Amber Alert led to quick recovery as vehicle is spotted in traffic

Officials from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) were celebrating the quick recovery of an abducted and endangered child as a result of this morning’s AMBER Alert and applauding the public

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WSP: Good to Know Video on Wireless Emergency Alerts

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Every year children and adults are forcibly abducted or become missing for various reasons. These situations make the family and friends feel helpless creating an unbelievable amount of stress. Rapid notification to a large number of people is important for a safe recovery.

In the latest edition of our “Good to Know” series, Trooper Guy Gill explains the two systems we have in Washington, AMBER Alert and Endangered or Missing Person Advisory(EMPA).

The Washington State Patrol video can be viewed here.

Both alert systems are designed to form a partnership between law enforcement and the public. The goal is to quickly find our loved ones who have been abducted or gone missing. Your decision to receive these alerts could make all the difference in the world to a grieving family. If it was your loved one, how many sets of eyes would you want searching?

Federal government shutdown does not affect AMBER Alerts

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol is reminding both the public and other law enforcement agencies that the AMBER Alert system is in full operation despite the shutdown of the federal government.


“We’re hearing of incorrect reports on both mainstream and social media about the status of the AMBER Alert System,” said Carri Gordon, AMBER Alert Coordinator for the Washington State Patrol. “The system is in full operation, and ready to help recover an abducted child.”


Although there is some federal coordination of the overall AMBER Alert program, each state has its own distribution system for alerts. Washington’s alerts are distributed by a private contractor that is in no way affected by the federal government shutdown.

State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website ( The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

State Patrol and Broadcasters highlight success of AMBER Alert activations

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State officials and broadcasters are hailing the effectiveness of the AMBER Alert system, in the wake of eight successful activations and recoveries so far in 2013.


Nationwide, the AMBER Alert system has led to the successful recovery of 656 children since its inception.


“The value of the AMBER Alert system in these recoveries cannot be overstated. Timely public awareness was crucial and directly helped law enforcement safely recover these abducted children,” said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. “The AMBER Alert system is a true partnership between law enforcement and other government agencies, the media, and the public designed to save our society’s most precious assets – children!”


Here are some highlights of recent activations in or involving Washington State:

  • August 18:  A 15-year-old girl was abducted from Davenport, WA by a non family member.  As a result of the AMBER Alert, an alert Chelan County deputy located the vehicle at a gas station less than an hour later. The child was safely recovered and her abductor taken into custody.
  • August 6:  A 15-year-old girl was abducted following the brutal murder of her mother and brother near San Diego, CA. The largest-ever AMBER activation, covering five states including Washington, was initiated. The suspect vehicle was located in a remote area of Idaho and led to the successful recovery of the child.
  • June 28:  A 5-year-old boy was abducted by his non-custodial mother and was safely recovered a mere 20 minutes after the AMBER Alert was issued.
  • June 14:  A 5-year-old boy was abducted by his non-custodial mother in Gold Bar and recovered a mere 30 minutes after an AMBER Alert was activated by a Douglas County deputy and WSP trooper.
  • April 28:  A 1-year-old child was abducted from his grandparents’ home by his non-custodial parents.  A multi-state AMBER Alert was activated in Montana and Washington, leading to multiple tips from the public.  The child was rescued and his abductors were taken into custody by Fife PD.

Aberdeen SkillsUSA Team Loads up On Awards

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen High School chapter of SkillsUSA competed in the state conference this past weekend (April 12th through 14th) and came home with ten state medals including four state champions and over $4,500 in scholarships and prizes. Aberdeen High School’s state champions have qualified to compete at the national conference to be held in Kansas City, MO this June.

Aberdeen High Sophomore Erika Nelson and Bobcat Junior Nicole Tanselli were re-elected as state SkillsUSA officers for the 2012-2013 school year. Erika served this past year as Washington State’s SkillsUSA President, while Nicole served as the Olympic Region Vice-President.

Also, Aberdeen Instructor Chuck Veloni was recognized as the Washington State SkillsUSA Advisor of the year.


The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting a Cowboy Bar-B-Que Wednesday May 16th in the commons at Aberdeen High School from 6PM to 8PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any SkillsUSA member. The Aberdeen Chapter of SkillsUSA will be trying to raise $10,000 to send six students and two advisors to the national conference in Kansas City MO. If you are interested in helping to make this goal a reality, please send any donations to

Aberdeen High School
attn: SkillsUSA National Fund
410 North “G” Street
Aberdeen WA 98520

National Telecommunicators Week, When to Call 911

The week of April 10 - 16 is National Telecommunicators Week, and Communications Officers of the Washington State Patrol want you to know when it’s the right time to call 9-1-1.

“If you need a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical help at your location, you should be calling 9-1-1,” said Mark Layhew, director of WSP’s Communications Division. “Beyond that, the list of reasons to call is pretty short.”

WSP is especially concerned about the number of people who call 9-1-1 to get road conditions or driving directions.

“We need to keep our phone lines and our dispatchers free to handle emergency calls,” said Layhew. “We would love to be helpful in other ways, but will likely end those kinds of calls very quickly with a referral to non-emergency numbers.”

Investigators Seek Public Assistance With Lindsey Baum Related Video

MCCLEARY, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sheriffs Department has released more video related to the Lindsey Baum investigation, one year after her dissappearance, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said "we are now releasing additional video of people and vehicles that have not been identified from the Shell Station videos."

Some of the video is from earlier in the day and some from later in the evening.

The Department is asking that people that recognize either of the persons or vehicle contact us at 1-866-915-8299 or at Scott said "We have not identified these people so are unsure how long they were in McCleary on that date and if they may have seen anything that may be of use in the investigation."

Investigators would still like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything in McCleary between 9 and 10 pm Friday - June 26th of 2009, when the little girl failed to return to her home on Mommsen Road from a friend's house on Maple street a few blocks away.

Lindsey's family has established a couple of websites to promote the search efforts,  and

Lindsey will turn 12 years old on Tuesday July 7th, and is described as 4 foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey pullover hoodie with blue jeans and black shoes.

Lindsey Baum

Baum Investigation Continues, Reward Increased

MCCLEARY, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department held a press conference yesterday announcing a surge in their efforts to recover Lindsey Baum, an 11-year-old McCleary girl who vanished while walking home from a friend's house on June 26. She's described as 4-foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said the FBI added $5,000 dollars to the reward, bringing the total to $25,000. The heightened search efforts will begin on Monday, and five trucks will be seen around the county featuring a photo of Lindsey, and the phone number 1-800-THE-LOST as part of the Washington State Patrol’s Homeward Bound program. Scott said the trucks were donated by Gordon Trucking Inc. and are parked in spaces donated by Cabinet Distributors Inc. and Simpson Timber.

Lindsey's family has established a couple of websites to promote the search efforts, and

     Lindsey will turn 12 years old on Tuesday July 7th, and is described as 4 foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey pullover hoodie with blue jeans and black shoes.

Lindsey Baum