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Category: The Blotter

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

April 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Firefighters respond to possible haz-mat incident at UW

The Seattle Fire Department’s hazardous-material team responded to reports of a possible hazmat incident this afternoon after a broken bottle of organic waste caused a strange odor in the Foege Building on the University of Washington campus. Fifteenth Avenue Northeast is closed between Northeast Boat Street and Northeast Pacific Street, UW posted on its website. Northeast Pacific Street is open…

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April 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Driver dies after striking pole in North Seattle

Seattle police say that a man who crashed a minivan into a telephone pole in North Seattle yesterday may have suffered some type of medical emergency before the accident. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said in a news release that officers were called to 8th Avenue Northwest, near Northwest 65th Street, after the minivan went over a curb and a planted…

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April 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Bellevue cop fired for mishandling colleague’s alleged DUI

A Bellevue police officer who did not cite a colleague for drunken driving, conduct field sobriety tests or make an effort to obtain the officer’s blood-alcohol level before letting him leave with his wife, has been fired. Officer Doug Brennan, who has been on administrative leave since February, was  fired Wednesday. Chief Linda Pillo found that Brennan…

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April 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Renton man charged in girlfriend’s death

King County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Gabriel Navarro of Renton with first-degree murder/domestic violence, accusing the 20-year-old of strangling his girlfriend to prevent her from ending their three-year relationship and to punish her family. Navarro is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail. Allison Leedy, 20, spent the past four months making…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: domestic violence, homicide, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

April 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Bellevue man charged in slaying of aunt

A Bellevue man who is suspected of killing the 72-year-old aunt he lived with after relapsing on drugs was charged today with second-degree murder, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. In court documents, prosecutors say that Mark Irwin, 53, was wearing blood-covered pants and had scratches on his arms on Monday when Bellevue…

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April 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

3 King County sheriff’s deputies put on administrative leave

Three King County sheriff’s deputies were placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday pending an investigation, King County Sheriff John Urquhart said today in a department-wide email. Urquhart did not say what the investigation was about. Two of the officers are assigned to the Ravensdale Range and the third is assigned to Major Crimes. Urquhart did not provide…

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April 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

City going out of state for next SPD chief

The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed to 10 candidates, all from out of state, according to sources familiar with the search. The only internal candidate to apply, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was among 10 applicants removed from a list of 20 candidates reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, the…

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0 Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Mayor Ed Murray, police-chief search committee, Seattle Police Department

April 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Steven Powell wants state to pay for treatment

The Associated Press TACOMA — Steven Powell wants the state of Washington to pay for court-ordered sex offender treatment he says was denied while serving time in prison for voyeurism. Powell filed a motion in Pierce County Superior Court that will be heard on Friday. The News Tribune reports a response to the motion filed by a state lawyer…

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April 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Toddler injured in fall from window in Seattle

A toddler has been taken to Harborview Medical Center after apparently falling from a third-story window near Columbia City. Seattle police and fire department medics were called to the 3800 block of South Oregon Street just after 10 a.m. following reports of the fall. The injured girl is 1 1/2, Seattle police said. “When we arrived she was…

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April 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

School bus collision with semi results in minor injuries

An 8-year-old child was taken to an Everett-area hospital after his school bus collided with a semitrailer on Highway 9 this morning. State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis said that only two children, ages 6 and 8, were on the bus when the two vehicles collided near Marysville. The incident is under investigation.

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