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KIng County audit hastens fix pledges on accident pay-outs

by Matt Rosenberg July 9th, 2013

King County could do far better controlling public risk and related liability pay-outs in negligence cases, especially those related to Metro Transit and other transportation functions, according to a recent and wholly overlooked report from the King County Auditor’s Office. It accents “critical weaknesses” in current risk control strategies. These include baked-in lowballing of the real risk bill to county taxpayers due to ignoring workers compensation costs in taxpayer-funded tort liability settlements; and lack of an overall risk control system including thorough accident data tracking and related performance standards. Another shortcoming is insufficient driver safety training, the audit finds.

Outside of transportation, the audit says the county “will continue to face compliance and claims risks” because of its sub-par system for responding to public records requests, and that it must speed efforts to implement risk controls around incidences of excessive force by the King County Sheriff’s office, and cyber-secuirty vulnerabilities. Top officials say they’re implementing some changes already, and more are to come.

South End “Lady Thug” gets felony pimping charges

by Matt Rosenberg July 2nd, 2013

In a case propelled by a tip from a Seattle-based FBI special agent, a 20-year-old Federal Way woman named Jacqueline Pamela Oliver was arrested by Kent Police and charged in King County Superior Court with two counts of commercial sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly pimping two girls – a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old. Court documents allege she did this in order to earn money so she could use the proceeds to stay with the two in South End motel rooms and have intimate relations with the 16-year-old, whom she was dating. Oliver’s arrest form says she is 6 feet tall, about 280 pounds, and sports a “Lady Thug” tattoo on her right thigh.

A police report says she is also known as Jackie Oliver, sometimes lives with her mother in Federal Way, and has a daughter. She is currently serving a deferred sentence on a 2012 conviction for criminal trespassing in the second degree. She also has prior convictions as an adult for obstruction, and as a juvenile for drinking and DUI, according to court documents.

Charges filed June 14 by King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg say a Kent Police investigation indicates Oliver was staying with the two alleged victims at the Motel 6 at 200th Street and Military Road in Seatac and was running the girls’ marketing to turn tricks through the web site backpage.com. The site has come under fire from the City of Seattle and Mayor Mike McGinn among others in recent years for its advertisements on behalf of prostitutes who in some cases have turned out to be underage and forced into the trade unwillingly.

The FBI special agent first established contact with Oliver’s 15-year-old alleged victim at the King County Youth Detention Center in early June. She admitted to turning tricks and said there were ads for her on backpages.com placed by Oliver, who she said took the pictures as well and provided her own phone number as contact. The 15-year-old said that she had been staying with Oliver and a 16-year-old girl at the Motel 6; that Oliver had been running them both and taking their earnings; and that Oliver was on Facebook as “Jackie Lavish.”

Kent Police – who are partnered with the FBI, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and police from Seattle, Seatac, the Port of Seattle and Bellevue in the Seattle unit of the FBI’s Central Sound Child Exploitation Task Force – took the investigation from there. They found Oliver’s “Jackie Lavish” Facebook page and matched a photo of her there to one in a law enforcement database and then found five backpages.com prostitution ads with her phone number, four with pictures of a girl later identified as the 16-year-old alleged victim.

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A Kent Police undercover sting involving a requested threesome resulted in the arrest at the Hampton Inn, 21109 66th Ave. S. in Kent on June 12 of Oliver and several others. Oliver had been overseeing the transport of the 16-year-old to the site for the undercover John. Interviewed later by police, the 16-year-old said it was through her ex-girlfriend that she’d met Oliver, and they had been dating for two months.

According to the police report the 16-year-old “said Oliver does not have a job but gets food and money from the state for her daughter” and lives on and off with her mother in Federal Way. Kent Police detective Lovisa Dvorak, who authored the probable cause report included in charging papers, wrote that the 16-year-old told her “she doesn’t need to work but if she wants to be with Oliver she needs the money to get a place to stay,” and that likewise the 15-year-old “gave her money to Oliver to pay for motel rooms.” She told Dvorak that the younger prostitute “knew what she had to do if she was going to be out there and not at home,” namely, engage in prostitution.

Commercial sexual abuse of a minor in Washington state is a Class A felony and upon conviction carries a penalty of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000, or both, although the standard sentencing range is considerably less.

At her initial arraignment July 1 before Judge Cheryl Carey, Oliver pled not guilty and was granted conditional release requiring her to report Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center for Alternative Programs on Yesler Street in Seattle.


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Seattle “Kitchen Nightmares” family now faces greater test

by Matt Rosenberg July 1st, 2013

A former assistant chef at a popular eatery in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood who starred earlier this year with her engaging, squabbling Greek family on Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Fox Network reality show “Kitchen Nightmares,” has been charged with the felony crime of unlawful imprisonment and a male companion with assault in the second degree for allegedly holding captive and brutally beating in her Shoreline dwelling a resident of a King County Housing Authority apartment complex for seniors and the disabled. According to police reports the victim learned the pair were using crack cocaine during the course of a two-day stay in her home. Other sources including the assistant chef herself in a jail intake interview, and her parents, confirm she had suffered a drug abuse relapse.

Sewer District swindled, suspect ex-worker had prior felonies

by Matt Rosenberg June 12th, 2013

A new state auditor’s fraud investigation report says a former employee of the Valley View Sewer District serving Burien, Seatac and Tukwila actually embezzled more than double what the district, police and prosecutors had thought. But what the new report doesn’t say is that hidden away from public view, the employee, Andrea Ceceil Drane, is already being prosecuted for felony theft in the case – and that before she was hired by the district in early 2011 she’d already been sentenced to three years in a “work ethic camp” for nine counts of felony theft in a 2002 embezzlement of an estimated $125,000 belonging to another, private sector South End employer of hers. Valley View serves 8,000 sewage treatment customers in the three cities and unincorporated South King County.

Calories drop, under King County fast-food menu labeling

by Matt Rosenberg May 25th, 2013

A new study by researchers at Public Health – Seattle and King County, just published in the June online edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds that King County-mandated menu labeling at major fast food chains may finally be starting to have the desired effect. On average, customers are consuming 870 calories per lunch 16-18 months after labeling began – 38 calories less or the rough equivalent of one slice of bacon. It’s a reversal from initial results 4-6 months afterward showing a caloric increase. Along with other studies the findings “suggest that menu labeling” at fast food outlets “has the potential to contribute to obesity prevention,” the authors write. Last year some of the researchers involved in the new study reported in another paper they were seeing longer-term improvements, but they did not release any actual data at the time.

Pols urge “system-wide” tolling study; I-90 EIS looms

by Matt Rosenberg May 22nd, 2013

Proposed electronic tolling of I-90 just east of Seattle – to fill a $1.4 billion gap in building the western approach of a new bridge on SR 520 – is getting more complicated. There will now be a full Environmental Impact Statement, not just an Environmental Assessment. Regional pols are also pushing for a “system-wide” study of tolling in greater Seattle which they say should include looking at using vehicle tolling revenues to fund transit. And in the end it could be that instead of relying on I-90 user fees, tolling on a broader swath of SR 520 itself will help pay for the new bridge’s western approach.

Accused Highline daycare rapist may avoid trial for 3rd time

by Matt Rosenberg May 20th, 2013

Since early March Olad Hussein Kaynan, 24, a Somalian refugee who lived with his family in the North Highline Unincorporated Area of south King County has been in jail in Seattle charged with three counts of child rape in the first degree. His bail is set at $200,000. It’s been almost five years since he was first charged but state psychiatrists, defense and prosecuting attorneys, and King County judges have kept him in a cycle of custody that has so far not allowed him the opportunity to go to trial and clear his name.

12 surgeries for Renton DUI victim; perp gets 6 months

by Matt Rosenberg May 9th, 2013

When Garrett A. Bakken last July was charged with the felony DUI offense of vehicular assault after veering off Lake Washington Boulevard in Renton, Wash. and slamming into a pedestrian on a pathway, the story garnered coverage from local television and online news outlets and even made the New York Daily News. According to court files, Bakken’s blood alcohol level was nearly two-and-a-half-times the legal limit, and he initially drove away after the impact. At first, the victim’s identity was unknown. Last week on Friday May 3 to no fanfare Bakken, following an earlier plea agreement, was issued by King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas a “standard range” sentence on the charge for a first-time felony offender: six months work release. Starting later this month the Renton man, 28, will go each weekday to work but spend nights and weekends in county custody until nearly Thanksgiving. For the victim, however, life is nowhere near its “standard range” prior to the accident.