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August 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

City, federal monitor move to dismiss suit by SPD officers

Attorneys for the city of Seattle asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit in which more than 100 Seattle police officers are seeking to block new use-of-force policies stemming from federally mandated reforms. Shortly after, attorneys for  the federal monitor overseeing the reforms also filed a motion to dismiss, calling the officers’ claims “legally…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. District Court

August 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Kent police seek public’s help in finding vulnerable woman

The Kent Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a vulnerable 38-year-old mentally delayed female, Emilie Lorraine Zangara. She was last seen Saturday evening, Aug. 9. Her roommate, who is also developmentally disabled, reported that Zangara left their apartment located in the 10800 block of SE 240th Street on foot, police said….


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Kent Police Department, missing person, public help

August 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Teen arrested on suspicion of crawling into Seattle woman’s bed

A 17-year-old youth has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into a north Beacon Hill home last month and crawling into a woman’s bed as she slept, Seattle police said Thursday. On July 29, the victim reported to police that she was asleep in bed, naked, when she woke and realized someone was lying next to…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Beacon Hill, Seattle Police Department. burglary

August 14, 2014 at 6:10 PM

SPD Assistant Chief Carmen Best promoted to deputy chief

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced Thursday the promotion of Assistant Chief Carmen Best to deputy chief and second in command of the department. O’Toole also announced other organizational changes. Here is her statement: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Best to Deputy Chief of the Seattle Police Department. Since I was appointed, Carmen…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Carmen Best, Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle Police Department

August 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Ex-UW coach Lambright a no-show for assault arraignment

MONROE – Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright was a no-show this afternoon for his arraignment on a fourth-degree assault/domestic violence charge. Lambright’s attorney, Royce Ferguson, said he believes his client’s failure to appear in Snohomish County District Court’s Evergreen Division likely was simply a misunderstanding, although no reason was given for the absence. The judge gave…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: domestic-violence case, Jim Lambright, Snohomish County District Court

July 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Seattle city attorney issues statement on SPD pot-ticket case

In the wake of news stories about a Seattle police officer under investigation for writing 80 percent of the tickets this year for using marijuana in public, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes today issued a statement outlining his position on enforcement of the ban. In some cases, the officer added a notation to the tickets requesting…


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

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

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