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September 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM
The King County Prosecutor’s Office has filed theft charges against Michael King, the former executive director of the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, for alleging embezzling between $250,000 and $300,000 from the group.
King has made a “full confession” to police and blamed the theft on a drinking and gambling problem, according to charging documents filed Tuesday afternoon. A police review of his bank records found dozens of bank withdrawals at area casinos. King was charged four counts of first degree theft and four counts of second degree theft and is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 7.
He apparently took the money between March 2011 and January 2013 by “reimbursing” himself for made-up expenses, according to the documents.
The charges had been expected after financial irregularities were noticed earlier this year by other members of the group, which raises money to support Democratic candidates for the state Senate.
In February, the leaders of the group held a conference call to announce a probe into King’s actions.
The theft has raised questions for state senator and mayoral candidate Ed Murray, D-Seattle, one of three co-chairs of the SDCC, which aids Democratic candidates for the state Senate. Democrats narrowly lost a key Senate race in Southwest Washington last year, giving Republicans the votes they needed to form a “majority coalition caucus” with two conservative Democrats to seize control of the state Senate.
Murray and fellow SDCC co-chairs Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, and Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, released a statement Wednesday saying they were “disappointed that this theft occurred” and that the SDCC had “made necessary changes” to ensure such a theft never happens again, including ensuring that the group’s executive director cannot write checks without approval.
The trio planned a conference call with reporters later today to discuss the charges.
August 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM
A 60-year-old Enumclaw woman was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Sunday evening after being struck by a truck while she was riding a bike.
The accident occurred at about 6:49 p.m. when a truck driven by a 19-year-old Enumclaw man collided with the bicyclist in the 37400 block of 244th Ave. SE, north of Enumclaw, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The collision occured at a curve in the narrow, rural road, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The bicyclist sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
The incident is being investigated by the King County Sheriff’s Office major accident investigation unit. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor, the sheriff’s office said.
August 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM
Seattle police say a man suffered critical injuries Sunday afternoon after crashing the Jeep he was driving into the rear of a parked semi truck.
The man was driving southbound in the 11100 block of Aurora Avenue North at about 4:50 p.m. when he rear-ended the semi truck, which was legally parked and unoccupied, Seattle police said. The man was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
All southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue were blocked as police investigated the accident scene.
Traffic was being detoured around the area, and police said they expect the closure to last until 8 p.m.
August 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM
A 26-year-old man died Saturday after falling off a boat into Lake Washington, police said.
Harbor Patrol units and the Coast Guard seached for the man after witnesses reported that he’d fallen and hit his head before tumbling into the lake at about 4:40 p.m. near the 5000 block of Lake Washington Boulevard South. The man’s body was recovered at about 9 p.m., the Seattle Police Department said. His identity was not immediately released.
It was the second local water-related search on the busy Seafair Saturday.
Earlier, a man was pulled from South Lake Union in critical condition after he jumped into the lake and failed to resurface. The unidentified 49-year-old man was taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to a Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman.
Post updated at 9:36 p.m. with news of body being recovered in Lake Washington.
June 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM
From the Associated Press:
TACOMA (AP) — Police say a Tacoma woman ran over and killed her 2-year-old son while backing out of her driveway in an SUV.
The News Tribune reports the boy was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital after the accident Saturday morning and was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m.
Officer Naveed Benjamin said Tacoma police were investigating. It wasn’t immediately clear how the boy came to be in the driveway.
April 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has named a Boise, Idaho official as the new civilian head of the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability.
Pierce Murphy, Boise’s community ombudsman since 1999, was announced Friday as the director of the SPD office that handles internal investigations of police misconduct.
At a news conference, McGinn praised Murphy as “calm, fair and principled” and a national expert in police accountability.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council.
Murphy would replace Kathryn Olson, who stepped down as OPA director amid criticism and questions over whether she had City Council support to be reappointed for a third, three-year term.
April 6, 2013 at 9:48 PM
A 46-year-old man was arrested Saturday for investigation of second-degree murder after another man was found shot to death in Skagit County, according to authorities.
The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot victim at about 4 p.m in the 15000 block of Flinn Road in Bow.
A 53-year-old man from the Bow area was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound at the scene. A 46-year-old Sedro-Woolley man was arrested and booked into Skagit County Jail, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The name of the victim was withheld pending notification of his family.
April 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM
Silas Potter Jr., the former Seattle Public Schools official accused of using his position to steal from the district, was arrested today and booked into King County Jail.
A warrant had been issued for Potter’s arrest this week after he failed to show up to a hearing in King County Superior Court.
Potter, 60, is the former director of the school district’s small-business program, which had been set up to help women and minority-owned businesses win more public contracts. He is accused in a 42-count court complaint of running a scheme that bilked the school district out of $250,000 by awarding contracts to firms that did little or no work. Potter and two others are accused of pocketing some of that money. He was arrested in Florida in Nov. 2011 and returned to Seattle to face charges.
A 2011 state audit and a report for the school district found Potter oversaw spending of $1.8 million in questionable contracts.
Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for the King County Prosecutor’s office, said it was not clear how Potter came to be arrested. Jail records indicate he was booked this afternoon on a $100,000 warrant related to the schools case, and a $600 warrant out of Kent for driving with a suspended license.
Potter will remain in jail until a court hearing on the warrant can be held Monday, Goodhew said. His case is scheduled to go to trial next month.
Messages left for Potter’s attorney were not immediately returned.
March 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM
A 20-year-old man Darrington died early Sunday morning after his car ran off the road in rural Skagit County, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Kenneth Cousins was driving a Subaru Legacy eastbound on State Route 530 when he crossed the westbound lanes and drove off the road at the intersection with Concrete Sauk Valley Road, according to the patrol.
The car rammed into a cluster of trees and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. Cousins was pronounced dead at the scene, a patrol spokesman said.
The accident remained under investigation Sunday night. It was unknown whether Cousins was wearing a seatbelt or whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
December 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Post updated at 11:30 p.m. with new details and to indicate suspect’s condition not known.
Lakewood Police shot a man Sunday night after he fired on officers, police said.
The incident began at about 9:49 p.m., when two police officers in a patrol car got into a pursuit of a suspected stolen car at Gravelly Lake Drive and Interstate 5, said Lt. Chris Lawler, a police spokesman, in a news release.
The officers chased the suspect northbound on I-5 until the suspect car exited at Portland Avenue. After police forced the car to a stop, the driver fired at officers, according to Lawler. The officers fired back, hitting the man.
After initially reporting the suspect was killed at the scene, Lawler said the man was taken by ambulance Sunday night to an area hospital. His condition was not known.
The officers were not hurt. They have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation of the shooting — a standard procedure in such incidents.
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