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July 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM

SPD officer under investigation after writing 80 percent of pot tickets

Update at 6:28 p.m.: Department sources identified the officer as Randy Jokela, who has been on the force since 1990 and currently works as a bike officer in the West Precinct, which includes downtown Seattle and Queen Anne. Ron Smith, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, did not name the officer, but said he met with…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: City Attorney Pete Holmes, marijuana laws, Seattle Police Department

July 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

SPD Chief O’Toole announces top staff appointments

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole today announced her first major appointment to her top staff. In a posting on a department website, O’Toole wrote: “I am pleased to announce that I have added Mike Wagers to my staff as SPD’s Chief Operating Officer. Mike will oversee the Patrol Support Bureau, Administrative Services, Information Technology, Human Resources and…


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

July 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Man found not guilty in May Day 2013 protest

A man charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer during Seattle’s May Day “anti-capitalism” demonstration in 2013 was acquitted in a trial last week. A Seattle Municipal Court jury found Justin Descandon Gonzalez, 26, not guilty Thursday. Gonzalez, who was arrested at Eighth Avenue and Pine Street, was one of a number of people arrested during…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: demonstration, May Day, Seattle Municipal Court

July 19, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Wildfire spreading rapidly in Okanogan County

A massive, wind-whipped wildfire continued to rapidly spread in Okanogan County in Central Washington today despite some signs of improvement. The onset of cooler temperatures and the possibility of rain in the forecast raised hopes of controlling the fire that has destroyed scores of homes, Sheriff Frank Rogers said. But winds reported at 35 mph fanned…


Comments | Topics: Okanogan County, Sheriff Frank Rogers, wildfires

July 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Felony charges re-filed against SPD officer accused of molestation

Snohomish County prosecutors filed new charging documents today against a veteran Seattle police officer accused of molesting the daughter of a former girlfriend. Officer Eric A. Smith, 57, of Bothell, was arrested June 30 and released the next day from the Snohomish County Jail after posting $150,000 bail. As is standard in Snohomish County, Smith was initially…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: child molestation, Officer Eric A. Smith, Seattle Police Department

July 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

King County deputy found asleep in patrol car is fired

King County Sheriff John Urquhart has fired a deputy who was arrested in Newcastle on New Year’s Eve. The deputy, who was found on-duty and asleep in his patrol car, had prescription drugs in his system, according to a previous statement from the Bellevue Police Department. No details were released on the termination this week of Deputy…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: King County Sheriff John Urquhart, King County Sheriff's Office, New Year's Eve incident

June 26, 2014 at 5:56 PM

SPD officer under criminal investigation after force used on handcuffed woman

A Seattle police officer has been relieved of duty after a use-of-force incident involving a handcuffed woman, the department announced tonight. The officer, who works in the South Precinct, is the subject of a criminal investigation, police said. His gun and badge were taken away, a source familiar with the matter said. A police statement did not…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Force Investigation Team, Office of Professional Accountability, police brutality

June 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Kathleen O’Toole confirmed as Seattle police chief

In an 8-1 vote, the City Council today confirmed Kathleen O’Toole to serve as chief of the Seattle Police Department. O’Toole, who was nominated by Mayor Ed Murray on May 19 after a nationwide search, became the first woman to be selected for the job on a full-time basis. She previously served as Boston’s first female police…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle City Council, Seattle Police Department

June 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Sheriff: Prostitution, theft case against deputy is ‘police corruption’

Update at 2:19 p.m.: At this afternoon’s news conference, King County Sheriff John Urquhart laid out the case in detail, saying his office was looking into whether other deputies or commanders were involved or should have known of the illegal or improper activities alleged in the charges against Deputy Darrion Keith Holiwell. “This is a form of police corruption,…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: King County Jail, King County sheriff's deputy, King County Sheriff's Office

June 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

City counters cops’ lawsuit: Judge ruled SPD reforms constitutional

In their first response to a federal lawsuit in which more than 120 Seattle police officers are challenging new use-of-force policies, city attorneys today filed a short document with U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman informing her that another federal judge overseeing police reforms has found the policies to be constitutional. The two-page document, called a “Notice…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: City Attorney's Office, Seattle Police Department, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

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