Meth-Head Baby Dangling Episode Resolved by Local Police
BREMERTON, Wash. — Michael Harthorne reports: A 43-year-old man high on meth repeatedly dangled his 6-month-old baby out a broken second-floor window after barricading himself in his apartment early Saturday in Bremerton, according to the Bremerton Police Department.
“Patten was taken to Harrison Hospital, were he admitted to being ‘high and strung out’ on meth.”
Officers were called to an apartment at 145 Bloomington Ave. around 4:45 a.m. in response to some sort of problem. According to police, they arrived to find Adam Patten holding his baby out a broken window.
“Sometimes officers have to make split second decisions…Officers Frank Shaw, Chris Faidley and Matt Thuring very likely saved a life with their quick actions.”
Patten was reportedly sweating profusely and shouting, “You’re going to have to kill me” and “You aren’t taking my baby.” Read the rest of this entry »
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WASHINGTON — The Navy said Saturday it is replacing the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment.
Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette is being sent back to the USS John C. Stennis’ home port at Bremerton, Wash., in what the Navy called a temporary reassignment. The Navy said he is not formally relieved of his command of the Stennis strike group but will be replaced by Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the investigation is completed.
It is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment.
The Navy did not reveal details of the allegations, citing only an accusation of “inappropriate leadership judgment” that arose during the strike group’s deployment to the Middle East. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy’s chief spokesman, declined to discuss the investigation.
The Stennis group deployed from Bremerton in late August and had entered the Navy 5th Fleet’s area of operations in the Middle East on Oct. 17 after sailing across the Pacific. The Stennis made port visits in Thailand and Malaysia on its way to the Middle East.
It deployed four months earlier than scheduled in response to a request by the commander of U.S. Central Command, Marine Gen. James Mattis, to maintain two aircraft carriers in the Middle East. The Stennis replaced the USS Enterprise carrier group.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited the Stennis and its sailors in Bremerton shortly before they departed. He thanked them for accelerating their deployment on short notice.
“I understand that it is tough,” Panetta said. “We are asking an awful lot of each of you, but frankly you are the best I have and when the world calls we have to respond.”
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