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CRIME BLOTTER | The latest and craziest entries in the Federal Way police log [2] COMMUNITY CALENDAR | Upcoming entertainment and happenings [8]

SPORTS | Tracking the grads: Update on WEDNESday, DECEMBER 29, 2010 former prep basketball players [10]

BREAKING NEWS | Check out the latest news online []

Tensions from Korea hit home

Jury finds FW police negligent

FW-based Radio Hankook serves as info hub for Korean-American population

Woman’s 2008 death leads to family’s civil suit



A jury found the Federal Way Police Department negligent in enforcing a 2008 anti-harassment protection order issued to Chan Ok Kim, who murdered his live-in girlfriend, Baerbel Roznowski, hours after police served the order. The jury ruled unanimously Dec. 22 that the department was negligent in enforcing the order. It ruled 10-2 that the negligence caused the May 3, 2008, death of Roznowski, 66. The civil suit was brought by Roznowski’s daughters, Carola Washburn and Janet Loh, both of California, in May 2009. The jury awarded Roznowski’s estate $1.1 million. The suit was not about the money, but was “to prove a point,” Washburn said Dec. 23. She called the suit a wake-up call for the police department, and hopes that it prevents another tragic incident such as her mother’s. “We were my mom’s voice for this,” she said. This is really all about bringing attention to the negligence of the Federal Way Police Department in enforcement of orders,” Washburn said. “They seem to lack even the most basic training in domestic violence.” [ more RULING page 12 ]

SCHOOLS | Governor’s budget includes cuts that could affect local schools [3]

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OPINION | Bob Roegner: Presenting my annual political awards [4] Amy Johnson: What are we teaching our porn stars? [4]

There will be blood, thanks to Beamer This is the first year Anvy Crowley, a 16-year-old Todd Beamer High School student, has been legally able to donate blood. She attended Cascade Regional Blood Service’s Beamer Day on Dec. 20. Blood donations are especially needed during the holiday season. To learn more, read the story on page 8 in today’s Mirror. PHOTO BY JACINDA HOWARD, For The Mirror

Daniel Lee was shocked when, in November, he learned that North Korea had shelled an island off of South Korea. The act of aggression was the first military fusillade that crossed the infamous demilitarized zone since the Korean War cease fire in 1953. Lee is the news producer for Federal Way-based Radio Hankook, a Korean language station that serves the Puget Sound area. After North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island, which sits off the western coast of South Korea, just south of a line that divides the two nations, Radio Hankook was a local hub for information on the situation. “The Korean community was shocked,” Lee said. “A lot of people called (the station) to find out what was happening.” As tensions rise in the Korean Peninsula 5,000 miles away, so too do the worries of local Korean Americans. And it’s been a worrisome year for the peninsula. The Nov. 23 shelling of Yeonpyeong was the most

brazen act by North Korea against South Korea this year. The north attacked, reports said, because of South Korean military drills it perceived as an attack. Two South Korean civilians and two military personnel were killed in the attack, and many more injured. In the wake of that incident, South Korea has retaliated, in a way, by conducting several military training exercises, one in conjunction with the U.S. military. Last Monday, South Korean military conducted a live artillery drill off of Yeonpyeong, firing west along the border with North Korea. The north threatened to retaliate, but did not. South Korea conducted a similar drill last Wednesday. In March, a South Korean naval ship was sunk in the Yellow Sea, near the border with North Korea. This year has also seen the pick of a successor to North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il: his third son, Kim Jong-un. But it has not been all bad. North Korea was visited over the weekend by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, which some see as [ more KOREA page 6 ]

Medical marijuana collective opens Federal Way branch By ANDY HOBBS

Green Piece Alternative Medicine and Education (GAME) Collective may be Federal Way’s first storefront medical marijuana dispensary. In a strip mall off South 333rd Street and Pacific Highway South, most storefronts bear Korean names

except for one newbie. A sign on the plain glass door gives a phone number, hours of operation and a list of medicated edibles like cookies. Qualified clients can buy medical-grade cannabis inside the studio-like room, where mirrors line one wall, legal documents hang on another wall, a TV hums in the ceiling corner and lounge chairs sit on the

floor. On a desk is a pipe shaped like a Seahawks helmet, with a short length of hose and a handwritten note granting permission to try it. Brionne Corbray opened the third branch of his collective Oct. 1 in Federal Way. The collective, with two branches in Seattle, advertises openly online and in alternative publications.

In mid-December, the Washington State Department of Revenue announced plans to collect a sales tax from marijuana dispensaries. Corbray welcomes a sales tax because he can make more money. In fact, he would rather be a retail outlet store than a non-profit, he said. “It’s the new gold rush,” said Corbray, 46, of Seattle.

“We should be paying taxes. That means they’re acknowledging we’re legal businesses.” His clientele ranges in age from 19 to 87, he said, and all must have a verified recommendation from a qualified health care provider to do business. The collective often donates to low-income or gravely ill clients, he said.

“Collectives keep the crime rate down — keeps it off the street,” he said. “I don’t think it should be legal like cigarettes.” State laws for possession and gardening offer a [ more MARIJUANA page 2 ]

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Police Blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: • Malicious mischief with forks: At 10:32 a.m. Dec. 20 in the 4000 block of South 329th Street, a victim reported that someone used several boxes of forks to make an illustration of a penis in the victim’s yard. • Storage unit theft: At 4:04 p.m. Dec. 18 at 32615 Pacific Highway South, a victim reported that his or her storage unit was broken into and personal items were stolen. • Stolen golf clubs: At 10:28 a.m. Dec. 18 in the 500 block of Southwest 327th Place, a victim reported his or her vehicle’s window was broken and a set of golf clubs valued at $2,355 was stolen from inside the vehicle. • Counterfeit: At 6:26 a.m. Dec. 18 at 34727 Pacific Highway South, a counterfeit $20 was passed sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. • Suspect returns stolen property: At 10:01 a.m. Dec. 19

in the 32100 block of 46th Place Southwest, a suspect returned property to police. The subject told police he was drunk the night before and entered an unlocked vehicle, where he stole CDs and a makeup bag. The subject was unable to identify the vehicle he took the items from. • Fight at a bar: At 1:55 a.m. Dec. 19 at 28845 Military Road South, police and fire responded to a bar where a bartender reported an injured person. The victim said he was punched by an unknown male. The victim was heavily intoxicated and couldn’t remember details about the assault. He suffered a black eye and a bump on the head. • Stolen hardware: At 12:42 p.m. Dec. 19 in the 2400 block of South 316th Lane, a victim reported the nuts on his or her vehicle’s tires were stolen. • Bottle thrower: At 12:17 a.m. Dec. 19 in the 28800 block of 18th Avenue South, a witness reported seeing a suspect throw a beer bottle. The bottle broke a vehicle’s window and dented another vehicle. • Recovered car: At 7:44 a.m. Dec. 20 in the 33100 block of Hoyt Road Southwest, police recovered a stolen 1998 Honda.

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defense for medical marijuana providers, and according to Corbray, there is no shortage of supplies. “I make sure I stay within the guidelines of the law,” he said. Corbray went through proper state channels to register, and staff in Olympia “helped me word it the right way,” he said. He is registering for a nonprofit business license with Federal Way, as required by city code, he said. He chose Federal Way to meet demand for marijuana in South King County and Pierce County. With a local client base of about 100, he said, the collective is growing every day. So far, he has not been hassled by the city or law enforcement. “If they want to find us, they can find us,” he said, confident of King County and Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s established tolerance toward medical marijuana. “Do I think we’re here to stay? Yes.” Upon hearing about GAME Collective’s new branch, city council member Linda Kochmar said medical marijuana dispensaries belong in Holland or

California, not in Federal Way. “I do know that it helps people with late-stage cancer, and God bless them, anything they can do to relieve their pain,” she said, adding that marijuana should be a highly-controlled substance, and that a dispensary makes the drug easier to abuse. “I want my community to be a healthy, wholesome community that encourages family life. As far as smoking pot and the ability to get it, I’m going to be very much against something like that.” Marijuana is illegal under federal law, although 15 states have medical marijuana laws on the books. The number of marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is unknown. Earlier this month, the State Department of Revenue sent letters to about 90 dispensaries, seeking retail sales taxes on medical marijuana. Dispensaries are not exempt from sales taxes or GAME Collective, a medical marijuana provider, is located at 33324 the business and occupaPacific Highway S., Suite 401, Federal Way. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror tion (B&O) tax, the letter said, because state law does that removed criminal pento pay more than $350,000 not authorize marijuana as alties and established a dea prescription drug. The let- this year, according to a fense for qualified patients CNN report. A proposal for ter ends by asking dispenstatewide legaliza- who possess or cultivate saries to call the cannabis for medicinal use. tion in California department and Earlier this month, the State In 2008, the “60-day” failed at the polls register. Department of supply for patients was in 2010. According to Revenue sent defined as 24 ounces and 15 Sensible Washan AP report, plants; both numbers have ington, a group letters to about Colorado and attracted intense debate advocating legalsome California 90 dispensaries, from medical marijuana adization, recently seeking retail sales cities tax maribought a billboard vocates. The law allows pajuana, with Maine taxes on medical tients to exceed these limits ad on Interstate 5 and Washington, marijuana. if the patient can prove in Fife. The sign D.C., planreads “Because medical need, according ning to collect drug dealers don’t to the state Department of taxes when their ID. Legalize in 2011.” SenHealth. dispensary laws take effect. sible Washington sponsored Federal law classifies In 2009, Oakland, Calif., a legalization initiative that marijuana as a Schedule 1 became the first city to failed to gather enough sigcontrolled substance; federtax proceeds on medical marijuana. The mail-in bal- natures for the 2010 general al laws do not recognize the election. medical use of marijuana. lot passed with 80 percent Washington’s medical marivoter approval. One of the Background juana laws help patients measure’s key supporters, In 1998, Washington with a legal defense in local the owner of a cannabis state voters approved a law or state courts. club in Oakland, expected


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