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You are currently viewing all posts written by Jimmy Lovaas. I'm the digital reporting intern at The Seattle Times and a senior majoring in journalism at The University of Washington. Previously I was part of the legislative reporting team with The News Tribune and The Olymian, the crime beat reporter for The Daily of the University of Washington, and Arts and Entertainment for The Ebbtide of Shoreline Community College. I am also a concert photographer and freelance journalist.

July 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Highway 9 to close again for fire control

Highway 9 near Mount Vernon will be closed to traffic for much of the day to allow helicopters to drop fire retardant on a brush fire. The closure is to start once the morning fog lifts and is expected to last abotu 6 1/2 hours, WSDOT said.  It follows a closure in the same area Thursday. The road…



July 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Lightning-caused forest fires reported

Forestry officials and land managers around the Northwest are looking for signs of fires set by hundreds of lightning strikes overnight as dramatic thunderstorms roared through the region. Five new fires, presumably set by lightning, were reported in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, said spokesman Roland Giller.  He said firefighters have been dispatched to three of the fires,…


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July 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Nude U District intruder just wanted to ‘crash’

A naked man climbed through a U District window early this morning reportedly looking for a place to sleep, according Seattle police. When residents said no way, the man climbed back out. A short time later, police found the man and arrested him. Seattle Police officers responded to the 5000 block of 8th Avenue Northeast just after…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: intruder, naked man, Seattle Police Department

July 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Homeless duck couple want a home

Wadsworth and Wallingford are being housed at the animal shelter while volunteers search for adoptive parents. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Animal Shelter Wadsworth and Wallingford are not fancy Seattle neighborhoods. They’re a pair of homeless ducks. Ducks. Like, quack quack and so forth. The Seattle Animal Shelter is currently housing the two waterfowl in…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: adopt, animal shelter, duck

July 11, 2013 at 5:33 AM

7-year-old Puyallup girl assaulted; teen neighbor arrested

Associated Press

A 7-year-old girl was playing outside with other children at an apartment community Wednesday evening in Puyallup when she was apparently lured into nearby woods and sexually assaulted, police said.

She was found choked and unable to walk but gave police enough information to arrest a 14-year-old neighbor boy, said Capt. Dalan Brokaw and Chief Bryan Jeter.

The girl was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma in serious condition and is expected to survive. Her parents were with her Thursday morning.

“She did have quite extensive injuries and was not able to walk under her own power,” Jeter said. “She’s an extremely brave and strong young girl to be able to survive this brutal attack.”

Investigators were waiting for a medical report to confirm suspicions of a sexual assault, he said.

It was a warm summer evening and children at the Glenbrooke apartment community were playing outside when the girl disappeared about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Family and friends searched for about two hours before reporting her missing.

“My guess is they thought she was in the complex somewhere. After a couple hours, it was not normal and they panicked a little bit,” Jeter said.

Police went door-to-door in the complex and checked cars in the parking lot. A police dog from the Normandy Park Police Department was brought in and it picked up a scent from a tennis shoe that was found on a trail.

The dog led its handler and searchers into a nearby wooded area where they found the girl early Thursday, after midnight.


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: girl abducted, Puyallup, sexually assaulted

July 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

UPDATE: Man arrested for attempted sexual assault in Puyallup

Police are looking for this man in connection with an attempted sexual assault. UPDATE, 8:30 p.m. | Police have arrested a 32-year-old Puyallup man in connection with the attempted sexual assault of a Puyallup woman Tuesday night. The man will be booked for felony attempted sexual assault. The case remains under investigation. ORIGINAL POST | The…


Comments | Topics: Puyallup, Sexual assault, suspect sought

July 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM

2 children wounded by shotgun in Leavenworth domestic dispute

Two children, one just 2 years old, were hit when their father, a Chelan County man, fired a shotgun near them last week in Leavenworth. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett said police were dispatched on a domestic disturbance call to Second Creek Road in Leavenworth around 8:45 a.m. July 5 where they found the 2-year-old boy…


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July 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Drive-by shooting in Queen Anne sends woman to hospital

CORRECTED VERSION A 20-year-old woman was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting in Kerry Park early Friday morning. Police said she does not appear to have life-threatening injuries. Seattle police are reporting that officers investigating a small fire in the area about 2 a.m. were approached by a woman who told them her friend had just…


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