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January 22, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Justices overturn conviction in slaying of armored-car driver in Lakewood

The state Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted as an accomplice in the 2009 robbery and murder of a Loomis armored car driver at a Lakewood Walmart, saying a Pierce County prosecutor’s “egregious misconduct” prejudiced the jury. The unanimous justices, in three separate opinions, concluded a deputy prosecutor’s PowerPoint show during closing arguments in the trial of…

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January 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Bellevue man accused of managing illegal Internet drug market

Federal agents have arrested a Bellevue man accused of assisting in the management of the so-called “Silk Road 2.0″ website, an illicit Internet market for drugs and other black-market goods. Prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Brian Richard Farrell — who they say went by the name “DoctorClu” — with conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. He will appear Tuesday in U.S….

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January 16, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Sea Mar clinics settle overbilling case for $3.6 million

Sea Mar Community Health Centers, which provides health services to mostly poor and many minority residents in 10 counties, has agreed to pay $3.65 million to settle an investigation by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office into improper Medicaid billings. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the two-and-a-half-year investigation revealed the health-care provider overbilled Medicaid for thousands…

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January 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Accused Russian hacker to get federal public defender

A Russian man accused of trafficking in millions of stolen credit-card numbers will be represented by the Seattle Federal Public Defender’s Office, a judge ruled Wednesday following a closed hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The two private lawyers representing accused international hacker Roman Seleznev were allowed to withdraw their representation following the hearing…

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December 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Bothell man killed in freeway accident, says WSP

The passenger in a pickup truck that had stopped on southbound Interstate 5 in Snohomish County to secure a loose load was killed Saturday when a car swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision and struck him, according to the Washington State Patrol. The victim was identified as Gerald Olmstead, 51, of Bothell. The patrol said…

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December 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Patient at Harborview being tested for possible Ebola

A 52-year-old King County man is in isolation at Harborview Medical Center, being monitored for possible Ebola infection after developing a fever following a trip to Mali in West Africa. Officials at a news conference Saturday afternoon said the measures are precautionary and that it is “very unlikely” the man has the disease. Dr. Jeff Duchin, the…

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December 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Prosecutors charge violent felon with break-in and gun thefts from sporting good store

King County prosecutors charged a 43-year-old felon on Friday in connection with an alleged attempt to steal firearms from the Big 5 sporting-goods store in Burien early Tuesday. Ricky Arntsen, who is also known as Ricky Nelson, remains jailed in lieu of $750,000 bail. According to the state Department of Corrections, Arntsen, of Burien, served 11 years…

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December 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM

No felony charges for SPD cop’s bone-breaking punch of handcuffed woman

King County prosecutors will not file felony charges against a Seattle Police officer seen on video punching and seriously injuring a handcuffed, intoxicated woman after arresting her for investigation of  domestic violence. The decision, which has been pending since September, comes as a public outcry grows over incidents in Missouri and New York, where police officers have…

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December 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Kirkland man charged in threats to kill Ferguson cop, family

Federal prosecutors have charged a Kirkland man with making interstate threats against the life of former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and his family. Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, is identified as a convicted felon with drug and firearms-related convictions who is accused to trying to purchase a firearm over Facebook, telling the seller that he was “going to…

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October 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Reward offered for handguns stolen from Lakewood shop

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating the theft of 30 semi-automatic handguns and other firearm parts from a Lakewood gun shop. ATF said it was joining with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves. ATF Special Agent Brian Bennett…

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