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December 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Sue Rahr named to Obama task force on policing

Sue Rahr, the executive director of the Washington State Criminal  Justice Training Commission, was named Thursday to President Obama’s task force on building trust between police and communities throughout the country. Rahr, the former King County sheriff who in 2012  took over the commission and its training academy for police agencies throughout the state,…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: President Obama, Sue Rahr, task force

December 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

SPD assistant chief Nick Metz finalist for chief in Aurora, Colo.

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz is one of four finalists to become the next police chief in Aurora, Colo., according to a news release issued by the large Denver suburb. Metz, 52, also was a recent candidate for the job of Bellevue police chief, but the city scrapped the search and decided to start over…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Assistant Seattle police chief Nick Metz, aurora, police department

December 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

O’Toole opens all 5 assistant chief jobs to competition

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced Monday she will open the department’s five assistant chief positions to competition beginning in January, a move that could lead to a significant realignment in the top ranks. Applications will be open to anyone in the department who holds the rank of lieutenant or above, including the current assistant…

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

December 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Kayaker dies near Bainbridge Island

UPDATE,  5:50 a.m. | An overdue kayaker found unresponsive by the Coast Guard off Bainbridge Island has been declared dead at a Seattle hospital. A Coast Guard spokeswoman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer, says a helicopter found the 52-year-old Kitsap County man in the water about 11:15 p.m. Sunday. His kayak was nearby. She says Mark…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Bainbridge Island, Coast Guard, kayaker

December 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Seattle police say cars thefts drop; unveil property-crime plan

Auto theft and car prowls in Seattle dropped significantly in November as police put a sharper emphasis on those crimes, according to statistics  presented to the City Council Wednesday. But more steps need to be taken to address citizen concerns about lower-level crimes and to emphasize to officers the importance of containing them, police officials were…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: property crimes, Seattle City Council, Seattle Police Department

December 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Handful of protesters gather at Seattle City Hall

There’s a heavy police presence at Seattle City Hall Wednesday in advance of an expected protest. Thus far, only a small group of protesters have gathered in the lobby. But police and security guards are staked out near elevators, in the lobby and outside. Police outnumber those who say they are there to protest. People planning to protest…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, protesters, Seattle City Council

December 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Police block marchers from mall in latest Westlake protest

Hundreds of police greeted protesters at Westlake Center mall Monday night, blocking their access and keeping watch as they took to downtown streets to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision. The protest did not seem to hamper shoppers at the mall, unlike Friday night when Westlake Center closed early when protesters disrupted the evening’s activities….

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Ed Murray, Kathleen O'Toole, protests

November 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

$2.5 million claim filed against city of Seattle over crash involving Councilmember Clark

A $2.5 million claim has been filed against the city of Seattle, citing a collision more than two years ago in which a vehicle driven by Councilmember Sally Clark injured a bicyclist. The claim, brought by Steve Fairbanks, a former Lakewood, Pierce County, man who now lives in Oregon, represents the first step in a potential…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Sally Clark, Seattle City Council, traffic collision

November 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Seattle protesters block I-5; police use pepper spray

Update at 12:46 a.m: Group is on the move again, heading north on Fifth Avenue. Update at 12:40 a.m.: Protesters have left the old federal building and are standing in the middle of Fifth Avenue singing “We Shall Overcome.” Number has dwindled to about 50. Update at 12:30 a.m.: Protesters gathered outside the old federal building…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, grand jury, Officer-involved shooting

November 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Seattle preparing for Ferguson grand jury decision

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is likely to hold a news briefing this evening to discuss the announcement of the grand-jury decision in Ferguson, MO., according to sources briefed on the plan. Murray is planning to speak about 7 p.m., after officials in Missouri make their announcement at 6 p.m., the sources said. Protests are planned in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, grand jury, Mothers for Police Accountability

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