Saturday, March 21, 2009

City settles judge sex case


News has uncovered a former worker at the City’s Municipal Courthouse will get $135,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim – half paid by taxpayers, half by Judge Ron Mamiya.

The ex-staff member is not identified in pages of documents, e-mails and other materials KING obtained under the state’s public disclosure act.

The allegations stem from an apparently consensual sexual relationship the two had last year. The woman, a single mother of two, says Judge Mamiya continued to make unwanted advances after the pair had agreed to keep things strictly professional.

In a sworn statement, the woman says that decision came after Mamiya told her he had confessed to his wife about their affair. She claims Mamiya, who has been a municipal court judge since 1981, caused her undue stress, which ultimately led to her resignation.

A gag order prohibits the parties to discuss the specifics of the case. Both the woman’s lawyer and the City Attorney’s office refused to comment on the settlement.

Judge Mamiya did release a statement: "I want to acknowledge my horrible lapse in judgment. I have no excuse for my role in this incident and my actions have hurt many people important to me, including my wife, family and my community. I take full responsibility for my behavior."

The Court told us the judge remains a sitting member of the Municipal Court Bench.

Suspected cattle prod wielder triggers standoff


FEDERAL WAY -- A wanted felon assaulted another man using a cattle prod, then barricaded himself inside his home for hours on Thursday, according to police.

Officer Ray Bunk said a man used a cattle prod on another person around 7 p.m. The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to an eye.

When police responded to the suspected attacker's home at 12th Place Southwest and South 307th around 9 p.m., he refused to come out or talk with police.

An hours-long standoff ensued and police evacuated several nearby houses as a precaution. Then around 12:30 a.m. Friday, police used explosives to open the front door and released tear gas and pepper spray into the home.

Police said three people came out of the house, including the 45-year-old man accused of the attack involving the cattle prod. That unnamed man, Bunk said, had a past felony kidnapping conviction was wanted on an escape warrant.

All three were arrested and booked into the King County Jail.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Homeowner wrestles naked alleged intruder

A homeowner wrestled down a naked man who had reportedly broken into his home in the Harney Heights neighborhood early Monday morning.

By Laura McVicker
The Columbian

A homeowner wrestled down a naked man who had reportedly broken into his home in the Harney Heights neighborhood early Monday morning.

A Vancouver Police Department bulletin gave this account:

The incident happened about 12:45 a.m. when homeowner Kim Tingley, 54, awoke to a naked man banging on a window at the home in the 4100 block of East 15th Street.

After the naked man broke the window and entered the home, the two started fighting and were injured by broken glass on the floor.

Tingley's wife, Kristy, 47, awoke to her husband yelling for her to call police. She got up and saw the naked intruder and her husband covered in blood.

Both Tingley and the 20-year-old naked man, Anthony D. Frazier, suffered injuries, police said. Kristy Tingley wasn't injured.

Kim Tingley was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center but released later in the morning.

"He's going to be all right, but he's pretty messed up right now," a spokesman for the family said.

Frazier, who also lives in the Harney Heights neighborhood, was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.

Monday afternoon, Frazier was discharged and subsequently booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.

Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said she didn't know why Frazier wasn't clothed or why he targeted the home.

"(Detectives) are now doing follow-up investigation as to why this happened," Kapp said.

The Tingleys' neighbors across the street found discarded tennis shoes, a jacket and shorts in their yard. But Kapp said investigators didn't seize the clothes as evidence.