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    Officer Killed by Intoxicated Driver

    Seattle police officer killed in pre-dawn crash
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    Last updated: Sunday, August 13th, 2006 06:52:03 PM



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    A Seattle Police Officer is killed after his patrol car is struck by an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed.

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    SEATTLE -- A young Seattle police officer in service less than a year died instantly when his patrol car was struck in an intersection by a car running a red light early Sunday morning. That from police spokesman Sean Whitcomb following a news conference with Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske. The officer, whose name was not disclosed was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

    Whitcomb says the officer was working alone doing a routine patrol when the collision occurred about 4 a.m. The officer's vehicle was traveling northbound on 23rd and entered the intersection on a green light.

    Whitcomb says the patrol car was struck in the middle of the intersection by a second vehicle, a Yukon traveling eastbound on Yesler that was speeding and crossed against the light. Whitcomb says responding officers who discovered the victim was a friend and colleague were devastated.

    Police initially believed the driver of the Yukon had run, but now Whitcomb says the woman found in the car is believed to have been the driver. She was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Harborview. Booking was expected later in the day.

    Police also thought someone had fled the scene but now believe the woman driver was alone in the car. After she is treated, she likely will be booked for investigation. Whitcomb says investigators believe excessive speed and possible use of drugs and-or alcohol may have been factors.


    The news report said the vehicle was doing 80+ when she went through the intersection.


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    Terrible

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    So Very Sad! R.I.P sir, your Brothers and Sisters will continue your watch!

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    Here is the latest on this tragedy-

    Seattle Police Officer Killed By Speeding SUV

    August 14, 2006

    By KOMO Staff & News Services


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    A police car was hit by a sport utility vehicle Sunday that reportedly barreled through a red light at about 80 mph, killing a rookie officer.

    Seattle Police Officer Killed In Crash



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    SEATTLE - A 26-year-old rookie officer killed when his police car was hit by a sport utility vehicle was identified Monday as Joselito Barber.

    Barber's fellow officers said he was enthusiastic about starting his career with the police department, and although he was new to the force he will be greatly missed.

    Barber was killed Sunday when his car was hit by a sport utility vehicle that reportedly barreled through a red light at about 80 mph.

    A 31-year-old woman was arrested and remained under police watch while being treated at Harborview Medical Center for a broken left leg and ankle, Officer Sean P. Whitcomb said.

    The woman was found in the passenger seat of the black GMC Yukon following the crash early Sunday but apparently had been driving and switched seats after the crash, Whitcomb said, adding that initial reports indicating the driver fled on foot turned out to be incorrect.

    Barber was driving north on 23rd Avenue on routine patrol and had a green light when his cruiser and the SUV, eastbound on Yesler Way, collided about 4 a.m. PDT at the intersection in the heart of the Central Area, Whitcomb said.

    Barber was the eighth in the city to die on duty in the past 30 years.

    The last death of a Seattle police officer on duty occurred on March 16, 2005, when Harbor Patrol Officer Jackson Lone fell, apparently struck his head on some rocks and landed in the Lake Washington Ship Canal after scrambling ashore to tie off an abandoned tugboat.

    "Two officers in two years: It's just hard on this department," Kerlikowske said.

    Barber had been on the job for two months after completing the six-month police academy and was engaged to be married, police said.

    "It sounded like this was a dream of his to join this department," Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said.

    "This is a tragedy that could have happened to anybody. It's our misfortune that it's a friend and colleague," Whitcomb said.

    Whitcomb said investigators believe the 3-ton SUV may have been going as fast as 80 mph when it smashed into the police Ford Crown Victoria, which was knocked over a street light and past a covered bus stop.

    Medics at a fire station across the street needed power tools to remove the battered patrol car's door and were unable to revive the officer.

    Mayor Greg Nickels directed that flags in the city be lowered to half-staff.

    RIP Officer Barber, we will finish this watch for you
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    prayers going out for family and friends.


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    was knocked over a street light and past a covered bus stop.
    What the? Is that a typo or something?

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    It knocked the street light down, the car went over it and then past bus stop
    Any day above ground is a fine day indeed!

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    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
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    Suspect in deadly crash was no stranger to legal system
    Tuesday, August 15, 2006

    By PHUONG CAT LE AND SCOTT GUTIERREZ
    P-I REPORTERS

    The 31-year-old woman accused of barreling through a red light in the Central District and killing a young police officer had just gotten out of a minimum-security prison near Spokane after serving time for drug possession.

    Police say she was driving with a suspended license and in possession of cocaine when the black GMC Yukon she was in flew through the intersection at up to 80 mph early Sunday and T-boned a patrol car -- instantly killing 26-year-old Joselito Barber.



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    The woman had at least four outstanding misdemeanor warrants in Seattle and King County, including one for drunken driving, according to court records.

    Facing a possible vehicular homicide charge, she was under guard Monday night at Harborview Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition in the intensive-care unit.

    When she was taken to the hospital with a broken leg and ankle, cocaine was found hidden in her body, according to a police source.

    The Seattle P-I obtained the woman's name through police sources, but the paper generally doesn't name criminal suspects until they are charged.

    The woman, who has lived in Everett and Tacoma, has a long history of drug, theft and other crimes dating back to 1994. She served 22 days in jail for assault and obstructing an officer in Kent in 1996 and an additional 10 days in jail last year for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart store in Renton, court records show.

    Last September, she was arrested in Everett after police pulled her over and found several cocaine "rocks" in the car. After she was handcuffed, she spit out several more that she had put in her mouth, court documents say.

    In May, she pleaded guilty to a drug-possession charge, and in exchange, prosecutors allowed her to enter a state-administered treatment program for low-level offenders that splits her time between prison and therapy.

    Under her plea agreement, the last six months of her sentence were suspended with the stipulation that she stay clean and out of trouble, court documents said.

    In July, she wrote several letters to Snohomish County Superior Court Judge James Allendoerferv asking him to correct an omission in her court records. The judge's final order did not specify her early release, and without modification, the state Department of Corrections would have forced her to serve an entire year in custody. Attorneys returned to court and fixed the error, allowing her to be released 11 days before Sunday's fatal crash.

    In one letter, she said her father was on a waiting list for a kidney transplant and that she needed to get out to be with him. She penned another letter to the judge describing her efforts to get sober and her plans to enter a Christian-based treatment program and safe house.

    She said in the letter that she was again becoming involved with her church, Praise Chapel, and that she was a former Sunday school teacher.

    "With my father's sickness I do need to get my life together," she wrote. "I lost a lot amongst my addiction but by the grace of God my life will be back in order."

    While finishing up her prison term at the Pine Lodge prerelease center in Medical Lake, the woman also wrote to a Seattle friend saying she wanted to straighten out her life.

    The friend, who has known her for about six years, said he received a "shoe box of letters" from her. "She promised that she was going to go right," said the man, who asked not to be identified. "I was hoping that she'd do right, but I guess she took the other way."

    The day she got out of prison, she called him from a Greyhound bus station. He said he offered her a place to stay, but only if she was clean. She never came over.

    "She's a good person, but once she's doing drugs, she's a totally different person," he said.

    Police are investigating whether the woman was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, when she collided with Barber, who was fresh out of the police academy and had been on patrol for about two months.

    Rolling alone, Barber was on routine patrol about 4 a.m., headed north on 23rd Avenue. The Yukon, westbound on Yesler Way, ran the traffic light and crashed into the driver's side of the squad car.

    The Police Department's traffic collision unit is heading the investigation and has been working on reconstructing the collision scene, said police spokesman Sean Whitcomb. Homicide detectives are also involved because an officer was killed.

    The woman doesn't have a driver's license from this state, a spokeswoman from the state Department of Licensing said. Her driving privileges in Washington were suspended, though her third-degree suspension meant she could drive again if she met certain conditions, such as paying outstanding tickets, getting insurance or having an ignition-interlock device installed.

    In January, the woman failed to show up for a review hearing or to pay her fines in a Renton shoplifting case, so a judge issued a warrant for her arrest.

    Penny Bartley, spokeswoman for the Renton Police Department, said officers pick up all warrants but weren't notified when the woman was released from prison. She said it's likely that the warrant was beyond the extradition limit and was a low-level one.

    The woman was also arrested for a DUI in Seattle in May 2005. She pleaded guilty in Seattle Municipal Court and received a suspended sentence, but that was revoked when she failed to appear for a review hearing.

    She failed to appear for several hearings, and each time a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. In all, four warrants were issued in the DUI case, the latest in October.



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    P-I reporter Hector Castro contributed to this report. P-I reporter Phuong Cat Le can be reached at 206-448-8390 or phuongle@seattlepi.com.

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    She needs to sit and rot in jail. If she found Jesus in jail, it was pronounced Hey-Seus and he was a dealer.
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    **shakes head sadly**

    Does Washington State have 3 strikes?
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    Washington state briefs

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    Washington state briefs

    09/14/2006

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    A woman has pleaded innocent in the death of an officer killed when a speeding sport-utility vehicle slammed into his patrol car.

    During her second scheduled arraignment, Mary Jane Rivas pleaded not guilty Tuesday in King County Superior Court to vehicular homicide and cocaine possession.

    King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng has said he'll seek an exceptional sentence because the standard-range penalty of 10 to 14 years would not reflect the "outrageous recklessness" of the act. He hasn't specified how long a sentence he'll seek if Rivas is convicted.

    Rivas, 31, appeared in court Tuesday on crutches, her leg in a cast. She said she understood the charges against her. Judge Ronald Kessler ordered that she undergo a mental-health evaluation.

    Rivas had declined to attend a hearing last month over concerns about her mental competency because of medications she was taking for a leg injury suffered in the Aug. 13 crash that killed Joselito Barber.

    Rivas was released from prison 10 days before the accident after serving time for a cocaine conviction in Snohomish County.

    She was high on cocaine, charging papers said, when she drove through a red light at about 80 mph and barreled into Barber's car.
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    Not Guilty Plea in Death of Seattle Officer

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    Not Guilty Plea in Death of Seattle Officer


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    Family members of Officer Joselito Barber, including aunt Lisa Jandusay, left, and parents Emelita and Ernie Barber, speak to the media Tuesday for the first time since the officer's death.

    The woman accused of slamming a speeding car into the patrol vehicle of rookie Seattle police officer Joselito Barber, killing him instantly, pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and cocaine possession charges Tuesday in King County Superior Court.

    It was the second arraignment for Mary Jane Rivas, who declined to appear at the first arraignment last month. Her defense attorneys expressed concern about her mental competency because of medications she was taking for a leg injury suffered in the Aug. 13 crash.

    Rivas limped into court Tuesday on crutches with her leg in a cast. She told the judge she understood the charges against her before entering her pleas. Judge Ronald Kessler ordered that Rivas undergo a mental-health evaluation.

    The standard sentence for the charges is 10 to 14 years in prison. But King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng is seeking an exceptional sentence based on the factor of "rapid recidivism," because Rivas allegedly committed the crime just 10 days after being released from prison for a prior cocaine conviction in Snohomish County.

    An exceptional sentence could bring a longer sentence; Maleng plans to announce in the coming weeks how severe of a sentence he will pursue.

    According to charging papers, Rivas took cocaine and then barreled through a Central Area red light at an estimated 80 mph, broadsiding the car driven by Barber, 26, who had been on the job for five months. Rivas initially blamed someone else for the accident, telling police at the scene that she had been a passenger in the SUV and that the female driver had fled. After subsequent investigation, police said Rivas was the only one in the car.

    Just days earlier, Rivas was released from prison after serving less than half the standard sentence under an alternative-sentencing program that required her to receive drug-abuse treatment.

    Last week, the state Department of Corrections revoked Rivas' Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA) sentence after finding that she violated a host of rules required under the DOSA. Barber's family attended the arraignment Tuesday, some of them shedding tears as the charges were read by King County senior deputy prosecuting attorney Hugh Barber.

    Afterward, they said they wanted to focus on honoring Barber's memory.

    "My son was a very fair person, and he was very strong in his character," said Barber's father, Ernie Barber. "He would want us to be strong."


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    Not-guilty pleas from Rivas in death of officer
    By Natalie Singer

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    Mary Jane Rivas, who is charged with vehicular homicide, is arraigned at King County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.



    Family members of Officer Joselito Barber, including aunt Lisa Jandusay, left, and parents Emelita and Ernie Barber, speak to the media Tuesday for the first time since the officer's death.


    The woman accused of slamming a speeding car into the patrol vehicle of rookie Seattle police officer Joselito Barber, killing him instantly, pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and cocaine possession charges Tuesday in King County Superior Court.

    It was the second arraignment for Mary Jane Rivas, who declined to appear at the first arraignment last month. Her defense attorneys expressed concern about her mental competency because of medications she was taking for a leg injury suffered in the Aug. 13 crash.

    Rivas limped into court Tuesday on crutches with her leg in a cast. She told the judge she understood the charges against her before entering her pleas. Judge Ronald Kessler ordered that Rivas undergo a mental-health evaluation.

    The standard sentence for the charges is 10 to 14 years in prison. But King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng is seeking an exceptional sentence based on the factor of "rapid recidivism," because Rivas allegedly committed the crime just 10 days after being released from prison for a prior cocaine conviction in Snohomish County.

    An exceptional sentence could bring a longer sentence; Maleng plans to announce in the coming weeks how severe of a sentence he will pursue.

    According to charging papers, Rivas took cocaine and then barreled through a Central Area red light at an estimated 80 mph, broadsiding the car driven by Barber, 26, who had been on the job for five months. Rivas initially blamed someone else for the accident, telling police at the scene that she had been a passenger in the SUV and that the female driver had fled. After subsequent investigation, police said Rivas was the only one in the car.

    Just days earlier, Rivas was released from prison after serving less than half the standard sentence under an alternative-sentencing program that required her to receive drug-abuse treatment.

    Last week, the state Department of Corrections revoked Rivas' Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA) sentence after finding that she violated a host of rules required under the DOSA. Barber's family attended the arraignment Tuesday, some of them shedding tears as the charges were read by King County senior deputy prosecuting attorney Hugh Barber.

    Afterward, they said they wanted to focus on honoring Barber's memory.

    "My son was a very fair person, and he was very strong in his character," said Barber's father, Ernie Barber. "He would want us to be strong."

    PHOTO: Mary Jane Rivas, who is charged with vehicular homicide, is arraigned at King County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.
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    I have been trying to keep updated on this.

    Officer Barber graduated with my nephew, who is also with the Seattle Police Dept.

    I seen photos of his police car and it was messed up pretty bad.

    I do believe Washington has the 3 strikes and I heard they are going to go for the fullest punishment possible against her.

    I hope she gets life without parole and placed in a small room with no windows and no visitation whatsoever.
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