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August 31, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Small plane crashes on San Juan Island; pilot, 76, seriously hurt

The Associated Press FRIDAY HARBOR — A light plane crash on San Juan Island in northwest Washington has critically injured the 76-year-old pilot. San Juan County Sheriff Rob Nou said the pilot, from Eastsound on Orcas Island, was trying to land on a grass airstrip Friday afternoon when he caught power lines with his landing gear as he…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, small plane crash

August 31, 2012 at 9:52 PM

SPD: Shooting victim hospitalized with life-threatening injuries

Jimmy Lovaas / Special to The Seattle Times A suspect is at large tonight after he shot a man multiple times at a red light at the intersection of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street. Police spokesman Detective Jeff Kappel writes in the department’s blog, SPD Blotter,  that the shooting took place at around 7:26 p.m.,…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Police Department, shooting

August 31, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Clerk at Aurora Avenue motel robbed at gunpoint

Seattle police are searching for a man who robbed the clerk of a North Seattle motel at gunpoint late last night. Police say the man confronted the night clerk at the Marco Polo Motel, 4114 Aurora Ave. N., outside the business office just before midnight.  The man forced the clerk into the office and demanded access to the safe.  He took cash and several…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Aurora Avenue, robbery, Seattle Police Department

August 31, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Woman killed, six hospitalized, after Spanaway crash

A woman in her late teens or early 20s was killed in Spanaway this morning after a pickup truck loaded with young adults crashed into a chain-link fence and trees. Pierce County sheriff’s investigators say alcohol was involved. The woman, whose identity has not been released, was one of seven people riding in a half-ton pickup,…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: DUI, Pierce County sheriff, Spanaway

August 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM

1 dead in head-on Arlington car crash

A head-on collision in Arlington Thursday afternoon left one person dead and two people injured, according to a city spokeswoman. The driver of a northbound car died after crossing Highway 9’s center line north of Crown Ridge Boulevard and hitting a southbound vehicle carrying two adult women and two children at about 3:09…



August 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Department of Corrections to pay families of murder victims $3M

Stephanie Schendel / The (Centralia) Chronicle The state has agreed to pay a $3 million settlement to the families of the victims in the 2010 Lewis County triple-homicide committed by an ex-convict who was supposed to be under strict supervision by the Department of Corrections. The two men convicted in connection with the shootings, John Allen Booth…


Comments | Topics: Lewis County, Salkum, Washington Department of Corrections

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