Friday, November 26, 2010

Mother's Boyfriend Kills Toddler Over Soiled Diaper

(I am betting there is a whole lot that is not being reported on this one.)

Detective: Federal Way man killed child for soiling diaper. Purpose Goldsmith, 2, died of severe head injuries, wounds to body


A King County District Court judge has found probable cause to hold a Federal Way man accused in the death of a 2-year-old girl.

Sheriff's detectives arrested the 28-year-old man on Monday, a day after the girl -- Purpose Goldsmith, his girlfriend's daughter -- died of head injuries allegedly sustained while in his care. The man -- who'd previously been convicted in an attack on his own child -- has not been charged in the slaying but is suspected of second-degree murder in Goldsmith's death.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, deputies were called to a home in the 36200 block of 21st Place South after a caller reported that the girl was not breathing, King County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said in a statement.

Deputies arrived at the home, located in unincorporated King County east of Federal Way, and found Goldsmith gravely injured. She died en route to Harborview Medical Center.

"(The suspect) first stated he found Purpose unresponsive when he went to wake her and change her diaper," a sheriff's detective told the court.

The suspect later admitted to hitting the girl six or seven times with a belt after she soiled her diaper, the detective continued. He is alleged to have admitted to shaking her until she went limp, slapping her in the head; the detective added that the 2-year-old's head "felt like Jello" due to the injuries.

The girl's mother was at work, and the suspect, who is her live-in boyfriend, was taking care of the girl and her 4-year-old brother, Urquhart said previously. Investigators believe the boyfriend, who has since been arrested, called 911 after the girl stopped breathing.

Court records show the 28-year-old was sentenced to 9 months in jail in 2005 after assaulting his young daughter.

In that incident, the man's then 2-month-old daughter sustained seven broken ribs after he pushed down on her chest in an effort to stop her from crying. Writing the court, his attorney described the man as "quite shaken" after learning the harm he'd done to his daughter and pledged to "do what he needed to obtain help so this wouldn't be repeated."

He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault of a child, and was sentenced to the high end of the standard sentencing range.

The man remains jailed at King County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. He is expected to appear in court Wednesday; prosecutors have until Monday to file charges.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ethan Roach Petitions The NFL he wrote a letter with his single signature. But my grandson is showing early signs of wanting to make things better. Some ideas are better than others.

A league flag football player himself, Ethan has been listening to the helmet to helmet debate. He figured out a solution, sent it in to the NFL, and got a reply. Check it out!

"my name is ethan and im nine years old. I have a idea on how to stop helmet to helmet contact. Put reverse magnets in the helmets.

sincerly your pal Ethan"

From: Bowman, Michael []
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2010 2:22 PM
To: dan.roach@....
Subject: Your note to the NFL

"Thank you for your note. That is an interesting idea, but wouldn’t all the players on your team stick together? That could be quite a mess.

Thanks again for writing and glad you are thinking of ways to help keep players safe.

Michael Bowman


Thursday, November 4, 2010

What Are "They" Saying About My Reelection? #1

Did you hear this one?

Election day morning I received a call from one of the brightest political minds in the state and definitely the most mischievous. (No one in the Senate)

"Did you hear what Lisa Brown {Senate Majority Leader} said when she heard you were going to be reelected?"

"No," I answered. I am pretty sure he could tell I was smiling even over the cell phone.


I laughed.

"Did you hear what Mike Hewitt {miniority leader) said when he knew you were going to be reelected?

"No," I said.


(Heck yeah...the guy did everything he could to take me out of office and I got 67%.)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vistitors From Honduras

One of the clinics I have helped in Honduras belongs to Dr. Noe Guardado. Since I last saw him the 31 year-old medical doctor has been elected mayor and represents 89 small villages the poorest of which I visited with him.

It has been a great treat to have Noe and his wife here for the week. (It must have been like walking around in air conditioning for them.)
Lt. Governor's Office
Friday we had a very productive meeting with the Lt. Governor's staff (Brad Owen was in Taiwan). We toured the legislative building and visited the Supreme Court.
Sunday at Dan Roach's we shared an American Halloween. At Dan's house it is really done right! Fire pits outside to keep warm, hot cider, pot luck inside, a haunted house next door, and hundreds of costumed kids! We pulled one-year old, "puppy" Charlie, in a wagon. Grandma took him to his first ever trick-or-treat house.

We watched the East coast returns from the farm and then went to Roach Gymnastics for the 8:15 first returns. The campaigns of Roach and Roach watched the returns projected on the wall and kids ran around the 21,000 sq. foot facility. Roach and Roach both pulled over 64%. OK...I out polled the younger guy. (I wonder if he noticed!)

Noe will be in his Congress someday. That is my prediction. He is a great leader and does so much to help his people. Our countries are 130 years apart...but we both value freedom and want to help people.

Election Night Thanks

Wow! When we started this race I had no idea the twists it would take. But, this race was one where I have never had as much support. Thanks so much to everyone who helped on my reelection campaign.

Husband Jim did a great job putting up the 50+ 4x8 foot signs that lined the highways of the district. It is actually fun finding the spots and seeing the signs up in the 15 hours of summer daylight! Hmmmm, I never asked Jim is this was fun for him!

Eileen, my CPA treasurer, was so wonderful. I was most careful to make sure everything was on time and correct. Rule: Keep your treasurer happy!

Opposition researchers: In the end it came down to iron clad info on the opponent. Someone has to dig up the sometimes hard to get records; reckless driving, black eyes to others, teacher reprimands, crimes against children, etc. Those that stepped forward did so on their own. And, the findings were stunning.

Community support: Wow! Pre-primary the endorsements from community leaders included five mayors and many local elected officials, State Attorney General Rob McKenna, King County Councilmembers, church leaders, state employees, farmers, working people and business leaders....I humbly thank those who stepped forward when caucus leaders were doing everything they could to take me out.

Major moving parts:
1.Consultants Minnick and Minnick (brilliant TV ads and tasteful hit pieces);
2.Self emergent bloggers ( won awards I heard), the Horse's Ass...thanks Goldie for the quote of the campaign, etc., campaign web guy for;
3.Press coverage (all TV stations, the Times, Tacoma News Tribune, (exception...two of The Reporter Papers had a policy that conveniently tried to help my opponent...subject for another blog entry),
4.Organizational endorsers (NRA, unions,local Republican leaders, etc., they move blocks of voters);
5.Doorbellers (Auburn Firefighters, Rainier School employees, personal friends;
6.July BBQ event planners (350 attended) and dozens of volunteers;
7.Fundraiser hosts and hundreds of contributors;
8.Representative Christopher Hurst, my twice former opponent attorney Yvonne Ward, Democrat Party official Karen Willard...these three prominent Democrats took the unusual step of endorsing me after the nature of my opponent became known.
The people of the 31st District became more important than the partisanship. Our ways may part over issues, but not on the final two choices in this race;
9.Those who were in the waiting...many people were willing to step up to defend me with testimonials;
10.And, I want to thank the voters. Our campaign team did all we could to get the word out. You informed yourselves, looked past the terrible and unfair attacks on me, and gave me your vote.

In return, I will continue to fight for your freedoms, our economic recovery, and our communities here at home. God bless us all.

Roach Crushing Richardson In Early Returns

I liked the headlines :o)

Roach crushing Richardson in early returns

Auburn Reporter News reporter
Nov 02 2010, 11:20 PM

In the bitter Republican-vs-Republican contest for state senator from the 31st Legislative District, 5-term incumbent Pam Roach easily rolled over her opponent, Sumner City Councilman Matt Richardson, taking 16,342 votes (67.26 percent) to Richardson's 7,954 (32.74 percent).

(The headline was part of a larger story...this was the gist of it.)