Topic: Lakewood Police Department
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November 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
LAKEWOOD, Pierce County — A man was fatally shot in the chest at a Lakewood apartment complex Monday night, according to the Lakewood Police Department.
Police found the man shot outside of a unit’s front door just before 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Apartments on the 5300 block of San Francisco Avenue Southwest, said Lt. Chris Lawler. Police and West Pierce Fire & Rescue responders performed CPR to try to save the man, but he died at the scene.
Police do not know where the shooter is or have a description yet, Lawler said. Homicide detectives are interviewing witnesses at the scene to find out more about what happened.
June 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM
A disgraced ex-Lakewood police officer was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for embezzling more than $112,000 from a fund for the children of the four officers killed by Maurice Clemmons in November 2009.
Skeeter Timothy Manos, 35, pleaded guilty to the thefts in March in a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Federal prosecutor Robert Westinghouse requested the 33-month sentence in a memorandum submitted earlier this week to U.S. District Court Judge Robert Bryan.
In the memo, Westinghouse wrote that Manos’ “criminal wrongdoing ranks at the very top of despicable acts. Indeed, it would be difficult to imagine thievery that is any more brazen or heartless.”
Manos also admitted to stealing more than $47,000 from the Lakewood Police Independent Guild (LPIG) when he was treasurer of the union, beginning in May 2009 and lasting into 2011, according to a plea agreement. He was fired from the department in February after police learned of the allegations and conducted its own investigation.
As part of his sentence, Manos was ordered to pay $159,000 in restitution.
The slain officers’ fund was created after Clemmons fatally shot police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Gregory Richards as they sat in a coffee shop in Parkland on Nov. 29, 2009. Clemmons was killed by a Seattle police officer two days later.
Just days after the officers were killed, Manos wrote on the LPIG website: ”Words alone cannot begin to describe how much donating means not only to the fallen officers’ families, but to each and every Lakewood officer. … Many times I have had to stop and recompose myself because of the overwhelming support and compassion displayed by the generous community supporting us during this difficult period.”
Two months later, Manos started skimming donations meant for the fund, he later admitted. Manos spent the money at Home Depot, REI and Costco, as well as a trip to Las Vegas, and withdrew tens of thousands of dollars from ATMs, according to federal prosecutors.
Manos used the same tactic to embezzle money from the slain officers’ and union funds. He created accounts that appeared to belong to the organizations. Manos told federal prosecutors he was the only one who withdrew money from the accounts, according to his plea agreement.
A total of $3.2 million was collected on behalf of the slain officers, with about $300,000 of that placed in an account for families of future fallen officers.
Lakewood police Chief Bret Farrar said that despite Manos’ embezzlement, the children of the slain officers are being taken care of. “The public was so generous, the money that got to where it was supposed to go was a sufficient amount to take care of their needs,” he said in March.
For more on the slain officers, click here.
April 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Friday’s slaying of a patient at Western State Hospital, allegedly at the hands of a fellow patient, was called a “tragic unexpected incident” by the hospital’s CEO, Jess Jamieson.
“A tragic death at our facility is extremely rare and we will do everything possible to prevent a similar occurrence,” Jamieson said in a statement.
The slain patient, 29-year-old Paul Montefusco, died ater being stabbed in the ear with a pencil or pen, according to Lakewood police. A 40-year-old patient was arrested in connection with the slaying.
Staff at the state psychiatric hospital discovered Montefusco dead in another patient’s room Friday afternoon and called police, according to a news release. Staff found the resident of the room hiding in another room nearby.
He has been booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of murder. The name of the suspect has not been released.
“Western State Hospital holds the safety of our patients, employees and the community as its highest priority,” Jamieson said. “Almost twenty years have passed since something similar occurred at the State’s largest psychiatric hospital.”
February 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Skeeter Timothy Manos, the Lakewood police officer charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from a slain officers’ fund, has been fired.
Manos’ termination was effective Friday, according to a news release from the Lakewood Police Department. The termination was based on a recommendation by Police Chief Bret Farrar.
Manos, 34, had been with Lakewood police since September 2004.
Manos was charged last week with 10 counts of wire fraud, a felony, for allegedly stealing $150,000 from the fund set up for the families of the four Lakewood officers who were killed by Maurice Clemmons in November 2009.
The federal complaint alleges Manos used some of the money to take his wife to Las Vegas, where he withdrew $1,000 from ATMs and spent about $1,200 on rooms at the Bellagio hotel and tickets to a Cirque du Soleil performance. He also spent more than $7,000 at Home Depot and about $1,700 on snowboarding and other outdoor gear at REI, the complaint alleges.
According to this story by the News Tribune of Tacoma, Manos had a history of debt problems.
On Nov. 29, 2009, Clemmons fatally shot Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Gregory Richards as they sat in a coffee shop in Parkland. Clemmons was killed two days later by a Seattle police officer.
February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM
A Lakewood police officer who served as the treasurer of police union was arrested today on 10 federal felonies alleging he embezzled more than $120,000 from a fund intended for the families of the four Lakewood officers killed by Maurice Clemmons in 2009.
Skeeter Manos, 34, of Dupont, was arrested at Lakewood City Hall and is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the charges in U.S. District Court in Tacoma at 2:30 today.
“This is a sad day for our community,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a news release. “These acts betrayed the memory of our fallen heroes, their families, fellow officers and all who supported the fund.”
According to the criminal complaint, Manos allegedly set up a secret bank account where he diverted approximately $151,000 intended for the families of the slain officers. He allegedly used about $120,000 from the account for purchases at Costco, Home Depot, Alaska Airlines tickets to Las Vegas and for cash withdrawals at various casinos.
Manos was treasurer of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild.
To read the charging documents, click here.
The stolen money was a portion of more than $3.2 million the public contributed for the benefit of the families of the slain officers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“It’s disgusting and it makes me sick to my stomach,” said Bret Farrar, chief of the Lakewood Police Department. “I’ve been putting criminals in jail a long time. This is just another criminal that we’re gonna throw in jail and that we’re gonna prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”
On Nov. 29, 2009, Clemmons fatally shot Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Gregory Richards as they sat in the Forza Coffee shop in Parkland. In an exchange of gunfire, Clemmons was wounded by Richards.
Clemmons eluded police for nearly two days until he was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer.
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