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Tag: Washington State Patrol


Checklist: Your fireworks might be illegal if …

South Sounders should think twice about lighting their fireworks this Fourth of July if they don’t meet the following criteria, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The explosives could be illegal if:

• They’re not from a licensed fireworks stand.

• They aren’t packaged in bright colors with safety warnings on the packaging.

• There’s not a country of manufacture listed on the packaging.

• They’re wrapped with plain brown paper, instead of bright colors.

• They’re solid red, silver or brown.

• They look like rolls of coins with a fuse coming out the side.

• They look

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Motorcyclist who crashed on Olympia off-ramp suspected of DUI

A man who crashed his motorcycle on a freeway off-ramp in Olympia Saturday night is suspected of driving while impaired by drugs, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The single-vehicle wreck, which occurred shortly before 9 p.m. off southbound Interstate 5 at Exit 105, resulted in  non-fatal injuries, State Patrol dispatchers reported Saturday.

“An adult male was transported to a local hospital with injuries,” State Patrol spokesman Trooper Guy Gill tweeted about 9:15 p.m. Saturday.  “Our investigation reveals that the rider is DUI.”

Troopers shut down part of the off-ramp Saturday to investigate the motorcycle crash.

“The ramp from SB I-5 to

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State Patrol warns of possible AMBER alert phone scam

The Washington State Patrol says it has gotten reports of numerous calls soliciting donations for the AMBER alert system, calls troopers say appear to be a scam.

At least one such caller said he or she was seeking the donation on behalf of the State Patrol.

No one from the State Patrol or local agencies is seeking donations for the program, according to troopers.

The alert system is used to help find children who are abducted or those missing under suspicious circumstances.

The State Patrol says the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and are not fundraising either.

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Woman dies in accident on SR 161 near Clear Lake

UPDATE as of 7:07 p.m. An 87-year-old man who was driving a pickup involved in the crash was taken to the hospital with injuries, Gill said. The woman driving the other car was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

INITIAL POST: One person died in an accident on state Route 161 by Clear Lake this afternoon, Trooper Guy Gill said.

The accident involved two vehicles and the roadway is still fully blocked, Gill said.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.


Crews search for man who jumped from Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Crews are searching the water and shorelines near the Tacoma Narrows Bridges after receiving a report that a man jumped from the eastbound bridge tonight, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer.

A witness called in a report just after 8 a.m. that a light-skinned man in his 30s jumped. It’s not clear if the reportee was a motorist or pedestrian.

Tacoma Fire, Gig Harbor police and Washington State Patrol are also responding.

The Tacoma Fire boat, sheriff’s boat and Gig Harbor police boat are investigating.

A Coast Guard Helicopter is on its way from Port Angeles.



Fife man killed in Seattle crash

A 23-year-old man from Fife died after he was ejected from his  motorcycle in Seattle Monday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Clinton Siegmann was driving just after 11 p.m. on the ramp from Mercer Street to southbound Interstate 5, when the vehicle lost control and both he and his 24-year-old female passenger were ejected, the State Patrol said.

The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center for her injuries.

The  cause of the crash is unknown, according to the State Patrol.

Both the driver and passenger were wearing helmets, troopers said.



CLEARED: Accidents near State Route 512 to slow I-5 traffic in both directions, State Patrol says

UPDATE: The ramp to SR 512 has been cleared, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. WSDOT Traffic cameras don’t show backups in either direction of I-5.

INITIAL POST: A two-car collision on northbound Interstate 5 is completely blocking the off ramp to State Route 512, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Another one-car crash is blocking the left lane of southbound I-5 just south of SR 512.

There are no major injuries in either crash, Trooper Guy Gill said, but they’re expected to delay traffic.

“Traffic in that area is definitely going to be slow until all the

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Washington State Patrol receives two honors

Governor Chris Gregoire announced Thursday that the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators have both honored the Washington State Patrol.

IACP named the Washington State Patrol the best state police agency of 2011 for its size, and AAMVA honored Chief John Batiste with its Martha Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award, Gregoire said Thursday in a release.

See the announcement below:


Gov. Gregoire announces two prestigious honors awarded to the Washington State Patrol

OLYMPIA— Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced two prestigious honors awarded to the Washington State Patrol.

The International Association of Chiefs

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