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Category: The Blotter

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

October 1, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Man to be sentenced for plot to bomb Portland holiday event

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Mohamed Mohamud, the young Somali American convicted of trying to bomb Portland’s downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer, will learn Wednesday if he gets to leave prison before he’s an old man. Mohamud, 23, could get life in prison at the hearing in U.S. District Court, but federal prosecutors…

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October 1, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Grandview man gets 17 years for killing friend

Tri-City Herald A Grandview man will spend 17 years behind bars for fatally stabbing a friend, then running over his body and stashing it in the trunk of a car. Robert B. McCorkindale was sentenced Tuesday in Benton County Superior Court for the June 2013 murder of Preston Yahne. The prison term, ordered by Judge Bruce Spanner, was…

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September 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Girl struck by 2 cars in Rainier Valley

Update 8:06 a.m.: A 10-year-old girl struck by two cars in the Rainier Valley Tuesday night is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center. Update at 7:35 p.m.: The Seattle Police Department now says officers are searching for two vehicles that struck a girl in Rainier Valley on Tuesday evening. Witnesses said…

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September 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Grenade found in Belfair trash bin

The Associated Press BELFAIR, Mason County — The Mason County sheriff’s office says Habitat for Humanity workers in Belfair found a World War II-era grenade in a large trash bin next to their building. The Washington State Patrol bomb squad responded Tuesday and confirmed it was a real “pineapple-style fragmentation grenade.” The sheriff’s office says the bomb…

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September 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Ex-deputy in prostitution case sentenced to longer prison term

A former King County sheriff’s deputy who was sentenced last month to 366 days in prison for helping his wife work as a prostitute has been re-sentenced to a longer term after he was caught lying to the court. Darrion Keith Holiwell was sentenced Monday to 17 months in prison and ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution…

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September 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Gonzaga pays $400K in Everett student’s death

The Associated Press SPOKANE — Gonzaga University has paid $400,000 to the family of Christopher Gormley, a student from Everett who died on a kayak trip organized by the school. The 18-year-old Gormley was one of seven people on a kayak trip to Rock Lake in Whitman County on April 1, 2012. The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday that about…

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September 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Everett SWAT team arrests rape suspect

Everett police on Tuesday morning arrested a man in connection with a sexual assault earlier this month. According to police, a SWAT team arrested a 44-year-old man at a home in the 2300 block of Oakes Avenue around 8:45 a.m. The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree rape and investigation of…

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September 30, 2014 at 1:09 PM

More than 100 firefighters battle blaze in Fremont

Update at 4:02 p.m.: The cause of the fire is under investigation, the fire department said. Investigators haven’t been able to go inside the building because of hazardous material and the building’s strucutural integrity. Update at 3:37 p.m.: The fire department says the fire was declared extinguished as of 3:15 p.m. Twelve workers were evacuated…

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September 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Olympia criminal hotspot: the library

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — One of the places frequently calling the police for help in Olympia is the library. There were 78 calls from the library in 2010, 175 last year and 149 through the first half of this year. The Olympian reports the Olympia Timberland Library is considered a hub for the homeless. Common calls include…

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