Charges in West Seattle murder of entertainer Hokum W. Jeebs

February 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 42 Comments

(2/16/2011 photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has announced it has charged 19-year-old Angelo Felice with first-degree murder in last Wednesday’s stabbing death of the 60-year-old Fauntleroy entertainer best known as Professor Hokum W. Jeebs (birth name Robert Stabile). He is scheduled to return to court March 8th to answer the charge. (Update: His bail has been raised to $1 million.) The charging documents allege that Felice killed Jeebs “while committing and attempting to commit the crime of robbery.” They also say that blood found on Felice’s shirt and on a knife found on the back deck of the house matched Jeebs’s DNA. The story of how the two were acquainted with each other, and what allegedly preceded the murder, is a complicated one – we will transcribe the court documents, minus names that aren’t those of the suspect and victim.

4:14 PM UPDATE: We’re transcribing the documents and updating every paragraph or so, after the jump.

5:03 PM. Transcription is finished. (Be forewarned that the narrative is graphic in spots.):

On 2-16-11 at approximately 0015 hrs, the Seattle Police 911 center received a call of an assault in progress from the residence of 93– 44th Ave SW … The caller … stated that her housemate had been stabbed. Uniformed officers of SPD and Seattle Fire Department along with a K-9 unit responded to the residence. Upon SPD and SFD’s arrival, the victim, later identified as Robert Stabile, was located on the first floor of the residence. He was moved to the living room where SFD attempted to revive and stabilize his condition. SPD set up a perimeter and applied the K-9 unit in an attempt to locate the suspect(s). Stabile was covered in blood and it appeared that he had suffered at least one stab wound to his left side and a large slashing wound to his right wrist. SFD paramedics were unable to revive the victim and he died at the scene. The SPD K-9 unit began the track at the residence but was unable to locate a suspect(s). The crime scene was established outside the residence and the SPD Homicide unit was notified.

My partner … and I were assigned as the lead detectives on this investigation. When we arrived at the scene we were given a summary of the events. The residence is a large three-story house. We noticed immediately that there were traces of blood drops and stains on the first floor, second floor and the back deck area. Two kitchen knives were located just outside the door of the deck. There was a marijuana grow operation in the basement. We contacted (victim’s roommate) who stated that she and Stabile were actually ‘domestic partners.’ She stated that they have lived together for approximately 14 years. She occupies the first floor while Stabile lived on the second floor and third floor or basement.

(She) stated that Stabile was a retired performer and his stage name was Hokum W. Jeebs and that is what he liked to be referred to usually. She stated that because he had several illnesses he was granted a license to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes and that was what was in the basement floor. (She) stated that they had finished dinner on 2-15-11 at around 2100 hours. She remembered asking the victim if he wished to watch television together and Stabile declined and stated that he was going out to meet someone and bring this person back to the residence. (She) told detectives that she retired to her room and recalled hearing Stabile returning around 2130 to 2200 hours. She stated that she heard his vehicle return and could hear him and another person enter through the garage to the back entrance of the second floor. (She) stated that Stabile at times would have other men over and she would stay upstairs. On this night she did not see the individual that he brought home.

(She) stated she went to bed and was woken up a little after midnight when she heard Stabile yelling out in pain on the back deck. She also heard running on the back deck. She stated that she got out of bed and was putting on her bathrobe to go to his aid when something smashed against her bedroom window on the west side of her room. At that point she called 911 to report an assault in progress. As she was on the phone with 911, Stabile came into her bedroom yelling that he had been stabbed. She stated he was covered in blood and yelling for her. She used several towels to attempt to put pressure on his injuries. When the SFD paramedics arrived Stabile was already unconscious. He died at the scene. (She) pointed out to uniformed officers that there was a white “NY” BB cap on the second floor that did not belong to Stabile.

An autopsy was done on Robert Stabile by the King County Medical Examiner. It was determined that Stabile suffered three knife wounds. One was a slashing wound to his right wrist (possibly a defensive injury) and the other two were actual stab wounds. He suffered one to his back that was not a life-threatening wound. The other was a stab wound to his left side. This injury penetrated the chest cavity in an upward movement, through the ribcage and damaging the carotid artery near the heart. The KCME stated that this was the fatal wound that caused the death of Stabile.

A witness who lives several houses just north of the residence reported that he had seen a young (white male) running “at a good clip” on the west side of the street on 44th Ave SW shortly after midnight in a northbound direction toward SW Barton. As the male was moving he tripped and fell. As the male passed the witness, the male stated, “How’s it goin’, boss/” The witness told him he was fine and asked the male if he was OK and the male responded that he was. He described the male as 5-08, 170 pounds, waring a white shirt and dark pants. The male continued northbound out of sight of the witness.

At approximately 0730 hours, a second witness observed a (white male), approximately 20 years old, wearing a white shirt and covered in mud, climb out of the ravine located at Kilbourne Park, which is located in the area of 4200 block of SW Brace Point Dr, which is approximately one block from the victim’s residence. This ravine is in a northeast direction from the crime scene and was the last known direction the white male in the white shirt and dark pants had been seen running in by the first witness in the 9300 block of 44th Ave SW. He stated when the male climbed out he was “moving very fast” and he could not see what direction he left.

Two additional witnesses reported seeing a white male in his 20s with muddy clothes in the same area. Uniformed officers responded. At approximately 1015 hrs, (an officer) working in uniform and a marked unit located a W/M/20s wearing a white shirt and baggie jeans that was covered in mud from head to toe. The officer stopped him in the area of 16th SW and SW Holden St. When asked why he was covered in mud he stated that he had been out looking for his sister’s dog this morning. The male identified himself as Angelo G. Felice (white male, 1991 birth date). He had no identification on his person. Felice was cleared of weapons and transported to the homicide office.

Felice was placed in an interview room and was made aware that he was being video and audio recorded. Felice stated that he was from Binghampton, New York, and had been in the Seattle area since mid-December 2010. When Felice was told the interview would not take place immediately he referred to (detective writing the narrative) as “My bad boss.”

Prior to beginning the interview, I reviewed the analysis that had been done on the victim’s cell phone that had been collected at the scene. The victim had numerous text messages to various persons regarding suspected narcotics trafficking of marijuana and messages regarding his sexual encounters with other men. There was a set of text message communications between the victim and a number listed as … that are recorded as 2-14-11 at 2:31 pm (PST). It is an incoming text to the victim and it states, “Hey do you need any wrk done today angelo said he needs to make some money.” The victim responds back at 3:04 pm (PST) “Is that wink wink work?” The response back at 3:09 pm (PST) is, “Hes down for that kind of work but he wants to get to know you first.” The communication goes back and forth and it is arranged for the victim to meet with “angelo” at 5:00 pm. The text messages from the victim confirms that the meeting took place because he sent a message to “Binghamton Angelo” on 2-14-11 at approximately 10:03 pm (PST) stating that he enjoyed meeting and that he was looking forward to the next meeting.

Felice consented to providing a DNA sample. Felice was advised of his Miranda warnings and stated he understood them. He told us that he is currently stating at his sister’s residence but he did not know the number there. I asked him if he had a cellular phone and he stated he did but he did not know the number and didn’t know where it was currently. He stated it was a pre-paid cellular phone. I asked him about his activities and whereabouts for Monday 2-14-11. He stated he remembered that he smoked “weed” throughout the day and drank with a friend that he had just met. He stated that this friend lives by the 7-11 on 16th Ave SW in an apartment by a church.

Felice stated that on Tuesday 2-15-11 he did more “weed” and remembered meeting with “Hokum” (stage name for Stabile), who he described as a (anti-gay slur). He stated that he went to his residence to smoke with him. When asked if he walked there he stated “Hokum” actually picked him up at the 7-11 on 16th Ave. SW. He remembered he was picked up at approximately 2130 to 2200 hours. He stated that “Hokum” has been “hitting” on him recently. He stated he went to the residence by himself. He described “Hokum” as an “old dude with glasses.” He stated that they were smoking “bud” at his house. When he was there at “Hokum’s” residence “Hokum” kept wanting him to “hit the tweek” (use Methamphetamine) with him. Felice stated he did. Felice stated that “Hokum” tried to unbutton his pants at one point “in the backroom.” He stated that “Hokum” was telling him he had seen him playing basketball on Monday and that excited him.

Felice stated he left Hokum’s residence around 0030 hrs to 0100 hrs and walked home. He stated while there he was shown “Hokum’s” marijuana grow in the basement. He stated that “Hokum” had someone else texting him that night and that person was jealous because he would not let that person come over. I reviewed the messages from that night and there had been another person that had been sending message sthat night about visiting but Stabile replied back at 11:05 pm (PST) on 2-15-11 to that person, “A friend is here and we’re chilling. If your still up later, I’ll call when he leaves.” Felice told us that this was the first time he had been at “Hokum’s” residence. He stated that he had met with “Hokum” on Monday and that “Hokum” had brought him drinks and cigarettes. “Hokum” had told Felice that if he wanted to get high he just had to let him know and he could come to his residence.

Felice admitted that the white “NY” BB cap was his and he had left it there when he left. He stated that because “Hokum” was coming on to him he grabbed his smokes and just left. Felice explained that as he went out the back deck “Hokum” was begging for him to stay. He stated he heard a beer bottle break and he left at that point. Detectives informed him that “Hokum” had been “hurt.” Felice denied harming the victim. Felice was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder. His clothes were collected. A trace of a red substance which was consistent with blood was seen on Felice’s shirt located on the lower left front area by Detective … as the clothing was recovered.

Detective … and I identified several people from the text messages that the victim had been communicating with on 2-14-11 and 2-15-11. We located the witness that owned the cellular number of … This witness stated that he had known the victim for approximately a year and a half and he only knew Felice for about a week. He stated Felice had told him that he was from New York and that he wanted to go back but he needed money. He stated Felice had been talking about doing some “house licks” (street term for home invasion robberies) the last several days to make some money. When asked about the text messages on 2-14-11 to “Hokum” he stated that Felice had used his phone to send messages to “Hokum.” He did not realize the contents of the messages till after they had met up. He stated he event went over to “Hokum’s” house the evening of 2-14-11 to warn him not to trust Felice because he thought Felice was “shady.” Messages between this witness and the victim on the evening of 2-14-11 confirmed that this witness did visit the victim that night. He stated he knew that Felice had gone over to “Hokum’s” on the evening of 2-15-11 and he had not heard from “Hokum” and thought something was wrong. He stated Felice knew about the victim’s drug usage and sexual behavior because he and others had told him about it. Another witness that was identified by his phone contact with the victim told detectives that “Hokum” was his source for marijuana. He stated that he was aware the victim was homosexual and that he had hit on him in the past also. Both witnesses denied having any type of sexual relationship with him. Both men voluntarily gave DNA samples when asked.

On the morning of 2-17-11, Detective … received a call from a witness that stated he had heard what had happened to “Hokum” and he needed to call us. We met with this witness and he relayed the following. He has known the suspect Angelo Felice for only a few weeks and on Monday, 2-14-11, at approximately 1500 to 1600 hrs, he had been with Angelo Felice and several others when an older W/M with glasses driving a new red vehicle that looked like a PT Cruiser had stopped at the location he was at. Felice walked over to the vehicle and talked to the older male about doing yard work for him. The witness later learned that the male went by “Hokum.” A photo was shown of the victim by me and he positively identified him as the person he saw driving the new red car. After “Hokum” left, the witness stated that Felice began to talk about how they should go over to “Hokum’s” place under the pretense that they were going to work in the garden then tie him up and rob him for his “weed” and anything else. The witness stated that he left after that because he doesn’t do things like that. The victim drove a 2011 Chevy “HHR” and it is very similar to the Dodge PT Cruiser in design and appearance.

On 2-17-11, Detective … and I arranged to have several items immediately tested for latent prints with the SPD Latent Print Unit and the WSP Crime Lab for prints and DNA profiling. The items sent were one of the knives recovered from the back deck and the white muddy shirt that Felice was wearing at the time of his arrest along with blood and DNA samples recovered from the victim and Felice.

On 2-22-11, I received the WSP Crime Lab report from … the forensic scientist assigned to analyze the items that we submitted. She stated that she took several blood samples from the knife and two blood samples from the shirt, one from the lower front and one located on the back. Her report identified the DNA profile located on the front of the shirt as a match to Felice. Her report showed the DNA profile samples obtained from the knife and the blood on the back of Felice’s shirt was a match to the victim, Robert Stabile. The report stated that the estimated probability of selecting an unrelated individual at random from the U.S> population with a matching profile is 1 in 31 billion.

Though the documents provided by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office today do not include information on Felice’s criminal history, and we haven’t found public records from New York state, we do have this link to a New York story from almost two years ago, in which Felice was accused of assault while serving time for burglary.

42 Comments

  1. great job wsblog

    Comment by mikey12 — 5:15 pm February 22, 2011 #

  2. Sad.
    No one deserves to be murdered.
    Engaging in high risk behavior sometimes has tragic consequences.

    Comment by JimmyG — 6:04 pm February 22, 2011 #

  3. Awesome report! A sad situation, but the perp is in custody and there were others on the community who provided information to the police that should ensure justice. (And my curiosity has been satisfied!)

    Comment by Born To Be Mild — 6:08 pm February 22, 2011 #

  4. Drugs, meeting strangers for sex… sounds like random violence to me.

    Comment by CB — 6:08 pm February 22, 2011 #

  5. Sad story. I do wish the full details of the police report would have been left out or linked to for the people who feel the need to know this information, as the details of the conversation is biased toward what the murderer alleges. I know police reports are public information, but it is sad to think that one’s last moments of their life is according to someone with blood on their hands. I didn’t know Hokum personally, but have seen him perform many times over the last years (decades), and these details are not what I’m sure he would like to be remembered by, as he was more than this. He was hilarious and clever, performing worldwide for decades. He will be greatly missed by the collective family of the Oregon Country Fair, as his performances were a ‘cant miss’ for many each summer. So terribly sad.

    Comment by aunteesocial — 7:03 pm February 22, 2011 #

  6. No one forced you to read the story. It is what it is. He lived his life in a way that ultimately cost him his life.

    Comment by A — 7:13 pm February 22, 2011 #

  7. Yes, I’m sure this is a self-serving account from the accused. For instance, it sounds like Angelo Felice was at least thought by someone to be willing to exchange sex for money, but he leaves that out of his account. Who knows what else he left out?

    The whole thing is just really sad.

    Comment by cherylc — 7:18 pm February 22, 2011 #

  8. This is so sad. Regardless of Hokum’s alleged lifestyle choices, this is really tragic.

    Comment by neighbor — 7:55 pm February 22, 2011 #

  9. This is a real failure of the justice system. According to the report WSB found from 2009, “Felice could face up to eight years in prison if convicted of charges stemming from the fight, deputies said.” Had that happened, Felice may have had some more time in prison to reflect and hopefully mature. Instead, he was released early, traveled across the country and now we have the loss of a great entertainer and a young man faces murder charges and probably a lifetime behind bars. Sad.

    Comment by M — 8:06 pm February 22, 2011 #

  10. Sad story. It’s a bit distressing that there are people driving around the neighborhood looking to do some “house licks.”

    Comment by Bill V — 8:10 pm February 22, 2011 #

  11. Can West Seattle get any stranger than this?

    Comment by rags — 8:34 pm February 22, 2011 #

  12. Does anyone know if his partner needs any help with costs for his memorial? If so, where should we send it?

    Comment by Melissa — 8:36 pm February 22, 2011 #

  13. Didn’t read the whole story, but I agree with aunteesocial. Too much detail of “very interesting” alledged happenings from the murderer himself. Lock this guy up forever and may Hokum rest in peace. I hope he’s not spinning in his grave with angst over how he may be remembered by some in the West Seattle community, courtesy of WSB.

    Comment by Lorelee — 8:54 pm February 22, 2011 #

  14. The report above doesn’t change my impression of Hokum as a highly skilled entertainer and artist who brought a lot of joy to folks. It does tell me that people who want to do harm to others & their property (as Felice appears to) live here and we need to be thoughtful of our safety. I appreciate WSB giving a full and accurate account of the status of the case. I am especially happy to hear of timely and excellent police work to keep WS safe.

    Comment by Denny — 9:10 pm February 22, 2011 #

  15. We have all made mistakes at one point in our lives… may he rest in peace and not be judged for any mistakes he made.

    Comment by SJ2 — 9:20 pm February 22, 2011 #

  16. I agree with Melissa. Is there anything we can do to help his partner? I can’t imagine what the house feels like after an event like this.

    Comment by sleepynb — 9:24 pm February 22, 2011 #

  17. I appreciate hearing thoughtful critiquing; do know that we transcribe the charging documents in all major cases. As difficult as it is, it’s public information, distributed by prosecutors, and will also be reiterated in court. Same went for the Steve Bushaw murder, in which the victim’s alleged marijuana-selling was described in detail; the 59th/Admiral fatal shooting in which the teenage victim was found not guilty by reason of self-defense and the man he killed was described as a molester who had stalked him across multiple states; and other cases. The transcription is after a jump (so not displaying on the home page) and preceded with an alert that some of it is graphic. Rather than summarize the documents, as do more traditional accounts
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014302752_stabbing23m.html
    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/435939_westseattle22.html
    .
    we would prefer to let you read for yourself, if you so choose, everything police and prosecutors have put forth as to what they say happened and why they believe this is the person who did it. This is the same document that the judge sees, when deciding whether, in your name and mine, to keep this person locked up, to set bail high, etc. As our organization alone has done with other cases like the aforementioned ones, we will not just drop it here with the charges, but will follow it through court, to a verdict or a plea, and then (if either of the above is “guilty”) to sentencing – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:30 pm February 22, 2011 #

  18. Why are people complaining that there was too much detail in the police report from the murderer? Yes, this whole thing is very sad and a great loss for the community but you all do understand this was a report of a police homicide investigation, which includes statements taken from the suspect, right? It wasn’t a newpaper article or blog entry written to pass judgment on the victim or his life choices. It’s standard procedure for part of a murder investiation. I’m very glad the police did their job in this instance, even if we aren’t comfortable with the facts surrounding the crime.

    Comment by Sgt.Hartman — 9:31 pm February 22, 2011 #

  19. Well, I don’t blame WSB for publishing the police report.
    And I don’t blame the police for doing a thorough investigation.
    And I don’t blame Hokum for getting killed.
    I do blame the killer for doing the killing.
    And I blame us collectively for creating and maintaining a world where some people’s sexual/romantic attractions and orientations are deemed wrong and deviant and are consequently twisted in such a way that they wind up seeking it in underground, surreptitious ways that breed risk. I didn’t know the man but I know a lot of people. We all suffer. We all try to get our needs met. It’s not ok to victimize others on the way, but short of that I have a lot of compassion. Anyone care to cast the first stone?

    Comment by 35this35mph — 9:38 pm February 22, 2011 #

  20. I will! Who at, for what? Yes we should all take “the blame for creating and maintaining a world…” And I for one try to make choices that keep me alive. It’s called extreme responsibility, that’s why I don’t stare down women in Lincoln Park, or drive over the speed limit. Makes life less dramatic.

    Comment by Born To Be Mild — 10:01 pm February 22, 2011 #

  21. Well stated 35…

    Comment by AunteeSocial — 10:28 pm February 22, 2011 #

  22. Thanks 35this35mph. Well said indeed. I wish we could all refrain from blaming the victim at this fragile time. If everyone could please just think of his partner, friends and family before hitting “post” on a judgmental comment…

    Comment by kgdlg — 11:15 pm February 22, 2011 #

  23. Thanks, 35th, a succinct voice of reason.

    Comment by Grant — 11:25 pm February 22, 2011 #

  24. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
    The loss of our friend has so deeply shocked and hurt us, but many, many thanks are due.
    First, thank you Hokum – firstly for adding so much to the lives of many, and finally, for clearly having followed your attacker and ensuring he was gone before trying to wake Anita and go to her for help. Your final act of caring is noted and so appreciated.
    Next, to the commenter “WestsideD”:
    Your willingness to call the police, along with other readers, has done far more than ensure the capture of my friends murderer. Reliable witness testimony has shed light on this creeps intent to fund his exploits by committing home invasion robberies. I’m so sorry he chose my friend, and I suspect he underestimated just how much resistance he’d be in for. The REALLY IMPORTANT bottom line is that had you guys not all called in, and had the SPD not been so on their game, this guy would have escaped, and likely found other victims to rob or hurt here in our fair city. His timely capture also found him wearing clothes with both his and Hokum’s blood on them. I’m sure that important evidence would have soon been lost. THANK YOU, WestsideD.
    (” Likely unrelated but:
    I saw, for the first time ever, someone climb out of the ravine at Kilbourne Park at 7:35am.
    It startled me because you really need ropes to get down to the stream. He was a white male, about 20, black hair wearing a white t-shirt (no jacket) and his clothes were extremely dirty from the climb.
    Comment by Westside D — February 16, 11 8:52 “)

    And, thanks to Melissa, sleepynb, and others concerned for the welfare of Hokum’s partner, Anita. Please know that she would so appreciate your concern, and I’ll appreciate it on her behalf as she comes to terms with her loss.
    Expenses for his burial should not pose any problem, and thank you for asking. That said, know that a huge number of the most talented and
    unique performers you could imagine is conspiring to organize a fitting tribute to a man who helped so many get their start. Likely in March, and possibly at a place called the “Palladium” in Ballard, (though this could change), I expect there will be a show/tribute not to be missed. Only fitting… I’ll be out of the country by then, but I’ll be sure to forward details my friends send me to the West Seattle Blog, as plans develop.
    I can’t even begin to properly thank the Seattle Police Department here for their handling of this investigation, so I’ll do that separately.
    Lastly, to the West Seattle Blog, my sincere thanks for 1) understanding when the SPD kept you in your cars so the dogs could do their work, and 2) for your mighty professional handling of this sad tale. You have helped us greatly, and this seems to be a pattern for you guys.

    Comment by Anton Zafereo — 12:21 am February 23, 2011 #

  25. WSB : I hope it’s ok to include the links below.

    Our friend Doug sent this weblink to a video made in 2007 by Andrew Potter.
    http://www.ap4tv.com/HokumJeebs.mov
    A fine moment from better times showcasing one of Hokum’s more mellow performances.
    Musical purity lives on…
    Andrew’s other cool work is at:
    http://www.ap4tv.com/

    Comment by Anton Zafereo — 1:51 am February 23, 2011 #

  26. I am so sorry for everybody’s loss….it is just sad and tragic on many levels. I can remember seeing Hokum at the OCF and was such a fan. And my thoughts to his partner…I cannot imagine what you are going through, again on every level. West Seattle is mourning with you.

    Comment by RJB — 6:24 am February 23, 2011 #

  27. The expansive liberties that WA grants, allowing for “medically necessary” and “sponsor” dope grows in neighborhood homes certainly has the potential to bring more bad than good. These high-value weed grows can be magnets to thieves and addicts and raises the risks for those who may be unfortunate to unknowingly live next door.

    Is there a website, similar to the sex offender registry, where someone can go to see who in our neighborhood has these “medically necessary” or “sponsor” grow permits? How about we start publishing this info. I certainly wouldn’t buy a house next to someone who has their basement set up to grow the stuff.

    Having a dope grow in your basement for “medically necessary” purposes or as a “sponsor” for someone else is arguably a magnet for bad things.

    Craig

    Comment by Craig — 8:01 am February 23, 2011 #

  28. Well said, 35this35mph.

    Comment by HelperMonkey — 8:41 am February 23, 2011 #

  29. as someone who knew Hokum, he was a kind, talented, and harmless man who not only did not deserve what happened to him, but also does not deserve the judgement and persecution his name is having to endure on this blog. Regardless of one’s moral barometer, being gay and having the need to use medical marijuana deos not make one a deviant. I applaud the WSB for posting details of what happened. My condolences to his family.

    Comment by someone\\\'s son — 8:54 am February 23, 2011 #

  30. WSB: I trust your professional insticts completely.

    You have proven time and time again that your journalistic intregity is intact.

    We’re lucky to have you.

    A tragic event, thanks for helping us try to understand it.

    Hats off to the community involvement in apprehending the suspect.

    Comment by James — 9:43 am February 23, 2011 #

  31. Yeah, the use of the word deviant is inappropriate. The use of medical marijauna and homosexuality is not deviant behavior. I’m still curious, however. Now that the patient is dead, is the marijauna grow operation in the basement now illegal?

    Comment by Born To Be Mild — 1:20 pm February 23, 2011 #

  32. Sorry to hear about this and yes, let’s stop casting blame on anyone but the murderer here.

    @Craig – having a medical grow registry like a sex offender registry? You have got to be kidding me. There’s absolutely no comparison there.

    And just the argument itself boggles my mind. You’re saying they’re a magnet for bad, so let’s make a registry to map out exactly where they all are – do you think the “bad elements” out there are incapable of using the Internet? It’ll be like a shopping list for the “bad elements.”

    Comment by cwit — 2:13 pm February 23, 2011 #

  33. To that point, by the way, it’s a medical/health issue and those are covered in privacy laws. Also please note that nowhere in court documents or elsewhere was it mentioned whether the basement held 3 plants, 30, or 300 (not relevant to the case at this point anyway, but for anyone assuming this was some big setup – for all we know, it could have been very small).

    Comment by WSB — 2:24 pm February 23, 2011 #

  34. My earlier comment is not there – weird. But back to the ‘medical marijuana’ – reading the report it sounds as though he was ‘treating’ other people’s ailments?

    Comment by A — 2:39 pm February 23, 2011 #

  35. Once we were allowed, the small marijuana grow room, all plants and equipment, and anything else we deemed “not wise to have or keep” was removed from the house, and quite permanently destroyed.
    Rest assured that we were thorough; there is nothing left there of interest to anyone but his family, friends, and fellow performers.

    Comment by Anton Zafereo — 3:07 pm February 23, 2011 #

  36. I hear flat screen TV’s and GPS’s are highly attractive to criminals as well. I would like to have a public registry of households with these items so I can not buy housing close to such attractive nuisances.

    Comment by 35this35mph — 3:22 pm February 23, 2011 #

  37. That’s cool Anton, this situation had what I like to call creep-shrapnel surrounding it. I’m glad to hear that it’s been cleaned up. When I’ve been involved in sad situations, I pitch the sadness and start working on building a positive memory. I know my curiosity gives off some creep-shrapnel as well, but that’s my nature.

    Comment by Born To Be Mild — 3:45 pm February 23, 2011 #

  38. Well said 35this35mph!! I-pods, computers and cars seem to attractive to criminals also. I guess taking pills perscribed to you by a doctor is much better than using a plant that grows naturally…BTW which is also prescribed by a doctor.

    Comment by RJB — 4:08 pm February 23, 2011 #

  39. WS Community,

    I don’t care to get in a big back and forth on a blog re my strong views on growing dope in our neighborhood basements. These are my personal views and I respect the fact that some will disagree just as strongly. I proudly served our Nation for more than 20 years during peace and in combat, upholding these very freedoms. I suspect this is partly why my views are so strong.

    There’s a federal law against the use of narcotics for a reason. My personal view is that involvement in narcotics, whether naturally grown, medically prescribed, or bought on the street corner–it’s all the same and opens up the door to many more cons than pros.

    But cheers to those who choose to fire it up and do what ever else it is you do behind closed doors. I am not a worthy judge.

    Craig

    Comment by Craig — 5:30 pm February 23, 2011 #

  40. From the report: “…At approximately 0730 hours, a second witness observed a (white male)…”
    .

    Thank you WSB for creating an atmosphere to capture sufficient readership that the perp is behind bars.

    Comment by dsa — 7:21 pm February 23, 2011 #

  41. Comment flagged, which is the way to deal with a comment you think has crossed the line (editor@westseattleblog.com), and deleted. Criticize the comment, not the commenter.

    Comment by WSB — 7:22 pm February 23, 2011 #

  42. I have left several comments not posted. I do not have a website. Is that a requirement?? Nancy
    Okay. Thanx! I never heard anyone else play the saw in person !- great fan of his. Will there be a memorial open to the public? Nancy

    Comment by Nancy — 1:55 pm February 27, 2011 #

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