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Category: The Blotter

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

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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October 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

SPD’s Metz among 5 finalists for Bellevue PD chief

UPDATE 11:10 A.M.| Metz will be up against four other candidates for Bellevue Police Department Chief: Minnesota Police Department Assistant Chief Matthew Clark, Bellevue Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Jolliffe, Simi Valley (California) Police Department Chief Mitch McCann and Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Raul Munguia. A hiring timeline hasn’t been narrowed down, but Bellevue city…

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October 21, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Man arrested after he refuses to exit UPS truck, threatens driver

Seattle police arrested an apparently intoxicated man after he threatened to shoot a UPS delivery driver who was trying to get him out of her truck in North Seattle Tuesday morning, police said. A UPS driver was walking back to her truck after stopping at a business in the 12000 block of Aurora Avenue North when she…

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October 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Search under way for missing Microsoft program manager

Officials are searching for a missing Seattle man who hasn’t been seen since he left the Microsoft campus last Wednesday, police said. Krishna Venkatesh, 27, a program manager at Microsoft, is believed to have driven from the Redmond campus to Deception Pass, where his car was found Monday, according to the Seattle Police Department. The…

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October 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for torching apartments at WSU

The Seattle Times PULLMAN — A man who admitted setting a fire that destroyed portions of a student apartment complex under construction at Washington State University will spend more than four years in federal prison. A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced 33-year-old Bryan Lee Kitchen for starting the fire that burned 88 units at The Grove apartment…

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October 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Alleged Westlake groper accused of more than a dozen similar attacks

A level 3 sex offender whose alleged groping of a Seattle woman on Oct. 12 resulted in a social media campaign to have police investigate the incident may be responsible for more than a dozen similar incidents, police said. Seattle police on Tuesday said that more than a dozen women have contacted the Sexual Assault Unit…

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October 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

SPD investigating gunfire in Rainier Beach

Seattle police say were called to Rainier Beach on Tuesday afternoon for a report of gunshots. Police spokesman Drew Fowler said officers were called to Rainier Avenue South and South Rose Street at 2:34 p.m. for the report. He said officers found a bullet casing on the street, but nobody who was shot. “There’s nothing to indicate there was a person being…

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