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 on the truck. It happened just after 8 Monday morning. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tell us the truck was wedged against the side of the bridge and needed a commercial tow truck to be removed. His officers directed traffic all morning, while they waited for tow trucks from Shelton.

The traffic was apparently too much for one Hoquiam driver who tried to carve his own detour across the Riverside bridge, and the wrong way down Riverside Avenue into three lanes of oncoming traffic. It happened just as tow trucks were arriving to remove the truck, and officers had a bird’s eye view of the car from the Simpson Avenue bridge. They intercepted the vehicle and cited the driver for negligent driving in the second degree. He told officer that he had to get to work, adding that he did have his hazard lights on.

Photos from the Simpson Avenue Bridge Monday provided by HPD Chief Jeff Myers

National Night Out party lists for Aberdeen and Hoquiam

National Night Out locations 
August 5th from 6 – 10 PM

National Night Out provides an opportunity for all community members to get to know one another and build strong networks of communication throughout neighborhoods. Last year, neighborhoods throughout the state hosted block parties, some of which included BBQ’s, games and fun for the kids and adults alike. Public Officials, Police Officers, CRIME WATCH volunteers and Firefighters from local municipalities dropped in and visited with neighbors and talked about important crime prevention.
Continue reading National Night Out party lists for Aberdeen and Hoquiam

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.

Aberdeen road work around Grays Harbor Community Hospital

The City of Aberdeen is requesting your patience between July 21st through July 31st, as they resurface areas to the hospital.
Oak Street/Anderson Drive (the road up to the Hospital) between Sumner Avenue and Sixth Street; Willow Street from Simpson Avenue to Aberdeen Avenue; and Sixth Street from Martin Street to Rice Street, are the areas that will be directly impacted.
The City’s Contractor, Granite Construction, will have the areas flagged and will open the roadway to one-lane traffic only. Please expect temporary road closures and delays on those above listed roadways through that time frame.
This work is paid for by funds from the Transportation Benefit District approved by the voters in 2012.

Hoquiam transient walks into traffic after growling and yelling at pedestrian

A man walked into traffic last night in Aberdeen, Police Captain John Green tells us a witness reported the man walking behind her growling and yelling at her before she crossed the street and saw him walk in front of a car on Simpson Avenue. Green said she crossed the street as he was making her uncomfortable and to get away from him. She told investigators that after she crossed the street the pedestrian attempted to cross the street too but was struck by the vehicle.

It happened at 10:16 p.m. Aberdeen Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Simpson Avenue for a Vehicle v. Pedestrian collision. The driver, a 59 year old Shelton woman, told investigators that the man just walked out in front of her. Green said officers also talked with the car behind her at the time, who supported her account that she was driving below the speed limit when the man entered the roadway without warning.
The 33 year old Hoquiam transient was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by the Aberdeen Fire Department.

Construction begins on East Hoquiam Fire Station

Pile Driving begins this week on the East Side Fire Station in Hoquiam. City Administrator Brian Shay said the project is funded through a $900,000 Community Development Block Grant from the State Department of Commerce, and should be complete by the end of the year.

The new station, – at the same address on Ontario Street, will house personnel and equipment critical to providing fire and emergency medical services to residents, businesses and industrial companies along the waterfront.

For more information on this Hometown Hoquiam Project, please contact Fire Chief Paul Dean at 538-3962 or City Administrator Brian Shay at 538-3983.


I would like to add a sincere thanks to Brian Shay and Alissa Thurman who worked on the grant proposal in a very short time window to make the case that we needed an updated facility to handle calls to the growing industrial area in the Port area.  Also it is important to assist our partners at the City of Aberdeen when needed.  As the recent issues with the aging Simpson Avenue Bridge have proven, there must be a fire/ambulance presence on the east side of the Hoquiam River. – Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney

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.

Hoquiam and Aberdeen celebrate two “Firsts” this week

The planets have aligned this month and shoppers can enjoy two firsts in a row, beginning with First Thursdays in Hoquiam tonight, then First Fridays in Aberdeen tomorrow.

Today and tomorrow participating businesses will stay open late, from 5-8 p.m. with specials, local art, and family fun.

Hoquiam First Thursday May

Participating businesses in Hoquiam include:

7th Street Theatre – wine tasting with GH Wine Sellars, and artist Carrie Larson will be on hand with her letterpress
8th St Ale House – free chips and salsa
Bodacious Beauty’s – Birthday party with cake and prizes
Bonell Photography
GHUnders – Grays Harbor UndersLDComfort
Gray’s General Store – Erik Pederson will display his artwork and Karin Beard will present her lovely jewelry creations. Jennifer will have special treats from Cookies & Milk.
Harbor Art Guild : Some members of the ukulele band will be playing for your listening pleasure!
McHugh’s Furniture
Polson Museum – 5:15 and 7:00 at the 7th Street Theatre for behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre with a walking tour of the urban renewal project in between.
Simply Said Flowers
Simpson Avenue Grill
Sitka Yoga Studio & Juice Bar
Swanson’s Foods – free samples


Aberdeen First Friday May

In Aberdeen on Friday, visit participating businesses staying open late to host local artists and their work.

Join the FREE Downtown Historical Tour at 7:00pm departing from GH Wine Sellars, 206 S. Broadway. This month’s tour takes you inside and to the top of the historical Becker Building.

With some participating locations for this event including:

Wiitamaki Jewelry Store
Artist: TBD

Eternal Love Tattoos
Artist: TBD

Pirate’s Treasure
Artist: TBD

CaKecaKes Gourmet Treats
Artist: TBD

Moo Moo Oink Oink Cluk Cluk
Offering a pastrami melt basket special, $8.99

GH Wine Sellars
Mention you are there for First Friday and receive 10% off of your purchase!
Featured artist: TBD

Quilt Harbor
Featuring Elizabeth McElliot. Elizabeth McElliot is the former owner of Quilt Harbor and will be joining in Quilt Harbor’s 10th anniversary celebration. Stop by to join the celebration!

Harbor Shoes
Featured artist: Noel Kricker

Past and Present Mercantile
Featured artist, DiAnna Malone, photography/thought cards

Flowers by Pollen
Featuring a variety of local vendors including hand painted messenger bags, cards, and stationary along with quilting, paintings, etc. In addition to beautiful flower arrangements, Flowers by Pollen offers of a variety of gift and home decor items. Stop by and check it out!


Several local schools to receive Washington Achievement Award for 3-year growth

Hoquiam High School has received an award from the state for their growth in reading, School Superintendent Mike Parker says “Just recently I was notified that the High School is one of only 5% of schools across the state to receive a very prestigious Washington Achievement Award for the work that they’ve don in improving reading scores at the High School.”

Also being recognized for High Progress is Stevens Elementary in Aberdeen, and Beacon Avenue and Simpson Avenue elementary in Montesano.

Pacific Beach Elementary was recognized for both High Progress, and Math Growth, also recognized for their growth in Math was Cosmopolis Elementary and North River School.

The growth is measured by the State Superintendant’s office over a 3-year period. The schools will be recognized at a ceremony on Saturday April 24th in Olympia.

2013 Washington Achievement Awards

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