We have an update to an accident we first pushed to our #GHSCanner APP users this Wednesday morning where the Washington State Patrol says that the driver falling asleep at the wheel was the cause. 

The accident occurred at 8:47 am on October 23rd on State Route 12 at mp 28 (near Butler Mill Road) Elma when a black 2003 Volkswagon traveling westbound on State Route 12 went off the roadway to the right after the driver a 49-year-old Montesano woman fell asleep at the wheel.  

No other vehicles were involved, the driver was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Summit Pacific in Elma for her injuries. 


Elma. Police Chief Susan Shultz said in a press release this morning that at approximately 3:00 am, an Elma Officer was dispatched to the 1700 block of W. Main Street, for a reported burglary in progress. The homeowner reported their front door had been kicked in.

Officers from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Montesano Police and McCleary Police responded to assist. While investigating the first reported burglary, officers were dispatched to a second burglary in progress in the 100 block of N. 9th. The homeowner later reported the suspect kicked the front door in, the homeowner armed himself and checked the home to discover the suspect pointing an AK 47 at him.

While officers were responding to the second burglary, they were dispatched to a third burglary in progress in the 600 block of W. Young Street. The Elma Officer located a male in the 500 block of W. Young who was holding a rifle. The male was ordered at gunpoint to show his hands, the male refused and disappeared between parked vehicles.

Four people were arrested Tuesday morning when Aberdeen Police, assisted by two Hoquiam Police officers, served a search warrant at a residence in the 1000 block of E. Market St.  

An Aberdeen patrol officer became aware of information connecting stolen property from recent commercial burglaries to the residence. 

The officer secured a search warrant, and just before 11:00 AM a team of officers responded to the residence to serve the warrant. 

Officers and detectives located a few items of suspected stolen property from the recent burglary at the south Aberdeen Dennis Company. 

The search also turned up small quantities of controlled substances (elicit street drugs) and associated paraphernalia throughout the residence. 

A 26 and 27-year-old Hoquiam male, 46-year-old Aberdeen male, and 54-year-old Aberdeen female were taken into custody on charges that include VUCSA, Possession of Stolen Property, and outstanding arrest warrants. 

The investigations continue into the burglaries.  Anybody with information is encouraged to call the Aberdeen Police Investigations Section at 360-533-3180.

A 24-year-old Oakville woman died at the scene of a wreck on logging roads in the Capitol State Forest Sunday night, the driver of the vehicle was arrested. The Washington State Patrol reports a 25-year-old Elma man driving a 2013 Ford F250 pickup was also injured and transported to St Peters Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The truck was Northbound on the Capitol Forest D-Line, about a half-mile north of US Route 12 just after 9 PM Sunday night. The driver failed to negotiate a curve and the truck left the road to the right, went down an embankment, and struck a tree.

The driver was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck. The report said that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Arrest records indicate the driver was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail this morning on the investigation of vehicular homocide charges.

The road was fully blocked for 7 hours overnight while crews worked to remove the vehicle and occupants.

The Aberdeen Police Department is looking for Emery W Parks as a missing person.  Parks is a 48-year-old transient diagnosed with Schizophrenia and last seen in the Olympia area in June.  No other details were said in the agencies request just that he is listed as a missing person and that they would like the publics help in locating. 

Any Information, please contact the Aberdeen Police Department (360) 533-8765
APD CASE #19-A22205

The National Weather Service out of Seattle investigated a report of a water spout or tornado that touched down near Shelton and are now confirming that their determination is that a tornado with a preliminary rating of EF-1 (winds estimated 90-100 mph) touched down on Friday, October 18th between 6:02 and 6:07 pm.

The Touchdown started on land near Shelton traveling more than a half-mile before moving over Pickering Passage and becoming a waterspout dissipated shortly after moving over the water.

The tornado path was about 90 yards wide and was on the ground for approximately five minutes.

No one was injured but the twister uprooted trees and falling trees damaged at least two homes.


A 70 year old Aberdeen man was transported to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital this afternoon after his mountain bike collided with a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck at the intersection of Simpson Ave. and Jeffries St.  At 1:19 PM

Aberdeen Police/Fire were dispatched to the report as a “child on a bicycle struck by a car”.  When officers arrived on scene, the 70 year old man was still lying on the roadway south of the intersection.  His bicycle nearby had a bent front wheel. 

The 51 year old Aberdeen woman who was driving the pickup explained she never saw the bicycle before the collision.  She reported she had stopped at the southbound stop sign on Jeffries and waited for traffic to clear.  As she crossed Simpson the bicyclist struck the driver’s side of the pickup at the left front wheel, and the rider went to the ground.  The bicyclist had been riding westbound (against traffic) on the south shoulder of Simpson Ave. 

The left lane of Simpson Ave. was blocked until 1:48 PM while AFD prepared the rider for transport.  The collision is still under investigation.

Failure to stop at the stoplight on SR 12 and Clemons Road is listed as the cause of the accident that happened today Thursday, October 3rd at 2:15 pm that affected traffic in all directions.

According to the Washington State Patrol report a block 1997 Toyota 4Runner was traveling eastbound on State Route 12 driven by a 42 year old Aberdeen man that had a red light at the intersection of Clemons Road when he struck a green 199y Toyota 4Runner that was northbound on Clemons Road making a left hand turn onto State Route 12 to go westbound (with a green light).

The driver of the green 4runner an 81 year old Montesano woman was transported to Community Hospital for her injuries. Her passenger a 79 year old Aberdeen woman was not injured.

The driver of the black 4Runner and the passenger a 28 year old Montesano man was not injured.

Off Duty Sheriffs Sgt. Gay was instrumental in saving the life of an accident victim in Elma after a vehicle pinned the victim between two cars.  Sgt. Gay ended up removing the driver from his vehicle and freed the victim. He applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg with a belt.  His actions have earned him the Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Service Medal and that will be awarded on August 28th at 3:00 PM in the large commissioners meeting room in Montesano according to the Grays Harbor Sheriffs Under Sheriff Brad Johannson. 

On Sunday at 4:41 p.m. neighbors called 911 to report a residence on fire in the 900 block of Wheeler Avenue in Hoquiam.   The Hoquiam Fire Department along with a Rapid Intervention Team from the Aberdeen Fire Department was dispatched.  The neighbors alerted the elderly resident of the house and assisted her in getting out.  She was not aware her house was on fire.   

A DUI driver strikes multiple signs at the Aberdeen High School and damages the grass on school property caught at San Benn Park driving recklessly by Aberdeen Police Officers. 

More on this from the Aberdeen Police Department in their press release. 

Early this morning at approximately 01:59 AM, Aberdeen Officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress at the Sprint Store, in the 1100 block of East Wishkah Street.  Upon arrival, Officers discovered a large window was apparently broken out with a shopping cart and an unknown amount of product was stolen.  There was also fresh red spray painted graffiti on an intact window and no suspect(s) was located.

According to a Washington State Patrol report a 59-year-old Grayland man was killed in a motorcycle accident in King County Friday, October 11th at 1159pm. 

The Grayland man on a Gold 2003 Harley Davidson was traveling southbound on State Route167 in lane three of four just south of 180th street when he changed from lane three to lane four directly in front a Black 2016 Ford F250 Pickup driven by a 35-year-old Auburn man.  The Ford truck was unable to slow and struck the back of the motorcycle ejecting the rider landing in lane four of four. The Ford Pickup then slid across the lane into lane 3 striking a light green 2018 Hyundai Kona driven by a 38-year-old Moxee man.  

There were no injuries reported by the driver or passengers of the Pickup nor the Hyundai Kona 

Unsafe Lane Changes are listed as the cause of the accident.

The Roadway was blocked for 3 hours, and next of kin is being located for notification. 

According to a Washington State Patrol report released Friday morning a 19 year old Aberdeen woman was killed after her 1998 Subaru Impressa rolled on Westbound State Route 8 at Fairgrounds Road while being pursued by a WSP Trooper.

The WSP Trooper started the traffic stop on Westbound SR 8 at milepost 6 which is the west end of McCleary (reason for traffic stop not given).  The vehicle fled for 5 five miles before the driver lost control at a high rate of speed as it attempted to change lanes to go around a chip truck.  The vehicle left the roadway to the left and entered the grassy median rolling several times ejecting the driver. 

The Aberdeen woman was not wearing a seat-belt according to the report and was deceased at the scene.  

According to a Washington State Patrol report a 25-year-old Montesano woman fell asleep while driving her black 2007 Volkswagen beetle convertible Saturday morning September 7th just before 10:00am on State Route 8 3 miles east of Elma.  

The woman had been driving in the eastbound direction when the vehicle left the roadway to the right, and struck bushes and saplings.  

She was transported to Summit Pacific for her injuries and is being charged with negligent driving 1. 


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