Sheriff Office Searching for Missing Arlington Couple | Update 3

COUPLE BELIEVED TO BE MURDERED

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released an additional formal statement on their websitetoday  regarding the Arlington, Washington state missing couple, Patrick “Pat” Shunn, 45 and his wife, Monique Patenaude, 46 who went missing on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Patrick "Pat" Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude in happier times. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Patrick “Pat” Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude in happier times. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Pat was last seen at his job in Kirkland on Monday, while his wife at 1300 hours on that same day.  Neighbors called Police on Tuesday, when Monique who had other plans did not show up.  Pat did not call or show up for work the next day either.  His brother says that he usually calls and this is so out-of-character for him.

Police originally called the disappearances as suspicious.   Detectives now believe that the couple may be victims of Homicidal violence according to evidence left at the remote wooded location where their two vehicles had been dumped and at the former home of one of the suspects.

EVIDENCE DOES NOT LIE

Detectives believe the couple may be victims of homicidal violence due to the evidence collected from the two vehicles that had been dumped in a remote, wooded area about 15 miles from the couple’s home.  Access to the vehicles originally was delayed due to the very steep and rocky terrain.  The vehicles have since been towed from the dump site.

Police also found evidence at the former John Reed’s home near where the couple resided.

SUSPECTS WANTED BY POLICE

Two suspects have been named by tbe Sheriff’s Office.

John Blaine Reed, 53 is described as 5’8″, 190# with hazel eyes and gray hair. [See photo below].

Suspect John Reed.  Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

Suspect John Reed. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Offices

John’s brother, Tony Clyde Reed, 49, is described as 5’11”, 150#s has green eyes and gray hair. [See photo below]

Suspect Tony Reed with facial hair.  Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Tony Reed with facial hair. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Suspect Tony Reed without facial hair. Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Tony Reed without facial hair. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office Detective believe the Reed brothers are traveling in a maroon colored 2007 VW EOS Coupe with WA Plate #AXH5106. [See photo below]

Suspect Vehicle.  Photo Credit:  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Vehicle. Photo Credit: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

They are convicted felons and have an extensive criminal history.  They are considered Armed and Dangerous.  Police ask that you do not approach them but call 9-1-1.

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS

Search and rescue teams continue to search for the missing couple in a large area North of the couple’s home near Oso, Washington.  The Sheriff’s Office say that locating them is their number one priority.

If you know where the location of the Reed brothers are, contact Police by calling 9-1-1 and do not approach them.  An anonymous Tip Line has also been established at 425-388-3845.  The Sheriff’s Office say they are eager to catch the two brothers as well and get these two dangerous criminals off the streets.

Or, if you have information leading to the location of the Arlington couple, Police also ask that you contact them as well at the above phone numbers.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Sheriff Office Searching for Missing Arlington Couple | Update 2

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES CONFIRMED

The Snohomish County Sheriff Trenary released an update on the missing Arlington , Washington state couple today at 1400 hours.

An Arlington, Washington couple – Patrick Shunn, 45 and his wife, former B.C. resident, Monique Patenaude, 46, have been missing since Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  Patrick was last seen at his job in Kirkland on Monday, April 11th.  His brother pleaded to the news media saying this is completely out-of-character for him.

Reports released in the Media, say Patrick “Pat” Shunn’s wife, Monique Patenaude was last seen around 1pm on that same Monday near her property.  Authorities were called when they failed to show up for pre-planned events.

The couple have ties to Oregon City, the Arlington-Darrington-Oso and B.C. areas.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is calling their disappearance as suspicious.

VEHICLES FOUND

In a press release today at 1400 hours, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office stated that the couple’s two vehicles were located in a remote wooded area, approximately 15 miles from their home.  Deputies had a difficult time accessing the area due to the steep terrain.

The couple’s vehicles have since been towed out of the area and being searched thoroughly.

LAWSUIT POSSIBLE MOTIVE

We reported on a previous lawsuit that came to light that seemed to include many of their neighbors.  Media asked the Snohomish County’s spokesman during the press release if the 2013 lawsuit had anything to do with their disappearance. It was answered as unknown as they did not have any info pertaining to that lawsuit readily available.

We missed the Spokesman’s initial statement but it was stated that brothers, John Reed and Tony Reed are wanted in connection with the couple’s disappearance. They are convicted felons and have an extensive criminal history but the Sheriff wold not elaborate if their criminal history included murder.

Police state they were possible neighbors that lived never Pat and Monique.  They are wanted by the Sheriff’s Office and are considered as Armed and Dangerous.  The SCSO is asking for the Public’s help and to call 9-1-1 if they are seen. Do not approach them.

Reporters at the Press Conference brought up the fact of the case of neighbors having a property dispute with the couple using their ATVs on others property to access the river.  The Sheriff was unable to comment on that part of the case.  He was more focused on finding the missing pair.

PUBLIC TIPLINE

Do you have information on the whereabouts of Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude?  If you have any tips but are afraid of sharing what you know or have seen, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has set up an anonymous Tipline at 425-388-3845.

 

Editor’s Note:  

All information is gleaned from the various sources including the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Courts, Address verification sources and Social Media.  

We do not represent nor proclaim we are Law Enforcement Professionals but we are familiar with the system and some of their investigative processes.

 

 

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Sheriff Office Searching for Missing Couple

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

An Arlington, Washington couple – Patrick Shunn, 45 and his wife, former B.C. resident, Monique Patenaude, 46, have been missing since Monday, April 11, 2016.  Patrick was last seen at his job in Kirkland on that day.  His brother pleaded to the news media saying this is completely out-of-character for him.

Reports released in the Media, say Patrick “Pat” Shunn’s wife, Monique Patenaude was last seen around 1pm on that same Monday near her property.  Authorities were called when they failed to show up for pre-planned events.

The couple have ties to Oregon, the Arlington-Darrington-Oso and B.C. areas.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is calling their disappearance as suspicious.

VEHICLES LOCATED

Both of their vehicles, descriptions, photos and Alerts were splashed all over mainstream media, Social media and through friends and family, in hopes they would be found along with the couple or, at least giving a sense of where they could be located.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released a statement in how their Helicopter, “SnoHAWK10” located both vehicles, which appeared to have gone over an embankment down into a remote wooded area in the Oso area. Both vehicles lay near one another.

Due to the vehicles’ location, Police state they had not had the opportunity to search.  They are still rulling this disappearance as suspicious.

LAWSUIT COMING TO LIGHT

A news source reported and tipped us off about a lawsuit filed against the couple for some type of trespass charge.  We wanted to find out more about it ourselves before reporting on  our own, in hopes it could shed light on what they were having to live through and what that may have entailed, as this whole thing seems like a mystery all in itself.

 

In pouring over the many Washington State Court cases, we did happen to find one that appears to include many potential neighbors as we will call them due to the close proximity to where those in the Declarations live to the couple.

Since, we are not Legal Experts nor directly involved with this one case – we will not be making any type of assumption as to what the case may be about. However, what we will say is this – there are a lot of parties involved in this one particular case that could easily peeks someone’s interest.

We can only theorize but we will leave that up to the Law Enforcement professionals to make that determination based upon what the evidence is telling them in their investigation.

PUBLIC TIPLINE

Do you have information on the whereabouts of Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude?  If you have any tips but are afraid of sharing what you know or have seen, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has set up an anonymous Tipline at 425-388-3845.

Disclaimer:  

All information is gleaned from the various sources including the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Courts, Address verification sources and Social Media.  

We do not represent nor proclaim we are Law Enforcement Professionals but we are familiar with the system and some of their investigative processes.

For the purpose of this post, we are only engaged in reporting the facts in a journalistic point-of-view.  All our opinions are our own and not a representation of any Law Enforcement Agency.

 

(c) 2016 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

Washington State Attorney General Office: Intent to Sue Federal Government over Protection of Hanford Employees

After 20 years and many reports and studies, federal government still not adequately protecting Hanford workers

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson is sending the U.S. Dept. of Energy, and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), a Notice of Endangerment and Intent to Sue. Ferguson seeks to protect workers at the federal Hanford Nuclear Reservation from hazardous chemical vapors that continue to jeopardize worker health and safety.

On Oct. 30, 2014, an independent panel of experts issued the federally-funded Hanford Tank Vapor Assessment Report which determined that “ongoing emission of tank vapors, which contain a mixture of toxic chemicals, is inconsistent with the provisions of a safe and healthful workplace free from recognized hazards.”  They further found that the data “strongly suggests a causal link between chemical vapor release and subsequent adverse health effects experienced by tank farm workers.”

The report was the latest in a series of reports assessing the problem of tank workers falling sick after exposure to chemical vapors from on-site waste holding tanks. Dating back to at least 1987, workers exposed to vapors have experienced nosebleeds, headaches, watery eyes, burning skin, contact dermatitis, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, coughing, sore throats, expectorating, dizziness and nausea. Several of these workers have long-term disabilities, including permanent loss of lung capacity.

Despite the 20 years of study and multiple reports, there is no lasting solution and workers continue to get sick.

“Hanford workers face a very real and immediate health risk,” said Ferguson. “The federal government has a responsibility to keep these Washington workers safe and I intend to hold them accountable.”

“The report from this independent panel clearly signals a need for further action to protect workers at the Hanford tank farms,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “I have spoken with U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz who has assured me that the federal government’s response to this situation will be vigorous and that steps have already been taken to better protect workers.”

The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) allows persons, including the attorney general, to bring actions against a party whose hazardous waste practices “may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to the public’s health or the environment.”  RCRA first requires a notice of intent to sue be sent to the party. A lawsuit can be filed 90 days after the notice of intent to sue. The AGO’s primary focus is to secure lasting abatement of the dangers posed by the Hanford vapors through an effective, legally enforceable agreement or order with the federal government.

Background

The Hanford site in eastern Washington is a nuclear reservation operated by the U.S. federal government. Currently, Hanford houses roughly 56 million gallons of nuclear waste in 177 underground tanks — enough to fill roughly 88 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Most of these tanks are of single-shell construction, many of which have leaked.

A federal court consent decree and the Hanford Tri-Party Agreement require Energy to retrieve and treat Hanford’s tank waste and safely close Hanford’s unfit-for-use single-shell tanks. Workers are primarily exposed to hazardous Hanford tank vapors while working around these single-shell tanks, especially during retrieval operations. Energy and its contractors have a 20-year history of studying the tank vapors problem, but problems persist and workers continue to experience adverse health impacts.

On June 20, 2014, in response to increasing reports of workers falling ill after vapor exposure, Governor Inslee and Ferguson wrote to the Secretary of Energy urging an independent assessment of the safety of workers who may be exposed to chemical vapors or fumes emitted from tanks at Hanford.

Energy, through the Savannah River National Laboratory, commissioned an independent expert panel to prepare such an assessment. This resulted in the Oct. 30, 2014 Hanford Tank Vapor Assessment Report.

=============The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visitwww.atg.wa.gov to learn more.

CONTACT:

Alison Dempsey-Hall, Acting Communications Director, (206) 442-4482,alisond@atg.wa.gov

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WA AG’s Office Sues Over New Pharmaceutical Kick-Back Scheme

OLYMPIA—Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a motion to intervene in a civil lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

The suit alleges Novartis paid kickbacks to BioScrip, Inc., a pharmacy headquartered in New York, to boost sales of Novartis’ drug, Exjade. Exjade was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in late 2005 for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions.

Washington announced its settlement with BioScrip earlier this month. BioScrip agreed to pay $15 million to the federal government and state governments to resolve Medicaid and Medicare claims related to the scheme.

Washington’s total share of the settlement was roughly $98,000 with nearly $43,000 returning directly to the state Medicaid program and the remainder returning to the federal government for its share of Washington’s Medicaid program. The federal government matches state funds to support the Medicaid program in Washington.

Washington was one of the six states leading the BioScrip settlement negotiations.

“When companies don’t play by the rules, they put valuable Medicaid dollars at risk,” Ferguson said. “Washington and other states want these companies to know we are paying attention and will fight vigorously for the vulnerable patients they serve.”

Washington joins New York and eight other states that announced they were intervening in the lawsuit against Novartis when the case was unsealed on Jan. 8, 2013. California has also intervened.

Kickbacks provided to promote drug, downplay side effects

The lawsuit alleges Novartis launched its kickback scheme  in 2007, when it became concerned that patients were discontinuing use of Exjade because of side effects.

The government alleges Novartis provided the kickbacks to induce BioScrip to try to keep patients on the drug as long as possible.  The states further contend that BioScrip employees made thousands of phone calls to Exjade patients and downplayed the side effects of the drug.

Small network distributed drug creating intense competition

Until 2012, when it sold most of its pharmacy business, BioScrip operated a specialty pharmacy that shipped prescription drugs to Medicaid patients around the country.

When Novartis launched Exjade, it created a closed distribution network, including BioScrip and two other specialty pharmacies selected by Novartis, to fill most prescriptions of the drug in the U.S.

Novartis controlled which pharmacies filled many of the prescriptions for Exjade through this small network. The civil lawsuit against Novartis alleges the company used its control of Exjade prescriptions as well as various rebates and discounts to pay kickbacks to BioScrip.

Novartis used Exjade Scorecard to refer additional patients to pharmacies

The state-federal investigation found Novartis created an ‘Exjade Scorecard’ to measure how long patients took Exjade. Novartis used this scorecard to refer more new patients to the pharmacy that kept patients on the drug the longest.

BioScrip often won this competition and received valuable new patient referrals as a result. A former BioScrip supervisor stated under oath that this competition and the rebates provided by Novartis “caused [BioScrip] to be focused exclusively on the number of orders and refill rates, rather than on patient care.”

Case originated with whistleblower

The case  was initiated by a whistleblower, under the New York’s False Claims
Act and other state statutes.  That case is captioned U.S. ex rel. Kester, et al. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, et al., No. 11-CIV-8196 (U.S.D.C. S.D.N.Y.).

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The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visitwww.atg.wa.gov to learn more.

CONTACTS:

Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications, (360) 586-0725, janelleg@atg.wa.gov

Alison Dempsey-Hall, Deputy Comm. Director, (206) 442-4482, alisond@atg.wa.gov

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