The Daily World, Aberdeen (TNS) HOQUIAM — A Coast Guard incident management team has responded to the waters off of Hoquiam’s Harbor Paper Mill site after receiving reports of a sheen coming from the Hoquiam River. The sheen was caused by a light oil product, testing revealed. The report, which came into the National Response Center on…More
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HOQUIAM (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old watching his neighbors play with unloaded BB guns in Hoquiam wanted to play along, so he found his parents’ loaded handgun. Officer Cody Blodgett tells KBKW the boy fired a shot Sunday afternoon in the direction of a 21-year-old man who was walking by. No one was hit.More
HOQUIAM (AP) — A man is accused of stealing a flashlight from a firetruck parked in Hoquiam for a firefighter’s funeral. Witnesses pointed out the suspect Friday, and an officer stopped him and recovered the flashlight and also found methamphetamine. KBKW reports the suspect was jailed on an outstanding warrant from the Department of Corrections…More
HOQUIAM (AP) — The city of Hoquiam has passed an ordinance banning the use of e-cigarettes in city buildings. City Administrator Brian Shay says Grays Harbor county as well as other counties including Pierce and King treat the electronic vaporizers like regular cigarettes, banning their use indoors in public places. KBKW reports Shay said the city council’s…More
HOQUIAM (AP) — The City of Hoquiam has decided it will honor Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by naming April 10 Nirvana Day. KXRO reports Mayor Jack Durney says the band, whose roots are from Aberdeen, have left a positive impact on all of Grays Harbor. Durney says the band members are…More
The Associated Press HOQUIAM — An 8-year-old boy, his younger sister and their baby sitter are recovering from bite wounds after a dog belonging to the siblings’ family attacked them in their backyard in Washington state. KBKW reports the boy had the worst of it. He received stitches for wounds to his head and thigh. His 3-year-old…More
Update at 1:45 p.m.:
HOQUIAM (AP) — A 20-hour standoff between police in a Washington coastal town and a man who wounded an officer ended Thursday after the suspect died in a gunbattle with a SWAT team as his house went up in flames.
The armed man had a gasmask and a ballistic helmet, indicating he had prepared for a confrontation, Hoquiam Sgt. Brian Dayton said.
The question is why.
“We have no idea what made the guy take it to such an extreme level,” Dayton said. “No reason as to why it escalated.”
The 49-year-old man and his 53-year-old wife, whose names were not released, were wanted on arrest warrants out of Sacramento, Calif., for fraud, Dayton said.
The wife owned the home, and the couple had lived in Hoquiam since 2004. The man wasn’t suspected of any crimes locally, Dayton said.
Officers went to the home Tuesday and arrested the woman on a warrant. She remains in the Grays Harbor County Jail.
The man gave a false identification, but officers figured it out and returned Wednesday morning to arrest him.
“He engaged in a firefight with the officers on the scene, striking one of our officers,” Dayton said.
Sgt. Jeff Salstrom was hit in the hip, but the bullet was slowed by his duty belt, Dayton said. Salstrom was treated at a hospital for a minor wound and released.
The standoff began after Salstrom and another officer returned fire and the suspect retreated back into the two-story house, where he holed up on the top floor.
The man yelled back and forth with officers who remained on the first floor, Dayton said. He said he was wounded.
Communications broke off in the early evening after he damaged a police robot that was sent into the house.
“The situation became unsafe, and they backed out and started using a public address system,” Dayton said.
The man was seen overnight in a gasmask and helmet.
“It appeared to us he was prepared to have this standoff,” Dayton said.
Throughout the night, police fired tear gas into the house and used some loud distraction devices.
Around 6 a.m., flames were reported at the back of the house and the man came out the front.
“He was confronted by the tactical team,” Dayton said. “He failed to obey commands — show me your hands, put the gun down. Some more gunfire was exchanged, and the suspect went down.”
He died at the scene.
Firefighters entered the house as soon as it was safe, but flames burned through the roof. Video on KOMO-TV showed the home fully engulfed. It’s unknown how the fire started.
More than 100 officers from surrounding agencies helped Hoquiam police through the standoff. Neighbors were evacuated. Nearby streets including the main coastal route, Highway 101, were shut down for a time.
UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. | HOQUIAM (AP) — A Hoquiam police officer was shot and wounded Wednesday morning while attempting to arrest a man. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells KXRO the officer was shot in the side and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital. Officers returned fire. It’s unknown if the suspect was hit. He’s…More
HOQUIAM (AP) — A Hoquiam woman heard noises above her apartment bedroom and discovered holes cut in the ceiling above her bed. She also told police she saw her neighbor acting suspiciously in the hall. KXRO reports officers questioned the man, who is a registered sex offender, and booked him into jail for a possible charge…More
A man who was found dead in Hoquiam early Saturday was a corrections officer at a Shelton Prison. Jonathon Favro, 20, had worked at the Washington Corrections Center since February. His most recent post was working in the inmate visitation room, said Chad Lewis, spokesman for the Department of Corrections. A 16-year-old suspect has been arrested for allegedly…More