Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tacoma Officer Justified in Fatal DUI Shooting

Pierce County prosecutors have ruled that a Tacoma officer was justified in fatally shooting a Gig Harbor man who pulled out a gun after being stopped for DUI. On June 15, Officer Hannah Heilman was on her way home from work just after 2 a.m. when she noticed Lawrence Papineau driving his pickup truck erratically… Continue Reading »

Friday Crash, DUI Arrest

On Friday a car crashed into an apartment in Lakewood, Washington injuring a man inside the apartment. The car allegedly drove through the wall of a ground floor unit at the Emerald Village Apartments and hit the man while he was playing X-Box. He was allegedly trapped underneath the vehicle for a period of time.… Continue Reading »

WSP Best in the Nation

The Washington State Patrol has been named by its peers as the top agency in North America when it comes to getting drunk drivers off the road, WSP announced on Friday. The award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes an agency’s “year-round efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers and to address… Continue Reading »

Oakland Raider Criminally Charged

Assault and battery charges do not just arise in Washington State. Unlawfully using force is a crime in all fifty states. To that end, Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski has been criminally charged in California with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment for allegedly using force against a woman in September of 2010, according to news… Continue Reading »

SPD Sergeant Retires, Avoids Being Fired

Seattle Police Sergeant David Abe has apparently chosen to retire in lieu of being fired by the Seattle Police Department. Sergeant Abe was a police officer for nearly 33 years. The decision was made after an internal investigation found misconduct in Sergeant Abe’s supervision of DUI arrests; an audit found dozens of SPD DUI cases… Continue Reading »

Judge Denies Rubber Stamping Motion to Dismiss

A judge Thursday declined to dismiss a drunken-driving case or suppress the arresting officer’s testimony despite the officer’s admission that he violated Seattle police policy when he falsely stated his sergeant had screened the arrest. Seattle Municipal Judge Steve Rosen ruled, the legal wrangling is “much ado about nothing.” Lawyers for Luis Negrete-Ramos asked Rosen… Continue Reading »

Special Veteran's Court to Open this Month in SMC

According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, one in six veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has a substance-abuse problem and one in five has symptoms of a mental disorder or cognitive impairment. In response to this, the Seattle Municipal Court is set to open a special court September 20,… Continue Reading »