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Hoquiam Sergeant Jeff Salstrom receives life saving award

Hoquiam Police Sergeant Jeff Salstrom was honored last night, Chief Jeff Myers spoke before the city council meeting “The department is very proud today to present Sgt. Salstrom with the Life saving medal. This occurred back in October, Salstrom was first on the scene of what turned out to be a dog attacking three children in the backyard of a home on the East side of town.
In a story we brought you last October, Salstrom saved two children and their babysitter from the family dog, their babysitter recounted those tense moments “We were on the trampoline, the dog came up on the trampoline and I had to jump off and I fell and she fell and the dog started getting her and I just had to grab her and throw her into the shed, then I had to get the dog off of me.
Salstrom found the large mastiff type dog biting the head of an 8 year old boy, as a 15 year old babysitter, and a three year old girl were taking shelter in an open shed in the yard.
Chief Myers added last night “I am proud to award the life saving medal award in recognition of Sgt. Salstrom’s actions and I would indicate here that he demonstrated exactly the decisive action and bravery that we expect, recognize, and appreciate here at the Hoquiam Police Department.

Aberdeen man sells nearly 5k in stolen metal for $139.60, shipping label included

Stolen Metal

Hoquiam investigators are working to identify a second person responsible for nearly $5,000 in metal cuttings heads and brackets that were scrapped for 139.60 recently. Chief Jeff Myers tells us a scrap processing company in Hoquiam notified Officer Hergert after a suspicious purchase last week. The cutting heads were still in bubble wrap, and a box of brackets still had a shipping label addressed to Vaughn Pump in Montesano.

Antonio B. Sarabia, age 22 of Aberdeen, was arrested and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Trafficking in Stolen Property 1st Degree after he sold $4,500 in machine cutting-heads stolen from Vaughn Pump for $139.60 in scrap.

Myers said on January 30, 2014 at about 10 A.M. employees at a scrap processing company in Hoquiam notified Officer Hergert of a suspicious purchase which had come in just prior to closing the day before.

Stolen MetalOfficer Hergert examined a brass propeller, a box of orange shelf brackets and another box of machined solid metal pipe boring cutting heads. The cutting heads appeared to be new as they were still in a box in bubble wrap. The box of shelf brackets still had a shipping label attached for Vaughn Pump in Montesano.

The propeller, shelf brackets and cutter heads had been sold by Antonio Sarabia for a total of $139.60 in scrap.

Officer Hergert contacted Vaughn Pump which verified the shelf brackets and cutting heads were from the company. They reported a series of ongoing thefts where these sort of industrial items had come up missing. No one knew Sarabia nor had he been given permission to possess or sell the equipment.

The 140 shelf brackets had a total value of around $280 while the 19 cutter heads were valued at $4,500. Ownership of the propeller was not determined.

Sarabia admitted he knew the items were stolen. He indicated he was tasked to sell the stolen items and split the proceeds with another person. Sarabia denied he had stolen the items himself.

Sarabia was booked for Trafficking in Stolen Property in the First Degree which is a Class B felony. The investigation is ongoing to identify the other person involved.

Detectives learn purse-snatching victim was selling her pills, shut down drug house with “rest of the story”

The victim said the suspect was able to rip the purse from her hands and he fled westbound on foot down an alley. The victim suffered scrape marks during the struggle and was not otherwise injured.

Hoquiam units responded to the area to establish containment with the assistance of Aberdeen Police units. Aberdeen PD called out their canine team and a track was conducted from the scene; but the suspect was not located at that time.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned the victim had received a phone call from a neighbor asking about her whereabouts. The victim indicated she was at the pharmacy getting a prescription filled. It was not coincidental the robbery occurred immediately upon her return to her apartment building.

The neighbor was arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant from the Hoquiam Municipal Court and booked into the City Jail. He was interviewed by detectives into the evening at which point they learned he had not only called the victim, but apparently had been assisting the victim with selling her prescription pain medication on the street in the past.

Detectives re-interviewed the victim and confirmed that the victim had been selling her pills. This also led to specific information as to the identity of the robbery suspect as well as the suspect’s residence in the 2100 block of Broadway Ave in Hoquiam. Officers were very familiar with the suspect and his residence due to prior cases and frequent neighborhood complaints about the location.

On Friday, November 8th, detectives were able to secure a search warrant for the home in the 2100 block of Broadway Ave based on the information learned to date in the investigation. Hoquiam officers served the search warrant with the assistance of the Aberdeen CRU Team.

Tactical officers were used to assist in serving the search warrant as the suspect was wanted for the armed robbery and was already out on bail regarding another HPD case. The suspect was already facing five to six years in prison if convicted of the prior offense. There was a concern for the safety of the officers as well as the cooperation of the suspect and others known to reside or commonly be present at the home.

The warrant was served at 1608 hours and six occupants were detained, including the robbery suspect. During a search of the premises, detectives recovered heroin, drug packaging, cash and prescription pills of the same type as those taken in the robbery.

Since the residence is a rental, the landlord will be served notice of the drug violations pursuant to state law.

The suspect, a 35-year old Hoquiam man was subsequently booked in the county jail on pending felony charges. Detectives have continued to interview witnesses (and persons with information) as the case is still under active investigation.

“I am very proud of the work of our officers and detectives in solving this robbery so quickly, especially once we learned the rest of the story.  At the same time, this drug house has been shut down, hopefully for good.  Targeting drug dealers and locations is one of our three department Focus Points.” –Chief Jeff Myers

Purse robbery near Grays Harbor YMCA prompts brief lockdown

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The YMCA of Grays Harbor was on lockdown this morning, after Hoquiam police report a purse robbery at knifepoint two blocks away. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us a K-9 unit was called in to assist, and police are working to contain a suspect in the area. The robbery was reported in the 2700 block of Aberdeen Avenue. We’ll give you more details as they become available.

The YMCA reports they are no longer locked down, and were given a desciption of the man as a white male, age 25, about 5’9″ heavyset with no facial hair wearing a blue hoody.

Hoquiam police nab “Chehalis River pirates”

Hoquiam river theft

A brief inspection of the boat indicated it lacked a visible serial or hull number and did not display any sort of vessel registration. There also were no personal floatation devices onboard, nor any other required safety equipment.

The boat with motor was impounded by the Hoquiam Police Department and will be held pending an inspection by the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit.

Clemons was booked at the Aberdeen City Jail; his partner was released pending further investigation. Both will be submitted for charges of possession of stolen property.

“This has become another extension of the metal theft epidemic we are battling in the Harbor. I felt it was the best to impound the boat to take it away from those who use these derelict vessels to access remote private property along the water’s edge to steal metal. Ironically enough, we already have another boat impounded at our station which we believe belongs to the same individual.” –Chief Jeff Myers

Hoquiam police proud of DEA Drug Takeback Day results

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Results from another Prescription Drug Takeback day are in, 76 people dropped off 166 pounds of prescription medication for disposal on Saturday. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us to date, the station has collected and disposed of 773 pounds of unwanted local medication since 2010.

It’s a great opportunity to get rid of medications, and we’re really proud to be able to collect this medication and get it out of here.” – Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers

If you missed this weekend’s event and still have some meds to drop off, check takebackyourmeds.org for an interactive list of what you can dispose of where, or watch the Hoquiam Police Department for participation in the next national event.

Hoquiam dog attack sends three to hospital

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Two children and a babysitter were attacked by the family dog Friday afternoon, while a two year old was inside the home. Hoquiam Sgt. Jef Salstrom was the first to arrive to the fenced yard in the 2300 block of Sumner Avenue just after 4 Friday. He reported seeing a large mastiff type dog biting the head of an 8 year old boy, a 15 year old babysitter, and a three year old girl were taking shelter in an open shed in the yard.
Salstrom said he used his tazer at first because the boy was in the line of fire for lethal force, however when the dog began to charge at him he said the wires got caught up in bushes. He fired one round at the dog with his weapon, which gave him time get the boy to safety but when he returned for the girls, the dog charged him again. Salstrom said he fired two more rounds at the dog, which staggered and ran behind a shed.
Hoquiam Fire Captain Tim Smith told officers on scene that the boy’s injuries were “extensive,” all three children were transported to Community Hospital for treatment. The babysitter, who’s name we are not releasing, said on facebook that only the boy received stitches for his injuries.

Salstrom said after the children were removed from the yard, Raintree Vet was called in to euthanize the dog at the owner’s request. There was also a two year old boy inside the home at the time of the attack, but he was not involved.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us “the dog is owned by the residents and parents of the three youngest children. Apparently the dog is normally kept inside, but somehow escaped the home and possibly became enraged by the children jumping on the trampoline in the yard.”

This was a dynamic incident and I want to thank the neighbors and other citizens who came to the aid of Sgt. Salstrom as he rescued the children from the yard. I know this was traumatic incident for everyone involved, especially the children, and it will now be a matter of time and patience as the family focuses on healing.” – Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers

Lap dog distraction causes traffic accident in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A 21-year old Hoquiam woman attempted to move the family dog from her lap while driving and swerved into a parked car Friday morning. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us it happened in the 2700 block of Sumner Avenue, a woman was apparently distracted when she swerved to the right and struck the rear of a parked minivan suffering facial injuries.

An infant in a car seat was not injured, the woman was transported to Community Hospital, the dog ran from the vehicle after the impact, but was quickly recovered.

Neither vehicle was operable. The striking vehicle had to be towed from the scene as it was blocking traffic.

lap dog causes traffic accident

Increase in vehicle thefts, prowls, prompts local warning

HOQUIAM, Wash. – An increase in vehicle thefts and prowls in Aberdeen and Hoquiam has prompted local authorities to warn their residents.

Hoquiam Officer James Gaddis tells us so far there have been a total of six vehicle prowls, five of which have occurred within a few block radius in the west side of the city, including O street, Eklund, 3rd and Spruce streets.
All but two of the vehicles prowled were left unlocked. Items taken include two firearms, stereo equipment, and GPS system. All incidents appear to have occurred overnight.

Police Chief Jeff Myers said they are asking residents to make sure they lock their doors, do not leave valuables in the car and immediately report suspicious persons or activity.

Hoquiam Crime Watch Volunteers will be going through the neighborhoods today posting flyers on parked vehicles in the impacted area to spread the word.

Crimereports.com shows 26 incidents this month, and 11 vehicles recovered in Aberdeen and Hoquiam.

Hoquiam Police prep for National Night Out

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
If you want to close your neighborhood street or utilize a City Park for a party during National Night Out, please contact Tracy Wood at the City of Hoquiam Community Services Department at 538-3970 or [email protected] Signs and barricades are available from the city if needed.
The police department will be providing free party items to each block party host. To sign up or to obtain more information regarding this event, call Chief Jeff Myers at 360-532-0892 x 105 or [email protected] or Tracy Wood listed above.