A Hoquiam man already facing charges that he stole from a fire engine during a fireman’s funeral services was arrested over the weekend on new charges that he stole an iphone from a house.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us Officer Peterson was dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of K Street. A family member reported around 3:00 in the afternoon a man walked uninvited into the home of his mother-in-law, at which point the suspect proceeded to drink from the coffee pot, eat an avocado from the kitchen and then take an Apple I-Phone 5 from the dining room table as he left.
Family members were in the home installing a washer and dryer while the homeowners were away at a baby shower. The witnesses had no idea who the suspect was or why he was in the house; the suspect was acting strangely and had his hair up in two pony-tails.
Officers were able to start tracking the I-Phone and were directed to the area of West Emerson and Spencer Street. Officers were soon flagged down at a restaurant in the area of the 100 block of Lincoln Street regarding a man inside who was acting strange and harassing children.
Officers located Marll inside the establishment wearing the clothing and hair as described by the burglary victim. Marll was listening to the “Pandora” music app on an Apple I-Phone. He told officers he just two obtained the phone from “two guys” and was learning how to use his new phone.
Officers verified the phone was the one stolen from the home and took Marll into custody. It was clear to the officers Marll was under the influence of a controlled substance.
Marll was later transported and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for burglary and theft. Marll is the same suspect arrested by HPD on January 3, 2014 for stealing a flashlight off the side of a Grays Harbor Fire District #16 fire engine parked in town for a volunteer fire fighter’s funeral.
Marll is a convicted felon and has an extensive criminal history.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – For the third time in about a year, a remote volunteer fire district has been broken into. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department investigated the break in at Fire Station 82 off of Powell Road (Hoquiam) Monday afternoon.
Investigators say the thieves apparently used a vehicle to smash open a garage door and steal numerous lifesaving items including firefighter gear and breathing apparatus. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us that due to the amount of damage to their building, and the extent of the loss, Fire District 16 closed the station Monday and Tuesday. Fire Commissioner Caroline Perry tells us they have since made repairs to the door and lighting and have reopened the station.
The items that had been reported stolen include: tools, flashlights, bolt cutters, fire fighter gear to include helmets, boots, pants, gloves, and several sets of breathing apparatus’.
Shumate said it should be noted that this district was broken into just over a year ago. The suspects in that case were eventually caught with the help of citizens. Anyone with information on this last burglary is asked to call the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-3711 or the dispatch center at 360-532-8765.
Fire District 16 in Copalis Crossing is accepting letters of interest for a vacant Fire Commissioners position. They will be reviewing them on the second Wednesday in November. The district covers Copalis Crossing and assists in the North beach area.
COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing has reached a deal with the City of Hoquiam to pay off back bills and restore ambulance service to the North Grays Harbor area.
Commissioners from district 16 met with Hoquiam officials and representatives from Senator Jim Hargrove’s office this week to iron out a payment plan for about $12-thousand owed. City Administrator Brian Shay tells us the arrangement should have them caught up within a year and a half. Shay commended the current leadership team of 16, and said that city staff are working on a new formal agreement to provide EMS service to the area.
Fire District 16 has two levies on the November ballot, one for EMS, and one for Fire.
At 6:33 p.m., the young man was found 48 feet from the surface and brought up to the Fire District #18 Fire Boat where medics from Mason County Medic One were waiting, but the man was deceased.
The Mason County Coroner’s Office was able to contact the victim’s family and a positive identification was made. The young man was identified as 20 year old Kyle Austin Pape from Fox Island, WA.
A Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain responded to the scene to aid and assist family and friends regarding this tragic incident.
The incident is under investigation. No further information is available at this time.
MASON COUNTY, Wash. – Mason County rescue crews saved a dog from a 100′ cliff on Harstine Island over the weekend. Detective Will Adam tells us around 4:50 Saturday afternoon they received a 911 call about the gray Collie that had fallen down a cliff while chasing an animal. The 70 lbs. dog was stuck on a ledge 30 feet from the top, but the ledge was almost 100 feet from the bottom. The cliff was located on the north side of Harstine Island, near the 700 block of E. Promontory Road, about 17 miles north of Shelton, WA. This area of Mason County is known as Harstine Point and is a rural community located about 2 miles north of Jarrell Cove State Park.
Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office along with Fire Fighters from Central Mason Fire District and Mason County Fire District #4 responded. A rope rescue team was assembled and the dog named “Tundra” was rescued, lowered 100 feet to the beach below and returned to his owner.