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Third Person Charged in Death of Deputy McCartney

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Samantha Dawn Jones, 29, with murder in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree for her role in the death of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney.

“As promised, we are going to hold accountable everyone responsible for the murder of Deputy McCartney,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Numerous detectives and deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department have been tirelessly working this case and will continue to do so. The investigation is ongoing.”

On Jan. 7 at 11:24 p.m., residents in a home on 45th Avenue Court East called 911 to report intruders. Three adults and two children were in the home at the time. Two suspects demanded money. Both were wearing masks and armed with handguns and “bowie” style knives.

At 11:30 p.m., Deputy Daniel McCartney notified dispatch he arrived in the area. Approximately three minutes later, Deputy McCartney notified dispatch that he was in foot pursuit of the suspects. A short time later, he called out “shots fired.” No further transmissions were made.

Other deputies responded to the area and found Deputy McCartney unresponsive. He was transported to St. Joseph’s hospital, and was later pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.

Deputies located the body of Henry Carden near McCartney. Carden was also unresponsive. Carden sustained several gunshot wounds, including a gunshot wound to the head. He died from his wounds.

Officers secured the area to locate the other suspect. At approximately 8:10 the next morning, an officer reported a male matching the description of the second suspect walk to his traffic control point. That person was later identified as Frank Pawul. Pawul was taken into custody.

Pawul told officers that he was walking from his girlfriend’s house. Officers were able to identify the woman Pawul referred to as Brenda Troyer.

The investigation revealed calls and text messages between Pawul, Troyer, and a third suspect, Samantha Dawn Jones.

Detectives determined that Jones had an ongoing dispute over drugs with one of the residents at the home where the attempted robbery occurred.

Cell tower and GPS coordinates place Jones’ phone with Carden, Pawul, and Troyer the night of the murder. Pawul, Troyer, and Jones’ phones were registering off the same towers as the vehicle traveled to the home where the break-in happened.

As with Troyer’s phone, Jones’ remained at the scene for some time before 911 was called, then traveled to the same location of Troyer’s after Deputy McCartney arrived.

Both phones also traveled to the area of a nearby Safeway. Surveillance shows Troyer and a woman who matches the description of Jones in the Safeway together.

Detectives located messages between Jones and Pawul after the murder where she is asking where he is and whether he is hiding. Her phone then travels back to the location of the incident.

On Tuesday Jones was arrested without incident with the assistance of the PCSD SWAT team.

Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Air quality agency calls for more review of LNG plant emissions

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is calling for more review of the overall effects of greenhouse gases linked to Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility under construction on the Tacoma Tideflats.

The agency has determined that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is required to determine the quality and effects of greenhouse gases “to include those upstream and downstream of the proposed project.”

The call for more review comes after the agency accepted the notice of construction permit as technically complete only to then review PSE’s application and conclude that a supplemental analysis is necessary. PSCAA is now preparing to hire a consultant to conduct the review and work on a formal agreement with PSE on covering the costs of that work, according to an agency letter.

“There will be no optional scoping for the SEIS. The agency will hire a consultant to prepare the SEIS,” according to the agency. “Public comment opportunities will be provided for the draft SEIS when it has been prepared.”

The review, therefore, will include another round of public outreach, which has yet to be scheduled.

LIBRARIES OFFER HELP NAVIGATING MEDICARE

Turning age 65 soon? Want to know more about Medicare? Pierce County Library System, Sound Outreach and Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) are offering free classes to answer questions about Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare supplement and Medicare Advantage plans, Part D prescription drug plans, Medicare and individual’s employer insurance and when to sign up for Medicare.

Come with questions and learn more. Call Sound Outreach at (253) 596-0918 to RSVP. Walk-ins also welcome.

All classes are from 1:30-4 p.m. at the following Pierce County Library System locations:

  • Saturday, Jan. 27, at Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E., Graham
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, at Buckley Pierce County Library, 123 S. River Ave., Buckley
  • Saturday, March 10, at Fife Pierce County Library, 6622 20th St. E., Fife
  • SHIBA, a free and unbiased service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, sponsors these events.

I-940 SUPPORTERS PREPARE FOR ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Supporters of Initiative 940, which would require additional police training and improve accountability in fatal police shootings, celebrated certification of the measure after verification of more than 350,000 petition signatures submitted to the secretary of state. With certification, the initiative is referred to the State Legislature for consideration. The House and Senate can pass the initiative, propose an alternative policy, or take no action, which would result in I-940 moving on to the November ballot.

“This is a great day for the more than 350,000 Washington voters who signed on to support de-escalation of police violence in our communities,” said Tim Reynon, Puyallup Tribal Councilmember and a spokesperson for I-940. “The outpouring of support for this measure from across the state reflects a strong desire to protect families from unnecessary tragedy, and to better equip law enforcement to reduce use of force deaths and strengthen trust with their communities.”

Marilyn Covarrubias, whose unarmed son Daniel was killed by Lakewood police in April 2015, spent many hours volunteering to help I-940 qualify for the ballot. “The opportunity to make sure other families don’t have to go through what our family went through is what keeps me going. I really believe we can do better and changing the law is the first step.”

Supporters, including a broad coalition of directly-impacted families and social justice, civil liberties, community, labor, and law enforcement reform advocates, understand that legislative action seems unlikely in a short session with a heavy agenda and are preparing for an electoral campaign.

“This effort has been a labor of love for many volunteers who have seen first-hand the damage done in their communities by unnecessary loss of life. We came together and vowed to ‘do the work’ to stop it. Changing the legal framework for police use of deadly force is an important part of the solution, and today marks a major milestone toward that goal,” said Andrè Taylor. Taylor and his wife Dove founded the community organization Not This Time in 2016, shortly after his brother Che Taylor was killed in a police shooting.

Learn more about De-Escalate Washington at www.deescalatewa.org/about_us or follow us on Facebook@deescalatewashington.

STATE SENATE VOTES TO PROTECT LGBT YOUTH

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, praised the Washington State Senate for passing Senate Bill (SB) 5722 – legislation to protect LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”

“No child should ever be subjected to the dangerous and barbaric practice of conversion therapy. It amounts to nothing more than child abuse,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “We applaud the Washington State Senate for voting to protect the Evergreen State’s LGBTQ youth. It is crucial that the Washington House of Representatives quickly pass the measure.”

“Conversion therapy,” sometimes referred to as “sexual orientation change efforts” or “reparative therapy,” encompasses a range of harmful practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. These practices are based on the false premise that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that needs to be cured – an idea that has been rejected by every major medical and mental health organization.

There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. To the contrary, research has clearly shown that these practices pose devastating health risks for LGBTQ young people such as depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and even suicidal behavior. The dangerous practice is condemned by every major medical and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and American Medical Association.

Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico, and Rhode Island all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice. A growing number of municipalities have also enacted similar protections, including cities and counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Florida, New York, and Arizona.

HRC has partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and state equality groups across the nation to pass state legislation ending conversion therapy. More information on the lies and dangers of efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity can be found at www.hrc.org/resources/just-as-they-are.

FLU TAKES A TOLL ON MEDICAL FACILITIES

State health officials have issued recommendations for when and where to get medical care. Flu illness is widespread across the state and many health care facilities report full waiting rooms and a high demand for treatment of flu and other currently circulating illnesses. To help ease the crowding at medical facilities, state health officials want the public to know when and where to seek medical care, and to be on the lookout for warning signs of a potentially life-threatening situation.

Unless they require immediate medical attention, people who have symptoms of flu should contact their doctor before going to a hospital emergency room. The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill. If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness (below), you should go to the emergency room.

In most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with the flu have mild or moderate illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.

People who are at higher risk of flu complications should call their health care provider for advice if they get symptoms of the flu. These groups include:

  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old.
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum).
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives (these groups seem to be at higher risk of flu complications).
  • People who have medical conditions, such as asthma and heart, lung, liver, or kidney diseases. A more complete list of conditions is on the CDC’s website.

There are some danger/warning signs that should prompt immediate medical care in children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away if an infant has any of these signs:

  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
  • In adults:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Recommendations for people who don’t have symptoms of flu:

Get a flu shot. It’s recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots are available at most pharmacies and health care providers across the state. Washington provides all recommended vaccines, including flu vaccine, at no cost for kids from birth through age 18.

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Use sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

Cover your cough.

Stay away from sick people as much as possible. It’s possible to spread flu before you even know you’re sick, so cover your cough, wash your hands often, and stay home if you begin to feel sick.

Typical symptoms of flu illness include: 

Fever or feeling feverish/chills (it’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever).

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (tiredness)

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

The Department of Health has a weekly report of influenza activity posted during the flu season. The department’s website at www.doh.wa.gov is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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