Blue Byline

A cop's perspective of the news and South Sound matters

Archives: Dec. 2013


Guilty verdict takes a cold-blooded killer off the street

At age 16, Kimmie Daily had debilitating physical disabilities and the cognitive skills of a ten-year-old. She was an innocent.

On August 17, 2010, in one of the most reprehensible crimes this area has seen in years, Daily was raped and murdered. Last Tuesday, barely a week before Christmas, a Pierce County jury convicted Tyler Savage of Murder first degree in Daily’s death (TNT 12/17).

As Christmas tales go, the details brought up during Savage’s trial are reminiscent of the biblical story of the male infants put to the sword by a superstitious and jealous King Herod.

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Low tech barrier could have prevented fatal collision

In the early 1960s, traffic engineers in New Jersey conducted a series of crash tests with a concrete barrier. The result was a 32″ wall with two curved surfaces that has since become the ubiquitous Jersey barrier.

It is impossible to calculate the exact number of lives saved by the installation of the Jersey barrier along American freeways and highways. Suffice to say, the number is great.

And yet in hindsight, an opportunity for an additional “save” was squandered on Monday along a well-traveled stretch of I-5 between Tacoma and Olympia.

For a thus far unexplained reason, the driver of

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Devastating Fox Island blaze a reminder of seasonal danger

When I first ran through the doorway, it seemed like I was walking into a thick fog bank. The charcoal-colored smoke was so opaque I could not see my hand in front of my face. I squeezed my eyes nearly shut, held my breath and followed the sounds of running feet ahead of me.

Against all judgment, my partner had rushed into the burning house in hopes of finding the last occupant. With the fire department still on the way, I was the third cop to follow him inside where a teenager was, unbelievably, hiding out amidst the flames. Though

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Are Detroit’s retired first responders too small to save?

As the stock market continues to fill the pockets of hedge fund managers and CEO’s, the echoes of 2008 are fading from memory. The litany of “too big to fail,” it would seem, has served its purpose.

Two of the few legitimate successes from the TARP bailout are Detroit’s General Motors and Chrysler, both of which have repaid their respective loans of $13.4 and $4 billion and survived the Great Recession intact.

How ironic that the Motor City, which nurtured these economic giants throughout much of the last century, has itself failed.

Last Tuesday in federal court, Judge Steven W.

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Red light cameras are intrusive, annoying and necessary

Several years ago I was I was running late for my first shift with a new department. I made a right turn at a red light, fervently hoping none of my new coworkers were close enough to view my rolling stop.

Weeks later, I fished out an envelope mailed to me from my employer. The $100 ticket inside was not only an unpleasant surprise, but it was also my introduction to Redflex.

Although I had heard about red light cameras, I had no idea that I had just rolled through an intersection equipped with one of Redflex’s infamous new contraptions.

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