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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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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: arson, U.S. District Court

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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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, National Rifle Association

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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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: 530, body, Snohomish

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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| Topics: Alpine Ascents, climbers, rainier

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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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Department of Justice, Jenny Durkan, Seattle Police Department

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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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: home-invasion robbery, Maple Valley, marijuana

May 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Ex-ATF supervisor going to prison for lie about informant funds

A former supervisory agent in the Seattle office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was sentenced today to one year in prison for lying about money meant for informants that went missing. James Contreras, 52, pleaded guilty in February to a single felony count of making a false statement in a plea…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: ATF, confidential informant, forgery

May 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Court: Sea-Tac workers can sue over lunch menus

Washington’s Supreme Court narrowly voted to reinstate a lawsuit by workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport caterer who complained the lunches provided by their employer violated their religious beliefs. In doing so, the court found that, under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), employers must make reasonable accommodations for religious practices. Federal law, under Title VII, already requires this…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington State Supreme Court

May 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

SPD chief nominee O’Toole weighing her new command staff

Update at 2:39 p.m.: Kathleen O’Toole, in an interview after her appointment was announced, said she is considering several people from the outside to serve as a top assistant during a transition period in her first 60 days. During that period, she said, she will determine who – in and outside the department — to appoint to…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Police Department

May 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

20-year sentence for man who photographed Federal Way molestation

A felon who photographed himself repeatedly molesting a 10-year-old girl was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison. Steven Maurice Williams, 43, of Seattle, also will have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison. He was convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle of production of child pornography and illegally possessing a gun….

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