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Category: The Blotter

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

July 25, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Oregon toddler crashes Jeep,
runs home to watch cartoons

The Associated Press Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Authorities say the 3-year-old boy wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: driver, Oregon, toddler

July 25, 2014 at 7:34 AM

10-year-old boy disappears while picking berries in Mason County

The Associated Press SHELTON, Wash. — Searchers from Thurston, Pierce and Mason counties are searching for a 10-year-old boy who disappeared Thursday while picking berries near Lake Cushman in Mason County. The sheriff’s office says the family was camping and Nathan Hernandez was picking berries with his sisters when they lost sight of him. The family…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Lake Cushman, Mason County, missing child

July 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM

IDs released of man who killed mother, self at Seattle retirement community

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified an elderly woman who was fatally shot by her son, who then killed himself at a Ravenna retirement community a week ago. Annie McClure, 83, died from a  gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide. Her son, William T. McClure, 57, also died from…


| More in The Blotter | Topics: King Couty Medical Examiner's Office, murder-suicide, Seattle Police Department

July 24, 2014 at 3:58 PM

SPD: Reports of drone strike on Space Needle greatly exaggerated

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of a drone strike on the Space Needle were greatly exaggerated. On Tuesday evening, several guests at the Space Needle reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the landmark and possibly crash into an observation deck window, Seattle police said. The witnesses said they then saw the camera-equipped drone…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: drone, Seattle Police Department, Space Needle

July 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Northwest musician sentenced to prison for charity album scam

A Vancouver, Wash., musician and record producer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for a scheme to lure investors into bogus music projects, including a charity album he allegedly said would feature songs by Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. Kasey Anderson, the frontman and guitarist for the alt-country group Kasey Anderson and the…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Kasey Anderson and the Honkies, U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. District Court

July 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Charges: South Park man killed mother, stepfather with ax

A 45-year-old man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his mother and stepfather on Saturday in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Richard Parenteau Jr., 45, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 6. Parenteau had been…


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

July 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Teen girl stabbed Friday in Redmond has died

A teenage girl who was stabbed Friday night in Redmond has died of her injuries, Redmond police said today. Cara A. Neil, 17, was stabbed in the chest during a reported fight in Redmond, police said. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, with injuries police said were life-threatening. Police responded to reports of a fight Friday night near…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: homicide, stabbing. Redmond

July 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Suspect, security guard shot at Central District bank

A security guard and second man were critically injured by gunfire Thursday morning as both men fought over the guard’s handgun outside a Central District bank, Seattle police said. The shooting happened just after 11 a.m. outside a Bank of America branch at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street. Police believe the bank guard…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bank of America, Bank robbery, Seattle Police Department

July 24, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Pot-smuggling freighter to be salvaged for $1.2 million

TACOMA (AP) — A drug-smuggling freighter that sank in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway 18 months ago has been refloated and is being moved to Seattle in a salvage operation expected to cost at least $1.2 million. The 167-foot Helena Star sank in January 2013 and was slowly spilling 640 gallons of oil and diesel. Crews tried to…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: po-smuggling freighter, salvage, Tacoma

July 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Former Tacoma teacher pleads guilty to child rape

The Associated Press TACOMA  — A former Tacoma high school math teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with two students and communicating with others about sex. Twenty-five-year-old Meredith Powell pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday to two counts of third degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Child rape, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, Tacoma

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