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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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