When I uploaded the video from WSP’s speed enforcement in Wenatchee earlier this week I had no idea it would blow up to become a national news story. I was hoping that others would share my frustration after hearing officers running late to a conference blowing through a speed trap 20+mph over the limit without being stopped.
Apparently this video struck a nerve with folks. It was first picked up by Komo here in Seattle, then KCPQ, then Kiro. I ended up getting phone calls from news agencies all over the country asking about the video.
I agreed to do on-camera interviews with ABC World News and Kiro to discuss my thoughts on the incident. After seeing me on TV I received a lot of texts/phone calls from friends telling me that I’d better avoid driving for a while, basically implying that WSP will want to “get even” for making them look bad.
Friday I was contacted by an attorney in Wenatchee that kindly offered to represent any motorist that received a citation at that speed enforcement operation for free. Attorney John Brangwin sounds like he’s very familiar with WSP and defending those who receive tickets in these types of situations. If you received a citation at this location and want to talk with John, his phone number is 509-663-3915, or visit his firm’s website for more contact info.
His services may not be needed however- Friday the news announced that WSP was “voiding” all the citations issued at that location for the two days that the conference attendees were allowed to pass through without receiving tickets.
The incident was embarrassing to the State Patrol and they will be making changes to how they handle patrol cars that are speeding through their enforcement areas in the future.
Mark my words on this one- they will encrypt their air to ground communications sometime in the near future. They will cite “public-safety” or “privacy” as their reason, but the real reason is they don’t like having something like this being brought out to make them look bad.
Tragic, sad, horrible, and senseless. That sums up what happened in Lake Roesiger today when an 8 year old boy apparently drown while swimming.
This morning the body of Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean O’Connell was transported from Skagit Valley Hospital to a funeral home in Everett. Well over 100 patrol cars and motorcycles formed up a motorcade to honor him. I grabbed some footage from the 12th Street overpass between Everett and Marysville.
It didn’t take the folks at TomoNews long to come up with a great 3D animation of the I-5 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, check it out:
Around 1:30 today a subject reportedly armed and suicidal was involved in a pursuit that began in Edmonds, ending with his vehicle being spiked and at least one officer opening fire on his vehicle. Subject was reportedly shot multiple times in the head and neck.
I obtained this scanner audio from Snohomish County Scanner, with his permission I am sharing it here: AUDIO: 10-26-12 Police Shoot Suicidal Man in Bothell
Note that this is edited audio and does not contain the entire radio traffic from the incident.
Some key points in the audio:
7:24: Spikes deployed
7:37: Suspect vehicle stops
7:45: “Still Moving”
8:04: “Request Aid/Chaplin”
8:27: “Multiple Shots Fired into subject”
Thanks to Snohomish County Scanner for providing this audio.
Just in from WSP:
***For Immediate Release***
Date: September 9, 2012
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Melissa Gannie, Washington State Patrol
Phone: (253) 912-4932
Fire Mobilization Authorized for the #1 Canyon Fire – Chelan County
State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the #1 Canyon Fire located in #1 Canyon near Wenatchee, in Chelan County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources at 2:45 p.m., September 9, 2012, at the request of Chelan County Fire District #1.
The fire started on September 9, 2012, at approximately 2:00 p.m. and is burning in sage and grass. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The fire is an estimated 200 acres and growing rapidly. There are currently 40 homes that are under level 3 evacuations and an additional 100 under level 2 evacuations. Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered six strike teams of Wildland engines to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the #1 Canyon Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.
Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident. The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions. More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm.
Red BMW that contained the victim parked in front of AMPM Gas Station
I was making my weekly run to the Angel of the Winds casino last night when I heard a call on the scanner for a male with gunshot wound to the head at the AMPM off Highway 530. Apparently there was some type of altercation at the Blue Stilly Park that spilled over to the AMPM.
Sounds like one subject in the red BMW was shot in the head, the shooter apparently fled the scene and so far there is not much detail about the suspect they are looking for. The AMPM has several security video cameras visible around the building so there is a good chance they might have some footage of the suspect.
The victim was transported in the medic rig to Everett Providence Hospital.
Someone contacted me today and sent me a link to an article in the Herald from 2011 regarding Lynnwood’s use of red light camera footage for investigations totally unrelated to traffic offenses, an apparent violation of Washington State law that forbids the use of that footage for anything but violations related to running a red light or speeding.
My favorite quote from the article is from Police Chief Steve Jensen, he said “his cops are using the cameras for investigations in ways he thinks most people in Lynnwood would support.” Well I guess if the majority of people in Lynnwood think it’s okay, screw Washington State law.
Maybe Seattle Police should let the cowboys from Lynnwood PD come down and work those two shooting investigations for them.
Here’s a link to the original article on Heraldnet:
This just in from the State Fire Marshal:
Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Milepost 31 Fire
State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Milepost 31 Fire, near the Grant and Adams County line along State Route 26. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on June 14, 2012, at 12:45 am at the request of Grant County Fire District 11 and Adams County Fire District 5.
The fire started at 2:44 pm on June 13, 2012. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has grown to an estimated 1,500 acres. There is 1 residence and an outbuilding threatened by the fire. No evacuation orders have been established.
via Media Release – Washington State Patrol.