Joshua Paul Yacovone was only in a little bit of trouble before he decided earlier this month to confront a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy at the deputy’s home. Now he’s in a whole heap of trouble, charged with third-degree assault and intimidating a public servant in a county that doesn’t take kindly to threats against law enforcement.
Yacovone, who had been cited by the deputy earlier in the day for underage drinking, is accused of tracking the deputy down, strutting into his driveway and accusing him of taking money. Not until the deputy pointed a rifle did Yacovone back down and leave.
How did Yacovone find the deputy? Perhaps by combing through public records like sponsors of House Bill 1317 fear? Nope. Yacovone found that deputy through old-fashioned word of mouth. An acquaintance of Yacovone’s happened to be the deputy’s neighbor.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told me that even cops who have been careful about trying to get their addresses private find that their information is still available – if not from loose lips, then from online database searches.
Our point exactly.