Washington State Patrol

Troublesome Static
5:01 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Dead Air, Garbled Transmissions Trouble Washington State Troopers

This is one of the Washington State Patrol’s new portable radios by Motorola.

Dead air, garbled transmissions and poor reception are just some of the problems with the Washington State Patrol’s new state-of-the art radio system. The $40 million conversion to digital technology is behind schedule, and having technical problems.

For most of us, our smartphones have become our figurative lifelines. For state troopers, their literal lifeline is still the two-way radio. When the radio doesn’t work that’s a problem. We first reported on doubts about this project in March of 2012.

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jobs
10:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Too many recruits can't pass trooper fitness test

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Retirements have been depleting the ranks of the Washington State Patrol. Now, the patrol finds itself scrambling to hire an extra 60 troopers this year. 

It’s not as easy as you might think to hire a trooper, especially since applicants are failing the physical exam.

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Traffic stop
2:23 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Trooper fires at car after foot run over during stop at Renton

RENTON, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol says a trooper fired a shot at a fleeing car after it ran over his foot during a traffic stop on Interstate 405 Monday morning at Renton.

Trooper Julie Startup says the shot missed. The car crashed nearby and the driver was arrested.

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TRooper Memorial
4:22 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Trooper looking out for others, even after his death, says son

Police honor guard officers wait for the arrival of a motorcade procession before a memorial service for Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu today in Kent, Wash. Radulescu was shot and killed Feb. 23 during a traffic stop in Gorst,
The Associated Press

“A trooper’s trooper.” That was a phrase used repeatedly to describe Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu at a memorial this afternoon in Kent.

He was born in Bucharest and immigrated to the United States at age 14. He served in the US Army, spoke five languages and was well known for having a great sense of humor and a radiant smile.

His son Eric spoke at the memorial. He said his Dad was always looking out for others, adding that the tragedy of his killing seems to be pushing legislation forward that will continue to do so.

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Trooper memorial
4:04 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Gregoire: Slain trooper died protecting people

A procession arrives carrying the body of Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu to a memorial service today in Kent, Wash. Radulescu was shot and killed last week during a traffic stop in Gorst, Wash.
The Associated Press

KENT, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire says Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu died protecting others.

Speaking at a memorial service Thursday in Kent, Gregoire said she considered Radulescu "one of my own," noting that he had served on one of her security details.

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Officer shooting
10:31 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Thousands expected for trooper memorial in Kent

Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.

KENT, Wash. — Officials expect thousands of people to attend the memorial service for slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu on Thursday in Kent, a 1 p.m. at the ShoWare Center.

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Law
1:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Slain Bremerton trooper was a 16 year veteran of the State Patrol

Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.

The Washington State Patrol says the trooper who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Port Orchard this morning was 44-year-old Tony Radulescu. 

Trooper Radulescu served with the State Patrol for 16 years and spent his career in the Bremerton area.

WSP Chief John R. Batiste says Radulescu was a humble public servant, "the kind of person everyone wanted to be around, including me."

Batiste says Radulescu was well known in the community for his many visits and presentations at public schools.

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9/11 Anniversary
9:39 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Dog handler plays high profile role in post 9/11 Northwest

Sgt. Kerry Kintzley and his dog Sissy check cars for explosives prior to a ferry departure from Seattle's Coleman Dock
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Reflections from someone who plays one of the more visible security roles in the post-9/11 Northwest:

"My name is Sgt. Kerry Kintzley. I'm a Sergeant with the Washington State Patrol. I work at the Washington State ferry system screening vehicles prior to their boarding. Sissy ... is a four-year-old Lab Vizsla mix trained to detect explosives.

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New state laws
11:33 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Drive drunk, lose car for 12 hours

The Washington State Patrol sent out a reminder today that starting at midnight vehicles driving by someone arrested for DUI will be towed and held for 12 hours.

Officers will not have discretion to let a sober friend take over the wheel, or a family member pick up the vehicle at roadside, the patrol wrote in a press release.

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You don't see that every day
6:54 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Inflatable dolls don't qualify for HOV lanes

An inflatable "passenger"
Washington State Patrol

An alert Washington State Patrol officer noticed something a little odd about the passenger in a car using the HOV lane in Federal Way Wednesday morning. "She" was an inflatable doll wearing a wig.

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Massive Back-up on I-5
8:17 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Wrong-way driver blamed for fatal crash in Marysville

A wrong-way driver is suspected of causing a fatal crash on Interstate 5 at Marysville this (Friday) morning.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary said a driver going north in the southbound lanes slammed into two other vehicles about 5:15 a.m. near the Tulalip Casino. As of 9 a.m. traffic was still backed up about 4.5 miles.

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Law & Justice
7:48 am
Thu January 27, 2011

More learned about man who threatened Gregoire

A man who says he was upset over losing state benefits has been arrested and charged with making threats against Governor Chris Gregoire and her family. 51-year-old Robert Ray Locke was arraigned on one count of felony threat and pleaded not guilty.

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Law & Justice
12:46 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Man arrested for allegedly threatening Gregoire

A Pierce County man is in custody for allegedly making an online threat to Governor Chris Gregoire. The Washington State Patrol picked up Robert R. Locke, of the Graham area, on Tuesday afternoon. 

In a statement, the patrol reports Gregoire's office received the still unspecified threat early Tuesday morning. The message was traced to Locke, and he was picked up while walking on a Pierce County street about six hours later. 

Detectives reported their arrest took place without incident. 

Locke was booked into Pierce County jail, where he's charged with one felony count of threatening the governor or the governor's family.