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Personnel changes coming to police department

Police department changes

After eight years with the King City Police Department, Officer Aaron Codino has left and started working as a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. We wish Aaron the best of luck on his new venture.

As a result of Deputy Codino’s departure, the department is in the midst of a recruitment process with the goal of selecting an experienced officer to fill the vacancy left by Codino. It is hoped that the new person will be hired by the end of March.

For the first time in more than 13 years, the police department will have a police sergeant. The department conducted a promotional process and as a result selected Officer Ernie Happala to be promoted to sergeant effective March 1. Happala will continue to work patrol as well as be assigned to some non-enforcement tasks, and he will provide a supervisory presence during the evening hours.

Scams continue

It seems that now we are in the tax season, the scammers are out in full force, especially with the IRS scam, the No. 1 scam for 2015. In King City several residents have contacted the police department regarding phone calls where the caller purports to be an IRS agent. The scammer continues to inform the victims that they owe back taxes and will need certain information to clear up the issue. In some cases, there is a threat of an arrest if the issue is not satisfied.

If you do receive such a call, do not provide or affirm any personal information. Remember the IRS does not contact you by phone, and the IRS already has your personal information.

If during the call you can glean a name or phone number, you can pass the information to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a multi-federal agency task force, at 1C3.gov or at 877-382-4357 as well as to the police department.

What is CERT?

For the past several years this column has promoted CERT and has called for CERT volunteers. However, I and CERT volunteers are often asked what is and who are CERT.

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, and it is made up of volunteers from the community who want to assist their neighborhoods if a disaster strikes.

CERT members are trained to assist their family, their neighbors and the community during times of natural or man-made disasters. Their training includes a wide range of subjects, including basic first aid, CPR/AED, disaster response organization, and disaster preparedness, to list just a few.

As a result of their training, CERT members are able to provide information to their family members, their neighbors and their neighborhoods about disaster preparedness as well as assist them prior, during and after a disaster.

If you would like additional information about the King City CERT program or how you can volunteer, call me at 503 620-8851 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dates to remember

April 30 is Drug Take Back Day, when you can bring old and outdated prescription and over-the-counter drugs for disposal. The event is at King City City Hall between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Remember that injectables, syringes and leaking containers are not accepted.

May 7 is Shred Day, when you can bring old financial documents and other outdated but important papers to be safely shredded. The city partners with Pride Disposal for this event. It will be held at King City City Hall from 11 a.m. to2 p.m.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

All of us love our pets and often we imagine that they exhibit near-human traits. In this case, our “pet lover” may have let his imagination run too far. It seems that a pet owner was stopped by police as a DUI suspect who was not only drunk but had run a stop sign, was speeding, ran through two ditches and finally crashed into a house.

Once stopped, he fled into a nearby church. When police apprehended our subject, he began to frantically look around. When asked by the police what was he looking for, our pet owner stated that his dog was driving and now he had disappeared.

Needless to say, our pet lover and his imaginary dog were put behind real steel bars.

Until next time be good, be neighborly and be safe.