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Hoquiam man arrested over ‘large amount’ of sexually explicit images

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) with the assistance of detectives from the WSP Criminal Investigation Division and the Hoquiam Police Department have arrested a man for possessing and dealing a large number of images that show sexually explicit conduct involving minors. The investigation originated from cyber-tips…

No charges pending after Olympia woman killed while crossing state Route 101

SHELTON, Wash. – A 19-year-old Olympia woman was killed early yesterday morning after being hit by a semi-truck in a northbound lane of State Route 101 about a mile south of Shelton. The Washington State Patrol identifies her as Rebecca E. Martinson. The driver of the semi, a 55 year old Elma man was not injured. The WSP said the semi was Northbound at milepost 350 when the woman crossed just before 7 Monday morning.
The northbound lanes of state Route 101 were closed for about three hours yesterday morning. The state patrol identified the cause of the accident as pedestrian in the roadway, and said no charges are pending.

State Patrol Trooper to be disciplined, retrained, after admitting to Port Angeles crash

A 17-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol will receive a four day suspension, and 44-total hours of driver retraining, as the result of a multiple-vehicle collision in Port Angeles on Nov. 29.

Trooper Travis Beebe, 39, will be required to successfully complete a four hour check ride with a WSP driving instructor. Beebe will also receive an additional 40 hours of driver training at the State Patrol academy with the agency’s next recruit class.

“Trooper Beebe came forward and accepted responsibility for losing control of his car,” said his commander, Capt. Chris Old. “The discipline and re-training I’ve imposed are within the standard range given in these situations.”

The State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team will continue their investigation into the collision itself. Although Trooper Beebe has accepted overall responsibility, the agency also has a responsibility to establish the exact details of what took place.

Western Washington braces for winter driving conditions

OLYMPIA – Whether it’s heading home from work or heading to watch the Seahawks attempt to keep their home game winning streak intact, Puget Sound area drivers are urged prepare for possible snow and ice to during the Monday afternoon drive.

The current lowland forecast calls for freezing temperatures and possible snow between Everett and Canada by early Monday morning, and arriving in the Seattle area by Monday afternoon.

“WSDOT maintenance crews will be out in force as this storm system moves in,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator for maintenance and operations. “We will have 40 trucks in the Greater Puget Sound area working to keep the roads clear. But we need drivers to prepare themselves and their cars for winter driving conditions.”

WSDOT, WSP and transit agencies are working together to keep traffic moving as more than 65,000 fans are expected for a nationally televised game at CenturyLink field in Seattle. - Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator

Multi-state challenge: Arrive Alive on I-5 this holiday weekend

Leaders of the three state police agencies along the west coast are issuing a challenge to drivers: Arrive Alive on I-5 this holiday weekend.

 

On Monday, November 25, 2013, the leaders from California Highway Patrol (CHP), Washington State Patrol (WSP), and Oregon State Police (OSP) announced they are joining forces for the “I-5 Challenge” encouraging drivers to get through the Thanksgiving Holiday extended weekend with zero fatalities on Interstate 5.

 

Starting Wednesday evening, November 27, state law enforcement officers from San Diego, California, through Oregon, and up to Bellingham, Washington, will be targeting education and enforcement efforts on the road. Using a mix of education outreach and enforcement to get voluntary compliance of traffic laws, the message will kick off one of the busiest travel times of the year on our nation’s highways during the Thanksgiving Holiday (6 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 1).

 

CHP, WSP and OSP officers will focus on traffic collision-causing violations that are known to be factors that often lead to tragedies and end in people not arriving safely to their destinations. Speed, aggressive and distracted driving often top the list, along with driving while impaired and failing to use safety belts and child safety seats.

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?

Time to trade those sunglasses and sandals for ice scrapers and chains

OLYMPIA – As state highway crews shift into winter gear, they have a few words of advice for drivers: be prepared and slow down.

Those simple words of wisdom could be the difference between a long wait on the highway or more time for family and fun.

“The last thing we want to do is see a car in the ditch,” said Mike Krahenbuhl, maintenance supervisor on Interstate 90 at Hyak. “That usually means the driver was going too fast or had to avoid someone else going too fast.”

Krahenbuhl has spent more than 40 years clearing snow and ice from Washington’s roadways. He said it takes just one person driving too fast or forgetting to prepare their vehicle for cold weather to cause a chain-reaction collision.

And it’s not just in the mountains, said Monty Mills, snow and ice program manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

“Prepare your car and prepare yourself for the conditions you will be driving into,” said Mills. “When the temperature drops, drivers all over the state need to be ready. We’re working to keep the highways open but need drivers’ help.”

State Patrol seeking help to locate Gig Harbor hit-and-run vehicle

The Washington State Patrol is looking for a dark colored passenger car that was involved in a car vs. pedestrian hit and run collision that occurred just after 8pm on September 24, 2013.  The collision took place on State Route 302 just south of 154th Street NW in Gig Harbor.  The driver of the dark colored passenger car struck a pedestrian then fled the scene.  The vehicle should have a broken right passenger side mirror and possible damage to the right front area of the vehicle. 

If you have any information about this collision or know the possible whereabouts of the vehicle involved please call WSP Detectives at (253) 538-3174.  

WSDOT teams with WSP to keep Shelton road construction safe

SHELTON – Motorists who ignore a construction detour may have some explaining to do. The Washington State Department of Transportation has enlisted the Washington State Patrol to help deter motorists from driving through a construction zone during night hours on US 101 north of Shelton. 

Starting this week, state troopers will monitor the construction site and cite drivers who place themselves and workers at risk by not following detour signage. 

“It’s a last resort to ask the Washington State Patrol to increase its presence,” said Project Engineer Steve Fuchs. “We’ve already added more detour signs, adjusted signs, and turned drivers back to dissuade people from coming through the work site. The only additional tool we have is enforcement.” 

Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. each weeknight and on occasional weekend nights, US 101 is closed to all traffic between East Purdy Cutoff Road/Skokomish Valley Road and East Eagle Point Drive. 

Two Grays Harbor teens die in Thurston County collision

MONTESANO, Wash. – Two east county residents were killed on eastbound state Route 8 last night, about 10 miles east of McCleary.

State Patrol trooper Guy Gill said speed was a factor in the crash just after 6 p.m. that killed 19-year-old Craig Thiessen of Montesano, and his passenger, 19-year-old Alexis Guzman of McCleary.
Photos show the vehicle split in two after it left the road to the left fish tailed and swerved broadside into a tree. Gill said Thiessen was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, both he and the McCleary woman were declared dead at the scene.

Washington DOT reports that eastbound state Route 8 traffic was impacted in the area for about 4 hours last night while WSP investigated.

Accident scene

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.