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Category: The Blotter

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

August 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Seattle man found guilty in fatal Oregon crash

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A Seattle man has been found guilty of second-degree manslaughter after driving a car that crossed a center line and crashed head-on against another vehicle, killing two Seaside residents. The Daily Astorian reports that 40-year-old Sterling Maxwell Frinell was driving under the influence of methamphetamine, opiates and oxycodone when he crashed his…

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August 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Dust storm leads to about 50 vehicles in collisions near Kennewick

The Tri-City Herald Kennewick — Authorities estimate about 50 vehicles were involved in multiple collisions on Interstate 82 Saturday afternoon amidst blowing dust. Nine people were taken to Tri-City hospitals, but none had life-threatening injuries, said Capt. Devin Helland of Benton Fire District 1. “For as many cars as were damaged and hit, it was remarkable that…

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August 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Police prevent man from jumping onto ramp at I-5 and SR 520

Fire and police crews spent several hours this morning just east of Interstate-5 north of downtown Seattle, where they successfully prevented a man from jumping onto the freeway ramp from I-5 to State Route 520,  according to the Seattle Fire Department. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center about 11 a.m., said Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore Fire,…

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August 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Neighbors knew little about the man shot dead by police on Queen Anne

Corrected version Neighbors of the man shot dead by Seattle police Saturday night on Queen Anne say they knew little about him because he had just moved in a few months ago. But one neighbor said he walked his dog regularly and another said he gave money to a neighbor child’s fundraising efforts for animal welfare. A third…

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August 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

No jail time for man, 76, who stole $400,000 from water association

A man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $400,000 from a private water association will not face jail time. The Everett Herald reports that 76-year-old Jesse Orvic Rowe was convicted of felony first-degree theft this year. He completed 240 hours of community service in lieu of a 30-day jail sentence, and agreed to pay the…

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August 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Sentence for mother of boy in Bremerton school gun accident

The Associated Press The mother of a Washington state boy who brought a gun to school that went off in his backpack and critically wounded a classmate will spend more than a year behind bars. Jamie Lee Chaffin was sentenced to 14 months Friday in Kitsap County Superior Court. She initially faced third-degree assault charges but was…

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August 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Fire engulfs Mercer Island home

Billowing smoke could be seen from miles away as a fire consumed a Mercer Island home Friday night. Occupants of the home in the 5600 block of Mercer Island Way were able to safely escape the fire that erupted about 7 p.m., according to the Mercer Island Fire Department. By the time firetrucks from Mercer Island,…

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August 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM

SPD: Men snatch tablet computer from woman in wheelchair at Northgate Mall

Talk about low. Seattle police say the two men pictured in this surveillance photo snatched a tablet computer from a woman at Northgate Mall last week. The victim and her husband – who both use wheelchairs – were inside the mall waiting for a Metro Access van on Aug. 22 when the two suspects began circling them, police said. After hanging…

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August 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Man pinned beneath van in North Seattle

Update at 3:43 p.m.: Van tires rolled on top of victim’s head. The man, in his 60s, is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Original post: A man was severely injured Friday afternoon when he was pinned beneath a van in North Seattle, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The man was working on the van in the 14300…

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