Archive | June, 2011

Everett Police Officer Troy Meade, Not Guilty as a Criminal – Is He Unacceptable as a Cop?

June 30, 2011

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Will the Everett Police Officer's Association appeal Meade's firing?

The firing of Troy Meade this week by Everett Police Chief Jim Scharf will most likely not be the last we hear of this case. Today the city hand delivered a letter officially firing officer Troy Meade effective tomorrow, July 1st, for unacceptable misconduct. The letter, signed by Jim Scharf and Sharon DeHaan, (the city’s Director of Labor Relations-Human Resources) outlined the basics of the case and gave a multitude of reasons for the firing. (the Herald newspaper has the entire letter in a link on their website, I’ve published the introduction earlier today here). On June 10th, 2009, Meade shot Niles Meservey in the parking lot of the Chuckwagon Restaurant. The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team conducted an investigation. The Snohomish County Prosecutor charged Meade with second degree murder and first degree manslaughter. In April 2010 Meade was found not guilty by a jury of the criminal charges but the jury did say that Meade failed to prove he acted in self-defense. Earlier this year, the city of Everett paid not only Meade’s court costs but also a civil settlement of $500,000.00 to the family of Niles Meservey as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees. Now the City of Everett has fired Meade with Jim Scharf writing, “Nothing in Section 15.4, or within the standards for responsible policing, can justify your fatal shooting of Mr. Meservey on June 10. I so state based on undisputed facts and despite your efforts to rationalize your actions that night.”

It appears the next move in the case is for Meade to do one of three things…(1) accept his firing (2) contest his termination through a grievance or notice of appeal (3) resign before his termination becomes effective tomorrow. It will be interesting to see where this case goes from here. We’ll let you know.


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Troy Meade Fired By Everett Police Chief Jim Scharf

June 30, 2011

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On his last day as police Chief, Jim Scharf has fired Officer Troy Meade for the shooting of Niles Meservey in June of 2009. Scharf says in the termination letter to Meade that he failed to comply with the Everett Police Department’s policies on the use of force. Meade has been on paid leave while awaiting this decision. Here’s the introductory portion of the letter from Everett Police Chief Jim Scharf to Troy Meade. We’re reviewing the entire 9 page letter and will have more to follow…

The cover portion of Meade's dismissal letter

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4th of July Parade in Everett set for 11am, Naval Station Everett Closed to Public but is Accepting Applications for Seafair Cruise August 3rd

June 30, 2011

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Naval Station Everett – The Sailor's Choice

While there will be a Navy presence in the downtown Everett 4th of July Parade (11am on Colby), here’s a reminder that Naval Station Everett will not be open to the public this year for the 4th of July. Heightened security levels led to the decision by Naval Officials to cancel the annual Freedom Festival at Naval Station Everett. The good news coming from the base is the Morale, Welfare and Recreation unit (or MWR) is now accepting applications for the Seafair Guest Cruise. If selected, you can cruise Elliott Bay in Seattle on a ship from the US Navy, US Coast Guard or the Canadian Navy. The cost is $20.00 per person and you only have until next Thursday, July 7th, to send in your completed application. There are certain standards for being able to take the cruise and you can click here for a downloadable PDF of the application. The cruise is set for August 3rd and applications may be sent to Naval Station Everett by fax, e-mail or regular mail but they do have to be received by July 7th. Hopefully next year Naval Station Everett will be open again on the 4th of July but kudos to the folks at MWR in Everett for keeping this program going.

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Why The City of Everett Pays About $1.00 per Gallon Less for Gas Than You Do…

June 30, 2011

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Refinance to Fill Up? It's sure starting to feel that way

It can be painful at the pump.

Last night’s Everett City Council meeting provided another lesson on why its good to buy in bulk. The Everett City Council unanimously approved a contract with Associated Petroleum Products for bulk fuel. While the pricing for bulk fuel is variable, the savings over purchasing in the retail market is pretty significant. Currently the city is paying $2.97 a gallon for unleaded gas and $2.80 a gallon for diesel. Last year the city of Everett spent about 2.6 million dollars on fuel for its fleet.

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Everett Silvertips Release 2011-2012 Schedule

June 29, 2011

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Silvertips release 2011-2012 schedule

No coach or announcer but we do have a Silvertips Hockey Schedule. The first hockey game of the year will be on the road Friday September 23rd against Portland with the home opener Saturday September 24th against Kelowna. No Everett Silvertips hockey games on Halloween but the Tips will play the day after Thanksgiving. There will again be a game on New Year’s Eve against the Moose Jaw Warriors and the last regular game of the season will be on St. Patrick’s Day, in Kent, against the Thunderbirds.
Click here for the full schedule.

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Casino Road Futbol Academy A Huge Success

June 29, 2011

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Casino Road Futbol Academy

Nearly 500 kids are participating this year

It started pretty informally five years ago as a way to keep kids out of trouble. Now, with nearly 500 kids, the annual Casino Road FutbolAcademy is a major event on Everett’s Casino Road. I’ll be the first to admit that when I write about Casino Road it’s usually a story about crime, gangs or violence. Today I wanted to share one of the many positive sides of Casino Road. One that doesn’t get enough attention. This week dozens of volunteers are taking vacation, helping here on their time off before and after work or donating personal time, moneyand energy toteach positive life lessons thru soccer to kids ages six to fourteen at Walter E. Hall Park on Casino Road. They are teachers, parents, police officers and soccer coaches, each with their own reasons for donating their time and feeding off the energy and excitementgenerated by nearly500 young participants. The idea for the week-longprogram came from Manuel Garcia,back when he was a police sergeant working the Casinoroad area. A former professional soccer player in Mexico City, Garcia knew from personal experience how playing the game can keep you out of trouble. The vast majority of the kids at the academy live on Casino road and come from families living at or below the poverty level. While the cost is only $20 for the week-long camp, many of the kids attend for free thanks to scholarships made possible by donations from the general public, sponsors and community groups. In addition to soccer, the academy teaches positive life lessons. After breakfast, today’s lesson was about respect, teamwork and communication. It started with a presentation and demonstrations of respect, teamwork and communication by several Everett police officers and then the volunteer soccer coaches took those lessons onto the field. Every day a different set of life lessons is taught, followed by lots and lots of soccer.

Everett Police Lt. Manuel Garcia

I asked Garcia, now a police lieutenant, if the project was getting too big to handle, nearly doubling in size year after year. He smiled and said no, this is truly a project that will never get too big, especially too bigto fail. It’s also nice to see that what started out as a simple idea and a project to keep kids occupied and interested in soccer has turned into a family affair. Garcia proudly pointed out his daughter, who was busy with clipboard and notes, organizing the day’s activities. He pointed to his brothers and sisters in armsat the Everett Police Department, who give their own time, money and effort. He pointed out the parents of the participants who make this their family vacation and coach their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, cousins and perfect strangers.He pointed to the teachers and community volunteers all working together to build a better community right here on Everett’s Casino Road. If you’d like to help out with next year’s camp, make a donation or find out more. Just click here.

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Everett Utility Billing to Enter the Digital Age

June 29, 2011

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Everett utilities to add electronic bill pay

Mom, what's a check?

The Everett city council is set to vote tonight to approve an agreement between the city and Metavante, a Wisconsin corporation, to offer online bill pay for utility customers. Currently there are only two ways to pay your utility bill in Everett. By mail or in person. This agreement will allow customers to pay online with a credit card or bank draft from a checking or savings account. The initial set up will cost the city $45,000.00. In the future, the system may be expanded to let you pay building permits, licensing fees and other Everett service payments online.

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