At 8:30 on Tuesday evening a 31-year old Hoquiam man walking home with his girlfriend in the Woodlawn area was approached by 2 other men he reportedly did not know. After a brief conversation, the man turned toward his residence and was struck in the side of the head with a hard object by one of the 2 men. The Hoquiam man., who had a valid Concealed Pistol License, turned to defend himself and the man holding the object reportedly attempted to hit him again. The victim then pulled out his handgun and shot the one of the two males, a 42 year old Aberdeen man, multiple times. The other male fled the scene on foot.
At this time, detectives are investigating the motive behind the altercation, but it could be related to an ongoing dispute. The incident did not appear to be a random act.
Both the man who fired the shots and his assailant were transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by Hoquiam fire department ambulances. The victim of the assault was treated for head injuries. The shooting victim was airlifted to Harborview and is currently in stable condition. Several bullets were recovered during surgery.
A 33-year old Aberdeen man was located near the scene of the assault and shooting and arrested on a Grays Harbor County felony warrant stemming from the original charge of Trafficking Stolen Property. He was also booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Assault after it was determined he was with the 42-year old during the assault.
The investigation into the incident is expected to continue through the week.
|The General Court-Martial case of Army Specialist Adam W. Kelly of Montesano is scheduled to begin at 9:00 Wednesday morning at Joint Base Lewis McCord. Kelly is one of seven 5th Stryker Brigade Soldiers facing charges of serious misconduct while deployed in Afghanistan. The charges against Specialist Kelly include: conspiracy to commit assault and battery, assault consummated by battery, wrongfully using a schedule I controlled substance and wrongfully endeavoring to impede an investigation. If convicted of all charges Specialist Kelly faces a maximum punishment of a Dishonorable Discharge, imprisonment for 11 years, 6 months, reduction in rank to the lowest enlisted grade and to forfeit all pay and allowances.|
The Aberdeen Police Department on Sunday responded to Exchange Street for a reported abduction. The officers were told by dispatch that the suspect vehicle was a green Saturn and the victim was a 29 year old female. It was also reported that the victim had sent a text message to her mother from inside the suspect’s car. It was later learned that the suspect was known to the victims family as he was the father of the victims five year old child.
Responding officers requested assistance from the Grays Harbor Sherriff’s Office, Montesano Police Department, Elma Police Department and the Washington State Patrol in locating the suspect vehicle. They obtained information from the victim, who was able to dial them on her cell phone, saying that the vehicle was heading eastbound out of town. 911 was able to place the cell phone in the area of milepost 11 on Highway 12. The suspect’s vehicle was stopped by the Grays Harbor Sherriff’s Office and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
A 34 year old Aberdeen male was taken into custody for Unlawful Imprisonment Domestic Violence and is currently at the Aberdeen Jail.
Hoquiam police on Saturday were dispatched to the report of a vehicle colliding with a building at the intersection of Sumner Avenue and Myrtle Street. Investigation at the scene revealed that a pick-up driven by a 70 year old Hoquiam man was traveling westbound on Sumner Avenue, in when it left the roadway. The vehicle drove over the stop sign located on the corner of the Sumner and Myrtle Street, crossed Myrtle Street and the parking lot of the Raintree Veterinary Clinic before striking the eastside of the clinic’s building.
The driver of the pick-up told the investigating officer that he had apparently “blacked out” and awoke after his vehicle had struck the side of the building. The man was not injured and he had not been drinking.
Damage to both the vehicle and building was extensive but the dollar amount is not known.
|#4 Hoquiam will play #1 Cascade Christian at Glacier Peak High School on Friday at 9:15 PM. If they win, they are in state and do not play again until March 3rd. If they lose, the must play Saturday against Ilwaco/Vashon Island at 3:00. Catch all the action on ESPN Radio 1490 KWOK and KXRO.com.|
|A semi truck driver was able to save his truck and escape injury when his loaded trailer caught fire on Monday morning. The State Patrol reports the truck and two trailers loaded with untreated railroad ties was southbound on US 101 about 55 miles north of Hoquiam when the ball bearings in the rear trailer overheated and caught fire. The flames spread to the trailer and its load, however the driver, Paul Bettelyoun of Forks was able to unhook his truck and first trailer and move them to safety. The rear trailer was totally destroyed by the flames and the southbound lanes of the Olympic Peninsula’s main road blocked for over six hours.|
Despite a strong rally by Hoquiam from a 10 point deficit, Onalaska held on for a 48-45 win over the Grizzlies to win the SW 1A Dist 4 title. Hoquiam cut the Logger lead to one with under two minutes to play, but the #2 Loggers made a quick field goal to secure the lead and the win. Hoquiam will travel to Snohomish County for the regional opener on Friday.
Three Hoquiam teens were arrested on Thursday after allegedly breaking into a home and making off with a Nintendo Wii. Deputy Chief Jim Maloney says at around 3:00 yesterday, the daughter of a woman living on Washington Street arrived home to find that someone had forced open the rear door of the house and taken the gaming system. Using a description of the suspects provided by a neighbor, the daughter was able to tell officers who she thought the culprits might be. A short time later, officers arrested 15, 16 and 17 year old teenage boys for Residential Burglary and recovered the Wii. Maloney says the 15 year old will also face charges for a warrant for Vehicle Theft.
Despite McKenzie Smith’s 16 points and 16 rebounds, the Aberdeen Bobcats fell to North Thurston on Thursday to end their postseason run. The Bobcats cut a 12 point Ram lead to two in the closing minutes, but a pair of turnovers allowed the Rams to escape with their second win over Aberdeen in three wins.
The North Beach Hyak ladies will have to go through the consolation bracket to reach the 2B Regional Tournament. The Hyaks fell to Napavine 54-22 in the district semifinals.
The Hoquiam men will hope for third time lucky against Onalaska as they play the Loggers for the 1A Southwest District title tonight. The game at WF West High School will tip off at 8:00 on 1490 KWOK and KXRO.com.
A revival is under way at the former Aberdeen Log Yard- not in timber, but in concrete pontoons that will support the State Route 520 floating bridge for decades to come. Construction started yesterday when the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor Kiewit-General began transforming the 55-acre site into a facility capable of producing giant concrete floating bridge pontoons, 21 of which will be the largest ever built in the state. This week’s work includes site clearing and installation of high visibility and silt fences. Eventually, the site will include a concrete batch plant, a two-acre staging area and a casting basin measuring approximately 900 feet long, 200 feet wide and 30 feet deep. The site is scheduled to be complete by December.