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Category: The Blotter

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

August 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Photobombing crack dealer gets 7 1/2 years

A convicted crack dealer who tried to win a reduced sentence by submitting to the court photos of himself posing with a slew of Seattle city officials  was sentenced this afternoon to 7 1/2 years in prison. Ali Abukar Mohamed, 30, was convicted of selling crack cocaine in a school zone earlier this year. Because the drug sales took…

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August 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Infant found dead in Cannon Beach, Ore.; parents sought

The Associated Press CANNON BEACH, Ore. — Authorities in Clatsop County say an infant has been found dead in a Cannon Beach inn, another child was seriously injured and the parents are being sought. Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn tells the Daily Astorian authorities were called to the Surfsand Resort Friday morning. He didn’t release details about the…

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August 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Seattle man charged in fatal Leschi shooting in April

King County prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old Seattle man with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Deszaun Smallwood, who was one of three men killed blocks apart and within days of each other in April. Lorenzo Pratt, a member of the Deuce 8 street gang who goes by the street name “Chosen,”…

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August 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Lost Canadian sailboat found off Ocean Shores

The Associated Press OCEAN SHORES — The Coast Guard says a sailboat that was reported missing July 11 off of British Columbia was found capsized Thursday about five miles northwest of Ocean Shores. There was no sign of 69-year-old Paul Clark, who sailed alone out of Prince Rupert, B.C., earlier in July on his way to Port…

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August 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Victim struck by CleanScapes truck identified

Update 2:58 p.m.: The victim in the First Hill crash has been identified as Rebecca A. Scollard, 42, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The 42-year-old died of multiple blunt force injuries, a spokesman for the medical examiner said. Original post: A driver for Recology CleanScapes was behind the wheel of the truck that struck and killed a…

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August 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Motion filed in immigrant minor deportation case

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A coalition of immigrant rights advocacy groups is asking a federal court to block upcoming deportation proceedings against several minors unless they have proper legal representation. The preliminary injunction motion was filed Thursday night by several groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. The groups,…

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August 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Man grazed by gunfire during robbery at Cal Anderson Park

Seattle police say a man was grazed by gunfire during a robbery at Cal Anderson Park around 1 this morning. Two men were hanging out near the Capitol Hill park’s baseball dugout, after park hours, when they were confronted by four or five males, said police spokesman Drew Fowler. One of the robbers pulled out a gun…

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August 1, 2014 at 7:48 AM

2 hospitalized after rollover crash on I-5 this morning

Two people were taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries this morning after a rollover crash on Interstate 5 in South Seattle. Washington State Patrol troopers were called to I-5 near Michigan Street around 3 a.m. on a report of the crash, said Trooper Karim Boukabou. When troopers arrived they found two people on the ground…

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August 1, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Auburn man accused of pimping in Bellevue, Portland

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A man accused of forcing two women to work as prostitutes in the Seattle area and Portland has been indicted on sex trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 33-year-old John Henry “Lucky” Cyprian of Auburn was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Seattle. He was arrested in June following an…

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August 1, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Otter attacks boy, grandmother in Snohomish County river

The Associated Press Update at 9:34 a.m.: SEATTLE — State and federal wildlife agents are trying to trap the otter that attacked a boy and his grandmother as they were swimming Thursday in a Snohomish County river. Because it has pounced on people, the otter will likely be killed unless it is a female with pups, said Capt….

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