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

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The suspect in a purse snatching incident that locked down the YMCA of Grays Harbor briefly last week has been arrested, and a local drug house shut down according to Police Chief Jeff Myers. When detectives learned that their victim in the case was also selling the type of prescription pills that were stolen, they had the break in the case they needed to move in on a known hot spot.

Myers tells us just before 10 on the morning of November the 7th, Hoquiam officers were called to an armed robbery in the 2700 block of Aberdeen Ave in Hoquiam. The victim, a 49-year old Hoquiam woman, reported a white male wearing a pull-over sweatshirt had approached her outside of her apartment building as she exited her car.

The suspect asked for a cigarette; as the victim opened her purse, the suspect grabbed the purse and attempted to take it from the victim’s grasp. The victim struggled with the suspect over the purse at which point the suspect took a pocket knife from his pants pocket. The victim reported she started yelling for help.

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, Wash. – Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers calls them pirates of the Chehalis river, two men seen floating a stolen piece of aluminum valued at $1,300 across the river Tuesday. Myers tells us just before noon his officers were dispatched to a “suspicious circumstance” at the 28th Street Boat Launch in Hoquiam operated by the Port of Grays Harbor. A citizen reported two subjects in a boat carrying a large piece of metal across the Chehalis River to the boat launch.

Aberdeen Officer Jason Perkinson arrived at the scene and contacted two males with the boat. They had just unloaded an approximate 32 inch by 24 foot all aluminum scaffolding platform onto the dock. According to the reporting party, he had watched the two subjects balance the 24 foot platform across the beam of the boat as they motored slowly across the channel. The citizen indicated it was so large it dwarfed the boat and caused it to sit very low in the water.

One of the boaters, Frank E. Clemens, age 49 of Aberdeen, was subsequently arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from the Aberdeen Municipal Court. He and the other occupant of the boat claimed to have “found” the aluminum scaffolding platform “buried” in the mud on Rennie Island.

It appeared Clemons intended to sell the aluminum for scrap; the current price of aluminum of this nature is 45 cents per pound.

HPD Sgt. Jeff Salstrom was able to locate a company name and phone number on the side of the platform. The company indicated they wanted to recover the item, which new has a value of $1300. Port of Grays Harbor security and maintenance personnel responded to the scene and took possession of the platform until the company could pick it up.

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.

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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

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Tuesday, August 6, 2013, neighborhoods throughout Hoquiam will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” against crime.

Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us last year, 37.5 million people in over 15,000 communities participated in National Night Out, including Hoquiam.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Hoquiam Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies. Myers added “In its 30th year, we expect this to be yet another great event!
National Night Out provides an opportunity for our community members to get to know one another and build strong networks of communication about what’s happening in the neighborhood. Public Officials, Officers, Firefighters and Crime Watch volunteers from Hoquiam as well as an E911 Dispatcher will drop in at each block party to visit and talk about important crime prevention and general safety tips.