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State Trooper sideswiped by distracted driver

A distracted driver hit a glancing blow to Washington State Trooper Dave Hintz's patrol car very early on Tuesday morning, November 5, 2013. Trooper Hintz was treated for neck pain at St. Joseph's Hospital. The distracted driver was not injured.

On Tuesday morning November 5, 2013, at 12:12 am, Trooper Dave Hintz was parked on the right shoulder of I-5 at mile post 251 in Bellingham near the exit to Western Washington University. His headlights/taillights were on as he worked northbound traffic with the radar, checking vehicle speeds.  At the same time he was finishing up on some paperwork on his in car computer, a Chevrolet ¾ ton pick-up, with a box type bed (an auto glass business), was northbound in lane 1 of 2.

Change your clocks! Know your alarm! Know your battery!

As the time change approaches on Sunday, November 3, 2013, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

As the Daylight Savings time change approaches on Sunday, November 3, 2013, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

There are many different types of smoke alarms on the market.  How do you know which one to buy?  What kinds of batteries do they take?  These are all common questions regarding a very important part of fire detection in your home.

Washington State Patrol wants to hire 300+ new troopers

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is currently seeking to hire 300+ troopers.  If you have ever wanted to be in law enforcement then now is a great opportunity to see if you have what it takes.

Do You Have What it Takes?

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is currently seeking to hire 300+ troopers.  If you have ever wanted to be in law enforcement then now is a great opportunity to see if you have what it takes. 

WSP is having its phase 1 testing at Lynnwood High School on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  Check-in begins at 7:30 AM. 

Extreme fire risk prompts Washington State agencies to call for extreme caution

With fire danger continuing to increase across Washington, officials from four state agencies urges residents to recognize that even seemingly low-risk activities, such as parking on a grassy field or using motorized yard tools, can spark a wildfire.

With fire danger continuing to increase across Washington, officials from four state agencies urge residents to recognize that even seemingly low-risk activities, such as parking on a grassy field or using motorized yard tools, can spark a wildfire.

Thirty-seven of the state’s 39 counties have declared burn bans.  Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has banned fires on all lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), including wildlife areas and other facilities managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

However, even those protections don’t address all the ways people can unintentionally spark a wildfire.

Avoid the Needless Death of a Child - Vehicular Child Heatstroke

As the warmest month of the year is here, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car - especially in the sun.

As the warmest month of the year is here, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car - especially in the sun.

Call 911 immediately if you observe a child unattended in a motor vehicle.  It is a specific crime in Washington to leave a child under 16 years of age in a motor vehicle with the engine running.

Stuck in a backup? Washington State Patrol suspects texting to blame

The Washington State Patrol is beginning to suspect that many of the collisions which cause traffic backups and delays are caused by people who are texting and driving at relatively low speeds.

The Washington State Patrol is beginning to suspect that many of the collisions which cause traffic backups and delays are caused by people who are texting and driving at relatively low speeds.

Those backups impede traffic, frustrate other drivers, and impact the state’s economy by interfering with freight mobility.

State Fire Marshal stresses fireworks safety

There were 354 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported to the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2012 by fire departments and hospitals. Of the 354 reports received, there were 128 fires and 226 injuries.

There were 354 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported to the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2012 by fire departments and hospitals. Of the 354 reports received, there were 128 fires and 226 injuries. The majority of these incidents occur on July 4th. Most incidents were cause by males between 8 and 21 years of age. The incidents of greatest concern are:

  • 7 residential fires totaling $880,500 in loss, 1 was caused by an illegal device, 3 were caused by legal fireworks and 3 were caused by an unknown type of firework device.
  • 26 fires and 64 injuries were caused by devices which are illegal to own or possess in Washington State.
  • 7 sparkler bomb incidents that included 5 fires/explosions and 2 causing facial, torso and hand injuries. These devices are considered improvised explosive devices which are illegal to manufacture and possess.

Arson Awareness Week: Reducing Residential Arson

National Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11, 2013, and the theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson. The goal is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods.

National Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11, 2013, and the theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson. The goal is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods. The public can be engaged in Arson Awareness Week by implementing neighborhood cleanups along with improving internal and external security for their homes and abandoned properties.

Nominate your favorite Washington State educator for KCTS 9's Golden Apple Award

Do you know an outstanding educator or educational program making a difference in your community? Send in a nomination for KCTS 9's 22nd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education.

Do you know an outstanding educator or educational program making a difference in your community? Share their successes with the rest of Washington state by sending in a nomination for KCTS 9's 22nd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education.

Any person contributing time or services in Washington state schools from pre K through grade 12 can be nominated. Teachers, administrators, school staff and volunteers, specific education or community programs, and local businesses are all eligible for nomination. Students, parents, teachers and community members can all submit nominations.

State Patrol Detectives seek witnesses

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a car vs. motorcycle serious injury collision that took place on January 25, 2013.

The Washington State Patrol Criminal Investigation Division (C.I.D.) is investigating a car vs. motorcycle serious injury collision that took place on January 25, 2013.  The collision occurred about 4:13 p.m. in the right lane of southbound I-5 at milepost 180 in Mountlake Terrace.  The motorcycle was slowing down for traffic when a Honda Prelude made a lane change and collided into it from the rear.

Detectives are seeking additional witnesses to the collision and any event leading up to it.  If you saw or heard anything, or know someone that did, please call C.I.D. Detective Charles Sletten at (360) 654-1144.

36th Annual Washington State Patrol-Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp now accepting applications

Applications are currently being accepted for the 36th Annual Washington State Patrol-Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp to be held at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton from July 7 through July 13, 2013.

Washington State high school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement as a career will have an opportunity to spend a week this summer learning about the roles and job opportunities within law enforcement.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 36th Annual Washington State Patrol-Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp to be held at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton from July 7 through July 13, 2013.

Space is available for only 24 students, so submit your application now!

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