I think KXLY Melissa Luck and Taylor Graham and others at KXLY are doing a real good job on trying to document the Jonathan Andersen “catch and release” via court records, but the court records don’t tell the whole story and they never do. Having been made aware of the problems with the case immediately after Andersen was arrested for Murder I simply did more digging.
“Prosecutors, however, missed a 72-hour deadline to file charges and Andersen was released from jail without having to post bond. Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Haskell told 4 News Now that’s because his office was waiting on information from Spokane Police. When they finally got that info, it was a day too late.”
However, Public Records show otherwise. The truth is that
Andersen was arrested on for the firearms charge on Friday April 12, 2019
around 3PM, the 72-hour rule excludes weekends and holidays. On Monday April
15, 2019 sometime prior to 2:21 PM Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Treppiedi
had in his possession a charging request and PC Affidavit from SPD Officer
Shane Oien. Oien had forgotten to include in his original charging request
Andersen’s convictions that would have counted for First Degree Illegal
Possession of a Firearm (Oien had included the charges in his search warrant
* 2nd Burglary (2 counts) and Residential Burglary-
conviction date 06/14/13
* 2nd Burglary- conviction date 11/19/08
* Residential Burglary – conviction date 02/09/06
* 2nd Assault – conviction date 05/26/05
On Monday April 15, 2019 at 2:21 PM Treppiedi sent an email
to Oien in which Treppiedi stated “ As it is written, I can only charge 2nd
UPF”, making it very clear that Treppiedi could have filed Felony Second Degree
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm within the 72-hour restriction which would
have held Andersen and later amend the charges upward to First Degree UPF,
which happens often in the criminal justice system. Oien immediately responded
On Tuesday April 16, 2019 within the 72-hour restriction
Oien prepared and signed under the penalty of perjury a PC Affidavit for
charges of First Degree UPF against Andersen, which included the counters for
First Degree UFP. The question is when did Treppiedi receive the amended PC
Affidavit and what did he do with it.
This isn’t the first time the Prosecutors Office has accused
SPD of not getting arrest paperwork and affidavits to them on time where
someone was released and committed a heinous crime, the same thing happened
when I was on the job which resulted in me having to write policy that all arrest
affidavits and reports were required to be submitted to the Prosecutor well
within the 72-hours and officers were required to obtain a signed, dated, and
timed receipt from the Prosecutors office which alleviated the blame game and
allowed the then strong SPD leadership to investigate exactly what happened as
I have done here, determine whether or not SPD Officers were to blame and if
they weren’t publicly call BS on a Prosecutor who blamed SPD, that type of
leadership doesn’t exist today.
The digital records regarding when Oien submitted the
charging affidavit would show when Treppiedi received it, but because there is
a lack of accountability in the system and because there was a huge mistake in
letting this guy out, the local criminal justice system will just hope it goes
away, be forgotten and no one will be
Shortly after the Murder Jonathan Andersen became a prime
suspect and people were talking.
Notice from the KXLY story above that the Murder Andersen is
charged with took place on Sunday July 7th, 2019 around 4:30 PM.
Prior to the Murder on July 5th, 2019 Marcy Smith the County
Criminal Court Coordinator whose job it is to try and keep track of cases sends
Treppiedi this what the hell is going on with this case email.
In Ms. Smith’s email she states that the information (PC Affidavit
etc.) was filed on “ 4/18” which is one day beyond the 72-hour requirement,
which begs the question if Treppiedi had Oien’s amended PC Affidavit on April
16th or 17th why it wasn’t filed with the Court when it
I have provided links below to the Public Records I have
obtained and if you read them you will find that there are a lot of interesting
aspects to this case which I won’t get into at this point but include issues
with SPD PACT, US Marshal Service, ATF, and DEA. You might note ATF Agent Mario
Piergallini’s interest in taking the case and Assistant US Attorney Patrick
Cashman’s request to talk to Treppiedi about the case.
I did reach out to Cashman and got the good old “no comment”
but I’m not a pretty face like the KXLY gals so maybe they would have better
There is no question Andersen is a bad guy and never should
have been released, as long as the system is made up of Humans there will
always be problems and when those problems occur they need to be scrutinized,
corrected, and someone must be held accountable.
“4 News Now reached out to Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for
comment, as he often weighs in when criminals are released on low bond or on
their own recognizance. A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the sheriff
won’t comment, as this is still an active investigation.”
This story should pretty well explain why Ozzie kept his mouth shut this time! 😊
Trust me on this folks. People on the “Shea List”, or anyone
concerned about being tracked, should consider buying one of these. I know from
experience it is a pain in the rear to crawl underneath a vehicle to attach or remove
a GPS Tracking Device especially in the winter so one of these would be very
helpful if you want to check your vehicle for trackers.
If you do find one make sure you DM SR Reporter Chad Sokol,
because I would love to read that story.
One thing to keep in mind is if you do locate a tracker on
your vehicle and before you accuse the Shea Crew, you want photograph it in
place, be very careful removing the tracker use gloves to preserve finger
prints and so your own don’t show up on the device, prior to contacting Chad
Sokol or Law Enforcement try and determine the brand to make sure it isn’t a
law enforcement tracking device, or just an over the counter model. If you are
able to determine it is a law enforcement device I would contact a lawyer first
if I were you.
Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes even the high-end law enforcement trackers fall off the vehicle, so it is also a good idea to check the cartilage around your home and driveway to make sure one hasn’t fallen off your vehicle as was the case here. As you can see you may be interrogated by law enforcement if they think you stole their tracker…so be careful.
Tonight, is the night for the Guild and Chief Meidl to step
up to the plate and voice their objection to the Office of Police Ombudsman
Commission renewing the contract of their nemesis Ombuds Bart Logue. Maybe they
can convince the OPOC to get rid of Logue and find a snowflake who isn’t
willing to take them on in the interest of the Community.
Here is a copy of the meeting agenda but I would suggest they
get there early just in case things go faster than predicted.
If you haven’t been keeping up you might not know just how
hard the Spokane Police Guild has been trying behind the scenes to defame and
discredit OPO Logue, including once again falsely accusing him of things he did
not do. Logue’s temperament must be considerably better than mine, I personally
wouldn’t put up with the Guilds defamation and they would be using some of that
big legal defense fund they have to fend off a defamation lawsuit.
Even the National Association for the Civilian Oversight of
Law Enforcement (NACOLE) realizes just how the Police Guild is playing the game
and wrote this letter to Mayor Condon and Council President Stuckart.
If you guys and gals in the Spokane Police Guild want Logue
gone “Be There or Be Square”!
In other related news, the Guild and Chief Meidl absolutely
don’t want the Public or Ombuds Logue to know about these two cases as I
received yet another delay notice from the City, likely because the two cases
go to the heart of SPD problems and if the details were released around the
time the Lesser Body Warn Camera Video is finally made public they would just
add to the embarrassment.
Goes to Terri Pfister and Laurie Farnsworth of the City of
Spokane Clerks Office.
Can you imagine having to deal with a Curmudgeonist like me
for all these years?
I think it is important to understand that their jobs cover
a multitude of different areas and not just the Public Records Game which is
difficult enough. They do an outstanding job of trying to professionally go
about their duties despite all the hindrances of being underpaid, understaffed,
and in many cases having to deal with uncooperative City Departments like SPD
and Human Resources who will make ever effort to withhold responsive but
embarrassing PRR documents if they can get away with it, and is not the fault
of the City Clerks Office because of the way the system is set up.
The way it works with City PRRs is that once the Clerk’s
Office receives a request from the Media or the public they send a copy of the
request to the proper City Department and then have to rely on that department
to provide them with all responsive records to provide the requestor. The
problem is some departments will withhold embarrassing public records
unbeknownst to the Clerk’s Office, as was done in this recent case.
As you can see from this email from Laurie Farnsworth the
City Clerk’s Office was unaware that the second Tom Michaud interview which
demonstrates possible policy violations by Lt. Dave Staben was withheld from me
and it wasn’t until I pressed the issue that I received the responsive
Obviously the conduct alleged by Crime Analyst Michaud
should have been investigated immediately, but it wasn’t and likely never will
be unless a formal complaint is filed with SPD IA. Any investigation of that
matter should be independently investigated outside of SPD because of Director
of Strategic Initiatives and Head of IA, Jacqui MacConnell’s direct involvement
in the case.
Investigative Reporters if they are diligent can not assume
that they have received everything in a PRR response and should always dig
Often times one set of PRR responses will lead to another
If you listened to the second Michaud interview carefully
toward the end of the interview you would have heard Michaud mention the IA
Case against SPD “Brady Officer” Lydia Taylor.
The interesting thing about this
somewhat new IA complaint against Lydia Taylor is that once again a member of
the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is involved, this time DPA
Mark Cipolla who during one of the once infamous Huckleberry’s Coffee Klatches
Cipolla supposedly brought up issues regarding Lydia Taylor’s conduct during
the former Officer Gordon Ennis Rape Case, and from those issues brought up by
Cipolla Lt. Dave Staben who was present at the Coffee Klatch initiated an IA
Case against Lydia Taylor.
Since Mayor Condon and Chief Meidl
are doing everything they can to withhold and delay a number of Public Records
Requests I have made which reflect directly on the how SPD is being run, I
wonder how long it will take for a response to this one.
Some people are speculating that many
of my requests won’t be filled until after the November election for Mayor
including the “horrific” Lesser Body Worn Camera Video, much like Mayor Condon
did with records associated with the Cotton/Straub Affair.
Politicians make all kinds of
promises they don’t keep, like the promise Condon made to properly fund the
Clerks’ Office after the settlement of my PRR Lawsuit against Condon and the
Since whomever becomes the new Mayor
of the City of Spokane will be directly responsible or cleaning up the
continuing problems with SPD as well as the continuing problems with not
properly funding transparency and Police Oversight I find it real odd that neither
Stuckart or Woodward seem to be interested in answering any direct questions
relating to solutions and clean-up. Of course, even though the problems are
well documented including this recent case involving Officer Kristopher
Henderson, but perhaps Stuckart and Woodward don’t think there are any