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Category: The Blotter

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

September 2, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Police step up patrols on Capitol Hill after string of robberies

Police are increasing patrols around Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in response to reports of more than 20 robberies that have occurred in the area in the past month. Officers believe two or three groups of people are responsible for the 22 robberies near Broadway and East Pike Street and around Cal Anderson Park, according to the Seattle Police…


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September 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Seattle man dies rock climbing in British Columbia

The Associated Press KELOWNA, B.C. — British Columbia authorities say a Seattle man fell to his death while rock climbing south of Penticton. The British Columbia Coroners Service has identified the man who died Saturday as 31-year-old Stas Eric Gray. Gray was climbing with friends on a rock-climbing site called Skaha Bluffs. Regional coroner Larry Marzinzik says Gray was…


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September 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Undercover Seattle police to dress as Green Bay fans

Planning to attend the Seahawks game Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers? You might want to heed a word of warning from Seattle police: “Refrain from harassing, threatening, or intimidating fans. That fan in the Green Bay Packers jersey might just be an undercover officer or security official.” The warning was included in a list…


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September 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Prostitution plea in barista sex case in Everett

The Associated Press EVERETT — The owner of Java Juggs and Twin Peaks espresso stands pleaded guilty Tuesday in Everett to charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering. Snohomish County prosecutors say baristas at five stands owned by Carmela Panico engaged in sex shows and prostitution to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in tips. The 52-year-old could…


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September 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Oregon prison ends lockdown after inmate shooting

The Associated Press PENDLETON, Ore. — The Oregon prison where a prison guard shot and killed an inmate has returned to normal operations. The state Department of Corrections said a lockdown has ended and visiting will resume Wednesday at the Eastern Oregon Correctional institution. On Friday, authorities said, 26-year-old Jayson Matthew Withers of Salem died after he and…


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September 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Pierce County deputies find body linked to bloody items

The body of a man whose blood was found on carpet and other items dumped along an Auburn road last month was discovered Monday inside a home near Puyallup, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. Deputies were called to a home in the 13000 block of Military Road East for a welfare check and found…


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September 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Pit bull mauls 2-year-old Oregon girl

The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A 2-year-old girl was critically injured when she was mauled by a pit bull dog at a Springfield home. Police say the dog also bit the girl’s 28-year-old father on the face Sunday when he attempted to rescue her. The Register-Guard reports the girl was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in…


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September 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Everett railroad protest ends with 5 arrests

The Associated Press Update at 2:42 p.m.: Five people have been arrested after demonstrators blocked railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett. Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says two women and three men were taken to the Snohomish County Jail after refusing to leave a protest of train shipments of oil and coal…


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September 2, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Vancouver woman fabricated stabbing story

VANCOUVER, Wash.   — The Clark County sheriff’s office says a Vancouver woman fabricated a story about being stabbed by a strange man in her own backyard. Detectives determined her wounds were self-inflicted. She had reported she was on her backyard deck Monday afternoon when a man slashed her with a large knife. She was treated for minor…


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September 2, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Body found north of Leavenworth, another near Manson

By Dee Riggs The Wenatchee World WENATCHEE — A forensic anthropologist with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office will be assisting Chelan County in trying to determine whose bodies were found this past week in two different locations of Chelan County. On Sunday, two people driving on a Forest Service road to scout for the upcoming hunting season…


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