Man arrested after found covered in glass, carrying alcohol from Hoquiam Liquor Store

A Hoquiam man admitted to police that today was the second time he tried to steal liquor from the Hoquiam Liquor store. Police arrested the man after responding to a burglary alarm at the store early this morning. Sergeant Jeff Salstrom tells us they were called to the 900 block of Simpson just after 2 A.M. Friday morning to find that the glass of the front door had been broken out with a large rock. Officer Don Grossi and Salstrom searched the area while they contacted the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, but before a K-9 officer could arrive, Aberdeen Officer Gary Sexton was assisting, and located a man covered in broken glass, carrying two bottles of alcohol nearby.
This isn’t the first time in the past couple weeks that the store has been broken into, last time someone broke the same window but didn’t get any merchandise. Salstrom said the 26 year old Hoquiam man confessed to both attempts, and was booked on charges of burglary in the second degree.

Hoquiam pursuit ends with good samaritan’s intervention

On Sunday, June 29, 2014 at approximately 1128 hours, Officer Ryan Pearson was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Rayonier Avenue for a malicious mischief complaint.

Four vehicles parked at the home, including a 2005 Lincoln Town Car belonging to a visiting relative, were deeply scratched and “keyed” at the location. The suspect was believed to be the 46-year old daughter who lives in an apartment at the house, which belongs to her father. The other three vehicles belong to her father.

The woman has a long history of mental illness and was arrested on April 16th for attacking her father with a knife.

As Officer Pearson investigated the scene, including one vehicle in which the suspect had carved her name in the paint, the suspect drove up in her pick-up. Officer Pearson attempted to talk to the woman about the allegations, but she refused to roll down the window, waved and backed out of the driveway.

Officer Pearson was able to overtake the pick-up on Broadway Avenue and attempted to stop the suspect. Instead, she led Officer Pearson and Sergeant Jeff Salstrom on a low-speed pursuit north out of Hoquiam and up the East Hoquiam Road.

A Good Samaritan who resides near MP 7.5 received a phone call from a friend who was listing to the pursuit on his scanner. The Good Samaritan used his pick-up with large car trailer to completely block both lanes of the East Hoquiam Road, thus forcing the suspect to stop.

Officers boxed in the pick-up and again tried to coax the woman from her vehicle. She refused to cooperate and started to back-up toward the patrol cars, forcing the officers to quickly jump out of the way to avoid being struck.

Sergeant Salstrom used his patrol knife to deflate three of the truck’s tires to stop the woman’s flight; Officer Pearson broke out the driver’s side window whereby the officers took the woman into custody.

The woman was transported to Community Hospital for a mental health evaluation. She will be submitted to the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s Office for felony charges.

Officer Pearson suffered minor lacerations to his hand from broken glass; he was treated and released at Community Hospital.

“This is yet another regular example of the failure of our mental health system in this state. This woman is certainly a danger to herself and others, yet she does not face criminal charges because of her mental state but at the same time is not detained in a mental health facility. There is just no capacity in our mental health system and the result places everyone at risk.”

UPDATE: Sorry Chief…. Tips sought after child reports man asking her to get in a vehicle while walking to school

Aberdeen and Hoquiam Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a possible luring suspect who followed a girl with his truck across Myrtle street Wednesday.
Hoquiam Sgt. Jeff Salstrom tells us at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aberdeen Police officers were dispatched to contact a 13 year old girl who advised she was walking to school and had been contacted by a male subject in a vehicle who offered her a ride and then later was seen watching her.

The 13 year old said she was walking to catch her bus at about 7:15 a.m. in the alley near the Washington State Patrol office in Hoquiam. A white male subject in his 30’s, driving what was described as a light brown “smaller” Toyota pick-up with a silver colored rear bumper pulled up alongside of her. She said the male asked her if she wanted a ride and when she declined, became more insistent and asked “are you sure?” When she again said “no” the subject drove towards Simpson Avenue.

The girl missed her bus and was returning home. She then noticed the vehicle and the male subject parked in the lot of Grocery Outlet watching her. She continued home without further incident. Unfortunately it was nearly 11 hours before this incident was reported to police.

The male subject is described as being white, in his 30’s, with short brown hair, clean shaven, with crooked teeth.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Grays Harbor 911 center at (360) 533-8765.


CORRECTION: Sgt. Jeff Salstrom provided the press release, everyone in my head typed Myers (as in Police Chief Jeff Myers) instead of Salstrom this morning. Sorry for the demotion chief, we have resent corrected hard copies to everyone that got this in the “mail” earlier today. Also sorry to Sgt. Salstrom, although you might like to know the chief was harassed all day by people thinking he was demoted.

Two rescued from Beacon Hill house fire in Hoquiam

A volunteer firefighter, and Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers evacuated two elderly people from a Beacon Hill home as flames and smoke were visible from across the harbor yesterday afternoon.

Fire Chief Paul Dean reports no injuries “We had an off-duty firefighter from [North Hoquiam] District 6 who had his turnout gear with him. Dave Judd put his gear on went inside got the lady out, handed her over the railing to [Myers] and got her out. Then the water department was up here and had-jacked the supply line back to the hydrant for us. The guys once they got here had a quick knockdown on it and had it mostly contained to the garage.”

Dean said they had a couple of aid calls out when the fire was first reported just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. Neighbors reported 20 foot flames on the outside of the garage, Dean added “we’ll be investigating but the occupant reported hearing a pop and the power went out.” The home suffered only minor fire damage and some smoke damage, thanks in no small part to a couple of water department volunteers and Sgt. Jeff Salstrom who helped to run lines before the fire department could get trucks up the windy road. The garage and one car inside appeared to be a total loss, estimating $40,000 in damages.

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.

Tragic end for one man after Thanksgiving day argument with family

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Thanksgiving day argument ended in suicide last night in Hoquiam, after a 29 year old man allegedly pistol whipped a female family member then drove into town and shot himself. Sgt. Jeff Salstrom tells KBKW they responded to the home off of State Route 109 in Moclips just after 8 last night. Two assault victims said the man left with a handgun, heading toward Hoquiam. Salstrom spotted his vehicle on State Route 109 just before 9, as he pulled it over in the parking lot of the Hoquiam 7-11 he heard a loud-muffled sound from behind the tinted windows.
Once officers secured the scene and approached with a ballistics shield they broke out the driver’s side window to confirm the man had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two Hoquiam, and three Aberdeen police units responded, as well as Hoquiam fire and ambulance. Salstrom said the investigation is ongoing.

Standoff home in Hoquiam demolished

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A home that burned during a fatal standoff in Hoquiam was demolished yesterday.

Since a 20-hour standoff in March ended in the dangerous suspect, Rick or Rob Marlowe, being shot 14 times while crawling across the doorway, the home has sat burned and vacant.

Marlow was confronted in the home by Hoquiam Officer Jeff Salstrom and two detectives about a real estate fraud investigation in Sacramento, prompting the shooting and wounding of Salstrom, and the standoff.