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April 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

City going out of state for next SPD chief

The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed to 10 candidates, all from out of state, according to sources familiar with the search. The only internal candidate to apply, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was among 10 applicants removed from a list of 20 candidates reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, the…

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0 Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Mayor Ed Murray, police-chief search committee, Seattle Police Department

April 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Citizens tackle purse thief, recover stolen items

A group of citizens chased and tackled a purse thief, recovering the woman’s purse and other items, Seattle police said in a Web posting Sunday. Officers responded about 5:50 p.m. Saturday to Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Myrtle Street to a report of a strong-arm robbery. A preliminary investigation indicated the woman was walking…

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April 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Mistaken identity, joking remark trigger fight and arrests

A case of mistaken identity left one person pepper sprayed, another punched in the face and a third with a chipped tooth, Seattle police said in a Web posting Sunday. Officers responded about 5:53 a.m. Saturday to a report of an assault near Airport Way South and South Snoqualmie Street. A preliminary investigation indicated that a man…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: assault, medics, Seattle Police Department

April 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

SPD dog takes bite out of crime in deli burglary

A 23-year-old man was arrested for investigation of the burglary of a West Seattle deli store Saturday after he allegedly fled the business and was found by a police dog, Seattle police said in a Web post Sunday. Officers responded at about 1:12 a.m. to 911 calls of a burglary of the deli in the 9000…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Burglary, Seattle Police Department, West Seattle

April 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Lucky ‘break’ foils robbery attempt in South Seattle

A robber tried to pull a necklace off a woman in a daylight robbery attempt in South Seattle on Saturday, but she got lucky when the necklace fell into her hands, Seattle police said in a Web posting Sunday. Officers responded at 10:15 a.m. to the 7100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South to…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: attempted robbery, Seattle Police Department, South Seattle

April 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to name new police chief in May

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced today that he plans to disclose his choice for the city’s new police chief during the workweek beginning Monday, May 19. Murray’s 12-member search committee is to receive a list of resumes today from a recruiting firm that gathered applications. The committee is expected to reduce the list to about 10 candidates…

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0 Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Mayor Ed Murray, police-chief search, Seattle Police Department

April 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Prosecutors told of potential problem with SPD in-car videos

The King County Prosecutor’s Office said today that it has been informed of a potential problem with Seattle police patrol-car video that could affect prosecutions. “We’re just learning of this and we will be meeting with city officials to find out more,” Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office, said in an email. Donohoe said there was…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: in-car video, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Seattle Police Department

March 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Therapy dogs give comfort, raise spirits in aftermath of mudslide

Pongo is a 9-year-old black Labrador retriever with graying eyebrows who favors belly rubs He was going to be a guide dog but never quite made it through the program, ending up as a therapy and crisis-response dog. Through these awful days in Darrington, the town east of the slide, Pongo has been doing a standout…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: comfort, mudslide, Oso mudslide

March 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Mudslide search hindered by wind, rain

The strongest rains of the week are expected to soak the mudslide zone today. “The biggest challenges that they are facing right now with the heavy water is, first off, the crews are extremely wet. It’s cold there. It’s windy up there. There’s no shelter” said Tom Cooper, deputy chief of the Arlington Fire Department during a…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: dead, mudslide, Oso mudslide

March 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

SPD’s Jim Pugel to retire

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel has decided to retire, effective Monday, ending a 31-year career in which he served a stint as interim police chief during one of the most tumultuous times in the department’s history. Pugel’s departure comes only months after he sought to position himself for the job of permanent chief. But his chances…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Department of Justice, Jim Pugel, Seattle Police Department

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