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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.


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

    Man extradited from West Virginia pleads not guilty in cold-case murder of Tacoma woman

    TACOMA — Brandon Lee Farmer pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45, a mother of six. Last November, Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Farmer, 29, who was in custody in West Virginia on unrelated charges. Farmer was transported to Washington state this week. He is being held in lieu of $3 million bail. TEXT BELOW IS FROM EARLIER (NOV. 2014) Q13 FOX NEWS STORY ON THIS CASE: “This was my one […]

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    Murder Mystery: Pregnant mother, 2 children brutally beaten before home set ablaze

    TACOMA — It’s been almost two decades since a mother and her three children were brutally murdered inside their Tacoma home. The details surrounding their death are horrific and their killer is still free. Now, detectives hope someone is ready to break their silence. “It was December 18, 1998, shortly before 8:30pm,” explains Tacoma police Det. Lindsey Wade. On the morning of December 18, 1998, 26 year old Linda Tran was home with her 9 year old daughter Patricia and […]

  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Couple steals camera from store while news crew is there

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Last week, Q13 FOX News reported on a camera store that was ripped off for thousands of dollars in merchandise. It turns out Robi’s Camera Center in Lakewood was hit by thieves again while the news crew was there. “We actually noticed the camera missing during a one on one just like this, when I looked down to demonstrate what kind of cameras we had in the cabinet, and one was gone,” said Tod Wolf, who  is the operation manager […]

  • Port Townsend from the Keystone ferry, Mike, Quilcene

    FORECAST: Cold overnight, sunny tomorrow

    SEATTLE — A strong ridge (one of the strongest on record) is giving us clear skies for the next couple of days. That means that radiational cooling will allow temperatures to drop into the teens and lower 20s overnight. Sunny skies tomorrow won’t make much of a difference in our daytime highs, as New Year’s Eve will warm to about 38 degrees only. Clear skies will remain for all of the festivities tomorrow night. The temperature at midnight will be […]

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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 […]

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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 […]