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Archives: Nov. 2009


Seattle pastor’s poem for fallen officers

Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos of Mercer Island Covenant Church submitted this poem:

Put a Blue Light in Your Window

Put a blue light in your window
for those officers in blue
who were gunned down having coffee.
It’s the least that we can do.

It’s a way of showing honor
to their families who are left
who must face the coming season
feeling lost, alone, bereft.

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WSP on alert for Clemmons sightings

Washington State Patrol troopers have been chasing leads on the whereabouts of Maurice Clemmons.

A notice was sent out earlier today for troopers to be on the lookout for a green 1997 Mazda Millenia registered to Clemmons’ ex-wife, according to the Seattle Times.

Trooper Cliff Pratt just received notice that that vehicle has been located and it’s not involved in the incident. Pratt said he received the information from Pierce County and didn’t have a location of where the car was located.

The car had been recently sold.

Troopers have been responding several locations today, following up on possible sightings.

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Police chase leads all over Seattle

From Lewis Kamb, who’s been chasing tips all morning in Seattle. Here’s his report:

Police in Seattle pursued several tips in the case early today.

Throughout the morning, dozens of detectives, crime scene investigators and other officers from police agencies across the region filed in and out of a blue-gray house in Seattle’s upscale Leschi neighborhood near Lake Washington.

Working off a tip that Clemmons was inside the home, SWAT officers had surrounded the house overnight Sunday. Police later entered the home amid explosions and smoke early Monday after several hours, but found it empty.

Several blocks around the

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12:30 p.m. update from crime scene

Maurice Clemmons continues to be sought. Officers are following tips on his whereabouts in Seattle and Pierce County.

The most valuable tips are in Seattle, Puyallup police Lt. Dave McDonald said during a briefing. “We don’t believe he’s in the Parkland area.”

McDonald said investigators believe Clemmons, who was shot in the torso during the shooting, is getting help.

“It’s apparent people are helping him,” McDonald said. “Anyone helping him … will be held accountable.”

He added that not finding Clemmons in the Yessler Way house early today was extremely frustrating for officers.

“We expect to follow all the leads,”

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UPDATED: Arrest warrants issued for Clemmons

Arrests warrants have been issued for Maurice Clemmons in his two pending Pierce County cases.

The warrants are for failing to comply with the conditions of his release.

One warrant states: “A bench warrant should issue for the reason that the defendant has violated the conditions of his release by committing new crimes, to wit: murder, on or about November 29, 2009.”

The warrant calls for Clemmons to be held in custody until he appears in court and is signed by Pierce County Judge Thomas Felnagle.

“NO BAIL WILL BE ALLOWED,” the warrant states.

These are the third-degree assault and

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Lakewood chief speaks of department’s pain and its resolve

A day after the most tragic episode in his young department’s history, Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar today spoke of his officers’ pain and praised their resolve to keep the community safe.

In his first public address since four of his officers were gunned down in a Parkland coffee shop Sunday, a visibly worn Farrar joined the 100 members of his force on the steps of the Lakewood Police Department to address the media.

He didn’t offer any new details about the investigation, but did provide a glimpse of how devastating the deaths are to the 5-year-old police department.


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Guild president writes about his fallen brothers

Brian Wurts, president of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild, wrote this last night. He offers more insight into the four officers.

We lost our brothers and sister yesterday. We have not slept and to be honest I do not know what more I am able to do. I do not want to sleep; we want this criminal brought to justice. Like my members with attest I will sit at my computer and write to them when I need to put it out there. Tonight I will write to them and anyone else who will listen about our four heroes. I will

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