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January 7, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan joining global law firm

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is joining a global law firm that is opening a Seattle office, where she will specialize in Internet and online-security issues. Durkan, who served as chief federal prosecutor in Western Washington from 2009 until September of last year, will serve as global chair of the cyber law and privacy group…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: cyber law, Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney

December 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Ex-UW student convicted of cyberstalking deported to India

A former University of Washington student from India has been deported after he was convicted of cyberstalking for making threats on social media to carry out a campus shooting, federal authorities announced Friday. Keshav Mukund Bhide, 24, departed on an international flight Wednesday afternoon from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport under the watch of special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: cyberstalking, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, University of Washington

December 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Justices undo sentences in Lakewood cop killings

The Associated Press and Seattle Times staff OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court has reversed the gun convictions and the exceptional sentences issued to two people who helped Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four police officers in a Lakewood coffee shop in 2009. Clemmons’ aunt, Letrecia Nelson, and friend Eddie Lee Davis were convicted of rendering criminal assistance…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Lakewood police killings, Maurice Clemmons, Washington State Supreme Court

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

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