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Category: The Blotter

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

October 31, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Boy pleads not guilty to bringing Molotov cocktail to Seattle Center

A 15-year-old student at Seattle’s Center School entered a not guilty plea Friday morning to possession of an incendiary device after allegedly bringing a Molotov cocktail and a butane lighter to school on Monday, according to King County prosecutors. He also pleaded not guilty to felony harassment, a charge connected to alleged threats he made…


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October 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Sheriff: Vancouver shooting suspect found dead

VANCOUVER — The Clark County sheriff’s office says a shooting suspect in Vancouver has been found dead. The Columbian reports that 59-year-old John Kendall was found dead Friday, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot, near an intersection in Blandford Canyon. In a phone interview, Sgt. Fred Nieman declined to confirm whether Kendall’s gunshot was self-inflicted. He said police…


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October 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Woman rejects 3½-year plea deal; gets nearly 20 years instead

By Justin Brimer / Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA – A Moses Lake woman who rejected a plea deal that would have given her about three and a half years in prison, was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison after being convicted of stealing guns, alcohol and electronics from a man’s garage earlier this year. Grant County…


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October 31, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Spokane police to leave body cameras on for most interactions

SPOKANE — As Spokane police continue to test body cameras they’ll have less choice about when they can stop recording. Chief Frank Straub told a community forum Thursday night at Gonzaga University that officers will have to record nearly every contact with the public and can’t stop even if requested by someone in their home. Straub says…


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October 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Police: Nothing found in search for armed man at Everett Boeing

Update at 9:20 p.m. | The search for a man with a weapon at the Boeing plant has ended, Everett police said. A man with a weapon was never located. Officials are confident there is no threat, Boeing said in a tweet. Employees have been allowed back inside the buildings. According to the Everett Police Department,…


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October 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Recordings describe Marysville-Pilchuck shooting response

Snohomish County law enforcement officials on Thursday released recordings of radio communications between police and dispatchers following last Friday’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The recordings were released by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, made up of investigators from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies, following a Seattle Times public-disclosure request. Five students were wounded, two fatally, by Jaylen Fryberg,…


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October 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Reward offered for handguns stolen from Lakewood shop

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating the theft of 30 semi-automatic handguns and other firearm parts from a Lakewood gun shop. ATF said it was joining with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves. ATF Special Agent Brian Bennett…


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October 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Sen. Patrick Leahy voices concern over FBI creating fake news story

Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday wrote Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concerns over revelations that the Seattle office of the FBI created a fake news story to trap a teenage bomb-threat suspect. Leahy, D-Vermont,  in a letter sent Thursday, said that “when law enforcement appropriates the identity of legitimate media…


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October 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM

SPD searching for bank robber in Wedgwood area

Seattle police are searching a Northeast neighborhood for a suspect in a bank robbery. The robbery occurred around noon in the 7300 block of 35th Avenue Northeast, in the Wedgwood area, according to tweets from the Seattle Police Department. The suspect is a man in his 50s, about five feet, four inches tall. He was wearing a…


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October 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Mountlake Terrace man killed in crash near Leavenworth

The Wenatchee World LEAVENWORTH — A 56-year-old Mountlake Terrace man was killed Wednesday evening in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 2 about 21 miles west of Leavenworth. Kerry L. Knapp was killed when his eastbound Ford F350 pickup struck a guardrail twice, went airborne, struck a tree and came to rest at the base of the tree, according to…


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