Friday, October 2, 2009

Everett limits conduct, but not attire of bikini baristas


The Everett City Council has voted to pass a tougher lewd behavior ordinance limiting conduct in public places.

However, the revision passed on Wednesday night does not address attire as some had hoped.

Area neighbors and business owners attended the meeting, hoping to convince the council to do away with bikini barista coffee stands in the wake of recent prostitution charges filed against five baristas at a local stand.

One shop owner even presented the council with home video reportedly taken around lunch time last week at the Grab-N-Go Espresso Stand where five baristas were charged with prostitution last week.

The footage showed young women dancing around, wearing pasties and underwear.

Residents said it's rude and crude behavior that needs to stop.

"Her bare butt is parading right in front of my business," said resident Rhonda Bremond.

The Everett City Council agreed to change its lewd conduct ordinance, saying such conduct should not be allowed in public places.

Many people cheered the move, but said more needs to be done.

"I have a right not to see women bare-breasted, licking whipped cream off each other's breasts and private parts, and men standing up and watching it," said Kris McLeod.

The next step will target what the women wearing, or in some cases, not wearing. Pasties and G-strings could become illegal in a place of business, outside a actual strip club.

Some area residents, especially parents, said they have to go out of their way to avoid driving by a questionable coffee stand.

"I do not walk around my house naked for my boy and their friends to see. And I do not, will not tolerate that in my neighborhood," said Jennifer Lindell.

A growing concern for neighbors is the possible presence of prostitution near their homes, and strange men hanging around the coffee stands.

"This is drifting into my home territory now. I don't want it. I want this to have stricter guidelines. Please protect our children, our neighborhoods," said Michelle Hills.

The city said the revised lewd conduct ordinance will take effect in about three weeks, after the city's legal department and the police figure out exactly how to enforce it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tacoma woman claims rape by armed man in uniform


A Tacoma woman says she was raped by someone who appeared to be a police officer or a security guard after getting pulled over while driving in South Tacoma on Saturday.

The 31-year-old woman said she was pulled over for a traffic stop near the Tacoma Mall some time between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. by a man who was wearing a uniform and carrying a gun.

The man was driving a silver, gray or white vehicle with a light in the window, the victim said.

The woman told detectives the man held her in the car for up to 9 hours and raped her.

On Sunday morning police interviewed the victim at Tacoma General Hospital where exams showed the probability of sexual activity having taken place. Doctors have not yet determined whether the woman had been raped, detectives said.
Police have no suspects in the case, and the investigation is ongoing.