The latest reporting from the Times’ criminal-justice team.
December 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM
KENNEWICK — An Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon for a 14-year-old girl last seen leaving her school and getting into her boyfriend’s green Ford Escape SUV.
The Tri-City Herald reports that police believe Elizabeth Romero could be in danger. She is believed to be with 19-year-old Edwardo Flores Rosales.
Police say the girl’s mother contacted them Wednesday afternoon after her daughter did not return from school. Sgt. Ken Lattin says the girl was last seen getting into her boyfriend’s vehicle about 11 a.m. Wednesday at Phoenix High School.
Officers say the girl’s mother received a text message Thursday from an unknown phone number from someone claiming to be Elizabeth and saying she was headed to Mexico with her boyfriend.
December 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM
Federal Way police are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 31-year-old woman who has been missing since Saturday.
Krystle K. Drake, who is also known as Krystle K. Burch, left home at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a blue, 2005 Scion XB with Washington license plates ADJ1555 and Apple logo stickers on the windows.
She may have been responding to Craigslist ads in South King County shortly before she disappeared.
Police say she has a condition that requires medication.
Drake is described as 5-foot-4 woman of about 140 pounds with green eyes and blonde hair. She has recent tattoos of zodiac signs on both feet, one of which may be infected. She has several other tattoos including one on her back that reads “Johnny.”
December 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM
Charges were filed today against a 34-year-old man — one of two suspects — in the theft of $650,000 worth of wine from a retailer/storage facility in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood.
Samuel Arby Harris was charged with a single count each of burglary in the first degree, theft in the second degree and attempted arson in the first degree, according to information from the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Harris is being held on $500,000 bail, and is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 19, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
The second suspect is still at large.
December 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Some fast-acting teachers at Redmond’s Overlake School saved the life of a colleague today, according to a news release from that city’s fire department.
As recounted in the release, a 54-year-old music teacher collapsed during class and became unconscious. Hearing calls for help, teachers in nearby classrooms — one of whom is an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) — hurried to help.
His colleagues “shocked” the 54-year-old and managed to re-establish a heartbeat, according to the release. The man was showing signs of life when Medic One and the fire department arrived. The man was taken to Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center, where he is said to be in stable condition, according to the release.
From the release:
“This group of teachers and staff definitely saved the life of their co-worker, according to Redmond Paramedics.”
“… The health teacher who provides CPR and AED courses to students at the Overlake School, as well as this group of teachers who were part of this lifesaving team had never seen a cardiac arrest. This real-life experience demonstrates the importance of delivering CPR education early on in the schools, as well as to the success of the community CPR programs. King County, WA has the highest resuscitation rate in world, which is over 50 %. This is because of the aggressive CPR and AED training programs and most importantly, the citizens, dispatchers and emergency responders who comprise the Medic One system.”
December 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM
Seattle police homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside an Aurora Avenue North motel last night.
Seal’s Motel manager Kelly Yu said she had grown concerned about the woman, a longterm guest, because she hadn’t seen her since Saturday. Yu asked her husband to go into the woman’s room and check on her. At around 5:30 p.m. he found the 34-year-old woman dead on the floor, Yu said.
Seattle police confirmed they are investigating the case and have deemed it suspicious. An autopsy was performed on Thursday, but the woman’s identity was not released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Yu said the woman checked into the motel, at 12035 Aurora Ave N., on Nov. 8 as part of a contract she had with a substance abuse rehabilitation clinic. The woman was supposed to attend rehab and not have any guests in her room, Yu said.
December 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM
A King County sheriff’s deputy who threatened a newspaper editor with arrest during a sidewalk confrontation in July has been placed on administrative leave pending the final results of an internal investigation into his behavior.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart confirmed today that Deputy Patrick Saulet was placed on paid administrative leave before Thanksgiving for allegedly threatening to arrest Dominic Holden, news editor for The Stranger weekly newspaper.
Holden wrote that he was riding his bike past Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Street about 7:25 p.m. on July 30 when he saw six law enforcement officers surrounding a man who was seated on a planter box at a transit station.
Holden said he took a photo from a public sidewalk of Saulet, who told Holden to leave the area or risk arrest. Holden then spoke to a Seattle police officer, who reportedly threatened to come to Holden’s office and bother him while he was working.
Taking photos of police activity on public property is legal.
“As long as they are not directly interfering with an investigation, they have a right to stand there and videotape or take photos,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West following the incident.
December 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM
A Bellevue police officer who was disciplined for his drunken off-duty behavior at Seattle Seahawks game in September 2012 has been charged with misdemeanor drunk driving in an incident in which a fellow Bellevue officer stopped him for erratic driving and then allowed him to go home with a relative.
The officer who was pulled over has been identified as Andrew Hanke.
Bellevue police say on Nov. 20, an unidentified off-duty Bellevue police officer was driving home in his patrol car when he stopped a car on Interstate 90 near Issaquah to investigate the driver for possible DUI. The driver of the vehicle that was pulled over was Hanke, according to Bellevue city Prosecutor Lynn Moberly, who filed the DUI charge Thursday in King County District Court in Issaquah.
The off-duty officer did not arrest Hanke and instead allowed him to be driven home by a relative, police said.
The investigating officer notified a supervisor of the incident.
The following morning, Bellevue police Chief Linda Pillo was notified of the incident and Hanke was immediately placed on administrative leave, said Bellevue police public information Officer Seth Tyler. The department has also opened an internal investigation into the officer who stopped Hanke but did not arrest him.
“While officers are allowed some discretion during a traffic stop, the officer’s decision in this case not to make an arrest is undergoing a thorough and objective internal investigation. That investigation will determine whether the on-duty officer used poor judgment and/or failed to perform their duties,” police said in a news release. (more…)
December 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM
The Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho — A 19-year-old Boise man is charged with filing a false police report after Ada County deputies say he reported being assaulted in an effort to gain the sympathy of his former girlfriend.
Shawn Sheltra Jr. was arrested Tuesday after police investigated his report that he was attacked by two men and strangled with an electrical cord.
Deputies received a call at about 5 p.m. Tuesday with a report that a man was found lying on the ground with a cord around his neck.
Officers said Sheltra told them he was knocked unconscious and woke up on the side of the road. After hospital medical staff could find no injuries consistent with the attack, Shelton confessed to fabricating the story in an attempt to win back his former girlfriend.
December 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM
STEVENSON, Skamania County (AP) — A woman who was injured in a fall on Mount St. Helens was airlifted by rescuers Thursday and taken to a Vancouver hospital.
The Skamania County sheriff’s office says 28-year-old Alana McCammon of Vancouver fell into a snow cave Wednesday night at about the 7,000-foot level of the volcano in southwest Washington. She was with 25-year-old Kyle Knight of Petersburg, Alaska.
The sheriff’s office received a call for help and rescuers reached her overnight. She was stabilized until she was airlifted off the mountain by a helicopter at daylight.
McCammon was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth Medical Center in Vancouver. Spokeswoman Michelle Halfhill says she was admitted in satisfactory condition.
December 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM
An 83-year-old Seattle woman was attacked and robbed by three armed men who broke into her home last night, police said.
The woman was on her computer at her home in the 4900 block of 28th Avenue South just before 8 p.m. when the three men, armed with handguns and wearing ski masks, forced their way inside, according to Seattle police. The men held guns to the woman’s head and chest and dragged her around the home, demanding money.
The woman handed over a small amount of cash; the robbers took jewelry as well, police said.
After the attack, the woman ran to a neighbor’s house and called for help.
The woman later told police that a gunshot was fired inside her home, but officers have not determined whether a bullet was actually fired.
Police have not released descriptions of the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911, or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.
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