Topic: Jayme Biendl
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August 21, 2013 at 7:29 AM
EVERETT (AP) — Washington taxpayers will be paying about $350,000 to compensate three recently reinstated Monroe corrections officers and a demoted sergeant who were disciplined after their co-worker, Jayme Biendl, was killed by an inmate in 2011.
The Daily Herald reports the estimated compensation includes benefits, sick leave, vacation, union dues, retirement contributions and more than $100,000 in unpaid wages. The total covers all four corrections officers, but the state is still negotiating with one of them.
Corrections spokeswoman Norah West says the last settlement is just a matter of some final details.
In a July ruling, arbitrator Michael Cavanaugh ordered the corrections department to reverse the firings of the three officers and the demotion of the sergeant.
Under the arbitration ruling, the corrections department is required to give the officers their old jobs back.
January 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM
Weather: Expect showers and temps in the low 50s today, followed by showers or clouds the rest of the week. The details.
Traffic: Just in case you somehow managed not to know this: the I-5 on-ramps at Mercer will remain closed until about 7 p.m. today, with Fairview Avenue North also remaining closed until about 7 between Republican and Valley streets. On Monday, Mercer Street drivers heading toward I-5 will shift onto a new roadway (the westbound lanes of the future two-way Mercer Street). For a broader look at traffic in the area, the map and cams.
Remembering a slain corrections officer: The state’s Department of Corrections is remembering slain officer Jayme Biendl on the anniversary of her death. Biendl was strangled by inmate Byron Scherf in the chapel of the correctional complex in Monroe on Jan. 29, 2011. Corrections staff are taking part in a 5-K run, a candlelight vigil and a statewide moment of silence today to remember her, according to The Associated Press. Since the slaying, the prison says it has increased training, changed staffing and improved how inmates are classified. Scherf, who was already serving a life sentence, now faces a charge of aggravated first-degree murder that could bring the death penalty.
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October 26, 2011 at 3:06 PM
By Times staff reporter Jonathan Martin:
Three state corrections officers at the Monroe Correctional Complex have been fired and four others demoted or reprimanded following an investigation into the murder in January death of corrections officer Jayme Biendl.
Two of the officers, who weren’t named by the Department of Corrections, were fired for allegedly lying to police and DOC investigators. A third was fired for being absent from his post, a roving patrol outside the Monroe prison chapel where Biendl was strangled to death.
Two lieutenants and another corrections officer were reprimanded for their actions, and a sergeant was demoted. All were faulted in an internal investigation, released in July, which described how “tunnel vision” delayed discovery of Biendl’s body for nearly two hours. “To operate a safe facility it is absolutely critical that we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, which is why I took the action I did,” Monroe prison superintendent Scott Frakes said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Biendl, the first DOC officer killed in a state prison in 32 years, was allegedly strangled by offender Byron Scherf, a convicted rapist serving a life sentence, as she was alone and closing the prison chapel. Scherf confessed to the murder and is awaiting trial in Snohomish County. If convicted, he potentially faces the death penalty.
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