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Category: The Blotter

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

April 24, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Man, 19, fatally shot in Rainier Valley

A 19-year old male is dead of gunshot wounds after a shooting in the Rainier Valley Thursday evening. Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel said officers responded to a call of shots fired at 6:44 and arrived two minutes later to find the victim lying in the street at 28th Avenue South and South Lane. Police immediately…


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April 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Puyallup mom credited with saving son from fire suspected of arson

A Puyallup woman firefighters called “Superwoman” for rescuing her son before an explosion destroyed their home on April 1 has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Melinda Kay Sayers said that she and her 2-year-old son, Eli, became trapped in her bedroom after she saw smoke. She said she threw her…


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April 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Illinois researchers to study Oso mudslide

The Associated Press URBANA, Ill. — Five researchers from the University of Illinois plan to visit the site of last month’s deadly mudslide in Snohomish County. The university said Thursday  the researchers will visit the town of Oso to look at the mudslide’s impact, investigate environmental and geological causes and study any role land-use policies may have…


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April 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

No injuries after shots fired at car on North Beacon Hill

Seattle police recovered a gun but didn’t find the gunman after someone opened fire on two men in a car Wednesday on North Beacon Hill. The two men were driving on South Hanford Street near 18th Avenue South around 6 p.m. when they missed a turn, police said. When the driver put the car in reverse, they heard four to five…


0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: assault, Seattle Police Department, shooting

April 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Oregon meth deaths at highest point since 2000

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A state report shows methamphetamine-related deaths in Oregon up by almost a third. The 2013 statistics released Thursday show 222 drug-related deaths overall — one fewer than the year before. It said 123 of the deaths were meth-related, the highest number since 2000. State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson says the majority of…


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April 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Source: Ex-Boston police commissioner is candidate for SPD chief

A former Boston Police Department commissioner, Kathleen O’Toole, has emerged as a candidate to become Seattle’s next police chief, according to a source with knowledge of the search process. O’Toole, 59, also has held key positions overseeing police reforms in Ireland and Connecticut. The Seattle Police Department is currently under a court-ordered consent decree with the…


0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Boston Police Department, Kathleen O'Tootle, Seattle Police Department

April 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Trooper injured when patrol car struck on I-405

A Washington State Patrol trooper sustained minor injuries when her patrol car was struck while she was responding to a disabled vehicle blocking southbound traffic on Interstate 405 tonight. A vehicle was slowing as it approached the trooper at I-405 and Northeast 160th Street and was struck by another vehicle, the State Patrol said. The first…


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April 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM

23,600 meals, snacks served in month since mudslide

More than 23,600 meals and snacks have been served through the Red Cross in conjunction with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief; 1,000 items for comfort and relief have been handed out and 6,800 health-related contacts have been made. In addition, more than $300,000 in federal assistance — a number certain to rise — has been distributed and…


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April 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM

White supremacist pleads guilty in Northwest killing rampage

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A white supremacist whose Pacific Northwest crime rampage claimed four lives in 2011, including a Washington state couple, has pleaded guilty to federal charges. Court-appointed attorney Richard Wolf said Wednesday that David “Joey” Pedersen pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking resulting in death — one for Oregon teenager Cody Myers and…


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April 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Twisp police chief’s dog brings home skull

The Associated Press TWISP, Okanogan County — A dog belonging to the family of the Twisp police chief brought home a skull. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says Chief Paul Budrow and deputies searched Monday and found the rest of the human remains about 300 yards from his home in a wooded area near the Methow River. The sheriff…


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