McCleary man arrested after stealing motorbike in front of deputy

A 46 year old McCleary man was arrested overnight, after running from deputies, stealing a mini bike in front of one, leading them on a brief chase before he was caught in an East county yard. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us last night at approximately 7:00 pm, a deputy observed two men in a heated argument and preparing to fight in the 400 block of West Simpson Avenue in McCleary. As the deputy approached, one of the males, who was not wearing a shirt, fled on a bicycle. The deputy made contact with the other male and determined that no assault had taken place. The man advised he just did not like the other person and wanted him off his property. The man gave the deputy a name for the subject who fled however there was no computer record found.
Approximately 40 minutes later, a citizen called to report the person who fled from the deputy earlier was seen in the 800 block of Elma McCleary Road. In an attempt to identify this person, McCleary PD and the deputy checked the area and again found the shirtless man however he immediately fled into a nearby wooded area. The officers did not give chase as they still did not have a crime. Shortly thereafter, Deputy Gay with his K-9 partner Max, had arrived in the area and observed the same shirtless man standing next to another male on Elma Hicklin Road just west of Church Road. The other male was holding onto a mini-bike. Once the shirtless man saw Deputy Gay, he grabbed at the mini-bike and fought briefly with the other male, eventually pushing him down and fleeing on the mini-bike. Deputy Gay pursued the mini-bike at speeds between 30-40 mph. The suspect then headed east in the westbound lane of Elma Hicklin Road before dumping the bike in a yard near the 800 block on Elma Hicklin Road. At this time, the other deputy along with two McCleary officers had arrived on scene. Deputy Gay with his K-9 partner Max chased the suspect around the residence. The suspect circled the home and then attempted to get back on the mini-bike. The suspect was contacted by the officers however continued to resist arrest. He was eventually taken into custody.
The man was a 46 year old McCleary resident who had a number of outstanding felony warrants. He was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on the warrants, Robbery 2nd for forcibly stealing the mini-bike for the owner, as well as Eluding, Resisting Arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

Teen arrested for breaking into Brady store, was on probation for breaking into Brady store

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department has arrested two men in connection with burglaries at businesses in Ocean Shores and Brady, one of them was on probation for breaking into the same store a month earlier.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us on Tuesday, Montesano police were investigating an unrelated complaint when they found the two suspects, brothers aged 20 and 15 were arrested on burglary charges. A search warrant on their Montesano home revealed evidence from burglaries of the Sunshine Deli in Hogan’s Corner, and the Brady Food Mart in Brady last month.
Shumate said the two later admitted to their involvement in both burglaries, the 15 year old was already on probation for his involvement in a previous burglary of the Brady store in April.

Woman’s throat slashed after party in Grays Harbor County

A 25 year old Aberdeen man remains in jail on two counts of Assault in the First Degree after allegedly slashing the throat of a Wishkah Road resident at the end of a party early Sunday morning.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department reports the man was passed out at the home in the 50 block of Johnson Road as the 51 year old woman was being taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen by her husband. He was taken into custody without incident, a 22 year old neighbor who was at the home at the time of the attack told investigators that they had hosted a party earlier that night, and while most had left the suspect and two victims were the last three awake when he became violent and slashed at them with a knife.
The commotion woke her husband and while the three began to subdue him he passed out – and remained that way until officers woke him around 3 Sunday morning.
The husband immediately took his wife to the hospital. Shumate said upon arrival, deputies met the husband in the parking lot and the victim was rushed in.  The cut to her throat was significant however not life threatening.  It was also determined that the reporting party had sustained a number of cut wounds as well however did not require hospitalization.  The suspect was extremely intoxicated and had to be taken to the hospital to be cleared for incarceration.  It appears that the attack was unprovoked and without notice.  He is currently in the Grays Harbor County Jail on two counts of Assault 1st degree.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff warns of increased vehicle prowls in East county

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is warning of recent car prowl incidents and “crimes of opportunity.”
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us two separate vehicle prowls occurred west of Elma between Sunday evening (06/08/14) and Monday morning. One vehicle prowl occurred to a 2013 Chrysler van at a residence in the 100 block of Firlawn Drive which is off of Monte Elma Road. A navigational system and two sets of head phones were taken.

The other vehicle prowl occurred to a 2002 Ford Explorer at a residence on Hennick Place which is off of Firlawn Drive. Stolen from this vehicle was a purse that contained credit cards. Fraudulent charges had already been made on some of the cards when the victim noticed the theft. Investigators are working on leads surrounding the charges.

Shumate said it appears that both vehicles were left unlocked at the time of the crimes.

Anyone with information on this crime or others are urged to call the sheriff’s office at 360-249-3711.

Arrest made in attempted Oakville home invasion robbery, one remains at large

One of the suspects in an Oakville home invasion has been arrested, Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies and Chehalis Tribal Police located the 24 year old Oakville man on Balch Road in Oakville around 2 Wednesday afternoon.
He was booked for Attempted Robbery 1st degree, Burglary, and assault. Police are actively pursuing the second suspect, a 28 year old man, also from Oakville.

Leonard M. Young, a 28 year old Oakville man. Young is approximately 5-08 tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information is asked the call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765
Leonard M. Young, a 28 year old Oakville man. Young is approximately 5-08 tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information is asked the call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765

Both are suspected of breaking into an Oakville home on May first and assaulting the man and woman who lived there, they fled when a mask was removed from one man’s face.
Investigators are continuing to develop information to determine if these suspects were also involved in the Robbery to the Marijuana dispensary a month prior.

Shumate said this morning that 24 year old Derrick D. Klatush remains in custody and has been formally charged with Attempted Robbery, Burglary, and Assault.

The second suspect in this case has also been charged and a warrant issued for his arrest.  His name is Leonard M. Young, a 28 year old Oakville man.  Young is approximately 5-08 tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked the call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765 or the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711.

Two suspects sought in Oakville home invasion, motive may have been related to casino winnings

Police are working to locate two suspects in a home invasion robbery in Oakville early yesterday morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s department tells us two masked men kicked in the door to an Alder street home in Oakville and assaulted the man and woman inside.
Shumate said the Oakville men are both in their 20’s, and apparently brandished machetes when they broke into the home just after 5 Thursday morning. At some point during the confrontation the mask of one of the suspects was removed and a possible identity obtained. The suspects fled the residence without taken anything. A possible motive for the assault may have been due to recent casino winnings by the victims.

Home invasion robbery in Oakville and high speed chase not related, some suspects still at large

A home invasion robbery in Oakville was not related to a vehicle pursuit in the same area this morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s department tells us before 5 this morning, two masked men kicked in the door to a residence in the 200 block of East Alder Street in Oakville and assaulted the adult male and female residents. During the altercation, it appears that the mask of one of the suspects had been removed and a possible identity obtained. The suspects fled the residence without taken anything.

At this point, investigators are on scene and working on developing suspects and determining a possible motive.

There had been a vehicle pursuit from the general area as well that was originated by Chehalis Tribal Police. GHCSO deputies became involved in that pursuit and it ended when the suspect vehicle crashed near SR 12 and Mox Chehalis Road (Malone). Three occupants had been detained from that vehicle however the driver fled on foot. A county K-9 was called in to assist with locating the driver however at this point, the suspect/detainees of this pursuit do not appear to be involved with the Oakville Robbery.

More information will be released when it is available.

Burglary suspect identified when mom reports him missing

Four Montesano teens were arrested in connection with a burglary at the Brady Food Mart early Tuesday morning, after one parent filed a missing persons report that matched the description of their suspect. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office reports on Tuesday April 15th at about 4:07 am, deputies were dispatched to the Brady Food Mart in Brady (Montesano) reference a burglary which occurred sometime during the night. The building does have video surveillance and investigators learned that two unknown males in their late teens to early 20’s broke the front window to gain access to the business at approximately 12:47 am. The subjects stole a number of items before fleeing the scene. The video was able to give investigators detailed information on the subjects clothing and general description. Later this morning at approximately 6:24 am, Montesano PD responded to a runaway complaint reference the parent’s teenage son that had not returned home from the night prior. When clothing information was given for the runaway, it was similar to one of the suspects of the Food Mart burglary.

Deputies responded with Montesano PD to the complaint and learned of three additional male subjects that the runaway had been with. Montesano PD and deputies continued to look for the subjects throughout the day. None of the subjects had attended school that day however.

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 5:21 pm, a concerned citizen called to report 4 juvenile males walking in the 100 block of Monte Brady Road (Montesano). A detective with the Sheriff’s department along with an officer with Montesano PD contacted the 4 subjects and eventually determined that they were involved with the Brady Food Mart burglary. All 4 subjects were arrested and interviewed. The subjects were then released to their respective parents however reports will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office recommending charges of burglary. Three of the subjects were Montesano students all 15 years of age. The other subject was a 16 year old Aberdeen student.

Two arrested after attempting to load U-Haul from East County shop

Two men were arrested yesterday after they apparently pulled their grandfather’s rented U-Haul up to the back of a building and began loading tools from a shop in rural East Grays Harbor County. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office tells KBKW at about 3:40 Wednesday afternoon, deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Monte Elma Road (just east of Brady) reference a reported burglary in progress.  A resident at that location called to report a U-Haul backed up to his nearby shop and two men who appeared to be loading items from his shop into the U-Haul.  The home owner actually confronted the suspects and blocked the driveway to his shop however the suspects did not cause any problems and remained until deputies arrived shortly thereafter.  Deputies detained a 33 year old Lacey man and a 37 year old Olympia man.  Deputies then found that the two men had stacked several tools up next to the entry door and were preparing to place them into the U-Haul.

Grays Harbor vehicle prowls on the rise, mostly taking advantage of unlocked doors

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of vehicle prowls throughout the county that seem to be taking advantage of unlocked doors.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us on Tuesday deputies took several reports of vehicle prowls that occurred around the Clemons Road area of Montesano, and East Central Park (Aberdeen). The prowls appear to have occurred between Sunday night and early Monday morning. All but one of the vehicle prowls involved items taken from unlocked vehicles. The one vehicle prowl where forced entry was made most likely occurred because the vehicle had a number of power tools inside, to include a chainsaw, Skill saw, reciprocating saw, etc. All of those items were stolen. Items taken from the other vehicle prowls included purses, car keys, raingear, cell phone chargers, etc. The specific locations of the vehicle prowls and thefts occurred on Englund Avenue (Montesano), residences in the 100-200 block of Clemons Road, and Haek Lane of Central Park.