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Category: The Blotter

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

September 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Ferndale boat factory fire ruled an accident

A police spokesman in the northwest Washington town of Ferndale says a huge fire at a boat factory has been ruled accidental. The Bellingham Herald reports that Lt. Matt Huffman says experts from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have determined the Sept. 11 fire at Northwest Marine was caused by chemicals used…


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September 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Corgi owners rally around slain Bellingham dog

The Bellingham Herald Corgi owners around the nation are rallying around a slain Bellingham dog, calling for the harshest penalty for the man charged with killing Molly, a Pembroke Welsh corgi. The Bellingham Herald reports that a Facebook page called “Justice for Molly the Corgi” has garnered nearly 5,000 followers as of Saturday. The corgi owners are…


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September 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Driver killed, passenger injured in Kirkland crash

The driver of a vehicle died and his passenger was taken to the hospital after crashing into an embankment in Kirkland Friday night, police said. The accident occurred about 10:50 p.m. at Simonds Road Northeast and 92nd Avenue Northeast. Kirkland police said they found the two men injured in the crash, but medics pronounced the driver dead…


Comments | Topics: fatal car crash, Kirkland, Kirkland police

September 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Man fatally shot in Seattle’s Denny Triangle

A 24-year-old man was fatally shot in a gunfight early Saturday in Seattle’s Denny Triangle. Police rushed to the scene after hearing gunshots in the 1900 block of Minor Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Officers discovered the man with the fatal wounds; he was also armed, police say. According to police, the suspect is still at large and there is…


Comments | Topics: Fatal shooting, Seattle Police Department

September 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Lynnwood accountant gets 3 years for keeping relatives’ tax money

The Associated Press A Lynnwood accountant has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for keeping more than $1 million of his relatives’ money — money they thought he was using to pay their taxes. The U.S. attorney’s office says Bruce Bergman, 59, was sentenced in federal court Friday. From 2002 to 2011, a close…


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September 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Man shot in leg during West Seattle fight

A man was shot in the leg during a fight involving up to 20 people in West Seattle’s High Point neighborhood on Friday afternoon, police said. Officers began receiving reports of a fight in the 3000 block of High Point Way Southwest around 3:30 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department. When officers arrived at the scene they…


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September 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Charges: Suspect in attacks said stabbing people ‘better than meth’

King County prosecutors say a 22-year-old man told Seattle police that stabbing people “was better than meth” after he was arrested for allegedly stabbing two people and robbing another at knifepoint last week. John  A. Fecteau was charged in King County Superior Court Monday with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree robbery in connection…


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September 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Suspect chase leads Seattle police into doughnut shop

Hard to question the dedication of these cops. Seattle police said a woman called around 1:30 p.m. Friday and said she’d found her purse – which had been stolen — posted for sale on Craigslist. The woman said she contacted the seller listed in the ad and arranged to meet her in front of the Krispy Kreme on First Avenue South and South…


Comments | Topics: doughnuts, Seattle Police Department

September 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Documents confirm SPD officer punched handcuffed woman

The Washington State Patrol served a search warrant last month for records related to possible injuries suffered by a Seattle police officer who is under criminal investigation over  punching a handcuffed woman, according to newly filed court documents. The officer, Adley E. Shepherd, was relieved of duty in June after patrol-car video raised questions…


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September 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Men charged with first-degree murder in Sammamish slaying

Update 12:27 p.m. King County prosecutors on Friday charged Kevin David Patterson and Christopher John Shade with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle in connection with the slaying and robbery of a Sammamish man earlier this week. In interviews with police, Patterson, 20, blamed Shade for the slaying. Shade, 18, blamed Patterson for Richard Bergesen’s…


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