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Category: The Blotter

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

August 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Fire engulfs Mercer Island home

Billowing smoke could be seen from miles away as a fire consumed a Mercer Island home Friday night. Occupants of the home in the 5600 block of Mercer Island Way were able to safely escape the fire that erupted about 7 p.m., according to the Mercer Island Fire Department. By the time firetrucks from Mercer Island,…

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August 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM

SPD: Men snatch tablet computer from woman in wheelchair at Northgate Mall

Talk about low. Seattle police say the two men pictured in this surveillance photo snatched a tablet computer from a woman at Northgate Mall last week. The victim and her husband – who both use wheelchairs – were inside the mall waiting for a Metro Access van on Aug. 22 when the two suspects began circling them, police said. After hanging…

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August 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Man pinned beneath van in North Seattle

Update at 3:43 p.m.: Van tires rolled on top of victim’s head. The man, in his 60s, is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Original post: A man was severely injured Friday afternoon when he was pinned beneath a van in North Seattle, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The man was working on the van in the 14300…

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August 29, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Police: Blood found in Auburn likely came from homicide victim

The Washington State Patrol crime lab has determined blood found on items left along an Auburn roadway earlier this month came from 30-year-old Brandon Shane Zomalt, Auburn police said on Friday. Auburn police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said Zomalt was last seen two weeks before the discovery of the bloody clothing and carpeting off Peasley Canyon Road on Aug. 13. “We…

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August 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Guard fatally shoots Oregon prison inmate

The Associated Press PENDLETON, Ore. — An inmate at the state prison in Pendleton has been shot and killed by a guard while fighting in the prison yard. Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus says 26-year-old Jayson Matthew Withers, of Salem, was pronounced dead Friday morning after being taken to a local hospital. Primus says Withers and another inmate…

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August 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The breaking-news account of the 2nd Avenue bike fatality

Update 1:20 p.m.: Our latest coverage of this story has moved here. Update 10:30 a.m.: Seattle police say the cyclist killed Friday morning was riding south in a bike lane on Second Avenue when she was hit by the truck, which also was on Second Avenue and turning left onto University Street. Det. Patrick Michaud, Seattle…

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August 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Competency check for teen accused in 6-year-old Jenise Wright’s death

The Associated Press PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County prosecutors say a 17-year-old accused in the rape and killing of 6-year-old Jenise Wright will be evaluated next week to see if he’s competent to stand trial. The Kitsap Sun reports Gabriel Gaeta made a brief appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court on Thursday. At that hearing, Deputy Prosecutor…

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August 29, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Moses Lake man to be sentenced in Montana for meth trafficking

The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — A Washington state man faces sentencing Friday in federal court on charges he led an interstate meth-trafficking ring that exploited workers in eastern Montana’s oil patch. Robert Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake, Washington, will appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. Under a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty in…

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August 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Miley Cyrus’ date turns self in, posts bail in Oregon

The Associated Press DALLAS, Ore.  — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail. The director of Polk County Community Corrections in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, Ore., says 22-year-old Jesse…

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August 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Police: driver crushes Seattle parking officer’s hand

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Seattle police say a driver with at least four unpaid parking tickets crushed a parking enforcement officer’s hand with his Lexus as he tried to keep the vehicle from being immobilized by a wheel clamp. Detective Drew Fowler says the 57-year-old man was arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment. The parking officer…

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