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Category: The Blotter

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

September 30, 2014 at 5:58 AM

Police: Man stabbed in group fight in downtown Seattle early Tuesday

A man was found stabbed downtown early Tuesday morning, according to a blog post from the Seattle Police Department. After being called to investigate a fight at Pine Street and Fourth Avenue a little after 1:30 a.m., officers found a man stabbed on the sidewalk and a car parked in the middle of Pine Street, police…

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September 30, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Portland jury awards $562,000 to man beaten, shocked by police

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A jury in Portland has awarded more than $562,000 to a man who said in his lawsuit that city police beat and used a stun gun on him without provocation after stopping him for investigation of drunken driving. The Oregonian reports that jurors deliberated about 4 ½ hours before returning their…

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September 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Driver killed after fleeing sheriff’s deputy in Covington

A driver suspected of stealing from a Covington store was killed and three other people were injured in a crash Monday night that occurred after a pursuit by law enforcement. Deputies were alerted to a theft suspect leaving a store in Covington around 6 p.m. and given the description of the suspect, the suspect’s vehicle…

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September 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Spokane-area man pleads guilty to murder, using acid on body

The Spokesman-Review The 28-year-old man who strangled his girlfriend then attempted to dispose of her body using a weak acid will spend 14 years in prison if a judge accepts the plea deal agreed to Monday. Jason Hart pleaded guilty Monday morning to second-degree murder in the strangulation of Regan Jolley in June 2013. He briefly appeared…

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September 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Fuzzy on the law? Driver caught in HOV lane with bear passenger

The State Patrol on Monday morning reminded an Everett woman pulled over for speeding in the Interstate 5 carpool lane that, while cute, a gigantic teddy bear does not qualify as a second passenger. The 19-year-old woman was stopped in Lynnwood during the morning rush hour while speeding south, said Trooper Mark Francis. When the trooper…

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September 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Oregon cops: Suspect drove fast, had strong smell

The Associated Press LEBANON, Ore. — Officers in central Oregon say a suspect they tried to collar at a traffic stop drove too fast for pursuing officers, but eventually he was just too fragrant. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that the driver gave officers in Linn County the slip in a high-speed chase before dawn Sunday, doing better…

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September 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Lynnwood man dies in Massachusetts skydiving accident

The Associated Press BARNSTABLE, Mass. — The two skydivers killed after they crashed into a building during a tandem jump on Cape Cod appeared to be having problems as they descended, police said. Andrew Munson, of Nantucket, and his instructor, Eldon Burrier, of Lynnwood, died Sunday while skydiving at the Marstons Mills Airport in Barnstable, Cape and…

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September 29, 2014 at 5:49 AM

Spokane Valley reports 23 suspicious fires in under 2 weeks

The Spokesman-Review Spokane County and Spokane Valley fire crews responded to more suspicious fires over the weekend, heightening concerns that a serial arsonist has set almost two dozen blazes. A total of 21 brush fires and two house fires in the past week and a half are considered suspicious by investigators. “We’re very frustrated,” said Assistant Chief Greg…

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September 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Multiple-car accident snarls traffic on I-90 near Issaquah for several hours

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: All westbound lanes of Interstate 90 have reopened following a multiple car crash near Preston. UPDATE, 3:54 p.m: The state Department of Transportation says that westbound I-90, at Preston, will be closed one to two hours. The State Patrol is investigating a multiple vehicle crash. UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. | The Washington State Department of…

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September 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Missing Idaho woman found disoriented in Mississippi hometown

The Associated Press An Idaho woman who disappeared last week has been found, disoriented but alive, in the small Mississippi town where her father was once a minister in the 1960s. She told police she didn’t know how she got there. Cynthia Adams, a 52-year-old Boise woman, was reported missing on Tuesday when she didn’t return from a…

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