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Montesano Police Department Public Information Log

The Montesano Police Department responded to 73 calls from Jan. 4-10. Here are some of the calls they responded to.


Traffic stops are showing an increase in equipment violations. With a total of 31 stops made during the time frame, 18 of the 23 warnings were about improper use of or inoperable headlights and taillights. In one incident where a vehicle was initially stopped for inoperable taillights, the driver was also cited for not having a valid operators license and not having valid insurance.

Eight of the traffic stops ended in written citations for excessive speed, expired tags and/or no insurance, as well as cell phone use while driving. One citation was given for a driver operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Jan. 4

Welfare Check, North Sylvia Street, 9:33 a.m.: Montesano police assisted a caregiver who was having trouble checking in on a resident. When police arrived, all doors to the home were secure, a window was found to gain access. The caregiver was concerned about the resident who had issues with falling down.

After police gained entry to the home, it was found that no one was home. The guardian later confirmed that the individual was away at an appointment.

Welfare Check, East Pioneer Avenue, 1:17 p.m.: A call reported an adult had just kicked a juvenile and left. Police were able to find the involved mother and child by description of the vehicle, and were advised that the mother was having a few issues with the child. The mother advised as to what had happened earlier. It was an incident involving tying a shoe, no kicking was involved. The child would not speak to the officer and went off to her room. The only issue found was the attitude of the child.

Jan. 5

Agency Assistance, Devonshire, 1:35 a.m.: Montesano police were called in to assist the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office with a disabled vehicle containing stolen property from an earlier burglary.

Fraud, Poplar Road, 9:55 a.m.: Police dispatch fielded a call from a man who wanted to report fraud on his debit card. The caller said he would stop at the station the following Monday with the details.

Traffic Hazard, Fourth and Pioneer, 11:33 a.m.: Police were alerted to the intersection that had chunks of asphalt coming up from the road. The area was cleaned up.

Agency Assistance, Main Street and State Route 12, 11:45 p.m.: A call from Washington State Patrol asking for assistance in a high speed pursuit of a vehicle traveling more than 80 mph. Montesano police were able to stop the vehicle and the driver was cited for driving 87 in a 60 mph zone as well as not having vehicle insurance.

Jan. 6

Field Interview, behind Montesano Post Office, 12:07 a.m.: Montesano police observed two individuals in the middle of the street behind the post office. After discussion with the two, it was discovered that they had been drinking and were walking home, but did have a small problem with balance. The two were allowed to stumble home.

Possible Burglary, West Pioneer Avenue, 11:15 a.m.: A call alerted police to a possible break-in at a storage unit. Arriving on the scene, police quickly determined that it was two employees working on the building.

Theft from Vehicle, North Fourth Street, 5:51 p.m.: A resident called to report a theft from their vehicle that occured sometime in the last two days. The caller noted that nothing seemed to be taken from the vehicle but it appeared that someone had been inside and left a mess. The caller also stated that the doors may have been unlocked.

Jan. 7

Suspicious Person, Thriftway, Montesano, 3:24 p.m.: Montesano police arrived to find an individual intoxicated in the parking lot. The man stated that he had just left the Department of Corrections and was looking for a ride to Aberdeen. Police advised the man to wait for the bus and not to bother anyone.

Possible DUI, South Main Street, 7 p.m.: Report of a man who appeared to be intoxicated, getting into his vehicle to drive home. Police found the man at home and discussed with him that driving in his condition is a crime. The man stated that he had only been drinking after he was home.

Jan. 8

Alarm, Monte-Elma Road, 12:52 a.m.: Montesano police responded to an audible alarm and found the building secure. Police waited for a cardholder who had authorized access to the building, checked the site and found no issues.

Theft of Vehicle, West Pioneer Avenue, 12:46 p.m.: A report came into the Montesano Police Department noting the theft of a motorcycle. The caller was not sure how long it had been missing but did give a description of the motorcycle.

Jan. 9

Suspicious Person, South Main Street, 9:28 p.m.: Information came in to the police about a suspicious person in the area. After checking and finding all secure, the decision was made to make random checks for the rest of the shift.

Jan. 10

Information Report, East Pioneer Avenue, 10:35 a.m.: Prompted by their insurance company, the owner of a vehicle that was stuck in the Thriftway parking lot gave a description of the damage to local police.