Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson and State Patrol Chief John Batiste took time to honor telecommunicators who work in their agencies all last week. Telecommunicators are those who answer emergency phone lines and work radios in the two agencies. At WSP, they answer calls to 911 and dispatch troopers to where they’re needed. They […]Continue Reading ...
Two suspects remain at large, after the armed robbery of of a medical marijuana collective garden in Oakville this morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department tells KBKW this morning at approximately 9:13 am, the owner of Green Harbour Medical Marijuana Co-Op in Oakville reported being robbed by two […]Continue Reading ...
The public comment period opened earlier this month on a Wilderness Stewardship Plan in the Olympic National Park. The National Park Service reports four alternatives are being discussed, a public meeting has been set for March 26th from 5 – 7pm at the Lake Quinault School to detail the options. The no action alternative (Alternative […]Continue Reading ...
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 […]Continue Reading ...
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.Continue Reading ...
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.Continue Reading ...
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.”Continue Reading ...
On any given day, in any given situation, any Washington State trooper may be confronted with an aggressive subject. Verbal de-escalation is always the goal, but is not always successful. This is why troopers are given a number of other tools to defend themselves should the need arise. One of those tools is the Taser. […]Continue Reading ...
The public comment period opened yesterday on Wilderness Stewardship Plan in the Olympic National Park. The National Park Service reports four alternatives are being discussed, a public meeting has been set for March 26th from 5 – 7pm at the Lake Quinault School to detail the options. The no action alternative (Alternative A), is defined […]Continue Reading ...
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.Continue Reading ...
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.
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
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?Continue Reading ...
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