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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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September 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Bonney Lake man pleads guilty to possession of child porn

A 45-year-old Bonney Lake man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty this week in U.S. District Court to possessing and distributing child pornography, including a nearly six-minute video that shows the sexual abuse of an infant girl who was hung upside-down, beaten and tortured with ice and a lit candle. Kevin Gerald Heiland collected more…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: child pornography, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. District Court

September 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Federal lawyers honored for their work on Seattle police reforms

  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has honored five current and former members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle for their work in bringing about reforms at the Seattle Police Department. The team was key to investigating allegations of police abuse in Seattle and then negotiating a federal court-monitored consent decree implementing broad reforms in…

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September 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Former Belfair PTA president gets 23 years in prison for child pornography

The former president of a Mason County elementary school PTA has been sentenced to 23 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised released after pleading guilty to four child-pornography charges in an investigation that turned up video of him raping an 8-year-old child in a school classroom. David Michael Navarro, 38, was arrested last year…

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September 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan stepping down

Jenny Durkan will step down as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington at the end of the month. “I have been honored to serve the communities in Western Washington, to lead an office of extraordinary people and public servants, and to work with dedicated federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement. Together we have taken on…

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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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