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Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

May 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Bremerton-based sailor killed in Afghanistan

A U.S .Navy sailor from Bremerton, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, was killed in combat Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced today. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Edward Brazas, 26, of Greensboro, N.C., died while conducting combat operations in Panjwa’l, the northern region of a Kandahar district . He was assigned to Bremerton’s Naval…

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Comments | Topics: Afghanistan, Bremerton, Naval Base Kitsap

May 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Man charged in last weekend’s Seattle Center shooting

A 19-year-old alleged gang member was charged today with second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting last weekend at Seattle Center that left one man wounded. William Anthony Diaz, of Seattle, told police that he was walking alone in the 400 block of Broad Street on Saturday when he was approached…

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May 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Man, believed to be armed, wanted by U.S. Marshals

Federal authorities are looking for a man who fled from law-enforcement officers after a brief chase Thursday afternoon in SeaTac. The man, Corey Clairmont, 34, refused to pull over for deputies who tried to stop him at about 2 p.m. as he drove along International Boulevard, according to King County Sheriff spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West. Clairmont, who is on…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Chase, probation violation, SeaTac

May 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Dispatches from SPD news conference on cafe shooting

Snippets from the Seattle police news conference on yesterday’s shootings: People were reading, sipping coffee when the gunman (later identified by The Seattle Times as Ian Stawicki), entered the cafe. They were jocular, exchanging conversation. The gunman comes in, looks around and sits down. There is some interaction between him and the barista. One of the other…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Cafe Racer, gunman, news conference

May 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Hero at Cafe Racer threw stools at gunman, allowing people to escape

Seattle police say one patron in the cafe where five people were shot yesterday is a hero for trying to stop the gunman by throwing chairs at him during the shootings, allowing three people to escape. The patron even faced the gunman at one point, putting himself in direct danger, police said at a news conference…

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May 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Gunman had concealed weapons permits, 6 handguns

Ian L. Stawicki, who police say killed five people on Wednesday in two incidents, had purchased at least six handguns, including a .45-caliber handgun bought just after he was cleared of domestic violence charges in 2008. He had concealed weapons permits since 1996, and held an active permit issued by the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, which was valid through…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Cafe Racer, Seattle shootings

May 31, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Gunman’s father: ‘We knew he had issues’

Ian Stawicki woke up yesterday morning in a good mood with plans to drive to Tacoma to help his girlfriend move her mother to another home. But first, he was going to stop for coffee, according to his father, Walter Stawicki. It wasn’t until later in the day that the Stawicki family turned on the television and learned…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Cafe Racer, downtown shooting, Roosevelt shooting

May 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

PHOTO: Man assaults teller, robs Stanwood bank

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has released this surveillance photo of the man who robbed a bank in Stanwood last Thursday. The man walked into the Whidbey Island Bank branch around noon and assaulted a bank teller and used a handgun to rob the bank.  Witnesses say he was in his late teens or early 20s and wore black tape…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bank robbery, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Stanwood

May 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Fires set at elementary school in Mukilteo School District

SNOHOMISH COUNTY ­ — Two fires were started early Thursday morning at Discovery Elementary School, located south of Everett in unincorporated Snohomish County. Firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm around 3 a.m. quickly enough to keep a fire lit near a door on the southwest corner of the school from entering the building, but damage to…

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Comments | Topics: Andy Muntz, Discovery Elementary School, Leslie Hynes

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