Aberdeen standoff ends in arrest, body remains on scene as investigation continues

Detectives are processing the scene today at a home where a 9 hour standoff blocked traffic on Oak street in Aberdeen Friday afternoon. Detective Art Laur tells us they returned to the crime scene early this morning and continued with the processing of the residence located in the 600 Block of Oak St.  Detectives with the Hoquiam Police Department are currently at the scene assisting.

The suspect is identified as Monique L. Preston (a 47 year old Aberdeen resident).  Preston is currently in custody at the Grays Harbor County Jail on the charge of Murder in the Second Degree.  The victim in the crime has been identified but his identity will not be released at this time pending the notification of family.

A source tells us earlier that morning they heard several rapid noises that sounded like shots from a pistol coming from the home. Police Captain John Green said yesterday. “There was a call earlier this morning, people in the neighborhood thought it was shots fired. Officers checked the area, didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. We got another call early afternoon, man down at this residence. Detectives responded along with patrol, there was a male deceased still on scene, outside the residence.”
That body remained on scene Saturday morning, and is being processed by the Grays Harbor County Coroner after it is cleared as part of the crime scene. Laur said family members are being contacted before a name will be released.
The standoff began after that body was discovered by the head medic unit at the Aberdeen Fire Department just after noon Friday. Green said that police made contact with the woman in the home “Officers are familiar with her, we made a phone call in. She made some statements to us, something to the effect that she was armed and not coming out.”

The Regional Crisis Response Unit setup containment around the area, and evacuated people willing to leave their homes in the 3 blocks surrounding the scene. Some chose to stay in the homes, and were later seen on their own porches waiting for the confrontation to come to an end.

Oak Street was blocked, and traffic trying to get to the hospital was left to learn on their own that Basich Boulevard is open behind the hospital, and serves as an alternate route.

The Aberdeen Police Department’s Mine Resistant Amored Personnel Carrier was used to move people onto Oak Street, and out of the line of fire. Officers from Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Montesano, Grays Harbor County, and the Washington State Patrol attempted to make contact with Preston throughout the day. Family members also were heard over a loud speaker system used to blast noises into the home from Oak street.

As the evening progressed police continued to fire gas canisters into the home through broken windows, while the loudspeakers blasted noises into the yard. Around 9 Friday evening police began to enter the home and setup containment in several rooms, where Laur tells us Preston was located in a room and taken into custody without incident. Preston was evaluated by the Aberdeen Fire Department before being taken into custody and transported to the Aberdeen Police Department where she remains held.

The 600 block of Oak St remains closed at this time and will remain closed until the investigation is complete.  The roadway is expected to be open for traffic later this evening.

An autopsy on the victim is expected to be performed later this weekend.  This is an on-going investigation.

Aberdeen standoff on Oak street after police find body on porch

UPDATE: The woman has surrendered and is in custody, the Grays Harbor County Corroner is removing the body discovered this morning. A name is expected to be released in the coming days.

Earlier today police from several agencies barricaded multiple blocks of Cherry Street in Aberdeen after finding a body on the front porch of a home at the corner of Oak and Cherry. Police captain John Green tells us officers responded to a shots fired complaint earlier this morning to find the body of a man on the porch. They made telephone contact with the woman inside the home who told them she was not coming out and that she was armed. Green said they have not recovered the body from the front porch and have not been able to make an identification, they also have not confirmed a weapon or cause of death. A negotiator was called in earlier today and Police have established a command center. Green says officers are familiar with the woman.

Ericka Manwell named Aberdeen Rotary Club Student of the Month for May

The Aberdeen Rotary Club has announced Ericka Manwell as the May Student of the Month. Erica has been a member of the Honor roll for four years and is graduating 10th in her class. She is a 10 year varsity letter winner, ten time scholar athlete, and was Captain of her soccer and basketball teams.

Ericka Manwell

Erica addressed Rotary at their weekly meeting saying, “I’ve participated in the Little Dribblers Basketball Camp for three years. I love the sport and little kids so it was the perfect activity for me. I helped them learn how to dribble, shoot, pass, play defense, and rebound. All of the kids really enjoyed the camp and I would volunteer for any soccer or basketball camp again in a heartbeat”.


Ericka was selected CEO of her company for Aberdeen Rotary  Business Week.  She is the daughter of Stephanie and Ricky Manwell and plans to attend the University of Washington.  Her field of interest is in education.

Each year the Rotary Club of Aberdeen honors Aberdeen High School Seniors through the Student of the Month recognition and scholarship program. One senior is recognized each month October through May. Two of these eight students are then selected in June for either the $1000 “Blue” or $2000 “Gold” scholarship to the school of their choice.

Vehicle prowl suspect arrested in Aberdeen, more victims sought

Aberdeen Police are asking neighbors near Tecumseh street to check their vehicles, Captain John Green tells us at about 6:42 this morning, officers responded to the 1100 block of Tecumseh street as a person was reporting interrupting a suspect in a vehicle prowl.  Officers were given a description of the male suspect who fled on a bike.
Responding Corporal Parkinson located a male matching the description fleeing the area on a bike as a vehicle alarm was sounding in the area.
Officers responded to the area as Corporal Parkinson gave chase.
The suspect, a 21 year old Aberdeen male, fled onto the Robert Gray School area.  The suspect was caught in the 1100 block of Arthur Street where he was taken into custody for two counts of vehicle prowl.  The suspect was transported to the City of Aberdeen jail where he was booked  for two counts of vehicle prowl.
Property located from the suspect leads the investigating officer to believe that other vehicle prowls or thefts may of occurred.  Anyone who was a victim of a vehicle prowl or other theft in the last few days is asked to report the incident to the Aberdeen Police.

Transient man attacked near Aberdeen campsite along Chehalis River

An Aberdeen transient was attacked by another near the Chehalis River Bridge this week. Captain John Green with the the Aberdeen Police Department reports they were called to Safeway on 5/20/15 at about 8:10 A.M. on the report that a 50 year old transient male subject was reporting being assaulted. It was reported that the victim had injuries to his head and left arm.  Aberdeen Fire Department paramedics were on scene treating the victim.
Officers were told that a 59 year old transient had attacked the victim over a alleged failure of repaying a debt to the suspect.  The victim said he was attacked by the suspect who hit repeatedly with a stick.
The Aberdeen Police responded to an area 300 feet South of River Street, between L and M Street where it was reported that the assault had occurred.  This area is generally occupied by homeless persons and is near the Chehalis River.
The suspect was located at the GH Mission and was taken into custody.  He was transported to the City of Aberdeen jail where he was booked for Assault 2nd. The investigation is continuing.

Six injured after driver falls asleep, rolls truck on U.S. Route 101

Two adults and three children were injured after a driver fell asleep and rolled their truck off of U.S. Route 101 about 35 miles North of Hoquiam this morning. The Washington State Patrol reports a 26 year old Forks man was driving a 2003 Chevy Silverado North on 101 when it left the road to the right, struck an embankment, rolled, and struck another embankment just after midnight Tuesday morning. A 30 year old Forks woman, and 3 children age 10, 9, and 3, were injured, an 8 year old was also involved but it was unknown if they were injured. All were transported by aid to Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries. Trooper Bryan said their truck was totaled, and charges could be pending.

Aberdeen VFW invites the public to Memorial Day celebration

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, was designated a holiday to help American citizens remember the sacrifice and death of U.S. military members in wars to protect the freedoms we enjoy.

The Aberdeen Veterans of Foreign Wars will be celebrating Memorial Day in two ways again this year: first by participating in the annual Ceremony at Fern Hill Cemetery at 11:00am, and then by hosting a BBQ, open to the public, at the Aberdeen VFW post from 11am – 6 pm at the Aberdeen VFW post at 105 East Heron.

The Aberdeen Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting a Barbeque, Monday, Memorial Day, May 25th, from 11am – 5 pm at the Aberdeen VFW post at 105 East Heron, to celebrate Memorial Day and to raise money for the repairs recently completed on their building.

They will be serving baskets including either a hamburger, fries, and pop, for $8 or a hotdog, fries, and pop for $7 (seating will be indoors).

The Service Officer will be available to provide information on benefits to veterans and their families. Post members will be available to speak with any veterans who might be interested in becoming members. In the parking lot will be the Lytle Racing American Veterans Tribute race car for public viewing. There will also be a raffle for Free Dinner Certificates, and a 50/50.

Filing week leaves over 20 seats open in Grays Harbor County, plans for a 3 day filing period

Filing week wrapped up Friday evening with 23 additional filings in Grays Harbor County. Incumbent mayors of Aberdeen, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano, and Westport will defend their seats in the August primary.

In Aberdeen, Mayor Bill Simpson faces Erik Larson and Jack Micheau. While Councilwoman Margo Shortt defends her seat against Elaine Redner and Courtney Cook.

In Elma, there is a four-way race for Mayor, as incumbent David Osgood is now challenged by former Mayor Earl Hari, Jim Sorenson, and Elroy Papke.

Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney faces current Councilwoman Jasmine Dickhoff and former Councilman John Wiedl. Montesano Mayor Ken Estes faces Councilman Tyler Trimble and Vini Samuel, and Westport Mayor Michael Bruce faces current Councilman Rob Bearden and Jim Lang.

Westport Councilwoman Pat Gardner will defend her seat against Jerry Schlaupitz and Brandi Holmes.

We’ll see an August Primary race for Stan Pinnick’s Port Commissioner seat, he is challenged by Jackie Farra and Richard Sinclair.

In Washington’s Top 2 Primary voting system the two candidates who receive the most votes in the August Primary Election qualify for the November General Election. Candidates must also receive at least 1% of the votes cast in that race to advance to the General Election.

The November General election will see Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge Stephen Brown challenged by Jean Cotton.

In Aberdeen, the winners of the August Primary race for Mayor, as well as Councilman Doug Paling challenged by Kathi Prieto for his Ward 2 seat, Councilman Jeff Cook defends his seat against Kathleen Kachman in Ward 3, and Pat Gordon and Dee Anne Shaw are competing in Ward 6 for Jerry Mills seat.

In Cosmopolis Mayor Frank Chestnut is unopposed, Councilman Kyle Pauley will defend his appointed seat against Dale Andrews, and Mark Collett has filed to challenge incumbent Jim Ancich. Pauley is also Elections Administrator for the county, and said that the possibility of being in the election has been discussed in early job interviews and “steps will be made to eliminate any conflicts with either office.”

In Elma, the winners of the four-way August race for Mayor. Councilman Charles Butterfield defends his seat against Shadel Carter, while Ron Mullins and Jim Taylor will face off for Councilman Debbie Thurman’s seat.

In Hoquiam, the winners of the August Primary race for Mayor. Councilman Kevin Swope will defend his Ward 3 seat against Marcus Briscoe, while Councilman Ron Tibbetts will face Brenda Carlstrom for his appointed Ward 5 seat and Councilman Paul McMillan will face Dave Wilson Sr. for his Ward 1 seat. Councils Ben Winnkleman and Kim Simera are running unnapposed to re-election.

In McCleary Councilman Tom Reed defends his seat against Chris Vessey.

In Montesano, the top two for Mayor from the August Primary. Councilman Ian Cope will face Ken Carlson for his appointed seat, Councilwoman Pam McElliot is challenged by Dan Wood, and Councilman Ken Walkington will defend his seat against challenger Dave Skaramuca. Nikki King, and Barry Iverson have filed for Lyle Powell’s seat.

In Ocean Shores, Mayor Crystal Dingler will defend her seat against challenger Susan Conniry. John Schroeder has filed to challenge Dan Overton for his Position 3 seat, while Holly Plackett and John Farra have filed for Schroeder’s Position 2 seat. Dennis Schulte and Jon Martin are running for Ginny Hill’s Position 4 seat, Bob Peterson and Dan Marlowe are running for Randy Scott’s seat.

In Westport, the top two for Mayor from the August Primary.

Elections Administrator Kyle Pauley said Grays Harbor had over 20 offices with no filings, “These offices will be subject to a Special 3 Day Filing period in the near future to give candidates an opportunity to file. Not all offices will be open for filing during this period. Only those lacking candidates.”


Seats left empty after filing week include Jasmine Dickoff’s Ward 2 seat on the Hoquiam Council, and an entire Parks district.

Dave Palmer’s District 1 seat on the Cosmopolis School District, Stephen Buck’s District 4 seat on the North Beach School District, James Banas’ Position 3 seat on the North River School District, and Steve Mittge’s District 3, and Donald Secena’s Position 4 seats on the Oakville School District.

Jerry Jones, and Ken Carlyle’s seats on the Fire District 4 board were left open, and no one filed for 1 currently empty seat on the Fire District 6 and 10 boards, or either of two open seats on Fire District 8, and 15 boards

No one filed for any of the 5 open seats on the Grays Harbor Park and Recreation District, or any of the 3 open seats on the Cemetery District

Aberdeen woman arrested after threatening to kill person with pistol

Aberdeen police arrested a woman for displaying a weapon and threatening to kill a South side man.

Lieutenant Kevin Darst tells us just before 2 Sunday afternoon all available Aberdeen units responded to the 600 block of Stockwell for the report of a weapons display. The suspect, a 55 year old female with gray hair, had threatened to kill the victim according to the reporting party.
The reporting party said on their Facebook page that some friends were leaving with their children when they saw a woman walking on their property. They said the woman reached into another person’s vehicle and came back with a pistol, pointed it in their face and said “I have one for you *expletive*” They ran back into their house as another person inside called police.

Darst said that a search of the area was conducted and the suspect was located and arrested without further incident. The weapon was also located and secured. The crime scene was investigated and the suspect was transported to jail.

Aberdeen Fire Department honors retiring Captain Mark Dulin

The Aberdeen Fire Department last night celebrated a retirement, Chief Tom Hubbard told the council “Tonight I would like to recognize Captain Mark Dulin, who is retiring on May 31st 2015 after serving 37 years and 3 months with the Aberdeen Fire Department.”

Chief Tom Hubbard’s speech at the Aberdeen City Council meeting on 5/13/15

Hired first as a dispatcher in 1978, Dulin became a firefighter 9 months later. “Mark has exemplified everything you’d expect from an officer, honor, tradition, and selfless dedication to providing safety to the citizens of Aberdeen, and those that he worked with.” VFW Firefighter of the year for 2012, Mark Dulin has been a firefighter paramedic for over 37 years.