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Category: The Blotter

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

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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December 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Man killed in head-on collision in Lake Stevens

A 22-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision Thursday in Lake Stevens, police said. The Lake Stevens man was driving west on state Highway 92 (Granite Falls Highway) around 4 p.m. when it appears he swerved to avoid hitting another car that had stopped to make a left turn, police said. The man’s car collided with an oncoming…

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December 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Seattle police arrest 2 armed-robbery suspects after standoff near Bitter Lake

UPDATE: Friday, 6:40 a.m. | Two felony suspects, a man and a woman, were arrested after a seven-hour standoff in the Broadview neighborhood on Thursday night, according to the Seattle Police Department. Detectives saw the 29-year-old female and 32-year-old male, wanted in connection with auto thefts and a recent violent robbery, enter an abandoned home near North 132nd Street…

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December 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Sue Rahr named to Obama task force on policing

Sue Rahr, the executive director of the Washington State Criminal  Justice Training Commission, was named Thursday to President Obama’s task force on building trust between police and communities throughout the country. Rahr, the former King County sheriff who in 2012  took over the commission and its training academy for police agencies throughout the state,…

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December 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Not guilty plea in Lake Sammamish crash fatalities

The Associated Press The Sammamish woman accused of crashing a car through a home while under the influence of alcohol and a sleep aid pleaded not guilty Thursday in Seattle to vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of her husband and son-in-law. Carol Fedigan had her grandson on her lap at the time of the crash…

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December 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Man shot by Pierce deputies killed self

The Associated Press TACOMA — The Pierce County medical examiner’s office says a homicide suspect shot by two Pierce County deputies actually died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Although 21-year-old James Wall was struck by at least two bullets fired by the deputies, the office said Thursday the fatal shot to the head came from…

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December 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

State Supreme Court says closed drug-court meetings OK

The Associated Press The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that certain drug-court hearings can be closed to the public, but two justices dissented arguing that the constitution demands an open courtroom and open proceedings to ensure that the courts are operating fairly. Writing for the majority, Justice Mary Fairhurst said some of the state’s adult drug courts…

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