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Category: The Blotter

The latest reporting from the Times’ criminal-justice team.

October 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Lawsuit says ICE attorney forged document

The Associated Press SEATTLE  — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, in Seattle seeks $500,000 in damages for Ignacio Lanuza-Torres because the alleged forgery…

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October 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Tornado causes damage in Longview

The Associated Press LONGVIEW — Police in Longview are asking people to avoid a section of the city after a tornado ripped down power lines and damaged property. The National Weather Service says the tornado hit the southwest Washington city early Thursday afternoon. Video taken by a citizen appears to shows roof tiles being blown off a building. Jennifer…

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October 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Increased patrols in Leavenworth mean more Oktoberfest citations

The Wenatchee World LEAVENWORTH — With more sheriff’s deputies on patrol, citations issued at Leavenworth’s annual Oktoberfest jumped from 21 last year to 75 this year. “With more eyes on the street, you’re going to see more things that happen,” said John Wisemore, Chelan County undersheriff. The citations were given out for the three weekends of the annual…

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October 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Man wounded in leg in Rainier Valley shooting

Update at 12:55 p.m.: Witnesses tell Seattle police the gunman walked up to the victim outside a restaurant in the 2700 block of Rainier Avenue South and opened fire. The manager of a restaurant called police at 11:20 a.m. and reported the shooting. Detectives are following up on several leads in the case and are still collecting…

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October 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Body found near White Center tied to earlier investigation

  Update at 2:15 p.m.: Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates said,  “We can say the body we discovered today is related to that earlier investigation. It was information we received while continuing to work the Shelly/Marshmallow case that led us to the location here. “The body found today is female, but we still don’t even know who…

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October 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Road on Mount Baker closed for winter

The Associated Press MOUNT BAKER — The Washington Transportation Department has closed its first section of a highway for the winter. With snow on the ground and more forecast, crews closed the gate Thursday on Highway 542 from the Mount Baker Ski area to Artist Point. The three-mile road to Artist Point is typically the first to close…

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October 23, 2014 at 6:34 AM

Deputies searching for suspect in Burien double shooting

King County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect who shot two people at a Burien apartment complex this morning. The victims were shot in the 1200 block of Southwest 124th Street about 4:45 a.m. in what the sheriff’s office described as a domestic violence incident. They didn’t reveal the relationship between the victims and the suspect. The…

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October 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Judge: March trial for mentally ill in jails case

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A federal judge set a March trial date for a lawsuit filed on the behalf of mentally ill inmates who are waiting weeks to months for competency evaluations and treatment. Before deciding on a date, U.S. District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman repeatedly asked the disability rights lawyers whether the wait list issue could…

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October 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Lewis-McChord soldier charged in wife’s death

The Associated Press LAKEWOOD — The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood apartment. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist called the shooting last Thursday night an unfortunate example of domestic violence. He says 20-year-old Skylar Nemetz shot 19-year-old Tarrah Nemetz in the back…

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