• State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

    OLYMPIA ¾ The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and […]

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  • 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 – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 (doh.wa.gov). 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.

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  • Intruder shot outside Pierce County home

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – The Pierce County sheriff’s office says a love triangle resulted in an intruder being shot Monday outside a Pierce County home.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told The News Tribune (http://bit.ly/1582HQK) a man wanted to confront the owner of the property about an affair when the intruder was shot twice.

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  • Human Remains in Lewis County Identified as 1986 Cold Case

    Mineral, WA – Human remains found near Mineral in late March have been identified as Michael Lloyd Riemer, a man who went missing in 1985 along with his significant other, Diana Robertson, both from Pierce County. The couple’s two year old daughter was found wandering alone at a Spanaway K-Mart on the same day they went missing. Lewis County investigators said Tuesday that Reimer’s body was located within 1 mile from where Robertson’s body was found in 1986. Information from the case aired on the TV Show Unsolved Mysteries in 1989. Reimer was a person of interest in the death of Robertson as his location remained a mystery until this year, the case remains unsolved.

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  • Chinook salmon are king in coming weeks

    Summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some tough decisions about how to spend their time on the water in the days ahead. Salmon, steelhead, trout, crab, sturgeon, bass and walleye – all are now available for harvest.

    But for thousands of anglers, nothing beats the thrill of reeling in a big chinook salmon. Many are doing just that as waves of chinook move south toward the Washington coast, then east into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, coastal streams and the Columbia River.

    “This season is off to a good start, and it should only get better,” said John Long, statewide salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Right now, anglers are catching chinook salmon from the Washington coast and Puget Sound to the upper Columbia River, with additional fisheries opening in the next few weeks.”


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  • Puget Sound waters to run red near Joint Base Lewis McChord

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Red dye will be injected into treated wastewater this week at Joint Base Lewis McChord’s wastewater plant then monitored in a state health department study. The Department of Health, along with federal, tribal, state and local agencies, are doing the study in the Puget Sound waters off Solo Point in Pierce County to see where shellfish are safe to harvest.

    The test will be on Monday and Tuesday. Red dye will likely be visible in the waters near the treatment plant. Tracking will include gauging the wastewater’s movement and dilution. The dye isn’t harmful to people, marine life, or the environment.

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency is funding this test as part of a larger study, which includes other pollution surveys and ongoing marine water quality monitoring. Results will help determine whether closed shellfish beaches in some areas of Pierce County could be reopened to harvest.

    The Department of Health is responsible for the safety of commercial shellfish harvested in the state. The agency’s Office of Shellfish and Water Protection uses national standards to classify all commercial shellfish harvesting areas.

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  • Peacock Named Community Executive for Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter

    SEATTLE, Wash. – Tracy Peacock has been named community executive for the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter. She succeeds Michael Patton who retired earlier this year.

    Tracy is an excellent addition to our local Red Cross family, she brings strong leadership skills, extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and passion for our life-saving work in the community. She is exceptionally qualified to lead the local chapter. – Ed Burtnett, Mount Rainier Chapter board chair

    Peacock will provide leadership for the chapter including its fundraising and community engagement efforts. She will also help build community awareness of the Red Cross; manage the local board of directors; and support Red Cross services throughout Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties. Last year the chapter responded to more than 140 local disasters, trained nearly 20,000 people in first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness, and delivered more than 1,100 emergency messages to local military families.

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  • Pacific County man guilty in trooper shooting

    TACOMA – A Pierce County jury today returned a unanimous verdict against a Pacific County man charged with shooting a Washington State Patrol trooper in the back of the head in February 2010.


    Assistant Attorneys General John Hillman and Melanie Tratnik prosecuted the case at the request of the Pacific County prosecutor’s office.


    “The Attorney General’s Office deeply appreciates the risks our State Patrol troopers take and the sacrifices they make to keep the rest of us safe,” said Attorney General Rob McKenna. “That’s why this case means so much to our office. I’m grateful for the skill and expertise our assistant attorneys general brought in prosecuting this case.”


    Jurors found 46-year-old Martin Jones guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of former trooper Scott Johnson as Johnson was impounding a van belonging to Jones’ wife. Jones’ wife had earlier been arrested and was under investigation for drunken driving.


    Johnson was shot at point-blank range in the back of the head. But he survived and recovered. He was elected Pacific County Sheriff in November 2010.


    The Attorney General’s Office does not have original criminal jurisdiction to prosecute cases but often handles complex criminal cases at the request of county prosecutors. Assistant Attorneys General may also prosecute criminal cases at the request of the Governor.

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