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December 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Man indicted in Alaska slaying of former Washington lawmaker

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A man accused of shooting an Alaska prosecutor in a jealous rage over a woman was indicted on murder charges by a grand jury. Ronald Fischer, 47, was charged Thursday with first- and second-degree murder in the Dec. 8 shotgun death of Brian Sullivan, an assistant district attorney in Barrow, the country’s…


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December 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Canadian woman arrested at Blaine crossing on cocaine charges

The Associated Press BLAINE, Whatcom County — A British Columbia woman is under arrest for allegedly trying to carry $900,000 worth of cocaine from Seattle to Canada. Robyn Cortney Bell is being held at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center on suspicion of cocaine possession with intention to distribute. According to a complaint filed in federal court, the U.S. Customs and Border…


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December 19, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Skier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, surviving because he was initially able to dig his head out of the snow, officials with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said. The skier, who officials would not identify, was then pulled from the snow…


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December 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Man killed in head-on collision in Lake Stevens

A 22-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision Thursday in Lake Stevens, police said. The Lake Stevens man was driving west on state Highway 92 (Granite Falls Highway) around 4 p.m. when it appears he swerved to avoid hitting another car that had stopped to make a left turn, police said. The man’s car collided with an oncoming…


Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Lake Stevens Police Department, traffic collision

December 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Not guilty plea in Lake Sammamish crash fatalities

The Associated Press The Sammamish woman accused of crashing a car through a home while under the influence of alcohol and a sleep aid pleaded not guilty Thursday in Seattle to vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of her husband and son-in-law. Carol Fedigan had her grandson on her lap at the time of the crash…


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December 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

State Supreme Court says closed drug-court meetings OK

The Associated Press The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that certain drug-court hearings can be closed to the public, but two justices dissented arguing that the constitution demands an open courtroom and open proceedings to ensure that the courts are operating fairly. Writing for the majority, Justice Mary Fairhurst said some of the state’s adult drug courts…


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December 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Third suspect arrested in Portland school shooting

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Portland police say a third suspect has been arrested in their investigation of a shooting outside an alternative Portland high school that injured four young people. The arrest came after a chase late Tuesday in Marion County, about 40 miles south of Portland. Police say the suspect is 16 years old. Police say the…


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December 17, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Unclaimed ashes to be scattered on Puget Sound

The Associated Press TACOMA — The Pierce County medical examiner plans to scatter the unclaimed ashes of 23 people on the waters of Puget Sound. Dr. Thomas Clark says many of the cremated remains are decades old and no relatives can be found or they’re not interested. So, on Thursday, the sheriff’s patrol boat will carry the remains…


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December 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Whatcom County man accused of using horse whip on son

The Associated Press BELLINGHAM — The Whatcom County sheriff’s office says a man forced his 10-year-old son to run for three hours on logging roads at the crack of a horse whip. Other family members reported the 32-year-old man and another relative who were punishing the boy Sunday for not doing his chores properly at their home…


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December 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Deputies: Oregon man wounded nuisance cat with arrow

The Associated Press PHOENIX, Ore. — A southern Oregon man has been accused of shooting a neighbor’s cat with an arrow because it harassed his own cats and knocked over his garbage cans. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the man called the cat a nuisance. Deputies said in an affidavit the arrow went through the cat’s abdomen….


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