News and Events
Click here for the latest edition of the Crime Watch Newsletter - January/ February 2013. Included in this issue are articles about:
- Volunteer Recognition Reception
- Crime Free Rental Housing
- Nextdoor is Powering Block Watch
- Crime Victim Service Center
- City of Walla Walla Calls for Service 2012
- Upcoming Events
March 5, 2014 - Letter of Commendation to SAR's team
On February 25, 2014, at approximately 1700 hours, members of the Walla Walla Police Department requested the assistance of the Sheriff's Office, regarding a runaway female. The female, who purportedly suffered from mental and emotional issues, had run away from her group home at 15 West Morton Street. What made the situation more dire was the fact that the outside temperature was roughly 25 degrees and she had left the group home wearing nothing but a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Exposure to the elements with such scant clothing, put her at a greater risk of hypothermia. The Police Department had tried desperately to find her; however, she was nowhere to be found. After hours of searching, the Police Department requested the assistance of the Walla Walla County Search and Rescue team. Please see Press Release for additional information.
February 20, 2014 - Gang Call-In
When: Tuesday, March 25th
What time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: St. Patrick's Church Blanchet Hall
Dessert will be provided.
We all have the freedom in this country to choose the path we want our lives to take. Anyone choosing the life of a gang member severely limits their life options.
On Tuesday March 25th our local law enforcement leaders are extending an invitation to gang-affected youth and their families to join them in a safe open conversation about the positive life options available to them. Local service providers and organizations will be on hand to present information about the services they provide and how they can help you attain the best life possible.
In order to keep this a positive, non-threatening event, we are welcoming any and all Florencia 13 members, associates and their families to join us at this particular event. Let us help you start on your path to a better life. Please see the flyer. (Por favor, consulte el folleto.)
February 19, 2014 - Congratulations Deputy Romine
We extend a deep and heartfelt thank you to Deputy Jim Romine for his dedication and 37 years of service to the Walla Walla Community and wish him all of the very best in his retirement. (Please click on his name above to hear the message to him from dispatch.)
February 10, 2014 - Traffic Safety Task Force
Following is an email sent from Chief Scott Bieber to the Commissioners of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, regarding the pending decision to eliminate funding for Traffic Safety Task Force Managers (referred to as Target Zero Managers) in many rural areas of the State. Areas where over half of our traffic fatalities occur each year.
Chief Bieber's email is being shared with his permission:
Dear Washington State Traffic Safety Commission Members:
Please find attached a January 9, 2014 letter written to you and WTSC Director Grondel regarding the impending reorganization of the Target Zero Manager (TZM) program throughout Washington State. Rather than repeat what is outlined in the letter, I think you’ll see that the numbers in Walla Walla County speak to the success of the long-standing programs our Target Zero Manager has been promoting throughout the Walla Walla Valley.
I always worry when the buzz words of the day are being used to help justify the next great idea. LEAN and data driven strategies are great, but you don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. One size does NOT fit all. Granted, some of the programs that work in Walla Walla may not work in more populated areas like the Puget Sound, which is why when applying data to decision making we must take a close look at the two essentials that validate any data: sample and method. Data alone doesn’t help us make the right decision.
I’m challenging the Traffic Safety Commission to take a closer look at each area of the state specifically in order to determine what will work best for those areas. In Walla Walla we are proud of the programs put on by our TZM and believe the results speak for themselves.
Thank you for your time.
Chief of Police
Walla Walla, WA
January 28,2014 - Battle of the Badge seeking nominations
The 2nd annual “Battle of the Badge” charity baseball game will be held at Borleske Stadium the evening of May 31st. Last year’s game, won by the Law Enforcement team, raised over $24,000 for local non-profit service organizations. The winning team receives 60% of the game proceeds for their charity, while the losing team receives 40%. Please see Press Release for additional information.
January 27, 2014 - Illegal street drugs laced with fentanyl
Walla Walla Police are warning intravenous drug users that the drug Fentanyl has been found during local police investigations of illegal drug sales. Drug Detectives from the City’s Special Teams Unit have confirmed through the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab that street drugs sold locally have contained this extremely potent pain killer. Please see Press Release for additional information.
January 20, 2014 - WWSO Arrests fugitives from idaho
On January 20, 2014 at approximately 7:49 AM, a citizen reported that she had been perusing Facebook and read that two individuals had escaped from an Idaho penal institution. The citizen said she pulled into the Zip-Zone Market at 110 South 9th Street, Walla Walla, and observed two young men in a vehicle with Idaho license plates. The citizen decided to contact law enforcement and report her sighting. Dispatchers ran the license plate provided by the citizen and determined the vehicle was a reported stolen out of Idaho. Further inquiry revealed the stolen vehicle was related to the two Idaho escapees. Officers were immediately dispatched to the Zip-Zone Market; however, the vehicle had already left the area. Please see Press Release for additional information.
January 16, 2014 - Death investigation
On January 14, 2014, shortly after 11:30 AM, Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence at 19391 East Highway 12, Waitsburg, regarding a possible overdose. When deputies arrived, they encountered two unresponsive individuals in one of the bedrooms, a male and a female. Paramedics were requested to the scene. Upon arrival, it was determined the female was deceased, but the male was still alive. The female was identified as Mariah Hofer, 20, of Waitsburg and the male was identified as Richard Perez, 26, of Walla Walla. Perez was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment. Perez is still receiving treatment at St. Mary’s. Please see Press Release for additional information.
January 7, 2014 - murder suspect arrested in spokane
A Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office investigation has identified 17 year old Carlos Valdez as the primary murder suspect in the shooting death of Yesica Olivos, a 20 year old Hispanic female resident of Walla Walla. An arrest warrant for Valdez charging Murder in the First Degree was obtained by WWSO detectives from Walla Walla County Superior Court today, Tuesday January 7, 2014. Please see Press Release for additional information.
January 3, 2013 - dead Body Investigation along County Road
The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of a body near the intersection of Mojonnier and Beet Roads. The body appears to be that of a female Hispanic, approximately 20 to 30 years of age. Please see Press Release for additional information.
When: January 21, 2014 to April 1, 2014, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (Tuesday evenings)
Where: Walla Walla Police Department, 54 E Moore, Walla Walla
Brochure - includes application form, or you can register on-line.
Schedule - subject to change
The Citizen's Academy is 10+ weeks of classes covering everything you would want to know about law enforcement in the Walla Walla Valley.
Classes are taught by members of Walla Walla's Finest, from dispatch, patrol and animal control to judges and K9 units. You will go on tours of the WWPD, the Juvenile Justice Center, Superior Court, Sheriff's Office and the County Jail. You will go on a four hour ride-a-long with a Walla Walla Police Officer and spend a special Saturday event at the Firing Rage. Visit our Gallery page for photos of the last Citizen's Academy class day at the firing range.
Space is limited so submit your application early.
Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation has scheduled a public Meet & Greet for March 13, at Columbia REA conference room. It will start at 5:30 pm with the opportunity to meet the Sheriff, one of the K9 units and Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation Board members. There will be coffee, tea and cookies. At 6:00 pm, Sheriff Turner will present a history of the program, success, current needs, and plans for the near future. There will be time for Q&A and should finish by 7.
Each quarter, the Sheriff, and/or a member of his Command Staff, will host a meeting in your area. We encourage you to come on out, learn what’s new with your Sheriff’s Office, and participate in community discussions on how the Sheriff's Department can serve you better.
All meetings begin at 5:30 pm and will last approximately one hour.
When: March 27, 2014
Where: Whitman College
Time: 8:30- 4:30 p.m.
(includes lunch for registered participants)
"Restoring the Balance of Justice"
This free community forum is open to advocates, professionals, and members of the general public.
Keynote speaker: Rose J. Torgerson, Director of Training, WA Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates.
The conference will include presentations by local law enforcement, social service providers, and other professionals, up-to-date information about new community programs, and breakout-sessions with crime victim survivors on topics including:
* Community crime prevention programs
* Fraud & personal safety, including Internet safety
* Domestic violence and sexual assault, including assault in the military
* Prison rape prevention and response initiatives
* Protecting children from predators
* Healing dysfunctional families and their adverse effects on children (remediating ACEs)
* Raising healthy boys
* School safety and anti-bullying programs
* Protecting older adults/elder abuse awareness
* Drug trafficking and drug abuse prevention
* Post-traumatic stress disorder
For more information and to register online, go to www.wwviolenceprevention.com