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January 31, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Seattle-bound flight lands in Portland after pilot passes out

A co-pilot was able to land a Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines flight safely in Portland after the plane’s captain passed out Thursday night, according to airport officials. When the captain of Flight 473 from Los Angeles passed out while flying over Oregon, the flight’s first officer took over, according to Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy. The 116…


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January 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Man held after girl, 11, reports being molested at Enumclaw library

A convicted child molester has been arrested following allegations he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl at the public library in Enumclaw on Wednesday, according to the Enumclaw Police Department. The girl had been at the library with her father around noon, when she decided to go out alone to their car  in the parking lot for…


Comments | Topics: child molestation, Enumclaw

January 31, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Bellevue PD: Photo may show key witnesses in 1980 slaying

The Bellevue Police Department is searching for witnesses to the 1980 slaying of Susan Lowe. Detectives recently linked the slaying to a convicted sex offender, Michael Allen Halgren, who has been charged in the crime, but not convicted of it. Detectives believe some witnesses might be in this photo of a bowling team that…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bellevue, cold case, Michael Allen Halgren

January 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Charges say Lynnwood stepdad hog-tied girl, 4, shot her with BBs

The stepfather of a 4-year-old Lynnwood girl, who is suspected of hog-tying her and shooting her dozens of times with an Airsoft BB rifle, was charged with second-degree child assault in Snohomish County Superior Court on Thursday. The  26-year-old man continues to be held at Snohomish County Jail on $25,000 bail. A judge ordered that he…


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January 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Judge rules state cannot seek death penalty for slaying of 6 in Carnation

A King County judge today ruled the state cannot seek the death penalty against the two people accused of  killing a family of six in Carnation on Christmas Eve 2007. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell ruled that the King County Prosecutor’s Office erred in considering the strength of its evidence in deciding to seek the death penalty…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: death penalty, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

January 31, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Police look for gunman who held up estate sale in West Seattle

A man who robbed several people at gunpoint during a West Seattle estate sale Thursday afternoon is at large, according to the Seattle Police Department. The masked suspect forced his way into a home at Southwest Hinds Street and Belvidere Avenue Southwest around 3:45 p.m. He then stole cash and jewelry from people inside the home…


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January 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Poll: Feds should lay off legal pot

An overwhelming majority of Americans want the federal government to lay off marijuana users, growers and sellers in states that have legalized it, according to a new poll. A poll by the libertarian Reason Foundation found that 72 percent of Americans do not want the federal government to arrest people who use marijuana in states such…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: marijuana, poll

January 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

10 pounds of packaged pot delivered to North Seattle Kmart

Attention Kmart shopper: 10 pounds of pot was delivered to the North Seattle store. Seattle police have seized a neatly packaged load of marijuana after employees reported it had been inexplicably delivered Monday to the Kmart at 13200 Aurora Ave. N. The pot was wrapped in garbage bags and packed with packing peanuts and pages from a Korean newspaper that had been…


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January 31, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Seven people sickened by hedgehogs, one person died in Washington state

The Associated Press UPDATED: 1 p.m. | Add those cute little hedgehogs to the list of pets that can make you sick. In the last year, 20 people were infected by a rare but dangerous form of salmonella bacteria. Seven were in Washington state and one of them died. Investigators say the illnesses were linked…


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