Northwest NEWS

April 5, 1999

Local News


Compiled by Marshall Haley

Local officers honored

   Woodinville Police Chief Ken Wardstrom and Sgt. Clint Olson received 30-year Service Awards as King County Sheriff's officers in a ceremony at the King County Courthouse, Friday, March 26. Wardstrom has worked with search and rescue, dignitary protection, and SWAT teams, and as a K-9 handler, hit-and-run detective, field training officer, and master police officer.
   Olson, 55, a longtime Woodinville resident, officially retired on March 31. He finished his career as police operations sergeant for the City of Woodinville, assigning and supervising day-to-day patrol duties. He has also worked as sergeant and patrol officer at the Kenmore and Burien precincts, as a field training officer and a master police officer.
   When asked about retirement plans, Olson said, "I plan to take spring and summer off, fish, relax, and enjoy life. I want to enjoy looking at people without constantly sizing them up as possible suspects. If I get antsy after summer, I might look for something to do, but not security work, as some have suggested. I would probably look for some kind of service job. I'm so used to dealing closely with people." Olson said he will enjoy dealing with people in more normal situations, instead of people in trouble.

Woodinville resident named King County 'Deputy of the Year'

   Gary Zornes, an 18-year sheriff's deputy, has been recognized for outstanding problem-solving and enforcement, and for volunteering for many extra duties "in core areas of the department's mission." Those include serving as a member of the Oral Board for interviewing potential officers, Phase III training officer, and school resource officer.

S.A.V.E. speaks out for 'Salmon and Clean Water'

   S.A.V.E. (Save A Valuable Environment) will hold its annual meeting Thursday, April 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Bothell Regional Library, 18215 - 98th Ave. NE. The featured topic, "Speak Out for Salmon and Clean Water," will highlight the Chinook salmon's recent debut on the "threatened species" list. S.A.V.E. wants stricter enforcement of environmental regulations, especially at construction sites such as the Schnitzer (formerly Koll) Business Park.

Karp's future at UCLA is bright

   Josh Karp, the Bothell High grad rated the nation's best high school pitcher last year by Baseball America, turned down a lucrative contract with the Atlanta Braves in favor of a UCLA education. He is already UCLA's number two pitcher. His coach, Gary Adams, says Karp's greatest strengths are his emotional maturity and professional demeanor. Although only 3-3 on a UCLA team with an unusual losing record (15-21), Adams indicated Karp's baseball future looks very bright.

Jaycees starting Woodinville Chapter

   The Washington Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) is sponsoring a new chapter in Woodinville. All 21-39 year-olds interested in learning to operate small businesses can call local chapter leader Bob Havens at 425-788-6985. "We teach leadership and personal development skills through community service projects," said Havens.

King County Sheriff's detectives break up prostitution ring

   King County Sheriff's detectives served a search warrant on a house in Monroe last week, which allegedly was the Snohomish County headquarters for a prostitution ring operating mainly in King County. The owner of the Personal Touch Escort Service was arrested.
   The business advertises on the Internet, in the yellow pages, and in free weekly newspapers (not in the Woodinville Weekly, however). The going rate was $175. Detectives believe the monthly gross income for the escort service was in excess of $16,000.
   During the course of the search warrant, a computer was seized which contained the names, phone numbers, and in some cases, the home addresses of over 300 customers of the service. According to information from John Urquhart, media relations officer with the King County Sheriff's office, these men will be visited by vice detectives, as part of a follow-up investigation of the enterprise.
   Charges pending include promoting prostitution and money laundering, both felonies.