waspSuspect a long time police officer for the city of Lynden

(Whatcom County)  – Detectives from the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) arrested a former Lynden police officer today on child pornography charges. 

Donald Glunt, 57, of Lynden, was taken into custody without incident.  Glunt had very recently resigned his position with the Lynden Police Department.

The investigation originated after officials with Lynden PD discovered images on Glunt’s city owned cell phone while conducting an internal administrative investigation. On Wednesday, Lynden Police Chief Jack Foster asked WSP to conduct a criminal investigation into the matter.

The investigation was assigned to detectives from MECTF.  They reviewed digital evidence and interviewed the suspect, which led to his arrest today. The investigation revealed the suspect was trading images with a 16 year-old girl in Texas. Law enforcement authorities in Texas assisted detectives by interviewing the underage victim. Additional forensic review of various digital media devices seized as evidence is ongoing.

Glunt was booked into the Skagit County Jail on charges of Dealing and Possession of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct and Viewing of Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct.  Additional charges are possible pending the forensic analysis of the digital media devices.

Barnard250The Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division has been assisting Minnesota’s Pine County Sheriff’s Office in attempts to locate a subject charged with 59 felony counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct involving two young females.

On April 11, the Pine County Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint against Barnard. The charges result from a multi-year investigation by the Pine County Sheriff’s Office into Barnard’s behavior while he was ministering to a religious group in Northern Pine County.

Later that same day, the Pine County Sheriff issued a nationwide warrant for Barnard, who was last known to be in the Spokane, Wash. area. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the State of Washington and Homeland Security for the apprehension of Barnard.  

Anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of Victor Barnard, please call WSP Detective Ryan Spangler at (509) 227-6644 or the Pine County SO tip line at (320) 629-8342.

wasp(Olympia)— On any given day, in any given situation, any Washington State trooper may be confronted with an aggressive subject. Verbal de-escalation is always the goal, but is not always successful. This is why troopers are given a number of other tools to defend themselves should the need arise. One of those tools is the Taser.   

In the latest edition of our “Good to Know” series, Sergeant Shannon Bendiksen and Corporal Paul Cagle briefly describe the Taser’s function and show you some of the training trooper cadets have to endure.   

“The short time that they’re incapacitated is just what’s needed to apply the ‘cuffs, and at that point most suspects stop fighting,” Bendiksen said.

The Washington State Patrol video can be viewed here.

Trooper cadets are exposed to the effects of the Taser for three main reasons. It builds confidence in their equipment, allows them to realize the strengths and limitations of the device, and gives them practice handcuffing a subject after the Taser was fired. 

Any display or actual use of the Taser by a WSP trooper must be reported to their supervisor for review.  

waspTroopers conducted seatbelt emphases throughout District 6 during the month of March. As a result of the emphases, 220 citations were issued to those who were not wearing a seatbelt, or failed to wear a seatbelt properly. During the month of March, there were no fatalities involving unrestrained motorists in District 6, which is a trend the State Patrol hopes continues. Troopers will continue to be watching for motorists that fail to properly wear a seatbelt in an effort to prevent any further tragedies.

To be considered properly worn, the belt must be fastened and adjusted across the body as designed. Wearing a seatbelt fastened, but moved under the arm or behind the back, is considered improperly worn, and in addition to being unsafe, is subject to a $124 citation. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all children are properly restrained in a car seat, booster seat or seatbelt appropriate to the child. Drivers are also asked to remind all passengers in their vehicle to buckle up, before moving the vehicle.

A properly worn vehicle restraint gives motorists the best chance to survive a collision. Please Buckle Up!