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Category: The Blotter

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

September 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Two crashes involving police cars in West Seattle

Two police cars were wrecked Monday in unrelated crashes — both in West Seattle, both causing minor injuries.The first collision happened at 5:45 p.m., sending an 11-year-old girl to the hospital. The two-car crash involved a police car as an officer responded to a carjacking in South Park, as the vehicle was driven uphill into…

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September 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Police: Queen Anne shooter had reportedly threatened his family

The day before police shot and killed a Queen Anne resident who opened fire on them, officers had been investigating the man for sending threatening texts to members of his family, according to the Seattle Police Department. Officers shot the man Saturday night, who was in a home In the 300 block of West Prospect Street, and later used a robot…

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September 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Hiker injured near Spada Lake dies

A 56-year-old man injured Sunday while hiking near Spada Lake near Sultan died overnight from his injuries before rescue teams could reach him, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The hiker injured his head after the fall, according to the sheriff’s office, which dispatched search-and-rescue units. The hiker was found Sunday about eight miles northeast of…

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August 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Seattle man found guilty in fatal Oregon crash

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A Seattle man has been found guilty of second-degree manslaughter after driving a car that crossed a center line and crashed head-on against another vehicle, killing two Seaside residents. The Daily Astorian reports that 40-year-old Sterling Maxwell Frinell was driving under the influence of methamphetamine, opiates and oxycodone when he crashed his…

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August 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Dust storm leads to about 50 vehicles in collisions near Kennewick

The Tri-City Herald Kennewick — Authorities estimate about 50 vehicles were involved in multiple collisions on Interstate 82 Saturday afternoon amidst blowing dust. Nine people were taken to Tri-City hospitals, but none had life-threatening injuries, said Capt. Devin Helland of Benton Fire District 1. “For as many cars as were damaged and hit, it was remarkable that…

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August 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Police prevent man from jumping onto ramp at I-5 and SR 520

Fire and police crews spent several hours this morning just east of Interstate-5 north of downtown Seattle, where they successfully prevented a man from jumping onto the freeway ramp from I-5 to State Route 520,  according to the Seattle Fire Department. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center about 11 a.m., said Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore Fire,…

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August 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Neighbors knew little about the man shot dead by police on Queen Anne

Corrected version Neighbors of the man shot dead by Seattle police Saturday night on Queen Anne say they knew little about him because he had just moved in a few months ago. But one neighbor said he walked his dog regularly and another said he gave money to a neighbor child’s fundraising efforts for animal welfare. A third…

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August 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

No jail time for man, 76, who stole $400,000 from water association

A man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $400,000 from a private water association will not face jail time. The Everett Herald reports that 76-year-old Jesse Orvic Rowe was convicted of felony first-degree theft this year. He completed 240 hours of community service in lieu of a 30-day jail sentence, and agreed to pay the…

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August 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Sentence for mother of boy in Bremerton school gun accident

The Associated Press The mother of a Washington state boy who brought a gun to school that went off in his backpack and critically wounded a classmate will spend more than a year behind bars. Jamie Lee Chaffin was sentenced to 14 months Friday in Kitsap County Superior Court. She initially faced third-degree assault charges but was…

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