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December 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM
A Bellevue police officer who was disciplined for his drunken off-duty behavior at Seattle Seahawks game in September 2012 has been charged with misdemeanor drunk driving in an incident in which a fellow Bellevue officer stopped him for erratic driving and then allowed him to go home with a relative.
The officer who was pulled over has been identified as Andrew Hanke.
Bellevue police say on Nov. 20, an unidentified off-duty Bellevue police officer was driving home in his patrol car when he stopped a car on Interstate 90 near Issaquah to investigate the driver for possible DUI. The driver of the vehicle that was pulled over was Hanke, according to Bellevue city Prosecutor Lynn Moberly, who filed the DUI charge Thursday in King County District Court in Issaquah.
The off-duty officer did not arrest Hanke and instead allowed him to be driven home by a relative, police said.
The investigating officer notified a supervisor of the incident.
The following morning, Bellevue police Chief Linda Pillo was notified of the incident and Hanke was immediately placed on administrative leave, said Bellevue police public information Officer Seth Tyler. The department has also opened an internal investigation into the officer who stopped Hanke but did not arrest him.
“While officers are allowed some discretion during a traffic stop, the officer’s decision in this case not to make an arrest is undergoing a thorough and objective internal investigation. That investigation will determine whether the on-duty officer used poor judgment and/or failed to perform their duties,” police said in a news release. (more…)
September 3, 2013 at 2:58 PM
A Kent man has been charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly sucker-punched a Minnesota Vikings fan during a game last November at CenturyLink Field.
William D. Van Meveren, 34, was arrested after the Nov. 4 incident, but was released pending further investigation. He was charged last week, according to charging documents filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The victim, Ty Copp, 34, attended the game with his wife, Corinne Whitney-Copp. Copp, a Vikings fan, was reportedly engaged in “good-natured joking” with Seahawks fans seated nearby throughout the game, according to charging documents. With the Seahawks ahead (the team would eventually beat the Vikings 30-20), Copp and his wife decided to leave early to avoid traffic, the documents say.
The couple had left Section 122 of CenturyLink when someone “sucker-punched” Copp in the face, the documents allege. Copp fell backwards and struck his head on the concrete, losing consciousness.
Copp didn’t see the assailant, but several witnesses identified Van Meveren and pointed him out to security officer Quentin Coleman, according to the documents. As Coleman followed the man, he turned back and told Coleman, “Don’t try to stop me,” the documents allege.
Coleman flagged down a Seattle police officer, who detained Van Meveren, the documents say.
A witness, identified as James Roberts, told police he saw Copp walking up the stadium steps when he shook hands with another man with whom he had been heckling back and forth during the game, according to the documents. Copp said, “Good game. You guys got us,” Roberts told police.
Roberts said Copp then shook hands with a second man and had a “small conversation” that seemed friendly, according to the documents.
“Out of nowhere,” the witness said, another man, identified as Van Meveren, “sucker punched (Copp) and down the stairs the victim went,” the charges allege.
Copp suffered a broken nose, concussion and possible nerve damage, according to the documents.
According to the documents, Van Meveren claims he was walking down the stairs at the stadium when a fist came toward his face, grazing his chin. He said he responded by punching the man in front of him. The documents say he is 6-feet-1 and 250 pounds.
June 4, 2013 at 7:22 AM
Sunny through at least Saturday: Enough said?
Hate crime charges in Capitol Hill beating: Five men, none of whom have ties to Seattle, were charged with hate crimes by King County prosecutors. The men are accused of yelling racial and homophobic slurs at a 20-year-old man and then beating him with their fists, feet and a skateboard in an unprovoked attack last Tuesday.
Child-snatching attempts at Komen race, White Center: Police are calling a White Center mom a hero after she fought off a man who tried to take her 3-year-old son from her backyard Sunday night. Meanwhile, a King County judge set a $750,000 bail for a 35-year-old Edmonds man who police say tried to snatch a 4-year-0ld boy who was attending the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event at the Seattle Center on Sunday morning.
No more “renting” from REI: This is why we can’t have nice things, people. Apparently, too many folks were returning “gently” used and years-old outdoors equipment to Kent-based REI. So the company — commonly known by its unofficial nickname “Return Everything Inc.” — has decided to restrict its policy to a one-year time limit. Hopefully, that will limit cheap-o outdoorsmen like climber Leif Karlstrom, who wrote about taking advantage of REI while in college for Outside Magazine, from screwing things up for the rest of us. Here’s a taste of his “Return Everything Inc.” experience:
“A climbing buddy came back from China with a bunch of knockoff REI gear. We returned it fraudulently to the store in Eugene, Oregon, which gave us cash.”
Brady Quinn says he’ll be fine if Russell Wilson goes down: Despite a 4-16 professional record as a starter, the ex-Notre Dame prodigal son (not named Rick Mirer) said Hawks fans shouldn’t worry if he’s thrust into the starting position by a Russell Wilson injury. Quinn said his familiarity with the Hawks’ offense and the offensive firepower around him ensures more success than his previous outings with the woeful Chiefs last year and the bumbling Browns several seasons ago.
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January 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Cold and clear: A cold, dry air mass over Western Washington means frostier-than-normal temperatures this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
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December 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM
Two Bellevue police officers have been disciplined – one demoted, the other suspended for 30 days – for their off-duty behavior at a September Seattle Seahawks game in which they confronted and verbally abused a Seattle police officer who stopped them for littering and then got into a confrontation with a fan that got them thrown out of the game.
A third officer, a female detective, was exonerated of wrongdoing following a lengthy internal investigation by the Bellevue Police Department.
The investigation determined that one of the officers also drove while under the influence of alcohol, but that the department could not prosecute him because his level of intoxication could not be determined.
Dion Robertson, a 22-year veteran, was demoted from corporal to officer and lost his supervisory responsibilities on the Bomb Squad, which resulted in a significant annual loss in pay, according to Chief Linda Pillo.
Officer Andy Hanke, a seven-year veteran, was suspended for 30 days without pay and was removed from the Bomb Squad, also resulting in a significant loss in annual wages.
Both officers were found to have violated policies on deportment, or personal conduct/behavior, courtesy as well as their Code of Ethics. Hanke also was found to have violated the department’s obedience-to-laws policy, resulting from his decision to drive home from the game after drinking.
The female officer, a detective, was cleared of wrongdoing. Reports that she had warned a fan at the game to be “careful” driving in Bellevue were wrong, the department said. Those statements were reportedly made by a Bellevue public-utilities employee who was with the group, according to the investigation.
The department said none of the officers was carrying firearms.
“I am convinced that these officers have learned a very hard lesson and their actions in the future will always meet the high standards of behavior that the Bellevue community rightfully demands of their police,” Pillo said in a prepared statement. “The discipline given to these officers is firm yet fair.”
In September, The Seattle Times first reported that the off-duty officers surrounded a uniformed Seattle officer who had confronted them for littering outside CenturyLink Field.
Two of the officers, along with the female public-utilities employee, reportedly used vulgar language and taunted the officer. Another Seattle police officer was concerned enough to call for supervisors and additional officers to respond to the scene.
According to the Seattle police, the supervisors also were subjected to taunts and foul language.
The Bellevue officers and public-utilities employee were allowed to go on their way with no arrests or citations “because no crime was committed,” Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said.
The group continued into the stadium, where one Seahawks season-ticket holder said they repeatedly dropped “F-bombs” in front of his wife and 12-year-old son. When they were asked to tone it down, the fan said, one of the men became belligerent and called him vulgar names in front of his son.
Three of the four were kicked out of the stadium, and the fan said one of the women told him that he should stay out of Bellevue.
After the incident, Chief Pillo called the female Seattle officer and apologized.
“I want to emphasize that the reported off-duty incidents of the officers are not indicative of the Bellevue Police Department,” Pillo told the Bellevue City Council a few days after the incident. “Your officers provide extraordinary service to the Bellevue community every day. I’m proud of their work and their dedication to provide the highest level of law enforcement.”
November 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM
Bellevue police have completed an administrative investigation into allegations that three off-duty Bellevue officers behaved inappropriately during a Seahawks game in September.
The findings are now being reviewed by the department’s command staff, which expects to present its recommendations to police Chief Linda Pillo by Friday, according to a news release issued today. Pillo will then decide if there were any policy violations and, if so, what discipline is appropriate.
If Pillo decides to impose discipline, the officers have a right to a hearing, known as a Loudermill hearing, so they can present their views on the incident and the proposed discipline, according to the news release.
Bellevue police say they will issue a new release once the entire process is complete. It isn’t clear when that will be.
Prior to the Seahawks’ Sept. 16 game at CenturyLink Field, three off-duty Bellevue police officers surrounded a uniformed Seattle officer who had confronted them for littering outside the stadium. The officers — two men and a woman — along with another woman, reportedly used vulgar language and taunted the officer, and sources reported that at least one of them flashed a badge. Another Seattle police officer was concerned enough to call for supervisors and additional officers to respond to the scene.
According to the Seattle police, the supervisors also were subjected to taunts and foul language.
The Bellevue officers were allowed to go on their way with no arrests or citations “because no crime was committed,” Seattle police said. The group continued into the stadium, where one Seahawks season-ticket holder said they repeatedly dropped “F-bombs” in front of his wife and 12-year-old son. When they were asked to tone it down, the fan said, one of the men became belligerent and called him vulgar names in front of his son.
The four were kicked out of the stadium, and the fan said the female Bellevue officer told him that he should stay out of Bellevue.
During a Sept. 24 meeting, Pillo told the Bellevue City Council she expected it would take a month to complete the internal investigation.
September 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo says she expects it will take a month to complete an internal investigation into allegations of hooliganism by a trio of apparently intoxicated off-duty Bellevue officers accused of taunting and bullying a Seattle police officer and getting booted out of a Seahawks football game on Sept. 16.
Pillo on Monday told Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee and several members of the City Council that the officers involved have rights, and that the department’s Office of Professional Standards will conduct “thorough and fair” investigation into the incident.
But Pillo also said that when it comes time, she would ”hold the officers accountable” and impose discipline that she hopes will restore the public trust in the department. At the same time, she hopes to ”provide an avenue of professional improvement” for the officers involved.
The officers’ names have not been released by the department.
The chief said the reputation of the 219-member police department has suffered publicly since The Seattle Times first reported that a trio of off-duty officers surrounded a uniformed Seattle Police officer who had confronted them for littering outside CenturyLink Field just before the game against the Cowboys.
The officers — two men and a woman — along with another woman, reportedly used vulgar language, taunted the officer and sources report that at least one of them flashed a badge. Another Seattle police officer was concerned enough to call for supervisors and additional officers to respond to the scene.
According to the Seattle police, the supervisors were also subjected to taunts and foul language.
The group was allowed to leave and continue into the stadium, where one witness said they repeatedly dropped “F-bombs” in front of his wife and 12-year-old son. When asked to tone it down, the witness said one of the men became belligerent and called him vulgar names in front of his son.
The four were kicked out the stadium, and the witness said the female officer told him that he should stay out of Bellevue.
Chief Pillo said the incident has undermined public confidence in the department and damaged its relationship with Seattle police. After the incident, Pillo called the female Seattle officer and apologized.
“The good work of our men and women on-duty have been overshadowed” by the alleged off-duty antics of the officers at the Seahawks game. “These incidents have been embarrassing and disheartening.”
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