(Editor’s Note: Normally, we do not publish anonymous letters to the editor. But given the letter writer’s fear of retribution, we are making an exception in this case.)


In the late hours of Friday, June 28, a coward crept through my Burien neighborhood and left his hateful calling card on all the neighborhood driveways.

The despicable calling card was in the form of a zip-lock bag containing a note that read “NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH” in big block letters. The flip side of the note read “you can sleep well tonight knowing the UKA is awake!” It was signed with the name and logo of the UKA—the United Klan’s of America (a faction of the Ku Klux Klan.)

This citizen will NOT sleep well knowing that the Klan is alive and watching.


Your neighbor


A stray bullet hit a rental car stopped at a red light in SeaTac on July 4.

The bullet nearly missing a couple and their young daughter who had rented the car at Sea-Tac Airport to visit relatives in Tacoma.

Sgt. Cindi West with the King County sheriff's office said it's almost impossible to find the gun because the stray bullet could have traveled more than a mile from where it was fired.

She noted Fourth of July celebratory gun fire is pretty common.

The busy intersection where the shooting happened is just outside the airport.


Press release:

Scammers are calling Washington residents claiming to represent various Washington courts and demanding residents wire money by 10 a.m., or face arrest.

People who receive these calls assume the calls must be about outstanding fines or warrants they are unaware of. It’s only when they follow up with the court they discover there is no violation, and confirm they got scammed.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) believes the scammer is spoofing court phone numbers, so it looks like a court is calling. Most recently, the scammers are using the Des Moines Municipal Court’s phone number.

Keep these facts in mind if you receive a call:
• Courts never call people to collect debts;
• Non-payment of debt is not a crime; and
• Most courts accept cash or credit cards and don’t encourage wiring money as an option.

The AGO encourages consumers to be skeptical of any call demanding money.


Press release:

Des Moines Municipal Court Judge Veronica Galvan was elected president-elect of the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA) at its annual business meeting. Judge Galvan becomes only the fifth municipal court judge ever elected to lead the DMCJA since its inception.

“I am honored by the faith and confidence my colleagues across the State of Washington have placed in me,” said Judge Galvan. “This is an exciting time for our courts, and I look forward to working on the challenge of improving our system of justice, not only in my city, but throughout the state.”

Judge Galvan has been a member of the Board of Governors of the DMCJA since 2008. The membership of the DMCJA consists of all 215 district and municipal court judges in the State of Washington.


Our news partner, Q13 Fox News is reporting that authorities said a father and son working at a SeaTac car dealership forged title documents that kept the state from collecting excise taxes. Investigators worry this scheme has been going on since 2007.

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Press release:

On September 29th, of last year, a suspect accosted and attempted to abduct a 10-year-old child at the Albertson’s at South 128th Street and 1st Avenue South in Burien.

Albertson’s employees, becoming aware of a commotion, intervened and successfully rescued the child and after a struggle, detained the suspect pending the arrival of the police.

On May 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer will honor the employee’s with the King County Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Service Award. The Meritorious Service Award is the Sheriff’s Office 7th highest award conferred on an individual or group who demonstrate extremely meritorious dedication.

Please join Chief Kimerer and the Burien City Council when they acknowledge these very deserving citizens.

Burien City Hall 400 SW 152nd Street
Multipurpose Room


May 24 UPDATE: Highline School Board members do not have to formally vote on the new security plan recently unveiled by district administrators.

District officials, however, emphasize that they would not move forward with the plan without informal board agreement.

While the district did hold a community meeting May 20 on the recommendations, a presentation was not given at the May 22 school board meeting.

Here is our previous coverage with corrections made:

School security officers will remain armed under a proposal announced May 14 by Highline Public Schools.

A public meeting will be held Monday, May 20, 6-7:30 p.m., at district headquarters (ERAC), 15675 Ambaum Blvd. S.W.

The school board holds its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m., at Southern Heights Elementary,11249 14th Ave. S.

Here is the news release from the district:

More extensive staff training and strong coordination with local law enforcement are the hallmarks of a proposal to improve safety and security at Highline schools. The proposal will be presented to the community at a public meeting on Monday, May 20.


One man was hit by police gunfire and an officer was hit by a car in an incident Wednesday afternoon at Southcenter mall in Tukwila

Here is a report by our news partner Q13 Fox News:

Mother’s Day Phishing Emails Top the List

Better Business Bureau press release:

Loving sons and daughters looking for thoughtful ways to show affection for moms this year should think twice before opening up hearts and wallets. A recent survey from the National Retail Federation estimates that total Mother’s Day spending will reach $18.6 billion in 2013, and scammers will employ all sorts of tricks to fool consumers. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington wants this day to be safe and mom-entous.

As with most special occasions, schemers try to catch last-minute shoppers off-guard and BBB offers the following reminders:

E-cards: Email cards appear to be from known contacts or trusted retailers, but are actually fraudulent, contain malicious links or malware and seek personal information; verify senders before opening.

Gifts: Newly registered websites stock Mother’s Day gifts at reasonable prices and guarantee timely delivery, but the products are never delivered or don’t actually exist at all. Avoid online vendors lacking verifiable contact information.

Highline native, Kennedy graduate set to retire at the end of April

Press release:

Recognizing a law enforcement career that spans four decades, the Metropolitan King County Council honored Major Jim Graddon on Monday, April 22 for his work for the people of King County.

Major Graddon has served 39 years in law enforcement, including the past 34 years with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Major Graddon has worked in numerous roles in law enforcement.

Since 2007 he has served as Major in the Sheriff’s Office and Chief of Police for the city of SeaTac. He also serves as Commander of the Sheriff Office’s Southwest Precinct, which covers unincorporated areas throughout southwest King County and the contract cities of Burien and SeaTac.

Graddon announced his retirement in January and will formally retire from his post with the Sheriff’s Office and the city of SeaTac at the end of April.

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