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February 19, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Woman found in South Park alley identified

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a woman whose body was found in a South Park alley as Celina Anne Petersen, 26. An autopsy revealed the woman suffered fatal blunt-force trauma to the head. Her death has been classified as a homicide. Police were called to the alley near 12th Avenue South and South Sullivan Street about…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: death investigation, homicide, South Park

February 17, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Man who claimed rough arrest during Seattle May Day riots drops suit

A freelance photographer has dropped a lawsuit alleging he was roughly arrested by Seattle police and later charged with assaulting an officer during the 2012 May Day protests, according to court records. Joshua “Alex” Garland claimed a video posted on YouTube shows he never touched the officer, who later alleged Garland grabbed his wrist and twisted during…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: civil-rights lawsuit, May Day riots, Seattle Police Department

February 15, 2015 at 8:18 PM

Seattle Times wins Polk Award for Oso slide environmental coverage

The Seattle Times has won the prestigious George Polk Award for environmental reporting for stories linking the deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 43 people to what the judges called “corners cut, safeguards disregarded and warnings ignored by” environmental regulators. The George Polk Awards are among the most prestigious in journalism, and have been…


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February 15, 2015 at 5:21 PM

Shelton woman killed in Highway 101 head-on collision

A 20-year-old Shelton woman was killed in a head-on collision early Sunday on Highway 101 that sent two others to the hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. Investigating Trooper Joshua J. Merritt identified the dead woman as Breanna Renee Atwell. A passenger in her car, identified as Samuel John Roark III, 22, of Shelton, was transferred to…



February 13, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Family of man shot by Pasco police files $25 million claim

The widow and daughters of the man killed by Pasco police Tuesday have filed a $25 million claim against the city. The claim was filed with the city clerk’s office Friday, even as police and Franklin County prosecutors appeared at a news conference to confirm that Antonio Zambrano-Montes was not armed with a firearm or a knife when he…


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February 12, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Officer in Pasco shooting was once named in excessive-force lawsuit

One of the three officers involved in Tuesday’s shooting death of a homeless man on a busy downtown sidewalk was a defendant in a federal civil-rights lawsuit the city settled for $100,000, according to court records. The lawsuit claimed Pasco officers were inadequately trained in the use of force and how to respond to street confrontations. The lawsuit,…


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February 11, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Witness questions fatal shooting of rock-throwing man by Pasco police

Update at 4:07 p.m.: The officers involved in the shooting have been identified by police as: Ryan Flanagan, a 9-year veteran assigned to patrol; also a traffic safety officer. Adam Wright, 8- year veteran assigned to patrol; also a firearms instructor and field training officer. Adrian Alaniz, 2-year veteran assigned to patrol. Update at 3:30 p.m.:   The American Civil…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Officer-involved shooting, Pasco, Tri-City Special Investigative Team

February 5, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Pierce County to pay $750,000 for man’s death during arrest

Pierce County will pay the family of a mentally ill man who died after being beaten by sheriff’s deputies $750,000 in a settlement that also assures deputies will receive additional training in dealing with the mentally disturbed. Ronald Hillstrom, a 44-year-old University Place man with a history of severe mental illness, including psychosis, died on May…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: civil-rights lawsuit, Pierce County Sheriff's Department, U.S. District Court

February 2, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Kirkland man pleads guilty to threatening ex-Ferguson cop

A Kirkland man has pleaded guilty to a single felony for making an interstate threat against the life of former Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson and his family. Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, entered the plea Monday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue in Seattle. Two other counts are set to be dismissed at sentencing, which is set for June…


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January 22, 2015 at 11:23 AM

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

Odies Delandus Walker 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…


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