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Category: The Blotter

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

January 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Warrant issued for suspect in sex-trafficking of underage girls

The Olympian The Washington State Patrol is searching for a suspect who is believed to have been involved in human trafficking in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. An arrest warrant was issued for Mikael Z. Williams, who is believed to have assisted his older brother Michael Williams and Curtis Escalonte in trafficking underaged girls. Both Escalonte…

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January 27, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Pilot killed in Hood Canal crash identified

The family of a Fox Island man has been notified by the Coast Guard that it is believed he was killed Monday when his plane crashed into Hood Canal, a relative said. Neither the body of Robert Alexander Jr., 65, nor the plane have been recovered from the water near Seabeck, where the depth is around…

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January 27, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Woman charged with Belltown drive-by shooting

A 20-year-old Seattle woman, who is alleged to have been involved in a shooting in Belltown on Saturday, was charged Tuesday with drive-by shooting by King County prosecutors. In documents filed in King County Superior Court, prosecutors allege that Nia C. Hall was found in a car that was seen by witnesses speeding from the scene of…

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January 27, 2015 at 1:46 PM

Heroin deaths in Snohomish County a serious problem

The Associated Press EVERETT — The Snohomish Health District says deaths from heroin and drugs like oxycodone are a serious problem in the county, which includes Everett. From 2011 to 2013 the county had about 20 percent of such deaths in Washington, although it has about only 10 percent of the state population. To help prevent overdose deaths…

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January 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Rude awakening: Police find wanted man hiding in stranger’s bed

The Wenatchee World WENATCHEE — A man sleeping inside a Wenatchee apartment got a rude awakening Tuesday morning when a man being chased by police ended up in his bed. Police weren’t clear on whether the resident was awakened by the suspect or by police who raced into the apartment in pursuit, said Sgt. Rick Johnson. The…

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January 27, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Oregon man accused of stabbing friend in neck, skull

The Associated Press LEBANON, Ore. — Linn County deputies arrested a 26-year-old Lebanon man accused of delivering life-threatening stab wounds to a friend. Sheriff Bruce Riley says Sean McKee allegedly stabbed the friend several times in the neck and back of the skull with a folding pocket knife that had a four-inch blade. The 32-year-old victim was…

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January 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Missing Seattle teen returns home

Seattle police say that a 13-year-old girl who went missing on Jan. 16 has returned home. Eliana Perkins was last seen getting into a white Honda on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, police said. The car was reportedly driven by a man in his 30s. Police spokesman Patrick Michaud said that in the days following the girl’s disappearance…

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January 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Olympia mom accused of cutting her 3 young children’s throats

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A woman accused of stabbing her three small children told detectives she cut the children’s throats with a kitchen knife to keep them quiet for her soldier husband, a prosecutor said Monday. Christina E. Booth, 29, of Olympia, said in the police interview that her husband, Thomas Booth, never helped her…

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