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Bonney Lake Judge Under the Microscope With Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol is investigating Engel's Towing, owned by Bonney Lake Judge Ron Heslop, for allegedly offering low-cost legal services to property owners who hire the company.

Bonney Lake Judge Ron Heslop was featured on Get Jesse once again, this time for allegedly offering low-cost legal services for property owners who hire his towing company.

King 5 reports that Heslop is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol.

Jesse Jones interviewed two former employees who said they were given contracts by Heslop to offer customers that said his company "will represent you or any of your employees to contest traffic tickets for a fee of $100. If that matter is not excluded from the driving record, there will be no charge. We look forward to serving your downing needs."

Offering customers incentives of monetary value is illegal in Washington State.

Heslop told Jones, "the two drivers never got a contract for me."

You can watch the King 5 segment here.

At the March 27 regular city council meeting, former councilmember Dan Decker asked the council about the King 5 bit during public comment. He hadn't seen the news segment and had been receiving calls from residents asking him about it.

Mayor Neil Johnson briefly explained the investigation and said that it had little to do with Bonney Lake.

"His companies are located in Puyallup. Bonney Lake is only mentioned because he works here as a judge," said Johnson. "Obviously, we're not happy about that."

PC Boy March 29, 2012 at 02:50 PM
"Offering customers incentives of monetary value is illegal in Washington State". Really? What about 10 cents per gallon off if you shop at Safeway? Sounds more like a money back guarantee that he was offering. That being said, a judge has no business soliciting for any type of legal firm. If it's true, he should be fired. Go get him, Jesse! But he is innocent until proven guilty...
Dee Maxwell September 09, 2012 at 06:57 AM
This isn't the first thing he has done illegally. As an attorney he took people's homes for attorney fees - and turn around and sell them - getting way more than what the people owed him. Check out the Pierce County court pages - there are a lot of them in there ..Having dealt with him and his firm he is not to be trusted ..
Justice February 05, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I recently worked at Engels Towing, he would leave court papers on cases he was working on just laying around for anyone to read. There were a few times people would come in for court paperwork in exchange for money.
Justina Case April 11, 2014 at 05:25 PM
He is just as big as a criminal as the people he puts away! I know from my very own experience that he has no problem filing false statements & ripping apart families for his own person gain! He should be thrown off the bench for his actions!

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