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August 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

SPD officer who wrote 80 percent of pot tickets returns to patrol

A Seattle police bicycle officer who was reassigned after it was learned he had written 80 percent of the tickets for using marijuana in public this year has returned to his regular assignment, Seattle police said Monday afternoon. However, police continue to investigate the conduct of Officer Randy Jokela, who in some marijuana citations referred to City Attorney Pete…

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August 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM

No criminal charges in 2010 Tesoro refinery fire that killed 7

There will be no federal criminal charges in connection with the April 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes that killed seven employees. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a lengthy investigation into possible violations of federal environmental and worker-safety laws concluded no crime had occurred. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said the evidence reviewed “does not reach…

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August 15, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Federal magistrate judge orders accused Russian hacker held

A federal magistrate judge on Friday ordered accused Russian hacker Roman Seleznev detained pending his trial on charges he operated a massive international scheme to steal and re-sell credit-card numbers. Magistrate Judge James C. Donohue concluded that Seleznev posed a flight risk despite a promise to post a $1 million bond —  secured by $100,000 cash…

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August 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Snohomish County deputies arrest suspect in truck theft after manhunt

An hour-long manhunt by Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies has resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of stealing a semi-truck and assaulting a deputy. The sheriff’s office said the incident began after a report that a man had stolen a 10-wheel semi-truck. A sheriff’s deputy later spotted the truck and the suspect standing nearby. When the…

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July 31, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Man gets exceptional sentence for torching Capitol Hill nightclub

The man who set a fire inside a crowded Capitol Hill gay nightclub on New Year’s Eve was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a federal arson charge this morning in U.S. District Court in Seattle. In a statement of responsibility submitted before this morning’s sentencing, Musab Mohammed Masmari admitted to setting the fire at Neighbours…

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July 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Jewish Federation demands resignation of NRA lobbyist

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle this morning called for the resignation of a National Rifle Association lobbyist who reportedly linked gun control to the Holocaust. At a news conference at the federation’s Seattle headquarters, President Keith Dvorchik said longtime NRA spokesman Brian Judy should resign for connecting a ballot initiative designed to reduce gun violence to…

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July 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Sheriff: Found body is that of final mudslide victim

Update at 1:04 p.m.: Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary has confirmed searchers have likely found the body of Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge at the site of the Oso mudslide. He said her body will be recovered sometime today. Her remains were found about 100 yards from where the body of her husband was recovered, the sheriff said. Trenary…

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June 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

3 more who died on Rainier, a guide and 2 climbers, are identified

Update at 4:55 p.m.: One of six climbers on Mount Rainier was an executive for Intel, the San Jose Mercury News is reporting. “Intel is greatly saddened to confirm that Intel Vice President Uday Marty is among the six mountain climbers missing and presumed dead following a fall on Mount Rainier,” the company said in…

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May 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

U.S. attorney: SPD officers’ lawsuit ‘without merit’

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said a lawsuit filed Wednesday by more than 100 Seattle police officers over a new use-of-force policies is “without merit.” She said there will always be those in an organization who will resist change because it is different. But she said police reforms will proceed. Durkan called a rare, impromptu news conference the…

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May 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

32-month sentence for Maple Valley pot dealer for shooting

A Maple Valley marijuana dealer and grower was sentenced today to 32 months in prison for opening fire in a residential neighborhood after he was robbed. Federal prosecutors say Jason Loken, 38, thought he had lined up the sale of six pounds of marijuana to a call girl he met on backpage.com when he was accosted…

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