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December 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM
King County prosecutors charged Vanetta Richardson, 34, of Renton, with second-degree murder today, accusing her of shooting her unarmed husband seven times as he tried to flee their house on Sunday.
Richardson allegedly fired a .40-caliber handgun nine times at Jerry Butler Jr., 31, while her children were in her line of fire, charging papers say. Butler was shot twice in the back, once in the back of the head, once in the buttock, once to the front of his left shoulder and twice to the side of his body, according to the charges.
Though Richardson had told police she fired at Butler who lunged at her during an argument, his injuries are inconsistent with her description of events given “there were no gunshot entrance wounds to the direct front of Butler’s body,” the papers say.
Richardson called 911 just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday and reported that she had shot her husband because he had been hitting her, according to the charges. Butler died at the scene and was found lying face down in the yard outside their house in the 12400 block of Southeast 184th Street in Renton, the papers say.
“Although aiming at her husband, the defendant fired her gun multiple times when her children, who are all 16-years-old or younger, were in her line of fire. Her willingness to kill her husband while simultaneously endangering her children with injury from the gunfire establishes she is a danger to the community and her children,” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz wrote in charging documents.
Richardson, who remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, is to be arraigned Dec. 16.
December 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM
The former executive director of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee (SDCC) was sentenced this afternoon to 25 1/2 months for embezzling up to $330,000 in campaign contributions to fuel his alcohol and gambling habits.
Michael King was ordered to spend half of that time in prison, where he will be required to undergo treatment for alcohol and gambling addictions. The other half will be spent in community custody, the state’s version of parole. If he violates terms of his release he will be sent back to prison to serve out the rest of the sentence.
King must also pay $250,000 in restitution.
King, 32, pleaded guilty in October to four counts of first-degree theft and four counts of second-degree theft just one week after he was charged by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
King, who doesn’t have a previous criminal history, admitted to the thefts when he was interviewed by Seattle police on June 5, according to charging papers. He was able to swindle the campaign fund by requesting reimbursement for faked expenses, the charges say.
The charges indicate King began embezzling on March 28, 2011, weeks after he was hired as executive director of the statewide organization that was established to help Democratic incumbents and candidates win election to the state Senate. But the ongoing thefts weren’t uncovered until after the November 2012 election when King sought to be reimbursed for thousands of dollars he said had been paid to online polling and auto-dialing companies, the charges say.
With suspicions aroused, the SDCC board hired a law firm to conduct an investigation, which found King had been depositing campaign money into his own bank account, the charges say. The board members contacted police.
After King signed a release to allow detectives access to his bank records, they found he had made multiple withdrawals at area casinos, including Goldie’s in Shoreline, the Tulalip Casino in Marysville and the Silver Dollar Casino in SeaTac, according to charging documents.
December 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM
A King County District Court judge set bail at $250,000 Monday for a 25-year-old South Seattle man accused of stealing a car and crashing it into another vehicle on Thanksgiving Day, injuring three children.
Judge Arthur Chapman agreed to the state’s bail request, finding that Abdinjib Ibraham is a danger to the community and is likely to commit a violent offense if released.
Probable cause was found on Saturday to hold Ibraham on investigation of robbery, but the King County Prosecutor’s Office also plans to add three counts of vehicular assault and one count of eluding police to the charges, along with a firearms charge, Deputy Prosecutor Allison Bannerman told the judge. One child suffered a broken nose, a second child suffered a broken femur and the third child suffered a broken pelvis in the crash, Bannerman said.
Just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the owner of a white Infiniti G35 left his car running to warm it up while he went to order a cup of tea from a restaurant near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Ibraham. The owner apparently confronted Ibraham, who brandished a firearm at the other man before taking off north on Rainier Avenue South, the statement says.
After receiving the 911 report of a stolen vehicle, a Seattle police officer pulled behind the Infiniti and attempted to stop it, but Ibraham allegedly turned east on South Grand Street and slammed into a purple Chevrolet Monte Carlo that had been driving south on 23rd Avenue South, the statement says. The Monte Carlo rolled onto its side from the impact. Ibraham was seated in the driver’s seat of the Infiniti when he was arrested by police, according to the statement.
Police found a semi-automatic handgun on the floor of the car, the statement says.
Bannerman said in court Monday that Ibraham is barred from possessing a firearm due to his criminal history. Prosecutors plan to rush-file charges against him, she said.
December 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM
One of the three people convicted as teens in the 2008 slaying of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael is in trouble again.
In fact, all three are now behind bars.
Kenneth Kelly, 20, was arrested last night on a drug charge in the park next to the King County Courthouse during a police operation, Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said today. Kelly was spotted selling crack cocaine and was taken into custody, according to Whitcomb.
Kelly had “a small amount of crack and a little over $200″ in his possession, Whitcomb said.
He has not been charged.
Kelly had recently been released from prison following a conviction last year for unlawful possession of a firearm, according to court records.
Kelly, who was 15 at the time, and Billy Chambers and Ja’Mari Jones, both 16, pleaded guilty April 3, 1999, to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 53-year-old McMichael, who was beaten Oct. 25, 2008, during a robbery near Seattle Center and later died of his injuries.
McMichael was known for playing his tuba outside Seattle sporting events and Seattle Opera performances.
November 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM
A 25-year-old man is accused of stealing a car and crashing it broadside into another vehicle around 5:40 p.m. today in South Seattle, critically injuring a 12-year-old girl and sending her, two other children and a 31-year-old man to the hospital.
The owner of the stolen car had left his his vehicle running to warm it up near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street, when the suspect jumped in, Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt wrote in the department’s online blotter. When the owner confronted the suspect, the 25-year-old threatened the owner with his own gun, which had been left inside the car, Witt said.
The 25-year-old sped north on Rainier Avenue with the car’s owner chasing him in another vehicle, Witt said. A Seattle police officer saw the stolen vehicle near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street and also began following it, she said in the blotter post.
The driver of the stolen vehicle turned onto South Grand Street, drove through the intersection with 23rd Avenue South and slammed into a southbound vehicle occupied by a man and three children, according to Witt.
When firefighters arrived at the crash scene, a 12-year-old girl was unconscious and unresponsive and was trapped under a door of the car, which had flipped onto its side, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. She was quickly extricated and taken to Harborview in critical condition with injuries considered life-threatening, he said. By 9 p.m., Moore said the girl’s condition had stabilized.
An 8-year-old boy was found on the grass near the vehicle and suffered a leg fracture, said Moore. According to Witt, the boy had been thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
It took firefighters about 10 minutes to cut the driver and a 6-year-old girl from the vehicle: The 31-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition, while the 6-year-old was in stable condition with minor injuries, said Moore.
The 25-year-old was also injured and was to be booked into the King County Jail on investigation of vehicular assault and auto theft once he’s released from the hospital, Witt said.
The Seattle Police Department’s Traffic Collision Investigation unit is investigating the crash.
November 28, 2013 at 7:13 PM
A 1-year-old child suffered minor injuries Thursday after tumbling out of a window of a house in the 2300 block of Southeast 21st in Renton, according to a dispatch supervisor.
Though the initial report around 4:45 p.m. indicated the child fell 25 feet, it was later reported that the child fell 9 feet, the dispatcher said.
November 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM
Bellevue police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near the 11700 block of Northeast 12th Street.
Foul play is not suspected. Someone called 911 just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday and police located the man’s body beneath Northeast 12th Street, close to some train tracks, Officer Seth Tyler said in a news release. Cold weather may have played a role in the man’s death, Tyler wrote, explaining that the man was wearing only jeans and a light layer of clothing.
With nighttime temperatures expected to plummet over the next week, Tyler said police are encouraging those who need shelter to go to the Eastside Men’s Shelter at the International Paper Plant Building, 1899 120th Ave. N.E. The Bellevue shelter opens nightly at 8:30 p.m.
November 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM
A Seattle man with an obvious passion for football has been transferred from prison to the King County Jail on Friday to face charges that he caused another inmate’s broken arm after that man changed channels on a jail TV during halftime of a football game.
Cedric Cureaux, 48, who has a long criminal history in Washington and California, was being held in the King County Jail on drug and escape charges on Sept. 14, the day of the alleged incident, according to second-degree assault charges filed last week by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty to the drug and escape charges on Sept. 23 and was later transferred to the custody of the state Department of Corrections to begin serving a yearlong prison sentence, court records show.
According to charging documents, Cureaux had warned other inmates housed in his jail unit on Sept. 13 — a Friday — “that they were going to watch football all weekend,” and he “didn’t care if anyone got hurt if they changed the TV from football.”
Sure enough, the following afternoon the TV in the jail unit was tuned to a football game, say charging papers. During a halftime commercial break, a 51-year-old inmate changed the channel to a news program; Cureaux changed the channel back to football. The other inmate then switched the TV back to the news, the papers say.
That’s when Cureaux allegedly “hit him with open palms on the chest” in a gesture “like a push but with enough force to cause his body to rotate as he was knocked out of his shoes and fell to the ground,” according to the charging documents. The inmate put out his right arm to break his fall, and ended up with a broken arm and wrist, the papers say.
The injured inmate was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where pins were inserted into his wrist and his arm was put in a cast, the papers say.
Immediately after the incident, a jail officer saw that Cureaux was packing up his belongings in anticipation of being transferred to the predisciplinary housing unit on the jail’s 11th floor, according to the papers.
“Due to the jail culture,” several inmates who witnessed the alleged assault refused to say anything about it, but one man later told jail officials that Cureaux had threatened other inmates in the unit if they talked, charging papers say.
Because of his criminal history, Cureaux faces a potential prison sentence of five to seven years if convicted of second-degree assault, the papers say.
November 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM
A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent on Thursday waived his appearance in court Friday, when King County Superior Court Judge Helen Halpert found probable cause to hold the boy in secure detention on investigation of first-degree rape and first-degree rape of a child.
The girl, who was sexually assaulted and beaten unconscious, was able to seek help at a nearby hotel, according to Kent police.
King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Michael Mohandeson said the 14-year-old is the younger brother of Chrisean Crissel, who was 15 when he raped a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl on consecutive nights in October 2011. The brothers have different last names.
Crissel was ultimately charged as an adult and pleaded guilty in January to two counts of first-degree rape. He is now serving an indeterminate prison sentence of 20 years to life.
November 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM
A 55-year-old man’s left arm was severed in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company this afternoon after he became stuck in a machine up to his chest, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department.
Medics arrived at the Tsue Chong Co. at 800 S. Weller St., in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, within three minutes of receiving a 911 call at 12:15 p.m., Moore said.
The injured employee “was conscious and alert but in a tremendous amount of pain,” he said.
Firefighters were able to quickly free him and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center along with his severed arm, said Moore, who didn’t know whether doctors would be able to reattach the limb.
Elaine Fischer, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor & Industries, said safety inspectors are on scene and will investigate what happened, what safety requirements apply to the fortune cookie plant and what the employer was doing to ensure safety measures were followed.
There hasn’t been a safety inspection at Tsue Chong Co. since 1996 and the company does not have a history of safety violations, said Fischer.
“If there haven’t been any complaints or incidents to trigger a safety inspection, we don’t routinely inspect every business,” she said. “That particular plant didn’t get on our radar for any of those things, so there wasn’t any reason” to do an inspection.
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