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Category: The Blotter

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

July 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Man drowns during Snohomish River drinking party

SNOHOMISH (AP) — The Snohomish Sheriff’s office says a 21-year-old man drowned while attempting to reach a sandbar drinking party on the Snohomish River. The sheriff’s office says the man was in a canoe with other people ferrying them to the sandbar where the group was drinking around midnight Saturday. The canoe took on water, spilling…

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July 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Naked driver, possible burglar, injured in auto rollover on I-5

A burglary suspect driving naked crashed and rolled a stolen car on Interstate 5 south in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood Saturday morning. State Patrol troopers responded to the crash scene just after 5 a.m. and found the driver naked and unconscious outside the vehicle. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Neither his condition nor his…

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July 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Oregon man arrested over bribe for traffic ticket

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say they arrested a man after he tried to bribe a trooper to tear up a citation during a traffic stop. Officials say 20-year old Austen Corno, a Milwaukie resident, offered the trooper $360 to tear the citation up. Corno was stopped on Friday along Highway 101 in Tillamook County…

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July 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Tacoma father charged with drugging baby

TACOMA (AP) — A Tacoma man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged his baby by spiking his bottle with an anesthetic called ketamine. Pierce County authorities say 34-year-old Scott Rasmus has been charged with first degree assault of a child and unlawful possession of a firearm. The charges date back to a February incident…

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July 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Seattle firefighter’s license suspended

LYNDEN (AP) — A Seattle firefighter’s emergency medical license has been suspended as he awaits trial on three counts of rape of a child. The state Department of Health on Friday said 53-year-old Michael James Sulak’s license would be suspended for five years in connection with a “sexual misconduct” case involving a 15-year-old Lynden girl. More

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July 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Boy struck by pickup in Kent has died

A toddler who was struck by a pickup in Kent on Friday night has died from his injuries, police and hospital officials said. The 2-year-old was running across an apartment complex toward his father when the 56-year-old driver was heading out on his way to work, police said, describing it as a “tragic accident.” The driver wasn’t…

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July 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Bank guard, 2nd man involved in shooting both improving

A bank security guard and a second man wounded Thursday in Seattle have improved to serious condition. Harborview Medical Center says both remain in intensive care Friday. They were in critical condition when they were admitted. Police are still trying to sort out whether it was an attempted robbery or something else that led to the…

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July 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Esquin wine thieves sentenced

Two men who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $650,000 in wine from a warehouse last Thanksgiving have been sentenced to prison. Samuel  Harris, 35, who orchestrated the theft and attempted arson, was given a nine-year sentence by King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector, who said he put the community at risk.  Harris had  pleaded guilty…

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July 25, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Serial rapist sentenced to at least 14.5 years for 1980 murder in Bellevue

A serial rapist who was civilly committed as a sexually violent predator in 2002 was sentenced to serve at least 14.5 years, and up to life in prison, for the 1980 rape and fatal strangling of a 19-year-old Bellevue woman in 1980. Because Michael Halgren, 58, strangled Susan Barbara Lowe with a pair of pantyhose before…

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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 on Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into…

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