The latest reporting from the Times’ criminal-justice team.
December 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM
A clerk at the Union 76 gas station in the 900 block of James Street was shot in the foot shortly after 8 Friday night after he and another clerk chased a suspect who walked out with a 12-pack of beer, said Seattle Police.
The injured clerk, 25, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, said the Seattle Fire Department.
The suspect ran northbound on Terry Street, said police.
Then, near the intersection of Terry and Cherry Streets, the suspect turned around and fired one gunshot at the store clerk, said police.
Police said the suspect got into a waiting vehicle, described as large, dark-colored, possibly a two-door.
The shooter is described as a male in his late teens to early 20s, last wearing a black jacket, tan pants and a maroon scarf, said police.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects or suspect vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.
Anonymous tips are welcome, said police.
December 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM
The Associated Press
FOX ISLAND — A search dog used to locate disaster victims has helped firefighters recover the body of a doctor who was trapped with his 8-year-old daughter when fire raced through their Fox Island home.
Gig Harbor Fire Department spokesman Eric Waters said the body of Dr. Thomas Babson was found Friday afternoon in a part of the home that was very difficult to access because of structural instability.
Waters said the body of Babson’s 8-year-old daughter was found Thursday in a different part of the home.
The spokesman said fire investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire that started late Wednesday night.
Babson’s wife, June, escaped the fire with the couple’s 12-year-old daughter, and a neighbor rescued their 8-year-old son, a twin. They were all treated for smoke inhalation.
December 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Management at Sodo’s Esquin Wine & Spirits have a message for the people who made off with more than $600,000 worth of high-end wine last week: There’s a good reason wine lovers pay for temperature-controlled storage lockers.
“What the thieves may not know,” Esquin spokesman Dan Miller said in a statement today, “is that with these cold temperatures we’re seeing in the region, if they haven’t properly stored the wine they stole, it could quickly become worthless, particularly if the wine freezes, making their whole criminal operation all for” naught.
Esquin hopes to get the wine back, hopefully in the same condition it was in when it was stolen.
Wine experts say wine should be stored in the dark, at around 55 degrees. Just as high temperatures are harmful to wine, subfreezing temperatures — like the ones the Seattle area has seen all week — are also damaging.
While the effect of temperature on wine depends on a number of factors, Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski said in an email that, typically, “Wine freezes around 23 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the alcohol content. Once frozen the wine will expand and often push the cork out therefore breaking the seal and spoiling the wine.”
Police have arrested one suspect and are seeking a second. The stolen wine — more than 200 cases valued at $648,000 — remains missing, police said today.
December 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his girlfriend before fleeing to Northern California three years ago was sentenced today to just over 35 years in prison.
Shawn Gulseth, 43, was found living under a bridge in a small town 200 miles north of San Francisco. He killed Bonnie Peterson, 45, in her Kent apartment on Dec. 20, 2010.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Gulseth pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder, with the charge carrying aggravators for domestic violence and Gulseth’s use of a deadly weapon, court records show.
After killing Peterson in her apartment at 25811 110th Ave. S.E., Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape, police said at the time. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray, one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work on Dec. 21, 2010, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body, according to charging papers. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents. Peterson was trying to end her relationship with Gulseth when she was killed.
After the California Highway Patrol received a police bulletin indicating Gulseth was wanted on a $1.5 million warrant and might be hiding out in the town of Willits, a California Highway Patrol officer located and positively identified Gulseth based on the distinctive tattoos on his body.
December 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Travel on all northbound collector-distributor lanes of Interstate 5 coming into downtown Seattle were blocked by a collision about 11:50 a.m.
Medical, fire cres and the state patrol are on the scene.
December 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM
A man pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing his cousin last Christmas Eve in Auburn, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Bradley Courville pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly-weapon enhancement. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for assaulting an Auburn police officer.
The 25-year-old Courville, who goes by the nickname “Red Cloud,” faces a range of 15 to 23 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 10.
Around 1:18 a.m. Dec. 24, Auburn police found the victim, Quinn Oliver, 26, dead at a home in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South. A woman at the residence told officers that before Oliver died, he staggered inside and said that “Red Cloud” had stabbed him.
Soon after the woman explained this to police, Courville emerged from some nearby bushes and identified himself to officers, according to charging documents.
When talking with police, Courville said he was experiencing a “spiritual” moment before the slaying and grabbed a butcher knife, charges said. Courville told officers that Oliver called him a name and he reacted by stabbing the man in the neck. Courville said that after the stabbing he hid in the bushes.
December 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ORCHARD — A man who left a syringe plunged into a package of sausage at a Walmart store in Poulsbo was sentenced to three months in the Kitsap County Jail.
The Kitsap Sun newspaper reports 33-year-old Daniel Oaks Thieman, of Kingston, pleaded guilty to first-degree malicious mischief for the Oct. 25 incident and agreed to pay restitution.
Walmart threw out $19,000 worth of meat as a safety precaution after a customer found the syringe in a package of Jimmy Dean sausage.
Thieman was identified through surveillance video. He told police he made a stupid decision while sleep-deprived and on heroin.
December 6, 2013 at 8:24 AM
Two men were shot while they were sitting inside a parked car early this morning in Pioneer Square, according to Seattle police.
Seattle Fire Department medics said the two victims, in serious condition, were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Police said the shooting happened about 2 a.m. near South Washington Street and Occidental Avenue South.
Officers searched but did not locate the suspected shooter, police said. Detectives from the Homicide and Assault Unit are investigating.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Seattle police.
December 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM
KENNEWICK — An Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon for a 14-year-old girl last seen leaving her school and getting into her boyfriend’s green Ford Escape SUV.
The Tri-City Herald reports that police believe Elizabeth Romero could be in danger. She is believed to be with 19-year-old Edwardo Flores Rosales.
Police say the girl’s mother contacted them Wednesday afternoon after her daughter did not return from school. Sgt. Ken Lattin says the girl was last seen getting into her boyfriend’s vehicle about 11 a.m. Wednesday at Phoenix High School.
Officers say the girl’s mother received a text message Thursday from an unknown phone number from someone claiming to be Elizabeth and saying she was headed to Mexico with her boyfriend.
December 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM
Federal Way police are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 31-year-old woman who has been missing since Saturday.
Krystle K. Drake, who is also known as Krystle K. Burch, left home at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a blue, 2005 Scion XB with Washington license plates ADJ1555 and Apple logo stickers on the windows.
She may have been responding to Craigslist ads in South King County shortly before she disappeared.
Police say she has a condition that requires medication.
Drake is described as 5-foot-4 woman of about 140 pounds with green eyes and blonde hair. She has recent tattoos of zodiac signs on both feet, one of which may be infected. She has several other tattoos including one on her back that reads “Johnny.”
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