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
July 1, 2014 - 4th of july traffic plan
The Independence Day fireworks display will be held once again at Walla Walla Community College, in the field between the Dietrich Dome and Tausick Way. Last year’s display brought thousands of spectators to the site, causing traffic to back up for over one hour at the conclusion of the show. Please see Press Release for additional information.
July 1, 2014 - WESCOM Pink Stork Award
On 6-30-2014, WESCOM Emergency Services Dispatcher KRIS KERR was inducted into the order of the PINK STORK for his efforts in helping to deliver a bouncing baby girl via telephone on June 17 at approximately 3:30AM. The pin was presented by WESCOM Public Safety Communications Manager Steven R. Ruley.
While Kris handled the Emergency Medical Instructions, his partner MICHELLE LONG immediately dispatched the Walla Walla Fire Department ambulance. This is the only “on-phone” baby delivery in the past several years, and we are very happy that Kris, with the assistance of Michelle, was there to handle the arrival of this precious new life into our community.
June 30, 2014 - WWPD and Crime Watch seeking vendors for NNO
Walla Walla Area Crime Watch is looking for vendors to participate in this years National Night Out Against Crime to be held at Pioneer Park on Tuesday, August 5th. Please see Press Release for additional information.
June 30, 2014 - Police Station Bond Funds Returned to Citizens
The City of Walla Walla Finance Department has announced that $480,000 will be returned to city of Walla Walla property tax payers in 2015 in the form of a partial property tax holiday. This results from excess funds from the $11,595,000 Walla Walla Police Station Bond issue approved by voters in 2009. Please see Press Release for additional information.
June 23, 2014 - DUI Emphasis Patrols over July 4th Weekend
The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans. Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties and fireworks. For many people, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday can quickly go from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. Please see Press Release for additional information.
June 13, 2014 - Police to step up enforcement of traffic laws
Walla Walla Police Officers have been directed by the City Manager and City Council to take a “zero tolerance” approach in enforcing traffic laws after several serious collisions in recent months involving pedestrians and bicyclists being struck by vehicles. The enforcement campaign will continue through the summer and will include violations committed by pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as the motoring public. Please see Press Release for addiotional information. Also, please see bicycle laws article below.
May 30, 2014 - Bicycle laws
The Walla Walla Police Department wants to remind motorists to be watchful of bicyclists as riding weather improves and to remind bicyclists of their responsibilities when it comes to obeying the “rules of the road”. Please see Press Release for additional information.
May 24, 2014 - Fatal Traffic Accident
The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is extremely saddened to notify you of this report.
Deputies from the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible traffic collision in the area of 3900 Mill Creek Road on Sunday May 25, 2014 at approximately 3:00 am. Please see Press Release for additional information.
May 23, 2014 - 2nd Annual Battle of the Badge
Pre-game ticket sales for the 2nd annual “Battle of the Badge” charity baseball game have outpaced last year’s sales with over 1,900 tickets sold to date. Seating capacity at Borleske Stadium is 2,374. Last year’s game raised $24,000 for local charities in front of a sold-out crowd. This year’s game is on Saturday, May 31st, at 7:05 p.m. Please see Press Release for additional information.
May 3, 2014 - Graffiti abatement
Our graffiti abatement team was out today with assistance from The Jubilee Leadership Academy. These kids worked hard and were well behaved. If you have a job that needs to be done and need assistance, please contact Jorge G. Ybarra at The Jubilee Ranch (509) 749-2103, www.jlacademy.org or on Facebook Work is provided at no charge but they gladly accept donations.
April 18, 2014 - 2nd Annual battle of he badge
Local law enforcement and firefighters will be competing for bragging rights during the 2nd annual “Battle of the Badge” charity baseball game on Saturday, May 31st, 7:05 p.m. at Borleske Stadium. Last year’s game raised $24,000 for local charities in front of a near sell-out crowd, with Law Enforcement stomping out Fire 9-5! Please see Press Release for additional information.
April 18, 2014 - WWPD updates mission Stmt & Patrol Vehicles
The department is updating its Mission Statement as well as replacing its fleet of Patrol vehicles. During 2013, two employee committees worked on selecting and outfitting new patrol vehicles and updating the department’s mission statement.
The police department’s fleet of patrol vehicles is being replaced over the next several weeks after nearly 4 years of use. The Ford Crown Victorias, each with well over 100,000 miles, are being replaced with Ford Police SUVs. The department sets money aside each year in a vehicle replacement fund to ensure funds are available when the cars need to be replaced. Please see Press Release for additional information.
APRIL 15, 2014 - SWAT TEAM RECEIVES NEW ARMORED VEHICLE
The Walla Walla Police Department has received a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Vehicle from the Department of Defense. The vehicle will be used by the Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team during training exercises and high risk operations.
The MRAP gives the Team a level of protection previously unavailable, providing full armor to enhance the safety of members as they are delivered directly to the scene of volatile situations involving potentially armed suspects. It will also allow for the safe evacuation of citizens from a scene in the event of an active shooter incident.
The cost of the MRAP to the City was $6,900, to cover the cost of transporting the vehicle to Walla Walla from Texas. The sales price to the US Army was $733,000. Please see Press Release for additional information.
March 25, 2014 - WWPD receives grant
The Walla Walla Police Department has received nearly $5,000 from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Please see Press Release for additional information. Also see Whitman College Press Release regarding the Walla Walla Valley Violence Prevention Conference on Thursday.
March 20, 2014 - Chief for a Day nominations
Walla Walla Area Crime Watch is accepting nominations for this years Chief for a Day program. This is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of children living in our community who have a disability and/or chronic illness. Nominations from family, teachers, neighbors and friends are welcome. Please see Press Release for additional information.
March 20, 2014 - Increased parking signage
From the WWPD - The City’s Public Works Department has increased signage inside the downtown 2-hour parking zone to eliminate any confusion about the area covered by the ordinance. Placement of street-level signs has greatly improved the recognition of these locations with parking restrictions. Parking Enforcement Officer Amy Harris stated “With these new signs in place, anywhere you park within the 2-hour zone, there is a sign clearly visible.” Please see map of 2 hour parking areas which includes a penalty schedule.
March 20, 2014 - Police Officer Applicant Testing
The City of Walla Walla will no longer conduct the testing to establish initial rankings for applicants who wish to become Police Officers for the City. An agreement has been signed with Public Safety Testing to conduct the written and physical ability portions of the testing process. For additional information about upcoming testing for Entry Level and Lateral Police Officers please see Press Release.
March 18, 2014 - Retired Sheriff J. Michael Humphreys
The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is very sad to inform you that Honorably Retired Sheriff J. Michael Humphreys passed away on Monday March 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mike Humphreys started his law enforcement career in 1973 as a Reserve Police Officer with the Spokane Police Department, graduating from the first reserve academy held for that agency. In 1976 he became a Deputy Sheriff with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office. Mike worked his way up through the ranks working Patrol, as Detective including undercover narcotics investigations, as a Sergeant, and as a Captain. Please see Press Release for additional information.
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.
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.