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Fire investigation will keep Pioneer Avenue closed for now in Montesano

MONTESANO, Wash. – Pioneer street through downtown Montesano will remain closed in front of a burned out building through the weekend, Police Chief Brett Vance said they should have the roadway open in time for the rest of the holidays. “We’re hoping that the whole thing will be taken care of by Festival of Lights [December 13th] but we should have the roadway [open] within the next 4 or 5 days.”
The cause of the fire that destroyed a vacant building at the corner of Fleet Street and Pioneer Avenue remains under investigation. The walls of the building are weak enough that city officials have closed off the street nearby in case of a collapse. 

Car strikes poll, knocks out power to 800 in Montesano

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor PUD worked for about 2 hours to restore power to some Montesano residents Thursday morning, after a car struck a pole just before 7. Montesano Police Chief Brett Vance reports no injuries, the car apparently went off the shoulder and was pulled into the ditch, striking the pole on Beacon Avenue.
Power was restored to approximately 800 customers just in time for school to start at Beacon Elementary.

Bike-ninjas and crosswalks top concerns at second Aberdeen ward meeting

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Taking back the night and the crosswalks of Aberdeen seemed to be the theme of last night’s ward meeting at A.J. West Elementary. Local business owner Gary Randall has been facing expensive theft and vandalism issues in the second ward. “Usually about two, or three o’clock in the morning you literally have to drive very carefully – especially around the neighborhood, because there are people in black clothing riding bicycles. These people are all out doing wrong things, each person that I’ve caught on camera stealing from me is dressed in clandestine type clothing – same people I see on bicycles. I don’t know why this is going on, I don’t know why the police department can’t fix this problem.
Police Chief Bob Torgerson replied “Everybody that’s riding a bicycle dressed in black, it’s legal and they can do that. We have methods, and our officers do engage those folks, but they are limited within the Constitution of the United States. The same [laws] that protect all of our rights, also protect their rights.” Torgerson added “As far as arresting people, we’ll arrest as many as we can – but there’s also [the question of] what we do with them.”

Hoquiam police proud of DEA Drug Takeback Day results

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Results from another Prescription Drug Takeback day are in, 76 people dropped off 166 pounds of prescription medication for disposal on Saturday. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us to date, the station has collected and disposed of 773 pounds of unwanted local medication since 2010.

It’s a great opportunity to get rid of medications, and we’re really proud to be able to collect this medication and get it out of here.” – Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers

If you missed this weekend’s event and still have some meds to drop off, check takebackyourmeds.org for an interactive list of what you can dispose of where, or watch the Hoquiam Police Department for participation in the next national event.

Theft, speeding, and needles top concerns at Aberdeen ward meeting

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The questions ranged from cars speeding down city streets, car prowls and thefts, to discarded needles last night at an Aberdeen ward meeting. Mayor Bill Simpson started by reading right from the wall at Stevens Elementary “I read this coming in ‘Respect each other, we are a family’ and that’s the way we are in this city. It’s going to take all of us to solve the problems. The police can’t do it all, the fire can’t do it all, we can’t do it all as the city, we all have to work together to make things happen. If you’ve got drug [problems] in your neighborhood, for god sakes call somebody, let them know.” About 30 residents and city staff attended the first of four meetings to discuss issues in the city.
Resident John Barclay asked Police Chief Bob Torgerson if his department has the resources they need to do their job “You know there’s a lot of funding streams, but there’s not a lot that go on year after year. Sales tax, B&O tax, those kind of things are the regular funding sources we have. The problem is that we have a lot of activities in the city that a lot of people like. We all like our parks, we all like our fire departments, police department, our streets, we like all of those things that we have as a city infrastructure.”

Hoquiam dog attack sends three to hospital

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Two children and a babysitter were attacked by the family dog Friday afternoon, while a two year old was inside the home. Hoquiam Sgt. Jef Salstrom was the first to arrive to the fenced yard in the 2300 block of Sumner Avenue just after 4 Friday. He reported seeing a large mastiff type dog biting the head of an 8 year old boy, a 15 year old babysitter, and a three year old girl were taking shelter in an open shed in the yard.
Salstrom said he used his tazer at first because the boy was in the line of fire for lethal force, however when the dog began to charge at him he said the wires got caught up in bushes. He fired one round at the dog with his weapon, which gave him time get the boy to safety but when he returned for the girls, the dog charged him again. Salstrom said he fired two more rounds at the dog, which staggered and ran behind a shed.
Hoquiam Fire Captain Tim Smith told officers on scene that the boy’s injuries were “extensive,” all three children were transported to Community Hospital for treatment. The babysitter, who’s name we are not releasing, said on facebook that only the boy received stitches for his injuries.

Salstrom said after the children were removed from the yard, Raintree Vet was called in to euthanize the dog at the owner’s request. There was also a two year old boy inside the home at the time of the attack, but he was not involved.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us “the dog is owned by the residents and parents of the three youngest children. Apparently the dog is normally kept inside, but somehow escaped the home and possibly became enraged by the children jumping on the trampoline in the yard.”

This was a dynamic incident and I want to thank the neighbors and other citizens who came to the aid of Sgt. Salstrom as he rescued the children from the yard. I know this was traumatic incident for everyone involved, especially the children, and it will now be a matter of time and patience as the family focuses on healing.” – Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers

Lap dog distraction causes traffic accident in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A 21-year old Hoquiam woman attempted to move the family dog from her lap while driving and swerved into a parked car Friday morning. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us it happened in the 2700 block of Sumner Avenue, a woman was apparently distracted when she swerved to the right and struck the rear of a parked minivan suffering facial injuries.

An infant in a car seat was not injured, the woman was transported to Community Hospital, the dog ran from the vehicle after the impact, but was quickly recovered.

Neither vehicle was operable. The striking vehicle had to be towed from the scene as it was blocking traffic.

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