ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — The Grays Harbor twin cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam are talking about consolidating their fire departments and paramedic services…. …read more
From: AP Washington News
On April 7, 2014 at about 1600 hours, Hoquiam officers were dispatched to the Hoquiam 7-11 Food Store in the 200 Block of Lincoln Street reference a vehicle prowl with theft having just occurred.
Two female cousins from Hoquiam, a 18 year old and 26 year old had left their purses in the younger cousin’s locked car. Due to the nice weather, the sunroof was left open. Both were inside for about five minutes and when they returned a juice bottle fell onto the ground when the driver’s door was opened.
This seemed odd and the two looked and noticed the 26 year olds purse was missing from the vehicle. Inside her purse was a fully loaded 9mm semi-automatic Tanfoglio pistol. The 26 year old has a valid concealed weapons permit. The two immediately called 911 to report the theft.
The two females remembered seeing a couple of familiar faces standing near the corner of the store prior to entering the building.
After about an hour the 18 year old learned the pistol had been taken over to relatives by the 26 year old Hoquiam male, who had been one of the persons the two females had recognized standing by 7-11 at the time of the theft. The 26 year old knew the victim and did not want to be responsible for the pistol and turned it over to a family member who resides in Aberdeen.
The 18 year old and her grandmother retrieved the pistol and advised police they had recovered the firearm.
This led to officers going to several Hoquiam locations, interviewing multiple witnesses, recovering the 26 year olds purse, and locating and arresting the 26 year old who had returned the pistol and the 18 year old who had entered the vehicle and removed the purse.
Both suspects have extensive criminal history.
Jon G. Parker, age 26 and Matt D. Orlaski, age 18, both of Hoquiam, were arrested and booked into jail. Parker was booked into the Grays Harbor County jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Orlaski was booked into the Hoquiam jail for Vehicle Prowl and Theft.
A Hit and Run driver was reported early this morning at speeds of over 70 miles per hour between Hoquiam and Aberdeen. He was picked up after attempting to ditch his car near the Aberdeen Animal Shelter.
Hoquiam Sgt. Mitchel tells us it started just after 1 this morning, when a silver car struck a parked car in the 2700 block of Cherry street. A witness followed the car and reported it, until they were outrun on Simpson.
Mitchel said Hoquiam and Aberdeen police found him walking on State street a short time later. The 32 year old Aberdeen man was arrested for DUI and Hit and Run, his vehicle was severely damaged.
The City of Hoquiam has again cut off non-trauma ambulance service to Fire District 8 on the North shore. A letter was sent to the district, that serves the Moclips, Pacific Beach, Aloha and Seabrook areas yesterday terminating services on the basis of non-payment, and fraud.
City Administrator Brian Shay tells us the district notified them earlier this month that they did not plan to pay for ambulance services between July 12th and December 31st of last year on the basis that they had no written agreement in place. As we reported then, the city terminated services due to non-payment.
Shay said the district also fraudulently altered the written contract before both parties signed it, adding language that the city would never have agreed to.
The letter concluded “The city is very disappointed that a governmental entity would engage in unscrupulous acts of this nature in dealing with another governmental entity.”