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As a former police officer, it is an honor to work with law enforcement again. I have the rare privilege of also working with families and friends who are victims of homicide and other violent crimes – being able to be an extension of their voice is what propels my desire to cover cold cases and murder mysteries.
I also believe that educating the community on the day-to-day operations of a police force is important and while I am no longer an undercover officer, I still get to chase bad guys – it’s something that never gets old to me and when we catch one, I get a rush of excitement.
To know that we are working to make our community safer is what gives my job meaning. I see the positive effects of our show every single day, and that is why I do what I do.


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    Little girl’s disappearance in 1961 may have been at hands of infamous serial killer

    TACOMA — It was August 31, 1961, when 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr and her family hunkered down for the night. “It was kind of the last hurrah for the children in the family. Ann was the oldest of four. She was eight and a half and a couple of the kids slept in the basement in their fort, but Ann and her little sister stayed in their bedrooms upstairs,” wrote author Rebecca Morris in her book, “Ted and Ann.” Ann’s […]

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    Thinking of buying a car from a seller off Craigslist? Read this first…

    SEATTLE — Dennis Kenny is accused of not only stealing a car, but selling it online. The King County Regional Auto Theft Unit tracked him down in Kent. An undercover trooper identified only as ‘Matt’ says, “This case stems from a vehicle that was stolen from a dealership up in Kirkland. The car ended up being listed on Craigslist and purchased by an unwitting victim.” When that victim tried to register the car, they discovered the paperwork was fake. So […]

  • Velma Tirado, 45, was shot dead in Tacoma on Aug. 27, 2006. A man was charged with her murder Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of family)

    Eight years after Tacoma woman’s cold case murder, a break comes in the case…

    TACOMA — “This was my one unsolved case over the last decade or so. For me, personally, to have this case solved is very satisfying,” Tacoma police Cold Case Unit detective Gene Miller said Wednesday. A first-degree murder charge was filed earlier Wednesday against Brandon Lee Farmer, 29, who is in custody in West Virginia on unrelated charges. Pierce County prosecutors say Farmer shot dead Velma Tirado, 45, in Tacoma on Aug. 27, 2006. According to prosecutors, Farmer and his […]

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    Former FBI profiler on South Kitsap murder, posting of photos online

    SEATTLE — “I think that the idea of an offender posting pictures online is a modern-day version of the old serial killer wanting to send messages to police, taunting the police. In other words, social media, the Internet, is a new format for them to use.” That’s from David Gomez, a former profiler for the FBI. David Kalac is accused of killing his girlfriend, Amber Lynn Coplin, in their Port Orchard apartment. Before he made his getaway, investigators say, he […]

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    Your credit, debit cards at risk? Protect yourself from fraud

    SEATTLE — “If you are someone who uses a credit card or a debit card to conduct transactions, at some point and time that information is going to be compromised.” Those are sobering words from Robert Kierstead, a Seattle agent with the U.S. Secret Service, charged with investigating financial crimes. “Historically, we have been an agency that specializes in financial types of crimes, most notably or historically, counterfeit currency. In 1984, we added credit card fraud.” So far this year, […]

  • Jaco Booyens talks about his film "8 Days." (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

    Director/producer of new film ‘8 Days’ about sex trafficking: It’s a huge problem in Northwest

    SEATTLE — Jaco Booyens, director and producer of the new film “8 Days” about sex trafficking in America, says it’s a crime that’s a huge problem in the Pacific Northwest. “Seattle ranks typically in the top 3 in the United States, which then puts it at the top of between 5 and 10 cities in the world. And yes, that statement is accurate,” Booyens says. In an interview about his film, Booyens says “8 Days” follows the life of a […]

  • ‘In the state of Washington, heroin is the number one drug threat’

    SEATTLE — Accidental drug overdoses have doubled in Washington state as heroin use has skyrocketed. In 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency seized 105 pounds in Washington. In 2013, that number nearly tripled to 271 pounds. “In the state of Washington, heroin is the number one drug threat,” said DEA spokesperson Jodie Underwood. Washington is in the top ten for domestic drug seizures by the DEA. Underwood says one of the many reasons for the heroin epidemic is prescription drug medications […]

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    Combating cyberbullying: ‘We want kids to know they can get help’

    SEATTLE — Cyberbullying is a growing problem for children as they prepare to go back to school, but there are resources available to help families. Washington state recently received an “A–” because of some of the laws and requirements regarding cyberbullying. A huge responsibility is placed on schools to educate and to investigate — and determine if law enforcement needs to get involved. “It is a problem, and it’s certainly, with the advent of computers and the expansion of smart […]

  • Frank Montoya Jr. (Credit: KCPQ-TV)

    Western Washington may have something foreign spies want

    SEATTLE — The new special agent in charge of Seattle’s FBI Field Office says our area may have something foreign spies are interested in. Frank Montoya Jr. has a strong background in counterintelligence and espionage. Montoya was the senior agent for national counterintelligence when NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hit the public eye. “[I] got called into the DNI’s office and we had a discussion about where we were going to go with this,” Montoya said in an interview with Washington’s […]