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Category: The Blotter

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

November 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Jury convicts man in slaying of Tacoma cab driver

The Associated Press TACOMA — A jury on Wednesday convicted Jaycee Fuller of first-degree murder in the 2009 killing of a 22-year-old Somalian cab driver in Tacoma. The News Tribune reports 37-year-old Fuller is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19. He requested a delay in his sentencing until after the holidays but that request was denied. Fuller…

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November 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Statewide DUI emphasis patrols under way

The (Aberdeen) Daily World Extra DUI patrols began statewide  Wednesday and continue through Jan. 1 as a way to make the roads safer during the holiday season, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The patrols are part of “Target Zero,” a Washington state strategic highway-safety plan, the goal of which is to completely eliminate traffic deaths…

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November 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Police: Seattle protester had cache of weapons in car

Police say a man who was arrested during Monday’s Ferguson protest in Seattle had a cache of weapons, including a handgun, knife, shotgun, semi-automatic rifle, ammunition and powerful fireworks. Jeffrey Alan Acord, 31, was charged Wednesday in Seattle Municipal Court with possession of a concealed pistol without a permit, carrying a dangerous knife and illegal possession…

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November 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Warrant issued for former Sonic Robert Swift

A $20,000 bench warrant was issued Wednesday morning for former Sonic Robert Swift after he failed to show up in King County Superior Court for his arraignment on a firearms charge. Swift, 29, was charged Nov. 12 with unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun in connection with an October raid of a Kirkland home…

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November 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Bitter Lake house fire blamed on hash-oil operation

Seattle police say the fire that destroyed a home in the Bitter Lake area on Tuesday was due to the manufacture of a marijuana-based product. The fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. in the 400 block of North 125th Street. Inside, firefighters found what appeared to be a lab used to extract hash oil as well as marijuana and more than…

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November 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Judge: Steven Powell in violation of court order

The Associated Press TACOMA — A judge has found that the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell is in violation of a court order for failing to get mandated sexual-deviancy treatment and has been ordered to spend an additional 40 days in jail. KOMO reports the ruling against Steven Powell was made Wednesday in Pierce…

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November 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Person trapped under SUV in Bellevue

Update at 11:18 a.m.: The man, 59, has been freed. Bellevue police say he has been taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver is being interviewed. Original post: Firefighters are trying to free a person who is trapped under an SUV in Bellevue, according to police. The man was crouched down near a gas station when he was run over…

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November 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Inmate found guilty of 2011 attack on Kent jail guard

A King County jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon in the first-degree assault trial of Sean Graham for beating a corrections officer at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent in January 2011. The jury, which heard opening statements in the case on Nov. 12, also found Graham guilty of three counts of custodial…

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