No foul play expected in Hoquiam death investigation

Hoquiam police do not expect foul play in the investigation of a death yesterday. Several neighbors in the 2000 block of Broadway Avenue reported a woman outside of a trailer screaming about

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Hoquiam driver makes his own detour through one-way traffic

Traffic backed up through Hoquiam yesterday after the driver of a loaded chip truck sideswiped the guard rail on the Simpson Avenue Bridge, breaking the front axle and flattening several tires

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Hoquiam man sentenced to prison for 5th DUI

A Hoquiam man was sentenced to prison for his fifth DUI earlier this month, the arresting officer, Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers thanked the County Prosecutor for getting tough on repeat DUI drivers. Arresting documents show 55 year old Carl C. Weber was driving his son home from the hospital on a revoked license on April 15th when he tested at twice the legal limit for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. Interim County Prosecutor Gerald Fuller said on July 9th, just 4 days after Weber’s birthday, he was sentenced to 25 months for felony DUI. Myers said in his report that the man repeated several times during the traffic stop, and his arrest, that he “was going to go to prison this time.”

“Swift and Certain” punishment model shines in Hoquiam City Jail

The Hoquiam City Jail is doing well, and after being closed for almost 10 years it could become a showcase for the State Department of Corrections. About 2 years ago, their “Swift and Certain” punishment model needed a jail for quick arrests and convictions of parole violators, instead of lengthy jail and court times. “From the street level, anecdotally I can that I think it works. I think it’s holding people accountable in a way that wasn’t working with the duration it took to get probation violators through the court system.” Police Chief Jeff Myers reported to the city council last night, “now they are proposing to extend the contract, which expires this year, out to 2017 and give us a maximum per diam of $85 per day per inmate.” The city jail was closed for almost 10 years before Myers was able to re-open it part-time in 2012. Later that year partnering with the DOC, he said the contract saves ratepayers. “The citizens of Hoquiam receive a fulltime functioning city jail for about .20 cents on the dollar because of this DOC contract.” For that Myers thanked Hoquiam Senator Jim Hargrove “Senator Hargrove was the main sponsor, he continues to ‘kick’ the DOC when they need to be ‘kicked’ and make sure things move forward, he’s a big proponent of this.” The “Swift and Certain” model received national attention earlier this year when President Barack Obama announced he wants to expand on similar programs.

Hoquiam police report record turnout for DEA Drug Take Back Day

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

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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

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Hoquiam police bag laundry room burglars

Hoquiam police arrested two men Friday morning, after finding one prying open the change box on an apartment’s washing machine. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us about 7 Friday morning

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Purse robbery near Grays Harbor YMCA prompts brief lockdown

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The YMCA of Grays Harbor was on lockdown this morning, after Hoquiam police report a purse robbery at knifepoint two blocks away. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us a K-9 unit was called in to assist, and police are working to contain a suspect in the area. The robbery was reported in the 2700 block of Aberdeen Avenue. We'll give you more details as they become available.

The YMCA reports they are no longer locked down, and were given a desciption of the man as a white male, age 25, about 5'9" heavyset with no facial hair wearing a blue hoody.

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.