Public reception for Des Moines police chief candidates set for May 21

On Monday afternoon, May 14, the city of Des Moines named its five finalists for police chief.

They are George Delgado, Commander, Vancouver, WA;
Charlie Dennis, former Chief of Police, Page, AZ;
John Dyer, Commander, Oak Harbor, WA; Stephen MacKinnon, Chief of Police, Santa Paula, CA; and Christopher Shawkey, former Chief of Police, Costa Mesa, CA.

Here is our previous coverage:

The public is invited to meet the five finalists for the Des Moines Chief of Police at a reception hosted by the City on May 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 South 216th Street.

The position has been vacant since the retirement of Chief Roger Baker in June 2010, with Commander John O’Leary serving as interim chief since then.

The public will be able to informally meet and interact with the candidates during the reception.

No formal presentations or question and answer process will be conducted; however, a short written biography for each will be available. Comment forms will be on hand for citizens to offer their impressions of each candidate.


Burien lawmakers are expected to vote in May on placing a “Kids and Cops” initiative on the Burien election ballot.

As proposed by City Manager Mike Martin the six-year initiative would go to fund a surge in Burien police officers and provide grants to some city public elementary schools.

Funded by an increase in utility taxes, the initiative would need to be approved by Burien voters in the November general election or a special election early next year.

As envisioned by Martin, in the first two years $1.8 million-$2.3 million would be used to add 8-10 city police officers. Another $500,000 would go for discretionary public safety funding.

Following the two-year cops surge, the funding focus would shift for the next four years to kids in some Burien elementaries. The targeted schools would receive $300,000-$400,000.

But as Martin emphasized at the April 23 Burien council meeting all parts of the proposed plan are flexible and subject to council modification.

At the meeting, lawmakers heard the results of a survey prepared to gauge voter interest in the plan.


A suspect has been named in the shotgun beating of an 80-year-old Burien man in an attempted home robbery.

The suspect is Zachary Irish, also known as “Lil Zack.” Despite his nickname, Irish is described as 6 fteet tall. He weighs 165 pounds and is 27 years old.

Irish has a record of burglaries, robberies and domestic violence assaults.

Police say Phil Isernio, 80, returned to his Burien home and surprised Irish and an accomplice.They say Irish hit Isernio in the face with the butt of a shotgun.

Q13 Fox News quotes Isernio as saying, “As soon as I got in the house—bang!—right there. I dropped down on my knees and he came at me again and I blocked it like this and then I started pleading for my life after that, because I knew he meant business—he was going to kill me.”

The other suspect ran away during the incident but was caught later by deputies. Police said Irish escaped.


By Chief Jim Graddon, City of SeaTac
By Chief Scott Kimerer, City of Burien

High profile cases of extreme child abuse grab our attention before other stories take center stage. Just last month, Josh Powell of Puyallup allegedly tried to hack his two sons to death before killing them and himself in a deadly house fire.

But for every child who dies at the hands of a homicidal adult, there are thousands involved in cases of tragic and, potentially deadly, abuse or neglect.

Child abuse and neglect remains a widespread problem in communities throughout Washington state and the entire country. In 2010, there were nearly 700,000 confirmed cases of abuse and neglect nationwide. Over 6,500 of these cases were in Washington state. The real numbers may be as much as three times higher since many incidents of abuse and neglect are never reported to authorities or formally documented.


Tukwila Police press release:

On 4/2/12 at approximately 4:00PM, a male entered the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. The male handed a bank employee a note demanding money. When the male received the money, he left on foot southbound on Andover Park East. A search was conducted using a police K9 with negative results.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 30’s, 5’10” with a medium build. The male was wearing a blue baseball hat with a Superman logo on it, dark jacket and dark pants. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to call the Tukwila Police Department Major Crimes Unit.


By Christina Gramling
The 17-year old murder suspect in the Jasmyn Tully murder case admitted to the crime the night of the murder, according to police documents.

The incident occurred on the 11600 block of 42nd Ave. S in Tukwila in the early hours of Saturday, March 17. The suspect was found just fifteen minutes after police responded, several blocks away and without shoes.

The suspect first told officers that he had chased a black male out of the apartment where 17 year old murder victim, Tully, had been found. When his story didn’t add up and police questioned further, he admitted to the crime according to Tukwila Detective Ron Corrigan’s Probable Cause Report released Monday.

A wound found on his arm by police he said had been inflicted by the “black male” had also really been inflicted by himself. Medics deemed the wound superficial according to police documents.


Tukwila Police Department press release:

On 3-17-12 shortly before 3am, Tukwila Police officers responded to an apartment located in the 11600 block of 42nd Avenue South in Tukwila on a report of an unconscious, bleeding female.

Officers found the victim in the apartment, unconscious and suffering from stab wounds. The victim – a 17-year-old SeaTac girl – was transported to Harborview Medical Center by Medic One but was pronounced dead a short time later.
A 17-year-old male acquaintance who lived at the apartment was detained and questioned by Tukwila Police Department detectives and was eventually arrested and booked into the King County Youth Services Jail and charged with murder.

No motive for the crime has been uncovered.


Statement from King County Sheriff Sue Rahr

Today, I have accepted a final offer from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) to become the Director. I plan to retire as Sheriff on March 31 and assume my new duties as Director of the academy on April 1.

I made the decision to leave the Sheriff’s Office before the end of my term for a number of reasons. First, and foremost, I have complete confidence in Chief Deputy Steve Strachan and the rest of the command staff to effectively lead the Sheriff’s Office and continue to protect and serve the citizens of King County. I would not and could not leave this post without that confidence. I believe this transition can be smooth with no impact on our service and no disruption of our workforce.


After May 1, red-light cameras will be gone from three Burien intersections.

Burien lawmakers decided Feb. 13 not to renew the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems after May 1. The company has been providing the cameras to Burien since 2009.

The cameras are located along First Avenue S. at 148th St., 152nd St, and 160th St. The cameras are designed to catch drivers going through the intersections or making a right turn without stopping when the traffic lights are red.

Finance director Kim Krause said the program is designed so the city does not pay Redflex more than revenues received from tickets. She noted that payment is not sent to Redflex until the revenues are received.

However, the city spent about $55,000 in district court costs for the photo enforcement program in 2009 and 2010. She said Burien is expected to incur another $30,000 in costs for 2011. Krause added the added cost for Burien police to review and issue the tickets is unknown.

She provided a summary of revenues and costs billed the city by Redflex for the past three years.


While expressing sympathy for medical marijuana patients, SeaTac council members unanimously agreed Jan. 24 to extend for another six months a ban on medical cannabis dispensaries and collective gardens in the city.

City Attorney Mary Mirante Bartolo told lawmakers that as long as federal and state laws conflict with each other, the city should not place its employees in a position to be sued or arrested.

Without a moratorium and marijuana facility zoning regulations, a city employee could be sued for not granting a permit for a dispensary or garden, according to Bartolo.

On the other hand, it could be a felony for a city employee to issue a license for a business that is federally prohibited, she noted.

“The problem is not about not being empathetic toward suffering,” Bartolo said.

Dispensaries fill prescriptions for medical marijuana while gardens provide marijuana for members of a collective.

Police Chief James Graddon said that while King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg has indicated he is not interested in prosecuting medical marijuana cases, a federal task force recently raided facilities in White Center.

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