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Category: The Blotter

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

October 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Misty Upham’s family believes her death was accidental

Facebook post Friday, attributed to five members of the family of local actress Misty Upham, says they think her death was accidental. “She did not commit suicide,” the post said.  “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police.” The post said the area has a hidden dropoff and it appears she didn’t see it, and slipped and fell off a steep embankment. “I, Charles, went there after Fire…

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October 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Puyallup woman pleads guilty to setting her own home afire

The Associated Press TACOMA — A 38-year-old Puyallup woman who told firefighters how she dropped her young son to safety before escaping a house fire herself has admitted setting the fire and making a false insurance claim. The News Tribune reports that Melinda Sayers pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree arson and the insurance offense in the April…

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October 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

2 rescued before 67-foot vessel sinks near Dungeness Spit

The Associated Press SEQUIM — The Coast Guard says a 67-foot recreational vessel with 700 gallons of diesel on board sank Friday north of Dungeness Spit after a man and woman were rescued. There is no report of a spill. The Coast Guard says the Washington Ecology Department is working with the owners to see if the…

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October 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Northshore school substitute accused of child-porn possession

A 72-year-old substitute teacher for the Northshore School District was arrested at his Woodinville home on Wednesday after a computer technician found sexual images of young children on the Apple iMac the teacher had brought in to be fixed, according to Kirkland police. Kurtis Kasner was ordered held on $500,000 bail on Thursday and is expected to be…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: child porn, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Northshore School District

October 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Moxee woman accused of stealing 5 cars in 1 day

The Associated Press YAKIMA — Police say a woman stole five cars in one day in Moxee and Yakima. The 26-year-old woman and a companion were arrested Wednesday when they tried to use a stolen credit card at a store. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports police checked surveillance videos that showed the woman breaking into cars while the companion acted as…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: car theft, Honda Accord, Moxee

October 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Teen struck by school bus in Federal Way still in critical condition

A Federal Way girl who was hit by a school bus carrying elementary students on Thursday remained in critical condition Friday morning at Harborview Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The girl had just left her home and was in the crosswalk when she was struck at the intersection of Pacific Highway South and South…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Federal Way, Federal Way School District, school bus accident

October 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Medical Examiner’s office confirms death of actress Misty Upham

Update 3:35 p.m.: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday afternoon identified Misty Upham as the woman whose death is being investigated by Auburn police. A medical examiner’s office investigator said the 32-year-old woman’s cause and manner of death remain under investigation. The investigator said that Upham died on Oct. 5 Original post: A spokeswoman for the…

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October 17, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Homeless man pleads not guilty to fatal shooting in Pioneer Square

A homeless man from Texas pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man on Sept. 24 in Pioneer Square, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office Kenneth Bernard Jones Jr., 19, was arrested six days after the killing by Federal Way police after he was identified by witnesses and tipsters, according…

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October 17, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Guilty plea in Tacoma double-murder case

The Associated Press TACOMA — A 39-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty Thursday in Tacoma to two charges of aggravated murder and one attempted murder. The Pierce County prosecutor’s office says Aaron Lamar Livingston killed 25-year-old Andrew Giessler with an ax last May in Tacoma because he believed Giessler was in a…

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