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CRIME BLOTTER | Woman finds potential burglar climbing through her window [3]

VOL. 15, NO. 32



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OPINION | Roegner: Mayor refuses to challenge council [4] Q&A with Mr. Federal Way: Did you vote in the primary? [4] PET GOAT DEBATE | Girl, 12, seeks change in city code so that she can keep her pet [6] COMMUNITY CALENDAR | Events include Desna Cup, Lions Classic Car Show [6, 9]

SPORTS | Boycott of the Olympics would MORE ONLINE | For more news, letters FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013 | 50¢ be devastating to speedskater Celski [10] and opinions, visit


Primary results Mirror staff reports

King County Elections has reported the initial results of the Aug. 6, 2013, primary election. Below are results from Federal Way races as of Tuesday night. Votes are still being counted. Results will be certified Aug. 20. To learn more, visit elections. To read statements from the candidates and see photos from election night, visit City council position 2 • Kelly Maloney: 51.56 % • Mark Koppang: 31.99 % • Anthony Murrietta: 16.11 % Notes: Maloney was appointed to the city council in January 2013 to fill a vacant position. She is running to retain her seat. City council position 6 • Martin Moore: 46.37 % • Diana Noble-Gulliford: 40.27 % • Ryan Miller: 13.02 % Notes: Noble-Gulliford was appointed to the city council in January 2013 to fill a vacant position. She is running to retain her seat. School board position 4 • Carol Gregory: 45.19 % • Medgar Wells: 36.85 % • K. Lance Barton: 17.53 % Notes: This school board position is being vacated by Angela Griffin, who declined to run. NEWSPAPER RACKS: To see a list of rack locations for the print edition of The Mirror, visit

FW cop resigns over sex scandal By ANDY HOBBS

A Federal Way police officer has resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct, which included sending lewd photos and text messages to a crime victim. Officer Ashley Crispin submitted his resignation June 24, just one day after being placed on paid administrative leave. The resignation in lieu of termination became official

July 8. On Tuesday, The Mirror obtained results of an internal investigation by the Federal Way Police Department into the sexual misconduct charges. The department also released results of a separate investigation over a violent arrest in which Crispin punched a woman. The latter report concluded that Crispin’s use of force was justified. In April, the department received a tip about Crispin from a Lyn-

nwood police recruit. A woman who worked as a housekeeper for a hotel in Seatac had confided in the recruit that a Federal Way police officer was making unwanted sexual advances toward her. The woman said the officer was also sending sexual photos and videos. The 33-year-old woman first met Crispin on April 10, when the officer arrested a trespasser who broke into her mother’s Federal Way house.

After the encounter, Crispin began calling the woman, at first to let her know he was checking on the property. The woman, who asked that her name be withheld, told The Mirror that Crispin began talking about how he and his wife were having problems, then at one point, asked if they could get together for sex on his days off. According to phone records obtained by The Mirror, Crispin [ more OFFICER, page 2 ]

School officials go globetrotting By GREG ALLMAIN

FUSION hosts jazzy fundraiser

FUSION (Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy) held its annual summer arts festival “Razz Ma Tazz and All That Jazz” on Aug. 7 at Dumas Bay Centre. The annual outdoor event features more than 30 local artists, entertainment, silent and live auctions, and food from local caterers. The event raises about $100,000 or more to go toward FUSION’s transitional homes for homeless families in the area. See more photos at Photos courtesy of Bruce Honda Pictured at top: FUSION arts event co-chairs Kelsey Kovach, Ali Ducich and Audrey Berglund. Courtesy photo

Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) provided data on a number of recent global trips taken by various FWPS officials, most notably an extensive trip to China that ran from April 10 through May 1. According to the district, the trip led to a visit from a Chinese education delegation, which toured two Federal Way schools on Aug. 1. The China trip was coordinated through the University of Oregon, said Sally McLean, FWPS Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. The University of Oregon was responsible for establishing the visitation sites, reserving hotels, booking interpreters and most ground transportation, she said. McLean noted the district paid the university $24,000 for that work, which included “the expenses of an UO staff member and an interpreter,” and

that the total cost for the trip was $33,350.72. Along with this, the district’s two attendees, Superintendent Rob Neu and Federal Way School Board President Tony Moore, were given a Meals and Incidental Expenses per diem (daily allowance) “based on the rates published by the U.S. Department of State.” According to the Department of State’s website, the per diem rate for a trip to China averages between $150 to $300, depending on the location. Neu also took a trip to Indonesia earlier this summer, from June 20 to July 3. According to McLean, the total cost of this trip was $4,082.97. Neu noted in an earlier interview that he had paid about $1,400 for hotel costs during that trip, and McLean confirmed that the superintendent did cover his lodging costs for the Indonesia trip. Neu also took a short trip to South Korea from July 6 to July 12. As he noted [ more TRIPS, page 8 ]

Federal Way Mirror, August 09, 2013