The Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (“the Council”) is a unique partnership between the Center for Children and Youth Justice and high-level decision makers from across South and East King County that is focused on creating a coordinated and collaborative response to gang violence.

The goal of the Council is to create a comprehensive plan that brings together efforts in prevention, intervention, suppression and re-entry. The planning process begins with, and is driven by, a thorough community assessment designed to identify the nature and scope of gang activity and youth violence in King County’s suburban communities.


No picture of a community’s gang crime problem is complete without the views of community residents. A planned survey will give respondents an opportunity to share their own experience or beliefs about gangs and gang activity in their community. Answers to the following questions will be sought:

- Do community residents believe a gang problem exists in the community? If so, what is the problem?
- Are there significant differences across groups? What are those differences?


While Carrie Thomas, mother of murder victim Jayme Thomas, and I were talking on the telephone Dec. 14, a neighbor came to her door and told her that Jayme’s little cat had just been run over by a car.

Jayme told me about her little cat the day we visited in the park.

Her mother, Carrie was already suffering from grief with loss of her daughter and now Jayme’s cat was killed on a road near their house.

As Carrie tried to continue a conversation with me I struggled to know how to respond, given all the pain I could imagine she was in feeling.

I listened on the telephone as she struggled to tell me about the loss, saying how precious that cat was to Jayme and how the cat had shown signs of grief from missing Jayme.

“It was just yesterday that for the first time since Jayme’s death that the cat was willing to sit on my lap,” Carrie said.

As I listened all I could think of to say was “Maybe, Jayme wanted the company of her cat in Heaven."

“Maybe so," Carrie said, "Maybe so, I didn’t think of that.”

What unbelievable pain for one family to bear.

Lawmakers reject suggestion

By Christina Gramling
A consultant hired by Des Moines to study its police department suggested Dec. 8 that the city contract out its police services like Burien and SeaTac.
The King County Sheriff’s Office handles police duties for the two Highline cities.

The Des Moines police study was not what the City Council expected. The lawmakers agreed that Des Moines is not ready for contract police services, nor does the city need it.

At the Dec. 8 city council meeting, Des Moines’ Interim Police Chief John O’Leary presented the findings and conclusion of the Matrix Consulting Group’s report on the department.

“I thought this would be a tool to assist in hiring a new police chief,” said Mayor Bob Sheckler.

The Matrix Group compiled its findings through data that was supplied by the police department. It covered subjects such as tracking CAD time, which is Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) time, and patrol and staffing reduction suggestions.


Press release:
In September 2011, the City of Des Moines announced the start of a new road safety camera program to prevent speeding in school zones. The School Zone Safety Program aims to protect students, drivers, and passengers from injuries or crashes caused by speeding near Woodmont Elementary School. The city has installed speed compliance cameras in the school zone along the northbound and southbound lanes of 16th Avenue South.

This School Safety Program initially had a 30-day introductory period where warning notices but no fines will be issued to the registered owner of any vehicle photographed while speeding. This introductory and public education phase was due to expire on November 1, 2011. Due to some scheduling issues, the warning notices were not mailed out to the registered owners during the full 30 days.

The purpose of the School Safety Program is to alert drivers to the school zones, reduce speeds, and increase safety for students. A vital part of this new program is to educate the community of this program before enforcement begins.


Referring to the Seattle Times and the big drug bust (in White Center.)

Many arrests, many guns, much dope. The citizens had to wait a long time for the law to act.

Was the "bust " a drop in the bucket? Can one assume more gangs will take the place of those arrested?

Is this what Burien wants?

Perhaps the Burien City Fathers need to have another think about Annexation!!

Walter McGowan.


Press release:
An insurance agent who sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in fake business-insurance policies has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Brenda MacLaren-Beattie, 68, of Des Moines, was sentenced Thursday in King County Superior Court to 26 months in prison. She was immediately taken into custody. She was also ordered to pay back $532,659 in restitution.

"I'm very pleased that the court took this as seriously as we did," said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. "This agent sold fictitious coverage to dozens of medical offices in Washington and Oregon, often for years. People thought they had coverage and they didn't."

An investigation by Kreidler's office found that from late 2001 through 2009, MacLaren-Beattie issued fake insurance to 25 oral surgeons in Washington and 16 in Oregon. During that time, she is believed to have collected more than $532,000 in premiums for fictitious insurance policies, often issuing counterfeit certificates of insurance to doctors and clinics. Her insurance license expired in 2009.


A 13 year-old Burien girl was injured Aug. 7th after she was struck by a pick-up truck about 7:15 p.m. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

The accident occurred when the girl, her sister, and a friend were all crossing Ambaum Boulevard S.W. in a marked crosswalk at S.W. 154th St. The driver of a 1990 Ford Ranger was northbound on Ambaum and apparently didn't see the pedestrians.

The victim was just ahead of the other two in the crosswalk and she was the only one hit.

The driver is a 52 year-old man from Burien. He was not booked into jail or cited pending additional investigation.

Detectives believe alcohol on the part of the driver may have been a contributing factor to the accident.

Future of Des Moines suit expected to be announced Sept. 12

A Snohomish County judge will rule in September on whether or not to dismiss a civil complaint made against two Des Moines police officers by the owners of a Newfoundland dog who was shot and killed by police last November.

Chuck and Deirdre Wright's dog, Rosie, was shot and killed by Des Moines officers after Rosie had gotten loose from her yard and police officers were unable to capture her.

The criminal complaint is against Des Moines Police Sgt. Steve Weiland and Officer Michael Graddon.

After hearing arguments from attorney Matthew Kaser, who represents the city of Des Moines and Adam Karp, representing the Wrights, Snohomish County Judge Tam T. Bui said she will issue a written decision on whether or not to dismiss the case on Sept. 12.

Kaser is arguing it is unconstitutional for the Wrights to bring criminal charges forward and that the case was wrongly transferred to Snohomish District Court.

He filed two motions-- one to dismiss because it is unconstitutional, and another to have it sent back to Des Moines and heard before a court-appointed judge there.


Burien will continue to contract with King County for police services.

A consultant's study has concluded it is cheaper to remain with King County than to form a new department.

Burien council members heard the report from Berke Associates on Aug. 1. Berke is the same firm that just completed a financial report for Burien on White Center annexation.

The consultants reported that the current contract with the county costs the city $9.4 million annually. If the city formed its own department, they said the cost would be from $11-13 million each year. That figure does not include one-time start-up costs for buying vehicles and equipment.

The cost savings occur partly because Burien shares police commanders with other jurisdictions, according to the report. Burien is within the county's Precinct 4, which also includes SeaTac and unincorporated North Highline.

The consultants said that if the Burien were to become larger, forming a new police department might become more cost-effective.

City Manager Mike Martin indicated that, based on the report, there are no plans to pursue formation of a new police department at this time.


Debra George from the nonprofit group that is now handling Burien's animal control services reports the runaway pit bull involved in Thursday's biting incident has been found.

George from Burien CARES said the dog showed up at the back door of its owners Sunday night. The owners live in the 15600 block of Maplewild Avenue Southwest. The home is about four blocks from the 15900 block of 25th Avenue Southwest where it was spotted about 9 p.m. Sunday night.

George reported the pit bull has been turned over to CARES for treatment and and a required 10-day quarantine.
George reported the dog still had a taser dart in it when it returned home.

In the first media interview with former Burien mayor Sally Nelson, Nelson told the Times/News Sunday night that the dogs came after her with "a vengeance."

Here's our coverage from Sunday night with the first media interview with Nelson:

The case of a possibly dangerous pit bull running loose in Burien illustrates the frustrations of a couple of new Burien residents trying to be good citizens.

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