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Tag: Department of Corrections

May
7th

Arrest involving FBI on northbound I-5 this afternoon was for DOC warrant

The FBI and other agencies arrested a 28-year-old on northbound Interstate 5 near exit 122 about 1:30 p.m. today who had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.

KIRO-TV reported that the arrest caused backups on the freeway.

The arrest was a joint effort between the federal agency, the state DOC and Seattle police, according to the FBI.

The man had failed to check in with his Community Corrections Officer, and was considered at high risk to commit a violent crime, according to the DOC. He had been sentenced to 12 months of supervision for a drug-related conviction, according to the

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Jan.
17th

Sparkler bomb goes off at Tacoma DOC office

A small bomb made with a bundle of sparkler fireworks exploded outside the Tacoma DOC field office at Center and J streets, according to Tacoma police.

No one was injured and no property was damaged, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

It appears someone threw the explosive from a vehicle as it drove by, she said.

There are no suspects at this time and no threats were made to the office, Cool said.

The office was locked down while officers investigated, and reopened about 5 p.m.

Tacoma police are investigating, the Department of Corrections said.

The field office will be open

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Dec.
25th

Man charged with using fake bombs to intimidate Lakewood DOC office

A man pleaded not guilty Christmas Eve to threatening to blow up the Lakewood Department of Corrections office.

Emil Herman Haag, 52, was charged with intimidation or harassment with an explosive.

Lakewood police responded Dec. 21 to the DOC office in the 10100 block of South Tacoma Way, after employees found what was later determined to be a fake bomb in the lobby, and two others were found buried outside.

Haag went up to employees during the investigation and told them he had planted the devices and that he would bring dynamite the next time he went to Lakewood Municipal

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Aug.
11th

UPDATED: DOC to pay $4.25 million to Pierce County woman badly injured by felon

The state Department of Corrections will pay $4.25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a Pierce County woman purposefully run down by a felon under the agency’s supervision, the victim’s lawyer reported today.

Kathie Larson suffered a number of traumatic injuries, including brain damage, when Aiyisha Gillespie allegedly ran her down with a stolen car in June 2008. Larson was crossing a street in downtown Tacoma at the time. She was comatose for three weeks and hospitalized for six months.

Gillespie is charged with first-degree assault in the case. She’s to go to trial in September.

Larson’s lawyer, Darrell

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July
27th

DOC reports violence in state prisons is down

Here’s the press release:

OLYMPIA – The number of violent infractions in Washington state prisons has significantly declined during the past two years, even as the inmate population has become higher risk.

The number of violent infractions in prisons statewide has declined by about 5 percent each of the past two years. At several of the state’s largest prisons violence has declined by about 20 percent. Only one of the state’s 13 prisons, Washington Corrections Center for Women, has seen an increase in violent infractions.

“Violence in prisons isn’t going down because the inmates are less violent,” Secretary Eldon Vail

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July
26th

Women’s prison in Purdy has a new superintendent

Here’s the press release from the state Department of Corrections:

OLYMPIA – The Department of Corrections announced today the appointments of two Superintendents to prisons in Western Washington following the closure of two prisons.

Jane Parnell, current Superintendent of Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock, will be the Superintendent at Washington Corrections Center for Women near Gig Harbor. Parnell was Superintendent of Ahtanum View Corrections Center in Yakima prior to its closure in March.

“Jane provided leadership at a time when it was desperately needed at Ahtanum View,” said Prisons Director Dick Morgan. “And her expertise in managing confined women

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