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July 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM

IDs released of man who killed mother, self at Seattle retirement community

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified an elderly woman who was fatally shot by her son, who then killed himself at a Ravenna retirement community a week ago. Annie McClure, 83, died from a  gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide. Her son, William T. McClure, 57, also died from…


| More in The Blotter | Topics: King Couty Medical Examiner's Office, murder-suicide, Seattle Police Department

July 24, 2014 at 3:58 PM

SPD: Reports of drone strike on Space Needle greatly exaggerated

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of a drone strike on the Space Needle were greatly exaggerated. On Tuesday evening, several guests at the Space Needle reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the landmark and possibly crash into an observation deck window, Seattle police said. The witnesses said they then saw the camera-equipped drone…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: drone, Seattle Police Department, Space Needle

July 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Northwest musician sentenced to prison for charity album scam

A Vancouver, Wash., musician and record producer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for a scheme to lure investors into bogus music projects, including a charity album he allegedly said would feature songs by Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. Kasey Anderson, the frontman and guitarist for the alt-country group Kasey Anderson and the…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Kasey Anderson and the Honkies, U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. District Court

July 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Charges: South Park man killed mother, stepfather with ax

A 45-year-old man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his mother and stepfather on Saturday in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Richard Parenteau Jr., 45, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 6. Parenteau had been…


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

July 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Teen girl stabbed Friday in Redmond has died

A teenage girl who was stabbed Friday night in Redmond has died of her injuries, Redmond police said today. Cara A. Neil, 17, was stabbed in the chest during a reported fight in Redmond, police said. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, with injuries police said were life-threatening. Police responded to reports of a fight Friday night near…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: homicide, stabbing. Redmond

July 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Former Tacoma teacher pleads guilty to child rape

The Associated Press TACOMA  — A former Tacoma high school math teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with two students and communicating with others about sex. Twenty-five-year-old Meredith Powell pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday to two counts of third degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Child rape, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, Tacoma

July 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

SPD: Man threatens strangers with knife, goes on ‘homophobic rant’

Seattle police say they arrested a man this morning after he pulled a knife on two people inside a supermarket while in the midst of a “homophobic rant.” A man and woman, who police identified as gay, were shopping at the QFC at Broadway and East Pike Street around 1 a.m. when the armed man began leering at the woman, police said. The…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: malicious harassment, Seattle Police Department

July 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla. The former Alaska governor was pulled over July 16 and cited for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit. The penalty includes a $144 fine and $10 police training surcharge. An attorney for Palin said he…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Alaska, Sarah Palin, speeding

July 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Kent woman charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group

Update at 2:17 p.m: Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent appeared this afternoon at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue ordered her held pending a detention  hearing next Tuesday. Dhirane is facing 23 counts, one of conspiracy and 22 of providing material support to a foreign terrorist network. Original post: The Associated Press and Seattle…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Kent, providing material support to a foreign terrorist network, U.S. Attorney's Office

July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Richland man pleads guilty to raping, killing baby

The Associated Press KENNEWICK — A Richland man pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping and killing his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby. Prosecutors are recommending a 40-year prison sentence when 37-year-old Jose Luis Aguilar is sentenced in Benton County Superior Court. The Tri-City Herald reports he pleaded guilty to first-degree rape of a child and second-degree murder in the death in…


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