I write about a lot of things in Snohomish County, mostly corruption, some stupidity & anything that catches my interest.
Generally the police aren’t on my radar but after dealing with the Rose Adams fiasco, rampant deaths at the Snohomish County Jail & the many headline stories I am starting to get a very bad feeling.
Here are just some of the stories out of this county
1. Former county deputy convicted of burglary
James Hager was charged in November in King County Superior Court after allegations surfaced that he stole a wood-burning stove, stove pipe and some cedar flooring from a vacation home in the Skykomish area. He was off-duty at the time….
2. Ex-cop makes first court appearance in sex case
A former Monroe police sergeant accused of grooming a young girl for a decade-long sexual relationship made a first court appearance Tuesday. Carlos Martinez, 58, faces charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree child molestation and voyeurism
3. Inmate alleges affair with officer
A Bothell woman who alleged in court last month that she was raped in the Snohomish County Jail by a corrections officer told police she’d had an affair with the man prior to her conviction in the molestation of three young girls
4. Former jail guard sent to jail for assault
A former Snohomish County jail guard was ordered to spend a year behind bars for sexual misconduct with a female inmate, as well as assaulting a Boeing co-worker after he was fired from the jail. Allan Hawkins, 36, was told Wednesday in Snohomish County Superior Court that he abused his position of authority in 2006 when he sexually assaulted an inmate while he was a guard
5. Fired prison employee gets 6-month term for sex with inmate
A former corrections officer is headed to jail for her relationship with an inmate at the Washington State Reformatory. A judge on Thursday sentenced Danette Skelton to six months in jail for having consensual sex with a prisoner while she was on duty in 2009
6. Everett cop fired after alleged relationship with teen
An Everett police officer was fired in February after he allegedly had a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
Investigators believe former officer Brian Nelson, 40, met the teen through the school resource officer program, according to the termination letter
7. Guard charged with custodial sexual misconduct
A Snohomish County corrections officer is accused of providing a jail inmate homemade chocolate chip cookies in exchange for sexual favors. Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a felony charge against Abner Canda, 58. A former inmate, 22, has alleged that she and Canda had sexual contact while she was incarcerated at the county jail last year
8. Former Snohomish County planning director charged
Snohomish County’s former planning director Craig Ladiser was charged with sexually motivated assault Friday for a drunken incident last summer while playing as the guest of area builders in a golf tournament. A King County Sheriff’s Office investigation found that Ladiser, 59, exposed his penis and rubbed himself against the leg of a woman who works as a building industry lobbyist
9. Councilman Mark Olson won’t face charges in sex case
Everett City Councilman Mark Olson will not face charges stemming from an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman in his downtown law office in 2007.
10. Everett officer resigns after 3rd inquiry
A veteran Everett police officer resigned last month after a third internal investigation since 2000 resulted in findings of dishonesty and misconduct. Officer Robert Franklin quit April 16 after being informed of the Everett Police Department’s plan to fire him. The latest internal investigation began in October after a man filed a complaint alleging Franklin was engaging in an inappropriate relationship with the man’s wife. Both the woman and Franklin denied having a sexual relationship. He was again suspended and demoted in 2012 after acknowledging another romantic relationship. That woman told police that Franklin said he was divorced and that they had sex while he was on duty.
11. Corrections officer who assaulted co-worker resigns
A Snohomish County corrections sergeant who assaulted a co-worker last year agreed on Monday to resign. Jerry Dixon Jr. was accused of pulling a co-worker’s hair at the jail in September. He pleaded guilty Monday in Everett District Court to fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor
12. Sergeant facing prosecution in prostitution case resigns
A Snohomish County sheriff’s sergeant who faces criminal prosecution for his ties to an alleged bikini-barista prostitution ring has resigned, officials said Tuesday. Darrell O’Neill, 58, was arrested in June for investigation of promoting prostitution and official misconduct. Everett police allege that he was tipping off the coffee stands’ owners to undercover operations in exchange for sexual favors.
13. Ex-Edmonds cop guilty in sex case
A former Edmonds police officer was convicted Thursday of having sex with a woman in his custody. Daniel Lavely is facing up to a year in jail. He will be required to register as a sex offender for a decade.
14. Does radio transmission reveal Deputy having sex on duty?
A recorded two-way radio transmission that sparked an investigation into whether a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy had sexual relations while on duty. It happened in the early morning hours of September 19. Dispatch was communicating with one Snohomish County deputy when another male deputy accidentally keyed the mic on his radio. It was about a ten second transmission that sounded like a woman moaning repeatedly
15. Everett police officer charged in sex act, resigns from force
An Everett police officer has resigned from the force after being charged with sexual misconduct in an incident involving a woman Oct. 11. The charge was brought against Blaine E. Lassich, who resigned from the department in March, said Sgt. Boyd Bryant, Everett police spokesman. The incident reportedly took place after Lassich told the woman to get in the front seat of a patrol car, said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Craig Matheson. He said Lassich then forced the woman to perform a sex act. The act was interrupted by a radio call, Matheson said, and the woman reported the incident to police shortly afterward.
We have the 8 deaths at the jail as well
1. Landon Hays
Booked for: Unlawful imprisonment, death threats
Cause of death: Heart disease
“County jail inmate died of natural causes, examiner says”
2. Diane Cowling
Booked for: Animal cruelty
Cause of death: Heart attack
“Woman dies in jail of heart attack days before sentencing for animal cruelty”
3. Michael Saffioti
Booked for: Marijuana possession
Cause of death: Asthma, allergies
Legal claim pending. “Mukilteo mother says son’s death in jail was avoidable”
4. Lyndsey Lason
Booked for: Prostitution, drugs
Cause of death: Lung infection
Legal claim pending: “$10 million wrongful death claim filed in inmate’s death”
5. Jason Elliott
Booked for: Domestic violence, drugs
Cause of death: Suicide
“Man arrested at Mill Creek marijuana operation dies in his jail cell”
6. Bill Williams
Booked for: Theft
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest after being shocked with a Taser.
Case is awaiting prosecutor’s review. “Death at jail ruled a homicide”
7. Leon Benjamin Moore
Booked for: DUI warrant
Cause of death: Meth overdose
Investigation recently wrapped up. No findings of wrongdoing by corrections staff.
“Meth overdose blamed in jail inmate’s death”
8. Kathleen Ann Swann-Deutsch
Booked for: DUI
Death remains under investigation by police and the medical examiner’s office.
“Woman who died in jail had high blood-alcohol level”
The jail deaths are related to Police because all the corrections officers are in fact Snohomish County Officers as well
Statistically out of every 1 case that makes the news: 60 to 75 of them never do & are quietly settled behind closed doors or arbitrated away… ADD to that, that most times the first few complaints are either ignored or entirely dismissed because the people making the complaints usually have a drug & or criminal history
In the case of sexual assault less than 50% of rapes are ever reported, of those that are reported only 3% of those perpetrators will ever be convicted & go to jail. It is also not likely that most are going to report a cop. Would you?
People in a position of authority are well aware of these statistics, & so are predators. It is their “job” to know & understand their hunting grounds & their prey. I grew up around cops & in my whole life I have never been afraid of police as a whole. I’ve actually been pretty lucky in the context that most of the cops I have had dealings with have been protective & helpful. I’ve run across a few bad ones in Bellevue, 1 bad State Patrol Officer & 1 Snohomish County Deputy & that’s about it. Now that is not to say I haven’t got my butt stomped by a few of them but trust me I was a bad kid & probably deserved a hell of a lot more then I got but I ran really fast back then too.
For the first time in my life I am afraid, not for me, but for my kids, for my grandkids. I don’t know what happened. When my kids were little there was so many officers that were there for me, for them. If I was going to be late from work I knew beyond all doubt that my kids were safe. When I was almost murdered in 2000 the King County, Burien, Snohomish County, Edmonds, Everett & Lynnwood Police guarded us with their lives. When I was a child & there were no real child protection laws the Everett Police were the only protection we had… Lynnwood detectives were idiots in the 70’s but the uniformed cops did everything they could for us. Fast forward 30 years & the Lynnwood detectives, namely Detective Valentine was my kids hero & he watched out for them like a hawk.
One of my first childhood memories was of a motorcycle cop who used to bring me those captain crunch ice cream bars every day, I don’t know why or even who he was but he was the ONLY one who didn’t get after me about not being able to talk, he’d just sit there with me til I was done with it, rub my head & drive off.
So now do I worry that a D.A.R.E. Officer is going to molest one of my grandbabies, are one of my kids or grandkids going to get shot dead in the street for no reason, are one of my family members going to also die in the Snohomish County deathtrap jail?
This post is not so much a rant as it is a realization, a sad truth. There used to be honor & the thin blue line was a tightrope carefully walked because the cops were heros now it seems they are a bunch of bullying drug addicted sexually deviant thieves in uniform.
One former county official once said: We don’t give a shit about the “people” they are a joke, this is OUR playground, it’s sex drugs & whatever we want. Even though he is a lowball piece of shit, at least he told the truth once…
So where does that leave the good cops? Or the wet behind the ears rookies fresh out of the academy who think they are going to save the world?
These unions keep these psychopaths on the job & endanger us all. Mountlake Terrace, Everett, & Edmonds police depts have been trying for years to clean up their forces but the unions browbeat them with expensive litigation & inevitably keep these rogue officers on our our streets. Yet Lake Stevens, Gold Bar, & Monroe, police depts seem to be having sodomite festival. It’s not much better at the Monroe State Pen where the inactions of employees got another officer killed: They were ALL reinstated & given back pay at taxpayer’s expense!
As for now there appears to be little hope that things will get better & the scariest part is that contrary to what any American believes, the COUNTY SHERIFF’S have the most police power of any agency in our country.
A sheriff is elected by the people, he works for the people. He is the ONLY elected Law officer of the county, as such he is the Supreme Law officer of the county. He is accountable to “We the People”. Within the boundary of his county the sheriff has more power than the President of the United States.
As an example: The citizens of Washington state voted to legalize pot, the feds keep trolling around threatening to shut dispensaries down & fining & jailing a county’s citizens. The Sheriff’s Office merely has to tell them to leave or face jail time, that’s it, they are the Supreme Law of The Land in their County but they probably won’t do it BUT they can. The feds know it, the sheriff knows it but then the feds would blackmail the sheriff’s & withhold critical funding. If I was wrong about this then the State of Delaware would not be trying so desperately to strip the county sheriff of it’s powers & create a defacto state.
I am a member of the Washington State Militia & the Snohomish County Chapter. So it is vitally important that in case of a natural disaster, or any emergency that we have a working relation with the Sheriff… it doesn’t look too good