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November 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM
The Associated Press
MUKILTEO — There are no reports of injuries in a fire this morning that has destroyed a home in Mukilteo.
Assistant Chief Brian McMahan says firefighters who arrived just before 10 a.m. Wednesday were told all the occupants escaped safely.
McMahan says access was a problem fighting the fire because the house is down a long, narrow drive on a steep slope.
The fire was reported just before 10 a.m. in the 6000 block of 88th Street South.
November 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM
The Associated Press
BREWSTER, Okanogan County — The body of a missing Bridgeport man was found in a car partly submerged in the Columbia River near Brewster.
The Douglas County sheriff’s office says the body of 81-year-old Gordon B. Beadell was found Tuesday downstream of the Brewster bridge.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says it appears Beadell missed the turn onto the bridge and went over an embankment. He was not wearing a seat belt. The car landed upside down.
The Wenatchee World reports Beadell had been reported missing Nov. 12 and deputies said he had dementia.
November 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM
The Associated Press
A man who sold fake Dale Chihuly glass art has been sentenced to five months in prison by a judge who said he would have preferred to send him to basic training in the Army.
Michael Little, of Renton, pleaded guilty to wire fraud after his arrest last spring. He admitted he sold more than $22,000 worth of counterfeit art to a collector who planned to donate the pieces to the art museum at Gonzaga University.
U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik said prison might do him good. He said Little sleeps until 10 a.m. every day, takes a two-hour afternoon nap and spends much of the rest of the time on his computer.
Lasnik told the defendant he “needs to get out of the house,” and said he’d send him to basic training if he had the authority.
November 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM
Seattle police have arrested a man suspected of shooting another man in the knee last week during an attempted robbery.
The shooting occurred just after noon on Nov. 12 near the intersection of Renton Avenue South and South Ryan Street when the gunman attempted to rob the victim of his iPhone. The victim resisted and was shot during a struggle, police said.
Seattle police said robbery detectives developed information on the 20-year-old suspect, who was located yesterday at his Renton home. Police arrested the suspect as he was driving away from the house. A handgun was seized from underneath the front passenger seat, according to police.
The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery and assault warrant, police said.
November 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM
The Associated Press
OKANOGAN — Two north-central Washington men have been arrested for investigation of first-degree murder in the Sept. 2 shooting death of a Hoquiam man who was hunting grouse near their land.
Okanogan County sheriff’s officers say 27-year-old Adam Jennings and 57-year-old John Jennings were arrested Tuesday in the death of 52-year-old Michael Carrigan. The Wenatchee World says the two Chesaw men are father and son.
Undersheriff Joe Somday says no motive has been determined for the shooting.
Carrigan and George Stover of Hoquiam were grouse hunting. Carrigan got out of a truck to shoot at a grouse and was shot himself. Stover drove away and called for help.
Shortly after the shooting, deputies seized weapons and ammunition from the Jennings’ home, located about 100 yards from where Carrigan was shot.
November 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM
A man diagnosed with schizophrenia pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder Tuesday in connection with the stabbing of his girlfriend in her Lacey apartment Nov. 5.
Alexander Althauser, 35, pleaded not guilty to the charge during his video arraignment before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon.
Althauser is accused of stabbing his girlfriend five times in her apartment in the 5600 block of College Street after she tried to prevent him from getting into bed with her 10-year-old daughter, according to court papers.
She and her daughter barricaded themselves in a bedroom, court papers state, and the woman passed out during a 911 call. The woman was initially admitted to the intensive care unit at Providence St. Peter Hospital, but she has since been released.
Althauser was being held at the Thurston County Jail Tuesday, with bail set at $1 million.
November 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM
The Associated Press
BUCKLEY, Pierce County — The Pierce County sheriff’s office says a homeowner who shot and killed an intruder near Buckley will not be arrested.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the 21-year-old intruder was acting erratically late Monday when he drove through a driveway gate, crashed into several parked cars and then forced his way into the home near 258th Avenue East and 164th Street East.
A woman who lives in the home locked herself in a bathroom and called 911. Her husband grabbed a gun and went to investigate.
Troyer says the homeowner fired at least two shots, killing the intruder inside the home.
The News Tribune reports the 67-year-old man was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.
November 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM
A Seattle man who used “charm, intimidation and violence” to coerce girls and young women into working as prostitutes was sentenced last week to 35 years in prison, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
A King County jury in September convicted Shacon Barbee of two counts each of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree promoting prostitution, one count of leading organized crime, two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft. Although the standard sentence range was 20 to 26 years, prosecutors recommended a 35-year exceptional sentence because of the “ongoing pattern of sexual exploitation of the minor victim and because of the defendant’s extensive criminal history,” according to the prosecutor’s office.
Barbee, 34, is a Level III sex offender who has a long criminal history, including convictions for second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, according to court records.
Barbee was arrested in December 2010. Charging documents alleged that since 2007, Barbee had led an “organized criminal enterprise” in which he used “charm, intimidation and violence to recruit and manage females.” Prosecutors and police said he forced three young women into working as prostitutes and then pocketing all of the money they earned. On most days, each woman earned more than $1,000 working as a prostitute, prosecutors say. (more…)
November 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend when she tried to get him to leave her Kent apartment nearly two years ago pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Shawn D. Gulseth faces a sentence range of 26 to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 6 in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence at the high end of the range.
Gulseth, 43, killed his ex-girlfriend, Bonnie Peterson, inside her apartment on Dec. 20, 2011, after she tried to get him to leave, according to charging documents.
After the slaying, Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray and one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment, the documents say.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work the next day, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents.
Gulseth was arrested about three weeks later when he was found camping under a bridge near Willits, Calif., a town of approximately 5,000 people that’s roughly 200 miles north of San Francisco.
Gulseth, 40, has prior convictions for second-degree robbery, eluding police, drug possession, theft and criminal trespassing.
In 2005, Seattle police arrested Gulseth for stealing a police car, crashing the cruiser and punching two officers — all while he was handcuffed.
November 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Seattle police said today that the report of an attempted child abduction at a Queen Anne elementary school last week was unfounded.
Detectives have determined that an emergency contact was attempting to pick up two children from an after-school on behalf of their parents. However, a miscommunication led to reports that the children had been targeted for abduction.
The children were not in any danger and detectives have closed the case, police said.
Police were initially told that someone had approached a staff member at a program housed at Coe Elementary School at about 3:40 p.m. on Thursday and said he was there to pick up the two children. The individual knew the full names of both children and claimed he had been asked to pick them up by their father, who was reported to have had car trouble, police said.
The staff member followed protocol and told the individual he needed to show ID in the program’s office before signing the children out for the day.
The individual never showed up at the office, so staff contacted the kids’ father. Police were called after the father told employees his car had not broken down and he had not asked anybody to pick up his children.
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