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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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    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, […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Cooler weather ahead here, but will it help in wildfires?

      SEATTLE — Western Washington has another disturbance that will move through late in the day tomorrow. It looks to mimic that one we had today- a few spotty sprinkles in the sound, rain on the coast and mountains. Before this next system arrives, however, it looks like after the marine layer clears, we will have a chance at a few afternoon sunbreaks. Most of the rain today was focused in the Northern Cascades where Mt Baker picked up on […]

  • Hot stretch comes to an end, but winds still a concern for firefighters

      SEATTLE — Our record stretch of hot weather comes to an end Friday. We managed to get 12 consecutive days of temperatures 80 degrees or above which officially sets us in second place for longest hot stretch ever in the Seattle area. Starting on Saturday, we will cool to BELOW average as high struggle to hit the middle 70s. A weak front comes through generating mostly cloudy skies. The mountains and coast will pick up some a few light […]

  • Uncomfortable heat continues…

    SEATTLE — The heat advisory continues through 6:00am Monday and may be extended by the National Weather Service into Tuesday. Highs today reached into the upper 80s to lower 90 degree range across the central and south sound. Tomorrow will be even warmer with highs in the middle 90s in some spots. The extended forecast shows some change as we get into the Wednesday/Thursday time frame. A stronger onshore flow should be enough to start breaking up these long, hot […]

  • Heat advisory issued for Puget Sound region: Be careful out there

      SEATTLE —  The National Weather Service on Friday issued a heat advisory for the Puget Sound region and into the southwest interior of our state. The NWS said the heat advisory would be in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Monday. It is the first heat advisory for the Puget Sound region in five years. Temperatures will hover around 90 degrees Saturday and Sunday, possibly breaking records. So far, the record for consecutive days over 80 degrees […]