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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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October 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Sen. Patrick Leahy voices concern over FBI creating fake news story

Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday wrote Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concerns over revelations that the Seattle office of the FBI created a fake news story to trap a teenage bomb-threat suspect. Leahy, D-Vermont,  in a letter sent Thursday, said that “when law enforcement appropriates the identity of legitimate media…

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October 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

U.S. Attorney’s Office appoints Election Day watchdog

Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes has appointed a long-time federal prosecutor to oversee and investigate complaints of Election Day fraud. Assistant U.S. Attorney Arlen Storm has been appointed to the Western District of Washington’s Election Office and will be responsible for handling complaints of fraud or voter-rights abuses in consultation with the Justice Department headquarters in Washington,…

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October 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Pierce County deputies face excessive-force suit in man’s death

The family of a University Place man who died last May after being taken into custody by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit alleging five deputies used excessive force when they beat and used a Taser on Ronald Hillstrom and then laid on top of him, breaking most of his ribs and collapsing his…

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September 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Ex-coach at The Bush School indicted on child-porn charges

A federal grand jury in Seattle has indicted the former cross-country ski coach at The Bush School on three child pornography-related charges and a single count of transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity after he allegedly hid a video camera in the room of a female student while in a ski…

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