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Category: Internal affairs


Pierce County sheriff’s detective who criticized prosecutor serves 3-day suspension

A Pierce County sheriff’s detective who used her county-issued smart phone to send an email critical of Prosecutor Mark Lindquist to The News Tribune recently served a three-day suspension without pay.

An internal investigation found Glenda Nissen violated policies regarding use of county equipment and rules prohibiting law enforcement officers from openly criticizing the criminal justice system, said deputy prosecutor Craig Adams, who serves as Sheriff Paul Pastor’s legal advisor.

Nissen also was found to have violated the department’s Code of Ethics, Adams said this week.

Nissen sent an email to News Tribune publisher David Zeeck shortly after midnight on

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Prosecutor: Lakewood officers justified in shooting armed woman

Three Lakewood police officers were justified in shooting a woman who pointed what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol at one of them earlier this year, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office reported today.

Carolyn Moran-Hernandez, 47, died Feb. 14 after confronting Sgt. Michael Noel and officers Matthew Brown and Darrin Latimer as they responded to a domestic-violence.

A woman called 911 to report that Moran-Hernandez had assaulted her and was armed with a knife, according to a news release. Police arrived in the 3200 block of 83rd Street South to find Moran-Hernandez on the front porch of a house.


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UPDATED: Fired Puyallup cop wants his job back

A Puyallup police officer fired after an off-duty road-rage incident last year wants his job back and is appealing his termination for a second time.

Puyallup Police Chief Jim Collyer fired officer Mark Delight in December after an internal investigation into the May 31 road-rage incident.

Delight, 30, appealed the decision to the city’s Civil Service Commission, which upheld the termination in a ruling issued last month.

Now, Delight wants a King County Superior Court judge to review his termination. He filed a notice of appeal in King County earlier this month, arguing that his firing was “not made in good faith for just cause,” according to court documents.

“He’s not seeking damages, just reinstatement to his position,” Delight’s attorney Daniel Fjelstad said. “He’s hoping the judge will reverse.”

Delight joined the Puyallup Police Department in June 2008.

Last year, Pierce County prosecutors charged him with second-degree assault and reckless driving, alleging he chased down another driver May 31 and rammed his car. The other driver had honked his horn at Delight after Delight was slow to drive through an intersection.

During the chase, both Delight and the other driver exceeded the posted speed limit and driving in the opposite lanes of travel, according to a Civil Service Commission document. Delight, who was off duty and in his personal car, called 911 and provided officers with a description of the other vehicle’s car and its license plate number.

When the chase ended on 112th Street South, Delight pulled a gun and identified himself as an officer.

In October, Delight pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and received a deferred sentence.

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Pierce County man’s in-custody death attributed to drug overdose

The actions of three Pierce County sheriff’s deputies did not contribute to the death of a man who died after struggling with them in August, authorities said Friday.

King Ramses Hoover died of methamphetamine poisoning, Pierce County prosecutors reported. Pierce County medical examiner Thomas Clark ruled Hoover’s death an accidental overdose.

Hoover, 27, died minutes after deputies shocked him with a stun gun and handcuffed him while investigating a trespassing complaint at an apartment in Spanaway. Witnesses said Hoover broke into the apartment through a window and refused to leave.

Authorities said Hoover struggled with deputies James Oleole, Martin Zurfluh and

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Bonney Lake sergeant resigns during internal investigation

A Bonney Lake police sergeant has resigned amidst an internal investigation into allegations that officers got paid for time they didn’t work on a grant-funded traffic enforcement program.

The sergeant, who’s name was not released, was in charge of the program, the Bonney Lake Police Department announced today.

“The sergeant in charge was found to have given orders that were in conflict with the department’s standard policy and procedures manual and has recently resigned his position from the department prior to corrective action being initiated against him,” a department press release stated. “His resignation came as a direct result of

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Tacoma officer back to work after DV allegations were not sustained

A Tacoma police officer accused last year of pointing a gun at his wife and threatening a colleague has returned to the force after an Internal Affairs investigation determined the allegations  were not sustained.

The officer, Aaron Joseph, 28, was not disciplined and returned to work last week after being on paid administrative leave for more than a year, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said this week.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Joseph in August 2009 with assault after his wife accused him of putting a gun to her head and threatening to kill her and then himself. He also was charged

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Verizon donates to organization aimed at helping law enforcement officers in crisis

Verizon Wireless has donated $25,000 to a statewide organization that offers treatment for substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues among law enforcement officers.

The communications company presented the check to Safe Call Now this morning at the the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, according to a press release from Verizon Wireless.

“As we near the one-year anniversary of the tragic killing of 4 Lakewood police officers, Verizon Wireless would like to help save the lives of those who protect us,” the press release states. “An alarming statistic shows that the rate of suicide by

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Two Pierce County deputies plead not guilty to perjury charges

Two Pierce County sheriffs deputies pleaded not guilty today to charges they lied under oath about the circumstances of a gun seizure.

Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan released Jeffery Ray Montgomery, 34, and Rex Alan McNicol, 47, on their personal recognizance following their arraignments. Both are charged with a single count of first-degree perjury.

Hogan did require the men to report to the jail to be photographed and fingerprinted, which both did when their court hearing ended.

Assistant Attorney General Melanie Tratnik wrote in court documents filed last month that the deputies lied from the witness stand March

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