McCleary man arrested after stealing motorbike in front of deputy

A 46 year old McCleary man was arrested overnight, after running from deputies, stealing a mini bike in front of one, leading them on a brief chase before he was caught in an East county yard. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us last night at approximately 7:00 pm, a deputy observed two men in a heated argument and preparing to fight in the 400 block of West Simpson Avenue in McCleary. As the deputy approached, one of the males, who was not wearing a shirt, fled on a bicycle. The deputy made contact with the other male and determined that no assault had taken place. The man advised he just did not like the other person and wanted him off his property. The man gave the deputy a name for the subject who fled however there was no computer record found.
Approximately 40 minutes later, a citizen called to report the person who fled from the deputy earlier was seen in the 800 block of Elma McCleary Road. In an attempt to identify this person, McCleary PD and the deputy checked the area and again found the shirtless man however he immediately fled into a nearby wooded area. The officers did not give chase as they still did not have a crime. Shortly thereafter, Deputy Gay with his K-9 partner Max, had arrived in the area and observed the same shirtless man standing next to another male on Elma Hicklin Road just west of Church Road. The other male was holding onto a mini-bike. Once the shirtless man saw Deputy Gay, he grabbed at the mini-bike and fought briefly with the other male, eventually pushing him down and fleeing on the mini-bike. Deputy Gay pursued the mini-bike at speeds between 30-40 mph. The suspect then headed east in the westbound lane of Elma Hicklin Road before dumping the bike in a yard near the 800 block on Elma Hicklin Road. At this time, the other deputy along with two McCleary officers had arrived on scene. Deputy Gay with his K-9 partner Max chased the suspect around the residence. The suspect circled the home and then attempted to get back on the mini-bike. The suspect was contacted by the officers however continued to resist arrest. He was eventually taken into custody.
The man was a 46 year old McCleary resident who had a number of outstanding felony warrants. He was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on the warrants, Robbery 2nd for forcibly stealing the mini-bike for the owner, as well as Eluding, Resisting Arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

Luck, good timing, and good police work results in multiple arrests and the recovery of stolen property

A bit of luck, some good timing, and good police work resulted in multiple arrests and the recovery of stolen property in Ocean Shores last weekend.

Sgt. David McManus tells us on Sunday, July 13, Officer Paul Henderson arrested a 45-year old Ocean Shores man walking in the 700 block of Park Ave. NE in Ocean Shores for an assault that had occurred on the previous day. When searched, the man was found to have methamphetamine in his possession. The man was also carrying three bags full of items that Officer Henderson believed were stolen, especially after the man and a 21-year old who was with him told differing stories about where they obtained the items. However, at this point, the Officer could not prove that the items were stolen.

The 45-year old man was taken to the County Jail on the assault and drug charges, while the 21-year old was cited for Making a False Statement to a Public Servant and released.

Less than three hours later, a part-time resident of Ocean Shores came to the police station to report his house had been burglarized in the past two weeks. The property he reported stolen were the same items Officer Henderson had just seized, and the items were returned to the owner.

The next day, the 45-year old man was interviewed in the jail about the burglary. He stated that the 21-year old said he “got the stuff out of a house”. He said that the 21-year old gave him some items to trade for methamphetamine, and he had just done so right before being stopped by the officer.

Later the same night, the 21-year old suspect flagged down Ocean Shores PD Officer Clinton Potter and said he wanted to confess to the burglary. He was taken to jail.

Based on the information obtained in this investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the house where the drugs had allegedly been obtained. Evidence supporting the case was seized, and a 55-year old woman was arrested for Delivery of Controlled Substances.

The next day, another Ocean Shores resident reported that he had purchased some furniture from the 45-year old man, and he now suspected the furniture was stolen. The 45-year old suspect was interviewed once again, and he confessed to burglarizing a home and selling the furniture. That burglary had been reported to the police on July 12.

Prolific vehicle prowler linked to at least 17 incidents from Aberdeen to Olympia to Centralia

The Hoquiam Police Department nabbed what they describe as a prolific vehicle prowler. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us they’ve linked 26 year old Troy N. Hodge, of McCleary, to 16 additional vehicle prowls from Aberdeen to Olympia to Centralia.

Myers said he was booked in the Grays Harbor County Jail for possession of stolen property in the second degree. Detective David Blundred continues to work to identify the owners of property recovered during the course of this investigation and associated vehicle prowls in Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Shelton, Olympia, Tumwater and Centralia.
On May 25, 2014, Hoquiam officers investigated a reported vehicle prowl in the parking lot of Olympic Stadium. One of the items stolen in the prowl included a MacBook Pro.
Officers used an Apple tracking feature to locate the MacBook in the 400 block of Second Street in McCleary, but were unable to pinpoint the exact location.
Lacey PD officers stopped a stolen vehicle on June 3, 2014 whereby they recovered a MacBook Pro. Lacey’s evidence custodian checked the MacBook in an effort to identify the owner, but instead found data related to Troy Hodge; Hodge was known to reside in the 400 block of Second Street in McCleary.
When Lacey PD contacted Hodge about the MacBook, he was evasive and did not seem to know much about it, which raised the suspicions of the officers. They checked the LINX system (a computer system which links police reports from around the state and the country) and located the reported vehicle prowl in Hoquiam, including the stolen MacBook.
Detective Blundred applied for a search warrant for Hodge’s residence based on the fact the stolen MacBook had been tracked to the area of Hodge’s residence and had been used by Hodge.
During the service of the search warrant at Hodge’s residence in McCleary on June 9, 2014, detectives recovered additional items which had been stolen in the vehicle prowl in Hoquiam. The victim’s wallet was observed in Hodge’s vehicle, therefore the vehicle was impounded and another search warrant was obtained.
During the course of the two search warrants, detectives recovered identification, driver’s licenses, wallets, credit cards, checkbooks, vehicle titles, cell phones, keys, garage door openers, tools, battery chargers, clothing and personal information belonging to numerous victims.

In addition to the stolen property, detectives also recovered key rings with “shaved keys” organized by vehicle brand as well as approximately one thousand assorted keys for vehicles, homes, lock boxes, padlocks and safes. Hodge’s vehicle contained a box of various vehicle make/ model key fobs, garage door openers, slim-jim and other vehicle entry devices.
In checking the victims, Hoquiam detectives were able to link the stolen property to at least sixteen additional vehicle prowls ranging from Aberdeen to Olympia to Centralia. It is suspected there are more victims and cases which were possibly not reported or items recovered which have not been linked to a specific victim at this time.
Detectives believe Hodge traveled around the region in his vehicle, a black 1994 Honda Civic, whereby he engaged in vehicle prowls of cars parked in public parking lots. It appeared Hodge traveled to different areas at different times; therefore many of these crimes were not linked until now.
HPD has submitted a state-wide bulletin to notify other law enforcement agencies of the information.
Detectives continue to work leads and attempt to identify victims; Hodge will be facing additional felony charges to include numerous counts of possession of stolen property.

Montesano man jailed after high speed chase on stolen motorcycle

A tip led police on a high speed motorcycle chase, the wreck of a Montesano Police vehicle, and K9 track to arrest a Montesano man Tuesday night.
Grays Harbor County Undersheriff David Pimentel tells us around 10:45 last night detectives learned that a black motorcycle stolen from Federal Way would be traveling down Central Park Drive toward Montesano, where it was going to be sold. A few minutes later Deputy Tracey Gay spotted the motorcycle, where it took off at a high rate of speed down Central Park Drive to Devonshire road, where it dodged a Montesano PD road block and headed toward Pioneer, this is where the Montesano Police SUV slid off the road, as we reported earlier this morning.
The motorcycle headed to main street, then onto State Route 12 where it drove Westbound on the Eastbound lanes at speeds of 100 MPH and turned at Devonshire, again heading Northbound – this time striking an Ecology block on the West Wynoochee.
Pimentel said the driver fled on foot, and was tracked by K9 Maxx shortly after. A 28 year old Montesano man was taken into custody, treated at the hospital for injuries, and then booked into Grays Harbor County Jail for Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree, and Felony Eluding.

Burglary suspect identified when mom reports him missing

Four Montesano teens were arrested in connection with a burglary at the Brady Food Mart early Tuesday morning, after one parent filed a missing persons report that matched the description of their suspect. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office reports on Tuesday April 15th at about 4:07 am, deputies were dispatched to the Brady Food Mart in Brady (Montesano) reference a burglary which occurred sometime during the night. The building does have video surveillance and investigators learned that two unknown males in their late teens to early 20’s broke the front window to gain access to the business at approximately 12:47 am. The subjects stole a number of items before fleeing the scene. The video was able to give investigators detailed information on the subjects clothing and general description. Later this morning at approximately 6:24 am, Montesano PD responded to a runaway complaint reference the parent’s teenage son that had not returned home from the night prior. When clothing information was given for the runaway, it was similar to one of the suspects of the Food Mart burglary.

Deputies responded with Montesano PD to the complaint and learned of three additional male subjects that the runaway had been with. Montesano PD and deputies continued to look for the subjects throughout the day. None of the subjects had attended school that day however.

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 5:21 pm, a concerned citizen called to report 4 juvenile males walking in the 100 block of Monte Brady Road (Montesano). A detective with the Sheriff’s department along with an officer with Montesano PD contacted the 4 subjects and eventually determined that they were involved with the Brady Food Mart burglary. All 4 subjects were arrested and interviewed. The subjects were then released to their respective parents however reports will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office recommending charges of burglary. Three of the subjects were Montesano students all 15 years of age. The other subject was a 16 year old Aberdeen student.

Sheriff’s deputies arrest “known runner” after cornering him in an attic

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deaprtment yesterday arrested a 24 year old Oakville man on outstanding Felony warrants.  The subject was also wanted by the Department of Corrections.  Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us they have been trying to arrest this subject for the last few days and unsuccessfully attempted the day before on Moore Road near Satsop.  This subject is a known runner and K-9 had been called in to assist with that attempt with negative results.  Last night at approximately 7:30 pm, deputies with GHCSO, including our K-9 Deputy Tracy Gay and his partner Max, and officers from Elma and McCleary PD made contact at a residence on W. Anderson Street in Elma regarding a possible citing of the suspect.  The man attempted to flee out the residence and jumped a fence.  A deputy had initial contact with the suspect however he was able to evade arrest at that point.  K-9 Max then made contact with the suspect however the man was again able to free himself and flee toward a vacant residence.  The suspect then entered this residence and ran up into the attic area.  The suspect would not surrender after several requests so K-9 Max entered the attic and the suspect surrendered shortly thereafter.

The man was taken to Summit Pacific Hospital in Elma with minor injuries sustained from the scuffle with the deputy and K-9 Max, then transported to the county jail where he was booked on the warrants, and for resisting arrest.  Elma PD is looking at charging the man for burglary for entering the vacant residence.

Two suspects at large after armed robbery of medical marijuana collective garden in Oakville

Two suspects remain at large, after the armed robbery of of a medical marijuana collective garden in Oakville this morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department tells KBKW this morning at approximately 9:13 am, the owner of Green Harbour Medical Marijuana Co-Op in Oakville reported being robbed by two men wearing ski masks.  The owner advised that he had just opened for business when the two men came up behind him and stuck something in his back.  The owner believed the object was possibly a gun however never did see a firearm.  The suspects then ordered the owner to retrieve money and marijuana products from the safe.  The suspects fled the business heading northbound on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and marijuana products.  The owner was not injured.

Numerous law enforcement agencies assisted the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department with searching the area.  Those agencies included Chehalis Tribal Police, Thurston County Sheriff’s Department, WSP, and Elma PD.  A Thurston County K-9 unit was also called in to assist with a track of the suspects but was unable to develop a track.  The Oakville School was also locked down as a precautionary measure.

At this point, a search of the area was completed however investigators were not able to locate the suspects.  Investigators are still on scene attempting to develop additional suspect information.  Given the nature of the business, we believe the suspects specifically targeted this business.  As always, anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765 or the Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-3711.

Hoquiam PD announces another DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 26

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

DEA Drug Takeback DayThe 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

Aberdeen Police arrest shooting suspect Daniel Galeana-Ramirez

Aberdeen police have arrested the suspect in last week’s shooting, 20 year old Daniel Galeana-Ramirez was found on the South side of Aberdeen Wednesday afternoon. Police Captain John Green tells us they responded to a tip in the 1200 block of Harding road. Aberdeen officers and detectives located the suspects car in the driveway. The home was surrounded while detectives attempted to contact any person inside the home by phone.

At 3:28 P.M. the suspect walked out of the back door and surrendered to the police officers. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The Aberdeen Regional Crisis Response Team secured the residence. The home is under police control while detectives apply for a search warrant.

Aberdeen Officers were assisted by deputies from the GHSO and officers from Hoquiam PD, and Cosmopolis PD.

The investigation is continuing.

Green said they believe Galeana-Ramirez shot another man Friday night after a confrontation in the 800 block of East 2nd street.
A 19 year old man was treated at Community Hospital for a gun shot wound to his leg, Galeana-Ramirez was living in the 700 block of West 3rd street.

Hoquiam Police Department gets accredited

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.