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July 31, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Man killed at police officer’s home in Orting identified

ORTING (AP) — The Pierce County sheriff’s office is investigating how a threatening man was shot and killed by an off-duty Fife police officer outside the officer’s home in Orting. Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told The News Tribune (http://is.gd/QBUC3c ) that the 21-year-old man apparently lived in the same neighborhood as the 35-year-old officer. The Pierce…

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July 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Scattered thunderstorms visit Northwest

Washington state residents east of Interstate 5 are seeing thunderstorms tonight as a “vigorous weather disturbance” works north up the Cascades, according to the National Weather Service. “There is an upper-level low off the coast of Washington that is causing some instability in the atmosphere over Western Washington,” said meteorologist Chris Burke, with the weather service…

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July 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Two men in car shot from another vehicle

Two men, ages 23 and 24, were shot and injured in a shooting Wednesday afternoon near the interchange of northbound Interstate 5 and Interstate 405, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Cliff Pratt. Occupants of two vehicles going north on Highway 167 began flashing gang signs back and forth at South 180th Street. The vehicles exited to…

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July 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Inmate who died in Snohomish County Jail identified

The female inmate who died Friday at the Snohomish County Jail tested at more than three times the legal blood-alcohol limit when she was arrested two days earlier, according to the Washington State Patrol. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman as Kathleen Ann Swann-Deutsch, 51, of Woodinville. Corrections staff members were doing hourly…

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July 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Driver in West Seattle crash charged with vehicular homicide

The driver of a truck involved in a fatal collision in West Seattle on Saturday was charged today in King County Superior Court with vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment. Prosecutors allege that 43-year-old William Kelly Edmon, of Seattle, was driving under the influence when he sped through a red light at  Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Kenyon…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: DUI, King County Prosecutor's Office, vehicular homicide

July 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM

ORCA milestone: 10K passholders in small-business program

Commute Seattle said Wednesday that it has sold 10,000 transit passes under the ORCA Passport program, to small businesses employing from five to 99 people. Passport allows companies to buy fare cards as an employee benefit at below-retail prices. But the companies must buy a pass for every full-time worker, thus creating new transit users, and…

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July 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Driver arrested after fatal Federal Way crash; DUI suspected

A man was killed this afternoon when he was ejected from a car on a long, sweeping freeway ramp off Interstate 5 in Federal Way, according to the Washington State Patrol. State Patrol Trooper Cliff Pratt said the 27-year-old driver of the gray 1992 Honda Accord was driving too fast on the ramp to eastbound Highway…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: DUI, fatal crash, Federal Way

July 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Community Transit adding 17 double-decker buses

Community Transit, which serves Snohomish County, announced Wednesday that it will order 17 more double-tall buses, increasing the fleet of double-decker vehicles to 40 from 23 within two years. Across the nation, only Las Vegas runs more two-level buses on a public-transit line, officials say. The double-deckers carry about 10,000 passengers per weekday between Snohomish County…

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July 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Feds allege accused Seattle pimp is armed career criminal

Federal attorneys in Seattle have added an armed career criminal enhancement to their indictment of Jamaal “JJ” Bomber, a 29-year-old charged in federal and state court with pimping and drug-dealing following his arrest last month. Bomber, whose criminal history includes three prior drug convictions, was arrested at a Tukwila motel on June 14 on a…

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July 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Bellevue developer, girlfriend convicted in $2.7M tax scheme

A former Bellevue real estate developer and his girlfriend were convicted Wednesday of 25 counts of tax evasion and false statements for failing to report more than $23 million in income or pay more than $2.7 million in taxes. Winston Bontrager, 64, and Pauline Anderson, 65, were convicted on all counts presented by prosecutors in U.S. District…

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