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April 30, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Federal Way pilot convicted of flying while intoxicated

CORRECTED VERSION SPOKANE — A Federal Way pilot who overshot the Spokane airport by some 50 miles and later lined up on the wrong runway during approach has been convicted in federal court of flying while intoxicated. A jury convicted 48-year-old Paul R. Roessler under the federal statute of operating a common carrier under the influence of…

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April 30, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Puyallup police: Repeat DUI driver said he had nothing to lose

Puyallup police say that when officers arrested an erratic driver with at least four prior driving-under-the influence offenses early Tuesday morning, he told officers he drove drunk again because he had nothing to lose. Officers spotted the 48-year-old Puyallup man driving erratically around 1:30 a.m. near East Pioneer Avenue and Highway 512, said Capt. Scott Engle….

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April 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

DB Cooper parachute packer ID’d as Woodinville homicide victim

The man who packed the parachutes used by infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper more than four decades ago has been identified as the victim of a homicide in Washington state. However, authorities say they have no reason to think the death of 71-year-old Earl Cossey was linked to the Cooper case. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said…

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April 30, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Police officers’ union reaches tentative agreement with Seattle

The Seattle police officers’ union has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with the city, the union head announced this afternoon. Sgt. Rich O’Neill, 54, who has been president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) since 2006, made the announcement during an invitation-only news conference at union headquarters. The guild represents about 1,250…

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April 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Police arrest Spokane teen after window shot out in parking dispute

SPOKANE (AP) — Spokane police have arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of shooting out a car window after an argument over parking. The incident happened Monday afternoon after a woman parked near Whitman Elementary School to pick up her daughter. A truck drove by and the occupants yelled at the woman for blocking the roadway. Police say…

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April 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Wedgwood DUI crash victims face long recovery, husband and father says

  Dan Schulte, whose wife and newborn son were severely injured in a March 25 crash in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood, said this morning that both face a “long road ahead,” but he’s hopeful about their recovery. Karina Ulriksen-Schulte and their son, Elias, suffered traumatic brain injuries in the crash that claimed the lives…

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April 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Abandoned light saber closes downtown bus tunnel

 The Associated Press The force wasn’t strong with an abandoned homemade light saber that briefly shut down the Seattle downtown bus tunnel. Seattle police say on Sunday night a tunnel security guard found a suspicious looking device and called police, who shut down the tunnel while the bomb squad was called. But the device turned out to be…

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April 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

10 cars burn, others damaged by smoke in Sea-Tac garage fire

UPDATE AT 11 A.M.: Investigators believe the cause of the fire was a mechanical failure in one of the vehicles. Early damage estimate for the vehicles is $250,000, with at least eight vehicles totaled and two others with some fire damage. ORIGINAL POST: Smoke and flames from an early-morning fire have damaged or destroyed at least 10 cars in…

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