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March 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Inslee: ‘The scope of this is almost unbelievable’

ARLINGTON – After flying over the scene of the Highway 530 mudslide near Oso, Gov. Jay Inslee says he was “left with a sense of awe that water and dirt can do that.” “The scope of this is almost unbelievable and it’s just heart-rending,” he said by phone. “There are people who are missing and people who…

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March 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

18 people unaccounted for in slide; voices heard, then gone

ARLINGTON – Rescuers say at least 18 people are missing in a massive mudslide that demolished two neighborhoods along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River and that the potential for a catastrophic flash flood remains high. Three people were killed and at least eight others injured when a rain-soaked hillside above state Highway 530 near Oso…

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March 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Seattle attorney appointed federal public defender for Western Washington

Attorney Michael Filipovic has been appointed as the federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit’s Chief Judge Alex Kozinski made the announcement this morning. Filipovic, 61, replaces Tom Hillier, who had held the position for an unprecedented 28 years before retiring last week. Filipovic…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Office of the Federal Defender for the Western District of Washington

February 28, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Federal Way to pay $130K to man questioned in 2008 homicide

The City of Federal Way has agreed to pay $130,000 to settle a civil lawsuit filed by a man who claimed police chained him to a bench while they used manufactured evidence to obtain warrants to search his house and car during a 2008 homicide investigation. Randall Fontana was a person of interest in the slaying of 75-year-old…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: civil lawsuit, civil rights, Federal Way Police Department

February 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Former Seattle ATF supervisor pleads guilty to felony

James Contreras, a former supervisor in the Seattle office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has pleaded guilty to a single felony count of making a false statement in a plea deal that will see 30 other counts dismissed stemming from an investigation into allegations that Contreras embezzled from a fund for confidential…

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February 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Ex-Mariner’s wife pleads guilty in credit-card fraud

TACOMA – The wife of former Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero pleaded guilty to federal wire-fraud charges this morning for using a credit card belonging to the wife of pitcher Felix Hernandez to make thousands of dollars of unauthorized online purchases. Maria Jacqueline Peguero pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to three counts of wire fraud for a trio…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: credit-card fraud, felix hernandez, Seattle Mariners

February 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Pierce County to pay $225K to police-dog bite victim

Pierce County will pay a Tacoma man $225,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit arising from a May 2011 attack by a police dog while he was out for an early-morning walk. Chad Boyles reached the settlement with Pierce County, even though the injuries were inflicted by a Lakewood Police Department dog. The dog, K-9 Officer Astor, and…

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February 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Wife of ex-Mariner to change plea in credit-card scheme

The wife of former Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero is scheduled to plead guilty to federal wire-fraud charges later this week  for allegedly using a debit card belonging to the wife of pitcher Felix Hernandez to make thousands of dollars of unauthorized online purchases, according to court records. Maria Jacqueline Peguero is scheduled to appear for…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Carlos Pegeuro, felix hernandez, Seattle Mariners

January 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Police: Security officer stabbed over stolen Seahawks sweatshirt

A Capitol Hill pharmacy security  officer was hospitalized Sunday after he was stabbed by a man who was trying to steal a Seattle Seahawks sweatshirt, according to police. Seattle Police Detective Jeff Kappel said police arrested a 30-year-old man, who was booked into jail. Police responded to a report of the assault around 3:45 p.m. after the…

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January 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Accident lands empty tour bus in business, sends three to hospital

Three people were injured when an empty casino tour bus crashed into the side of an auto-repair shop in Burien Sunday night, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Cindi West said the accident was under investigation but that it also  involved a sports-utility vehicle. The driver of the Snoqualmie Casino tour bus was taken…

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