There is a murder every 2.5 days in Washington state. And the
number of people murdered has gone up from 159 in 2011 to 203 in
2012 (That’s a 27 percent increase).
Crime occurred most frequently in the state in September; it
occurred the least in February.
Property crimes: $205,931,711 in property was stolen in 2012;
of that, law enforcement recovered $16,931,651.
Though it is now legal for an adult 21 and older in Washington
state to possess up to an ounce of pot, police in Washington seized
762,809 grams of pot in 2012. By comparison, the two next highest
drugs seized were meth (25,418 grams) and heroin (24,824).
Arrests: 155,916 people were arrested in Washington in 2012. Of
those, 30,924 were between 20 and 24 years old, making it the age
group with the greatest quantity of arrests.
Of all those arrests, almost a fifth — 18.5 percent — were for
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In 2007, the Department of Corrections embarked on a
transformation in the way it releases offenders to the
community. Ordered by the State Legislature to stop
“dumping” felons into Tacoma, Spokane, and other pockets of
urbanity in the state, DOC was mandated to send prisoners back to
their “county of origin” —
the place of their first felony conviction.
There are some exceptions, mainly if victims are uneasy about an
offenders’ return to the community. But they can also go to another
county if they have family or “other sponsoring persons or
organizations that will support the offender.”
In 2012, about three out of every four inmates whose first
felony was in Kitsap come back here after prison, according to DOC
While they’re coming back to Kitsap, it appears they’re
increasingly concentrated in Bremerton. But corrections officials
say that clustering actually serves public safety best.
To search and find out where every offender went home to in 2012
— and if they deviated from their county of origin — follow this
Three new Bremerton police officers were sworn in
Wednesday, a shot in the arm toward the department’s staffing
At its height in the mid-2000s, the department had 66 fully
commissioned officers, but budget cuts in recent years took that
level down into the low 50s. That has meant reductions in
investigations and overtime for patrol officers, who attempt to
keep up with the city’s 911 call volume.
The three officers sworn in, along with another new hire and a
position yet to be filled, will bring the department back up to 57
fully commissioned officers, according to Bremerton Police Chief
Here’s the three latest hires:
Beau Ayers, a graduate of Ohio University,
formerly worked as a police officer in Nelsonville, Ohio and with
the US Border Patrol before coming to Bremerton.
Joeseph Corey, a South Kitsap High School class
of 1998 grad, served five years in the army as a police officer in
South Korea, at Fort Lewis and in Iraq. He was most recently a
Department of Defense police officer at Joint Base
Christopher Faidley, who grew up in Seattle,
graduated from Whitman College in 2009. He enlisted in the National
Guard in 2011 and has also worked for an electrical contractor and
for Microsoft providing security.
The three have graduated from the state’s law enforcement
academy and are currently training with veteran officers in the
department for the next four months.
“Everything that anyone ever posted to the Internet is
Said no one, ever.
Yes, we all know inaccuracies litter the information
superhighway. But one of the World Wide Web’s most inaccurate
rumors about Bremerton is that it is against the law to shuck
peanuts on city streets. We see it pop up on social media sites
every few weeks, and it is proclaimed
several websites pertaining to “dumb laws.”
Bottom line: There is no truth to it whatsoever.
After seeing it so many times, I decided to investigate the
city’s code in an effort to determine its veracity.
Nothing there I could find.
I checked with Mark Koontz, Bremerton’s assistant city attorney,
who agreed that there is just no such thing on the books.
“There’s no truth to that,” he said.
If you shuck your peanuts onto the city street, that could be
considered littering, Koontz added.
But that would apply to anywhere with a littering code. And the
websites are quite specific: you shall not shuck peanuts on the
streets of our fine city.
Perhaps it had been a law in the past, only to be repealed?
I consulted Bill Broughton, prominent area lawyer and one time
the city’s attorney in the 1980s. He’d never heard of such a
“That’s a new one on me,” he said. “We did set a goal of
repealing antiquated laws when I was there but I do not remember
I turned to Russell Warren, one of Bremerton’s sharpest minds
when it comes to area history. He hadn’t heard of it either.
I even emailed some of the purveyors of websites which purport
the law to be the truth.
I heard back from one — Andy Powell at dumblaws.com
— who said he was looking into the source. Other web sites never
So far, I have been unable to find a single source of the
perceived law. My hope is to debunk it officially. So I humbly ask
for your help, dear readers, on this journey.
I would love to hear from any of you who knows where it may have
come from. Drop a line below, or send me an email at email@example.com.
One of the most intriguing parts of the mystery is the
idea peanuts would be singled out as unlawful to shuck. Perhaps an
odd vendetta against the bean by an anti-peanut former mayor?
Regardless, I stand firm in the belief the law is hogwash.