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Category: The Blotter

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

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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October 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Auburn police defend response to Misty Upham disappearance

Auburn police are refuting allegations made by relatives of Native American actress Misty Upham that officers mistreated her and didn’t take her Oct. 5 disappearance seriously. Upham, 32, was reported missing by her parents Oct. 6. Her body was found at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment in Auburn near the White River on…

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October 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Child hit by car in Chinatown International District

A 3-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by an SUV Tuesday afternoon in the Chinatown International District, according to Seattle police. Police said the accident happened around 12:30 p.m. at 12th Avenue South and South King Street. The child was injured after being struck in the head and arm by a car mirror, said Seattle Fire Department…

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October 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Car collides with Oregon log truck; 2 killed

The Associated Press ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says an Oregon couple died when a Toyota Corolla collided with a log truck. The crash happened Monday afternoon on Nonpareil Road in Sutherlin. According to the sheriff’s office, the Corolla driven by 50-year-old Todd Gilman veered into the oncoming lane and struck the fully loaded log truck. Gilman…

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October 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Parents brawl at Seattle-area youth football game

The Associated Press SEATTLE  — Two Seattle-area youth football teams for players 9 and 10 years old have been banned from the playoffs — not for anything they’ve done wrong, but because of their parents. The council for the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association banned the Renton Five Stars and the Bothell Cougars after a brawl in…

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October 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Ex-Northshore teacher charged with possessing child porn

King County prosecutors charged a 72-year-old substitute teacher on Monday with three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct after his computer was seized earlier this month when a technician allegedly found pornographic images of children on an iMac the man brought in for repair. Kurtis Kasner, who was More

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October 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actor arrested in Idaho

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — An actor best known for his role in the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is apologizing for actions that led to his arrest in a hotel lobby in southwest Idaho. Nicholas Brendon, known for playing Xander Harris on the hit show that ran from 1997 to 2003, said Monday on…

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October 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Suspect in Snohomish County shooting spree angry police didn’t kill him

The man accused of going on a shooting rampage last week by driving around and firing on police in Granite Falls, Lake Stevens and Marysville told detectives he’d wanted to be killed and was disappointed in the officers’ marksmanship, according to a court document filed in Everett District Count on Monday. The 43-year-old Lake Stevens man told investigators he…

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