that the resident had come home and interrupted a male subject who was allegedly burglarizing the home.
It was reported that the suspect fled on foot and was chased by the home owners. The suspect then got into a white Honda car and fled the area. The home owners obtained the license plate of the fleeing car.
Officers located the car parked and unattended about 3/4 of a mile away from the victims home. The Aberdeen Police K-9 team of Steve Timmons and Titus was brought in and they conducted a track from the area of the suspects vehicle. The vehicle was impounded by the investigating officers.
At about 7:27 P.M. a suspect was located in the area of West 9th street by Aberdeen Officers. He is a 23 year old Aberdeen male. He was arrested for Residential Burglary and two unrelated Aberdeen Municipal Court arrest warrants for Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree.
The case has been assigned to an Aberdeen Detective and the investigation is continuing.