The Hoquiam Police Department partnered with the DEA for yet another successful “Drug Take Back Day” over the weekend, collecting 312 pounds of prescription drugs. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us their evidence custodian, Officer James Gaddis, staffed the police department lobby for the event. During the four hours, a total of 98 citizens stopped by to dispose of 312 pounds of medications. Myers said they filled eight large boxes, which will be shipped off to the DEA for incineration.
Since the Hoquiam Police Department began participating in the federal program 4 years ago, they have collected over 1142 pounds.
Myers added that by turning in medication at this free event, citizens were able to safety dispose of unwanted drugs; safe disposal prevents medications from getting into the hands of children, drug abusers and also keeps these chemicals out of the environment.
Results from previous years:
National Drug Take Back Program
September 25th 2010
May 2nd 2011
October 31st 2011
April 30th 2012
September 29th 2012
April 28th 2013
October 28th 2013
April 26th 2014
The Hoquiam Police Department is proud to partner with the DEA for the next free “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The lobby of the police department at 215-10th Street will be staffed from 1000-1400 hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) by our evidence custodian, Officer James Gaddis.
During this four-hour period, citizens from all around Grays Harbor are encouraged to dispose of unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications. There is no cost for this service as the DEA pays to incinerate all of the medications collected, last time in Hoquiam 76 people dropped off 166 pounds of prescription medication for disposal.
It only takes a moment to stop at the police station, located next to Swanson’s at the base of the Simpson Avenue Bridge, to toss unwanted medication into a large box inside the lobby.
All medications are accepted for destruction so long as the container will not leak. There is no need to remove labels from prescription bottles and no one checks the origin of the medication. Everything in the box is incinerated.
“This take-back day is a great opportunity to clean your medicine cabinet of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications. Safe disposal prevents drugs from getting into the hands of children or drug abusers looking for a quick high.” – Chief Myers
The 8th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539
A Level 1 Registered Sex Offender who repeatedly harassed his elderly neighbor, and attempted to panhandle from other Hoquiam neighbors, has been upgraded to a Level 2. Detective Sgt Shane Krohn tells us As a Level 2 offender, 52 year old Christoper Grim was classified as likely to re-offend, his neighbors in the 700 Block Polk Street will also receive notification of Grim pursuant to RCW 4.24.550.
Krohn said currently there are over 19000 sex or kidnapping offenders who have registered (since 02/28/90) and are living in Washington State. Approximately 400 of these are registered to Grays Harbor County addresses. Approximately 50 are registered to addresses within the city limits of Hoquiam.
Questions: Contact the Hoquiam Police Department Investigations Division at 532-0892 ext 102.
700 Block Polk Street, Hoquiam
LEVEL II; CONVICTED 05/1995, Sex Abuse 2nd Degree, Marion County, Oregon Court Cause # 93C20564.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department is heading into the New Year accredited by the Washington Association of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs.
Hoquiam Chief Jeff Myers said they’ve worked for 7 years to complete this voluntary program. “It’s an opportunity for an agency to look top-to-bottom and meet 132 standards that are set forth by the organization [and] considered the best practices in our profession.”
Myers said they’ve made changes, and have seen changes over the past seven years, including the new partnership with the state Department of Corrections to re-open the city jail. “It’s been a long, ongoing – I would say battle some days. We’ve had major change in the last seven years at the Hoquiam PD.”
Myers commended Officer Phil High, who stepped forward this year to help complete the process. Hoquiam joins 55 other agencies to earn the accreditation, out of 300 law enforcement agencies in Washington.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department responded to an apartment building in the 500 block of Emerson Avenue, to investigate the report of a man with a knife and a second man with a gun. It was reported the man with the gun had fired off at least one round Saturday.
Officers arrived on scene and located the two adult males involved outside the apartment building. Officers secured a handgun from a 32-year old Hoquiam male and knife from the 41-year old Aberdeen male. Both were visiting tenants at the apartment building and are not residents. Both were detained for further investigation and were transported to the Hoquiam Police Department.
Hoquiam detectives were called-in to assist with the investigation by processing the scene and interviewing witnesses and the parties involved.
It was determined there was some sort of feud between the men which has been on-going over the last few weeks. The man with the pistol indicated he felt threatened by the man with the knife as he was “charging” at him, so he shot one round toward the front of the building as a “warning shot” at the man.
The 32-year old Hoquiam male was booked into the Hoquiam jail for Reckless Endangerment and Discharging a Weapon in the city limits.
The 41-year old Aberdeen male was submitted to the city prosecutor for review and filing of the charge, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon (switch blade knife).
Further investigation revealed at least three separate vehicles that had been prowled in the neighborhood.
The suspect’s backpacks contained several items which were suspected to have been stolen. Inside the backpacks were an iPod, a “Silver Bullet” speaker, a blue tooth speaker, a Nintendo 3DS game and a Pentax “Shockproof” camera and a large amount of loose change.
At the time of the report officers were unable to locate possible victims of the property recovered from the backpacks. Several pictures from the Pentax camera were forwarded to KIRO 7, KOMO 4, and KING 5 news in hopes of identifying a victim.
HPD received several calls from citizens who believed they knew the owner of the camera and that she resided in the 2400 block of Pacific Avenue in Hoquiam.
HPD Detectives contacted the owner and confirmed she was a victim of an unreported vehicle prowl that had occurred sometime during the night.
The suspect was issued a Criminal Citation for Vehicle Prowl 2nd Degree and subsequently booked into the HPD jail. Charges of Possession of Stolen Property are pending and more charges may result as the investigation continues.
Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Krohn at 360-532-0892 ext. 102 or Detective Blundred at 360-532-0892 ext. 109.
Detective Sergeant Krohn tells us the Hoquiam Police Department has taken a total of 30 vehicle prowl reports over the last three months. A breakdown on reports by months: June (10), July (12) and so far in the month of August (9), with (5) of those reports since yesterday evening. Some of the reports included multiple vehicles being prowled.