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Is there more or less mayhem in Kitsap when the Seahawks are playing?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Two things about Kitsap: our people are notably unselfconscious about going into public wearing sweatpants and pajama bottoms and we love the Seahawks.

Not sure if the two are related, but yesterday, as the Hawks prepped for the opening day game against the Green Bay Packers, which the Seahawks won handily, I got to thinking.

With so many eyeballs on the game, at home and at taverns, are we better behaved or worse behaved while the Hawks are on?

I called the good people down at CenCom, who were more than happy to indulge my curiosity, and collected the number of calls to 911, as well as the number of incidents during the game.

Then they pulled up numbers from the same time of day from a week ago, and a year ago, plus the numbers of 911 calls in the three-hour period following the game.

The result? Meh.

Without more context, it’s hard to draw strong conclusions. Weak ones? Yeah, I got some weak ones!

It looks like during the game, the amount of mayhem in Kitsap went up, relative to one week ago and one year ago. In the hours following the game, Kitsap was much more calm than during the same period a week ago, but about the same a year ago.

What does this mean? I have no idea.

Take a look for your self:

09/04/14 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, we had a total of 95 calls and 100 events.

08/28/14 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, we had a total of 78 calls and 94 events.

09/05/13 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, we had a total of 56 calls and 55 events.

The three hours following a game:

09/04/14 from 8:30 – 11:59 PM, we had a total of 56 calls and 99 events.

08/28/14 from 8:30 – 11:59 PM, we had a total of 100 calls and 136 events.

09/05/13 from 8:30 – 11:59 PM, we had a total of 56 calls and 82 events.


Bremerton drug dealer cowboys all sentenced

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Back from vacation, a couple of court cases wound down, and thought I would fill in the blanks in the record:

A 21-year-old man who was part of a crew which robbed two pot dealers earlier this year at gunpoint, threatening to kill them and in one case making them strip to their underwear, was sentenced to 22 years in prison Aug. 22.

Julian Lee Young was the last of the group of four to be sentenced for the robberies in Bremerton in February and May.

Young pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, received the longest sentence, 258 months.

Christopher R. Jamerson, 19, was sentenced to 75 months in prison. He has previous convictions for theft and burglary and was convicted of first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

His sister, Briana Maria Jamerson, 23, convicted of second-degree trafficking in stolen property for selling a video game counsel stolen in one of the robberies, received a sentence of two months.

Joanna Kimly Say,18, convicted of second-degree robbery for acting as the driver in one of the robberies, was sentenced to six months in jail.

The robberies took place May 6 at a house on the 1500 block of 10th Street and Feb. 1 at a house on the 1500 block of Bloomington Avenue. The victims were targeted because they were believed to be marijuana dealers, according to Bremerton police.

During the May robbery, three ounces of marijuana and $300 cash were stolen. During the February hold up, one suspect struck a victim in the head with a pistol. An unknown amount of marijuana and $400 were stolen.

Documents say the four are from Renton, but have ties to Bremerton.

Here is the brief that ran last week.


Three prosecuting attorney challengers file PDC complaint

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Comes now, the three candidates challenging Prosecuting Attorney Russ Hauge to lead Kitsap County’s criminal and civil prosecutors, alleging those same lawyers are cooperating with Hauge and are breaking campaign finance laws.

The complaint to the state Public Disclosure Commission was received Wednesday and is signed by the campaign managers of the three primary challengers to Hauge.

The complaint alleges that the guild’s independent expenditure of $6,300 to buy a series of print and web ads in the Kitsap Sun was not truly independent.

Here’s how it works: Groups or people can buy ads promoting a candidate, such as the prosecuting attorney guild has done, and not have them considered “campaign contributions,” which are subject to individual limits. However, they may not coordinate or involve the candidate at all, nor may they duplicate campaign materials, said Lori Anderson, spokeswoman for the commission.

I noticed the Hauge ads probably at the same time as the three challengers, when I saw them in the Sun. I made a few calls. One to the commission, one to Chad Enright, the guild president, and one to Hauge. I was told by Hauge he wasn’t involved, and Enright said Hauge wasn’t involved, and they plucked the picture of Hauge from his campaign website.

Here is Hauge’s campaign website.

Here is the attachment from the complaint, as is, which outlines the alleged campaign finance violations committed by the guild.

What do you they think?

On July 24, 2014 an online advertisement began to appear on the Kitsap Sun website (see Figure 1 and Figure 2). The ad stated the following “Re-Elect Russ Hauge Kitsap County Prosecutor Democrat.” The ad claims that “No candidate authorized this ad” and states that the ad was paid for by The Kitsap Deputy Prosecuting Attorney’s Guild (the “Guild”). The ad contains a picture of Mr. Hauge that appears to be identical to the picture from Mr. Hauge’s official campaign website (www.reelectrusshauge.com) and the coloring, design and lettering for most of the ad appear to have been taken directly from the banner of Mr. Hauge’s campaign website (See Figure 3). When you click on the ad paid for by the Guild you are taken directly to Mr. Hauge’s campaign website home page (See Figure 3). The online ads paid for by the Guild continue to appear with great frequency on www.kitsapsun.com.

The Guild has placed at least two 1⁄4 page print ads in the Kitsap Sun newspaper on July 26 and 27. (See Figure 4). The print ads paid for by the Guild appear to have an identical banner (language, picture, art work, and color) to the banner used on Mr. Hauge’s official campaign website (www.reelectrusshauge.com). In addition, there is a very prominent endorsement quote in the Guild ads from Congressman Derek Kilmer. The language used in the quote appears to be identical to the language that is found in the same quote from Congressman Kilmer on Mr. Hauge’s official campaign website. (See Figure 5).

The Kitsap Deputy Prosecuting Attorney’s Guild filed a C6 form with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) on July 25, 2014. (See Figure 6). The Guild claimed to have spent $6,300 on “newspaper” with the Kitsap Sun in support of Russell Hauge for Kitsap County Prosecutor. The Guild checked the box claiming that this money would be spent for “Independent Expenditure Ads.” The president of the Guild, Chad Enright, signed the form under penalty of perjury. Mr. Enright swore that the expenditure listed in the form “was not made in cooperation, consultation, or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate, a candidate’s authorized committee, or an agent of a candidate nor does it otherwise constitute a contribution under RCW 42.17A.005.”

The evidence contained in this complaint demonstrates that the advertisements purchased by the Guild as Independent Expenditure Ads are actually replications of campaign materials produced by the Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge Kitsap County Prosecutor. In addition, there is evidence that there was cooperation and coordination between the Guild, Mr. Hauge and the Committee to Elect Russ Hauge in the production of the Guild’s ads. Therefore, it appears that these expenditures are in violation of campaign finance laws.

There appears to be a close association between the Guild, Mr. Hauge and the Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge. All of the members of the Kitsap Deputy Prosecuting Attorney’s Guild are Mr. Hauge’s employees. A number of Guild members have been active in Mr. Hauge’s campaign. (See Figure 7). About 80% of Guild members have endorsed Mr. Hauge (See Figure 8) and about half of the Guild membership have made financial contributions to his campaign (based upon an examination of individual contributions made to the Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge on the PDC website and a comparison with the employment roster of the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office).

The president of the Guild is a Deputy Prosecutor named Chad Enright. Mr. Enright has been involved with Mr. Hauge’s campaign. (See Figures 7, 9, 10 and 11). Mr. Enright has also contributed $250 to Mr. Hauge’s campaign (See Figure 12) and endorsed him publicly (See Figure 8). Mr. Enright has been seen attending a number of Mr. Hauge’s campaign events including the 23rd District Democrats endorsementmeeting where Mr. Enright spoke publicly urging the 23rd District to endorse Mr. Hauge, the Bainbridge Island 4th of July Parade, the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues forum, the League of Women Voters forum and the Silverdale Whaling Days Parade.

Based upon the content of the Guild’s political advertisements and the close relationship between Mr. Hauge and the Guild and its President, Chad Enright, it appears that the Kitsap Sun advertisements purchased by the Guild were made in cooperation, consultation, or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of Mr. Hauge or his campaign committee. If true, this would mean that the expenditures must be classified as a contribution to the Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge (under RCW 42.17A.005(13)(a)(ii)) and would therefore violate campaign contribution limits of $950.

The second potential violation of state campaign finance laws comes from RCW 42.17A.005(13)(a)(iii). RCW 42.17A.005(13)(a)(iii) defines a contribution as “the financing by a person of the dissemination, distribution, or republication, in whole or in part, of broadcast, written, graphic, or other form of political advertising or electioneering communication prepared by a candidate, a political committee, or its authorized agent.”

The advertisements purchased by the Guild appear to use identical photographs, artwork, language and endorsements to the official campaign materials used by Mr. Hauge and his Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge. In addition, the online advertisements purchased by the Guild have a direct link to Mr. Hauge’s official campaign website: www.reelectrusshauge.com. Therefore, the $6,300 of advertising purchased by the Guild to support Mr. Hauge’s campaign should be classified as a contribution under both RCW 42.17A.005(13)(a)(ii) and RCW 42.17A.005(13)(a)(iii).

It is important to note that the Guild has already contributed the maximum amount allowable to Mr. Hauge’s campaign. On June 18, 2014, the Guild contributed $950 to Mr. Hauge’s campaign for the primary election. (See Figure 13). Therefore, any funds spent by the Guild on the advertisement used to promote Mr. Hauge’s campaign website should be found to be in excess of the PDC’s contribution limits. (See Figure 14).

This apparent unlawful campaign activity has irreparably harmed the campaigns of Mr. Hauge’s three challengers in the primary election: Bruce Danielson, Tina Robinson and Bob Scales, all of whom have adhered to the PDC campaign contribution limits. It should be noted that an expenditure of $6,300 for newspaper advertising is extremely high and will likely have a significant impact on the outcome of the primary election for Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney. By contrast, the other three campaigns for Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney have raised a comparable amount of cash donations for their entire campaigns (Bob Scales $7,120, Tina Robinson $6,455, Bruce Danielson mini-reporting option).

The campaign committees for Bruce Danielson, Tina Robinson and Bob Scales are urging the PDC to put an immediate end to the apparent unlawful advertising paid for by the Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney’s Guild and the apparent unlawful contributions given to Russell Hauge and the Committee to Re-Elect Russ Hauge Kitsap County Prosecutor.

 


Statement from Deputy Sheriff’s Guild opposing Hauge

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Here is the statement from the Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild, as is, issued July 25. For reaction, and to learn more about the other deputy guild stepping into the race, read my story here.

Deputy Sheriffs Oppose Hauge’s Reelection Effort

The Kitsap County Deputy Sheriffs Guild hasn’t determined which candidate it will endorse in this year’s Kitsap County prosecutor’s race, but it has decided who it will not endorse — incumbent Russ Hauge. The Guild announced today, in a strongly worded statement, that while it was still assessing the other three candidates for the prosecutor seat, it had decided to officially oppose Hauge and encouraged the voters to consider one of the other three candidates in the August primary.

Guild President Jay Kent explained that the Guild took the unusual position of issuing an “anti-endorsement” because of its strong opposition to Hauge. “The prosecutor’s office is a mess” Kent said “and Hauge is responsible for that. We are not going to get the office’s problems fixed until he leaves the office.” Kent said the Guild wanted more time to assess the other three candidates — Bruce Danielson, Tina Robinson, and Bob Scales — but that it was “firmly set” against Hauge’s reelection.

Kent explained that the Guild and its members had “no confidence” in the Prosecuting Attorney Civil Division. Kent said, “we are especially unhappy with Hauge’s management of civil law matters. For our members, how the civil lawyers handle cases matters as much if not more. If our members get sued they are supposed to be defended by an attorney from the civil division, but most of our members would consider demanding that outside legal counsel be appointed if certain of Hauge’s attorneys were assigned to their case.”

“We have seen his civil attorneys up close,” Kent said, “and we would not want them handling our matters, given their recent performance.” Kent acknowledged that the way Hauge’s attorneys handled a number of recent cases with the Deputies Guild and other County labor unions influenced this assessment. But he added: “Yes, they have interfered with our labor contract, and are a big part of the reason we have been working without one since 2009. But it’s their overall performance and apparent incompetence that have alarmed us the most.”

“As Deputy Sheriffs we are held to a high performance and ethics standard, and should be, but Hauge needs to hold his own deputy prosecutors to a similar standard.” Kent mentioned that two of Hauge’s deputies recently were cited by the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission for withholding records from the Guild and being less than truthful to an arbitrator about it.

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“Our deputies would be fired if they lie, but as far as I know Hauge’s hasn’t done anything to investigate these deputies.”

Kent mentioned the Guild had identified other “ethical lapses” by Hauge’s deputies. Hauge’s chief civil prosecutor Jacquelyn Aufderheide was also cited by the Public Employment Relations Commission for unlawfully interfering with an agreement between the emergency dispatchers union and the County.

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He said that the Guild was concerned that another one of Hauge’s deputies had admitted to what the Guild viewed as “potential tampering” with a lawsuit between the Guild and the County by “improperly” talking to County judges while the case was pending. Kent noted that the lawyer later changed her story about the context of that exchange despite the fact that court transcripts demonstrate otherwise. “It’s clear one of her versions of the story was untrue, yet we have seen Hauge take no action on this whatsoever.”

Guild Vice President Andy Aman expressed similar concerns about the County’s civil lawyers. “Of course our members are frustrated that they interfere with our contract and litigate everything to death, without apparent purpose. But just as big of a concern for us is the apparent lack of professionalism we have directly observed. I would not want them representing me if I were personally sued.”

Aman explained that he recently watched Aufderheide in court trying to get a brief filed well after the filing deadline. “She explained to the judge that she didn’t know that there was a deadline for filing the brief. First of all, I just didn’t believe her but if that’s true that the chief civil prosecutor doesn’t know what the rules are for filing a brief that’s also very concerning. Frankly, I was embarrassed for her as I watched.” Aman noted that “they seem to make a lot of mistakes and then make excuses for those mistakes.”


How will the race for Kitsap prosecutor shake out?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Former Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola has analyzed the county Prosecuting Attorney’s race and has concluded 20-year Prosecutor Russ Hauge won’t make it past the primary.

In our state’s primary election system — technically it’s a “contest” — this is possible. The top two vote getters advance.

It’s also marks one of the first attempts to prognosticate what is undoubtedly the most interesting local race this election year.

Coppola theorizes that the county is ready to rise up and dump Hauge because of the longstanding court battle between the county and the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club. This was not the case last election, but Coppola thinks this time is different.

He also cites a Kitsap Sun poll that places Hauge last in the field. This poll was also of interest to Bainbridge Democrat Bob Scales, who is running for the job, as evidence of discontent. Also because Scales was the poll’s runaway winner.

I asked around the newsroom about that poll, and was referred to President Mitt Romney to inquire how well it predicts elections. And not to be contrarian, but a poll of lawyers conducted by the county Bar Association had Hauge thumping the competition.

In any case, there is nothing wrong with guessing — that’s all anybody can do right now — and that’s what makes elections fun.

Should elections be fun? No, actually, they should not be fun.

Right now the candidates are itching for forums so they can do what lawyers do best, argue, and they are ringing doorbells and burning shoe leather.

Hauge has said he plans to push hard into Bainbridge, Scales territory. Scales is not well known off the island, and there is a deep cultural divide between Bainbridge and the rest of Kitsap, right down to their 206 area code. Scales recognizes this.

Tina Robinson, the sole Republican in the race, has said she cancelled vacations this summer to focus on campaigning. And despite skipping the Kitsap Bar preference poll, independent Bruce Danielson — who in 2010 took a respectable 47 percent against Hauge in the only poll that matters — said he will attend other functions.

I don’t have any bold predictions, other than it looks like the primary is going to be a scrum. Right now I am interested in opinions about the four-candidate dynamic heading into the primary. Will one candidate steal votes from another? How will gender, geography and political party play out for voters whose research amounts to reading the names of candidates on the ballot?

Any thoughts? Hit me up.


Special Olympics Torch Run Relay photos

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Law enforcement officers of all stripes strapped on their running shoes Thursday for the Kitsap leg of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, where officers carry the Special Olympics torch by land and sea to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Here’s more information on the Special Olympics.

The list of agencies participating in the event is nearly comprehensive, and includes the departments of Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Bremerton, Suquamish, along with the Kitsap Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard (MFPU Bangor), N.C.I.S., the Washington State Patrol and the Kitsap Prosecutor’s Office.

And here are some photos from Deputy Tim Young.

Sheriff’s Detective Ray Stroble pilots the sheriff’s office SAFE Boat out of Bremerton Marina early Thursday afternoon, with the Special Olympics torch carried by Sheriff’s Corrections Lt. Genie Elton. Sgt. Jim McDonough of the sheriff’s marine services unit assists. WSF M/V Sealth departs Bremerton Ferry Terminal for the 12:20 crossing to Seattle.

Sheriff’s Det. Ray Stroble pilots the Sheriff’s Office SAFE Boat out of Bremerton Marina early Thursday afternoon, with the Special Olympics torch carried by Sheriff’s Corrections Lt. Genie Elton. Sgt. Jim McDonough of the sheriff’s marine services unit assists. In the background, the M/V Sealth departs the Bremerton Ferry Terminal for the 12:20 crossing to Seattle.

Left to right: DPA Chad Enright Deputy Duane Dobbins Corrections Sgt. Scott Billingsley Sgt. Jim Porter (with torch) Deputy Darren Andersson on motorcycle

Left to right:
Deputy Prosecutor Chad Enright, Deputy Duane Dobbins, Corrections Sgt. Scott Billingsley, Sgt. Jim Porter (with torch) and Deputy Darren Andersson on motorcycle

The county team passes the Special Olympics torch to the Bremerton running team consisting of officers and detectives from Bremerton Police Department and cadets from the Washington Youth Academy. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Porter passes the Special Olympics torch to Bremerton Police Detective Ryan Heffernan, prior to the start of the Bremerton leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The county team passes the Special Olympics torch to the Bremerton running team, made up of officers and detectives from the Bremerton Police Department and cadets from the Washington Youth Academy. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Porter passes the “Flame of Hope” to Bremerton Police Detective Ryan Heffernan, prior to the start of the Bremerton leg of the run.


Correction, also, AR-15 at center of Kitsap gun club case being inspected by feds

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The rifle at the center of a legal battle halfway through its second decade is now in the custody of federal agents for inspection.

Earlier this week, a Kitsap District Court judge dismissed a suit against Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club Executive Officer Marcus Carter that claimed he unlawfully possessed a machine gun. The rifle was seized in 1999.

Carter had asked that Judge Stephen Holman dismiss the case and return the 1970s-era AR-15 to him. Holman dismissed the case, but in his decision Holman noted that he would not rule on returning the rifle to Carter. A story in the Kitsap Sun on Wednesday, written by me, incorrectly stated that Holman ordered the rifle be returned.

Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney Russ Hauge said his office would file a motion to reconsider, and if that doesn’t work he will appeal the case to Superior Court.

By law, a machine gun doesn’t require the trigger be pressed for each shot, it can shoot five or more bullets per second and, most important to this case, has a separable device that can supply the rounds, or a magazine. Magazines are known commonly as clips, much to the chagrin of gun aficionados.

An affidavit from a deputy who tested the gun reported that he “used a 30 round magazine to test the firearm, and the rifle fired in full automatic with one jam.”

According to court documents, the state had to prove Carter had “dominion and control” over a magazine that could supply the rounds to the rifle. Carter claimed the state couldn’t prove it. Holman agreed.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has taken custody of the rifle at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office.

Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said the Sheriff’s Office has been the custodian for the rifle, which is considered evidence. He said it was removed from storage Wednesday and turned over to the federal agency.

Hauge said his office requested the bureau inspect the weapon.

“We asked the (bureau) if they are interested in looking at it and see if it is anything other than a machine gun,” Hauge said.


The ‘these are not my pants defense’

Friday, May 9th, 2014
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Want to know what comes between me and my Calvins?

A 47-year-old man arrested on a Pierce County warrant Wednesday offered a mind blowing reason for why a Kitsap sheriff’s deputy found a small bag of meth in his pocket: the pants he was wearing were not his.

In legal circles this is known as the “these are not my pants defense.”

The man was arrested in Port Orchard shortly after midnight when law enforcement officers received a call about a possible burglary at a house being remodeled, court documents said.

A Port Orchard Police officer was unable to get the man to come to the door. A sheriff’s deputy threatened to kick in the door and send a police dog inside. The man complied.

Officers discovered the man had been sent to the house by its owner to watch for burglars, but also found he had a felony warrant for malicious mischief.

While being booked in the jail, the deputy found the baggie of drugs in his right front pocket.

“As the bag was pulled out, (the man) said, ‘These are not my pants,’” according to documents.

A casual reader might think this is funny. That casual reader would be wrong. Dead wrong. Discovering that one is not wearing one’s own pants is a terrifying experience.

There are numerous accounts of other poor souls finding themselves railroaded by our criminal justice system after realizing they have been tricked into the pants of somebody else. And then had drugs planted on them.

Here is one. And another. And yet another.

So next time you are approached by a law enforcement officer, make sure you are wearing your own pants. If you are not, quickly strip naked.


A breakdown in landlord/tenant relations

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

A 45-year-old Bremerton man was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault for jumping onto the bed in which his tenants were sleeping, brandishing a large knife and demanding they pay rent immediately.

When police arrived at the house on Tuesday they found the suspect apparently taken aback that the tenants had called the police.

The suspect “seemed surprised to see us as he was eating his breakfast from a bowl,” the officer wrote.

The victims said they were lying in bed in the basement they rent for $450 a month and woke up to the suspect standing over them with the knife, pointing the blade at their heads and “screaming that he wanted the rent paid now,” the report said.

One victim said he had paid $49 toward the rent the day before.

The suspect then folded the knife and went upstairs.

When questioned by police, the suspect said, “all he did was ask them to leave, and to get out of his house.” He refused to say if he had gone downstairs that morning.

Police inspected a knife the suspect had on him and reported it had a four-inch blade. He was lodged in the Kitsap County Jail on $100,000 bail.


Turns out, judges are not robots

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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The New York Times, in writing about the U.S. Supreme Court rendering a tight, partisan decision that found prayer before town meetings was not a violation of the Constitution, published a related story on the partisan voting habits of justices.

Political scientists found that judges ruling in First Amendment cases favor speech with which they agree.

The implication is that judges are above passion and prejudice, and this research should come as a shock.

Of course, the thought that a person, any person, can be 100 percent impartial is very comforting, especially at a time when we are inundated from all sides with information and decontextualized data.

At least I find the thought comforting. Kind of like the thought that my cat won’t eat me if I should die while locked in my house.

I’ll be locking my cat out of my room at night from now on.


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