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Category: The Blotter

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

December 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Man indicted in Alaska slaying of former Washington lawmaker

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A man accused of shooting an Alaska prosecutor in a jealous rage over a woman was indicted on murder charges by a grand jury. Ronald Fischer, 47, was charged Thursday with first- and second-degree murder in the Dec. 8 shotgun death of Brian Sullivan, an assistant district attorney in Barrow, the country’s…

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December 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Seattle police hit the streets with body cameras

A handful of Seattle police officers hit the streets Friday with new body cameras. The officers are assigned to the department’s East Precinct, which covers Capitol Hill and nearby neighborhoods. The officers have completed training and will now use the cameras as part of a pilot project to test two different brands of cameras over a six-month…

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December 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Canadian woman arrested at Blaine crossing on cocaine charges

The Associated Press BLAINE, Whatcom County — A British Columbia woman is under arrest for allegedly trying to carry $900,000 worth of cocaine from Seattle to Canada. Robyn Cortney Bell is being held at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center on suspicion of cocaine possession with intention to distribute. According to a complaint filed in federal court, the U.S. Customs and Border…

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December 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Tacoma standoff ends with suspect’s arrest

The Associated Press TACOMA — A standoff in Tacoma ended Friday afternoon with the arrest of a man described as a career criminal wanted by police and the Washington State Patrol for multiple car thefts and other crimes including a home invasion. A SWAT team that surrounded the home for several hours fired tear gas before taking…

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December 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Officials: Kennewick student shot by Minnesota police had knife

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities say a Kennewick man who was killed by police on a busy Minnesota freeway was repeatedly stabbing himself in the moments before the shooting, then charged at officers with a knife. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 18-year-old Johnathon Dean Mar ignored officers’ commands to drop the knife in the…

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December 19, 2014 at 8:42 AM

SPD investigating stabbing at strip club

Seattle police say two people were slashed Thursday night at Dream Girls, a strip club in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. “Two employees were cut and it looks like the suspect is outstanding,” Seattle police spokesman Patrick Michaud said Friday morning. Michaud said police were called to the club, located at 1530 First Ave. S., at 10:15 p.m. Michaud…

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December 19, 2014 at 8:24 AM

50 arrests in Tri-City gang sweep

The Associated Press KENNEWICK — Police arrested 50 people this week in a gang sweep across the Tri-Cities, prompted by a wave of recent shootings. Local, state and federal agencies cooperated in the sweep Tuesday through Thursday and announced results at the Kennewick police station. The Tri-City Herald reports there were charges or warrants for 62 felonies and…

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December 19, 2014 at 7:51 AM

WSP trooper hits 2 pedestrians in Bellingham

The Associated Press BELLINGHAM — The Washington State Patrol says a trooper hit two pedestrians in a road about 1 a.m. Friday in Bellingham. The patrol says the trooper was making a left turn and the pedestrians were intoxicated, wearing dark clothing and trying to cross the street against a “do not cross” sign. The 30-year-old man and…

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December 19, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Issaquah middle school closed for third day following letter threat

Pacific Cascade Middle School will remain closed Friday, due to a threatening letter that was found Wednesday, according to the Issaquah School District website. This is the third day of canceled classes. Police continue to investigate the incident and a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of the individuals responsible for the…

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December 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Suspected firearms thief arrested in North Kitsap County

A 21-year-old suspected firearms thief was arrested in North Kitsap County on Wednesday in connection with a Dec. 5 burglary in which a number of firearms were taken from an occupied home, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. Hayden David Armstrong-Nunes was taken into custody on an arrest warrant after a foot pursuit and physical…

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