MCCLEARY – From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, State Route 8 traffic in the McCleary area will be stopped several times. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

The traffic stops will allow contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to deliver and install four large bridge girders as part of the project to remove barriers to fish under SR 8.

The SR 8 - Middle and East Forks Wildcat Creek - Remove Fish Barriers project is part of WSDOT’s overall program, which identifies and removes barriers to fish passage caused by culverts under state highways.

SR 8 in McCleary remains reduced to one lane in each direction, around the clock for the duration of the project. The project is expected to be complete by spring 2019.

The Aberdeen Police Department says that one is in custody, one airlifted for injuries after a shooting early Wednesday morning.

On 8/16/17 at about 0059 hours, Aberdeen  Officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 1800 block of Pacific Avenue in Aberdeen.  

Aberdeen Officers responded along with Officers from Hoquiam PD, Washington State Patrol, and Cosmopolis PD.  Dispatch advised officers that the reporting party's son shot his brother.  Officers arrived

Officers arrived at the scene and entered the residence and observed a man identified as the father of the two brothers holding one of the brothers on the ground.  Officers took control of the scene and secured it.  

The brother was handcuffed and secured by an officer.  Officers were advised that the shooting took place upstairs and went to search the upstairs and located the victim brother, who appeared to have been injured and was unconscious.   

Aberdeen Fire Department paramedics arrived on scene and transported the victim to the Community Hospital.  The victim was later airlifted to Harborview.  

Grays Harbor Scanner has an update to an alert post that we made on August 14th of an interrupted burglary on the Wishkah Rd. where one man was arrested, but leaving one suspect in the wind.

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One man was arrested after an interrupted burglary on the Wishkah Road earlier this week, police are searching for a second suspect. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office said his deputies were called to the home in the 5300 block of Wishkah Road around 10:30 am Monday morning.

A resident returned home to find two unknown cars parked nearby, they also saw a man running out of his home with a pistol holster on his hip get into one of those cars as it fled.

Shumate said they didn't make it far, stopping abruptly 4 blocks down the road as the passenger tire seemed to blow out. The passenger fled into the woods then the car continued South on the Wishkah road.

Sheriff's deputies and officers with the Department of Fish and Wildlife responded and began a search just as the 35-year-old Aberdeen transient was seen walking out of the woods about a block South and was arrested on 1st-degree burglary charges.

Back at the home, the resident reported that a pistol was among the items stolen, and positively identified the man seen running from his house.

Investigators were led to a residence in the 2700 block of East Hoquiam Road where they found the fleeing car but the driver, a 40-year-old Elma man, had fled the scene.

Shumate said both suspects are convicted felons and have extensive criminal histories.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 07:40

July 2017 Health Insepctions Report

Here is the most recent submission Restaurant/Health inspections. This is all the information we are provided with so please do not ask much more as far as what the violations were for etc...  For more information you can contact the Grays Harbor County Division of Environmental Health at (360) 249-4222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About The Inspections 

These establishments include restaurants, food and espresso carts, coffee places, delis, the fresh food sections in grocery stores, temporary events where food is sold, and more.

There are nearly 500 permitted food service establishments in Grays Harbor County. The majority of these establishments have two unannounced inspections per year. Some food service establishments will receive at least one unannounced inspection annually and any restaurant may request a special educational session.

The purpose of the inspections is to assure that the food is being handled properly from preparation through serving. Inspectors observe kitchen workers' food handling practices, assure equipment is working properly, take food temperatures, inspect refrigerators and storage areas, assure water temperatures, and correct level and use of sanitizers. Any problem found is written up, and the manager is taught the correct procedure or method immediately.

There are two types of violations recorded on the inspection report.

 "Red critical violations" are those food handling practices that, when not done properly, are most likely to lead to food borne illnesses. These food handling practices include:

  • controlling temperature, such as cooking meats to the right temperature to kill food borne disease germs, keeping food hot enough until it is served, and keeping food cold enough
  • cooling food properly, washing hands, and using utensils instead of bare hands on "ready to eat" food
  • storing food
  • serving practices

"Blue violations" are primarily maintenance and sanitation issues that are not likely to be the cause of a food borne illness.

Each violation has a numerical value based on its risk of food borne illness. Therefore, there are more points given for red critical violations than for blue violations. Whenever possible, violations found during the inspection are corrected immediately. Red critical items found during the inspection must be corrected immediately. Examples would be re-heating a food to 165° F, putting it into the refrigerator or discarding the food.

This is an incident catch up from tips and call audio, not an official press release from any agency. 

At 2:32 AM Hoquiam Police Department was notified of a person that had just broken into the Fairway Grocery and was still inside. 

The Hoquiam officer arriving on the scene a minute later had one subject in the store at gunpoint until other officers arrived to assist. 

With assistance from APD, HPD and County k9 the subject was taken into custody and store searched for any other suspects. 

If we get an official press release we will follow up with that story. 


This is an incident catch up from tips and call audio, not an official press release from any agency. 

Arctic fire was dispatched to a structure fire at 2:53 AM to the 100 block of Artic Rd.  

10 minutes later an update to the address was given as the 100 block of N River Road as fire trucks were going the wrong direction. 

Still fire trucks confused by the initial address and the updated address had trucks, police crossing each other going to different locations.  

On arrival, the structure was fully involved, with the original call saying the fire started in the back bedroom.  

Mutual aid was requested from Fire District 2 with a tender and Cosmopolis Fire with an engine and crew. 

Later a DNR request was requested foer an engine and a crew that would indicate the fire got into the brush in the area.  

We are told that the house is a total loss, but everyone did get out without injury. 

Officially from the Grays Harbor Sheriffs Office 

On 08/08/17 the Sheriffs Office responded to assist Fire District 15, Fire District 2 and the Cosmopolis Fire Department with a fully engulfed house fire on North River Road. Thankfully the occupants of the house got out safely. It appears the fire was started accidentally. Explosions were heard coming from the fire and were possibly caused by propane tanks exploding in the fire. The fire departments did a great job keeping the fire from spreading out of control.


Tuesday, 08 August 2017 06:51

Brush Fires Air Quality Tuesday Aug. 8th

Grays Harbor Scanner has your morning air quality report from the brush fires and smoke in the atmosphere.  

A strong upper level ridge will keep a dry stable air mass over Western Washington through at least Thursday. Weak low level onshore flow has brought cleaner marine air to the coast and areas near the Strait of Juan de Fuca. For the interior lowlands of Western Washington, however, air quality has gradually deteriorated since Sunday and many sensors are now reporting marginal to poor air quality. 

Northerly flow aloft will continue to transport smoke into Western Washington from wildfires in British Columbia through at least Wednesday. In addition, atmospheric ventilation in the interior lowlands of Western Washington will remain poor. Weak low level onshore flow will continue to bring better air quality to the coast and areas along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 

The smoke and hazy skies will continue to plague Western Washington for the next few days. A change to southwest flow aloft late Thursday could start to push the smoke out of the area. 

Just a quick incident catch up here from Sunday night thanks to messages to the page. 

An Elma officer called out a pursuit after motorcycle at 11:36 Pm Sunday night according to radio traffic.  The officer first spotted the motorcycle at the train / rail yard. the motorcycle took off 100 plus speeds, with no traffic or activity on the roadways.

The officer lost sight of the motorcycle near Calder and the railroad tracks.  With assistance from other agencies, it appears the motorcycle got onto the rail road tracks and the officers lost sight of him.  The pursuit and search was discontinued from what we can gather from radio traffic at that time.  

This is not an official informational from Hoquiam at this time, and incident catch up from tips to the page. 

Just after midnight Monday morning the Hoquiam fire department was dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 1000 block of Spruce Street. 

The home was fully involved and a 2nd alarm call back was requested.  The fire was in overhaul around 2:20 AM, with the fire units clearing the scene at 4:33 AM.  

From radio traffic, it does not indicate that the house was occupied at the time. 

The Washington State Patrol says that a woman from Ocean Shores was airlifted to Harborview in Seattle following a motorcycle accident near Mossyrock in Lewis County. 

The incident occurred on State Route 12 near milepost 83 which is 2 miles west of Mossyrock on Saturday morning August 6th at 11:19. 

Two motorcycles were traveling west on State Route 12 the first being a red 1992 Harley Davidson xlh883 cruiser motorcycle ridden by a 52-year-old Ocean Shores Woman and the second a black 1998 Harley Davidson flstf cruiser motorcycle ridden by a 66-year-old man from Quilcene.   

The Quilcene rider slowed down to make a turn onto village road and was struck from behind by the Ocean Shores woman where both drivers were ejected from their motorcycles.

The Quilcene man was not transported for injuries, however, the woman from Ocean Shores was taken to Harborview. 

The cause of the accident is said to be inattention, with charges of following too closely. 

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