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February 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Bill to abolish death penalty doesn’t pass out of committee

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state isn’t moving forward in the Legislature this year. House Bill 1739, which received a public hearing this week, was scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, but it was not brought up for a vote on the last day…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: death penalty, Legislature

February 19, 2015 at 2:07 PM

3 charged in brutal death of teen found in Tacoma ravine

The Associated Press TACOMA — Prosecutors in Pierce County have filed charges against three people in the death of a 19-year-old man whose dismembered body was found in a Tacoma ravine this month. Wallace Jackson, Crystal Jackson and Darrel Daves were each charged with first-degree murder on Thursday. The remains of Jesus Isidor-Mendoza were found Feb. 8 in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: dismembered body, homicide, Tacoma

February 19, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Man, woman fatally shot in Everett identified

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the names of the two people fatally shot last Friday at a home in Everett. Kevin P. Odneal, 50, died of a gunshot wound of the torso. Irene D. “Deni” Halverson, 42,  died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, the medical examiner’s office said. Both deaths…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Everett Police Department, homicide, shooting

February 18, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Police: Man tried to lure child into minivan in Magnolia

A man posed as a school transportation official and tried to lure a child into his minivan Wednesday morning in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, police said. A woman told police she was waiting with her elementary school-aged child near 34th Avenue West and Brygger Drive West around 8:20 a.m. when a man pulled up nearby in a gold minivan. The man claimed…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: luring, Magnolia, Seattle Police Department

February 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Spokane judge denies compensation for 3 freed prison inmates

The Associated Press SPOKANE  — A Spokane County judge says three men whose convictions were thrown out after they spent four years in prison are not entitled to state compensation. The men sought about $680,000 under a law to compensate prisoners who were wrongfully jailed. The three were convicted of assault, robbery and drive-by-shooting in 2008 drug-related…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: inmates freed, Spokane County Supereior Court

February 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Oregon couple arrested after baby dies of starvation

The Associated Press ROSEBURG, Ore. — A Southern Oregon couple has been arrested on charges of murder by abuse after an autopsy determined their 7-week-old baby boy died of starvation. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday that 27-year-old Stephen Williams Jr. and 22-year-old Amanda Hancock were arrested Tuesday at their home in Glendale. Deputies say an ambulance was…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: child abuse, Oregon, starvation

February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Gorge death: Man in 2009 hiking party accused of murder

The Associated Press HOOD RIVER, Ore. — A hiking companion has been accused of murder in the death of a woman who fell from a trail six years ago in the Columbia Gorge. The Oregonian reports that Hood River County officials are holding Stephen Wagner Nichols without bail. Authorities say the Bend, Ore., man was arrested in San…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: hiking accident, homicide, Hood River County

February 17, 2015 at 1:10 PM

‘Miracle’ that Shoreline basketball team survived bus crash

The Associated Press MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The coach and members of the of the King’s High School boys basketball team say it was a “miracle” no one was seriously hurt when their bus overturned on its side on an Interstate 5 off-ramp at Mountlake Terrace. KOMO reports Assistant Principal and coach Rick Skeen told a student assembly Tuesday…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: King's High School, school bus crash, Shoreline

February 17, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Hispanic group calls for federal probe of Pasco police shooting

The Associated Press PASCO — The leader of a Hispanic group in Pasco is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate last week’s fatal police shooting of an orchard worker accused of throwing rocks at officers. Consejo Latino Chairman Felix Vargas says he supports law enforcement in general, but he believes there’s a conflict of interest in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Officer-involved shooting, Pasco, U.S. Justice Department

February 17, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Knocked off Oregon bridge, motorcyclist in critical condition

The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — A 73-year-old Salem motorcyclist is reported in critical condition after a traffic accident that threw him from a bridge into the Willamette River. Police say William Chamberland Jr. was trying to change lanes on the Marion Street bridge Monday when his motorcycle collided with a van. The bike hit the barrier on…

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