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Category: The Blotter

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April 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Brother of mudslide victim calls Obama visit ‘heartfelt’

DARRINGTON – The brothers of Steve Hadaway, 53, one of the two people still missing in the Oso mudslide, said today’s visit with President Obama at Oso Community Chapel was much more sincere and comforting than they expected. “I was worried it was going to be in and out, and kind of a smokescreen, but it definitely was not,”…


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April 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

President Obama’s remarks at Oso Fire Department

Here is the text of President Obama’s remarks at the Oso Fire Department: Well, good afternoon, everybody. I just had a chance to tour some of the damage from last month’s mudslide.  And, most importantly, I had a chance to spend some time with the families whose loved ones have been lost. I also had a chance to…


0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, President Obama

April 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Snohomish County may ban development in landslide-prone areas

The Snohomish County Council will consider an emergency moratorium on development in areas at risk of landslides. Dave Somers, president of the council, said he’ll propose a vote on the six-month ban at a council meeting Wednesday. Somers, who was in Arlington today during President Obama’s visit to the site of the March 22 mudslide, said the…


0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, Snohomish County Council

April 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

State kills 300 Thurston County cockfighting birds

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The state Gambling Commission says about 300 birds seized in a cockfighting raid on Monday at Rochester were killed. A spokeswoman says about 240 roosters and 60 hens were euthanized, although several birds are saved as evidence in the case. A 35-year-old Rochester man was arrested and accused of raising and training birds…


0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: cockfighting, Rochester, Washington State Gambling Commission

April 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Trooper injured in I-5 crash in Seattle

The Associated Press The Washington State Patrol says a 28-year-old man was booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving after a crash that damaged two patrol cars and injured a trooper on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Trooper Cliff Pratt says the two state patrol cars were stopped with emergency lights at the scene…


0 Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: accident, DUI, Washington State Patrol

April 22, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Spokane cellmates accused of plotting jailbreak

By Kip Hill The Spokesman-Review SPOKANE — Toenail clippers, a metal clothes hook and some toothpaste could not buy freedom for an accused child rapist and a man facing drug charges at the Spokane County Jail last weekend. Jeremiah Logan and Jason Cooper, both 32, face charges of first-degree escape after letters from Logan and a fellow inmate…


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April 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Self-described ‘wolf’ pleads guilty to mortgage fraud

A former hard-money lender who once described himself as “a wolf” pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to a mortgage scheme that caused a loss of more than $800,000 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Emiel Kandi, 37, of University Place, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to submit…


0 Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, The Blotter | Topics: U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

April 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

No injuries after school bus ends up in ditch near Buckley

The Associated Press BUCKLEY — The Washington State Patrol says no one was hurt when a school bus with 26 high-school and middle-school students on board went into a ditch Monday afternoon near the Pierce County town of Buckley. Trooper Guy Gill says the students were put on another bus. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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April 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Oregon man dies as wave turns log into bludgeon

The Associated Press FLORENCE, Ore. — A man who was one minute relaxing against a large log on an Oregon beach was the next minute fatally injured when a large wave turned his backrest into a bludgeon. The Oregon State Police said the man was with family members Sunday and sitting on the sand near Florence,…


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