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Category: The Blotter

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

November 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Deaths in Tacoma apartment may have been a murder-suicide

The News Tribune Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a possible homicide-suicide at a South Hill apartment in Tacoma. Investigators believe the 58-year-old man killed his 7-year-old daughter and then himself. The cause of death has not been released. The family was scheduled to be evicted from the apartment in the 17700 block of 85th Avenue Court East on…

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November 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

$2.5 million claim filed against city of Seattle over crash involving Councilmember Clark

A $2.5 million claim has been filed against the city of Seattle, citing a collision more than two years ago in which a vehicle driven by Councilmember Sally Clark injured a bicyclist. The claim, brought by Steve Fairbanks, a former Lakewood, Pierce County, man who now lives in Oregon, represents the first step in a potential…

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November 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Woman chasing dog in Eugene struck by train, dies

The Associated Press EUGENE — Eugene police say they’re trying to identify a woman who was fatally struck by a train as she chased a dog across the tracks. The Eugene Register-Guard reports the woman died at the hospital. Police said the crossing arms were down, and audio and visual warning signs had been activated when the woman…

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November 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Marchers hit the streets in Seattle to protest Ferguson ruling

Update at 1:32 p.m.: Protesters arrived at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Seattle at 1:15 p.m. chanting, “No justice, no peace. No racist police ” Many were high-school students, like David Morgan, 16, a junior at Garfield High School. Morgan said he was there “just to support all the black people in the past…

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November 25, 2014 at 7:06 AM

NB Highway 99 reopens after accident in Battery Street Tunnel

UPDATE, 6:24 a.m. | The accident in the Battery Street Tunnel has cleared and all lanes are open, but long delays are expected as traffic begins to clear, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. ORIGINAL POST | A collision at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday closed all northbound lanes of Highway 99 through the Battery Street tunnel…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: Interstate 5, Traffic

November 25, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Seattle gang blamed for Lakewood home invasion robbery

The Associated Press TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors say three members of a Seattle gang expected to find marijuana and cash when they targeted a Lakewood home for robbery, but it was the wrong house. The homeowner was pistol whipped but was able to arm himself Nov. 18 and fire shots that fatally wounded one of the…

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November 25, 2014 at 12:56 AM

In Portland, small Ferguson protest is peaceful

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A small group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Portland to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. KATU-TV reports  that some chanted “No Justice, No Peace” outside the Justice Center, but the rally was mostly calm. No arrests were…

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November 25, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Horses set free from Portland mounted police stable

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Portland police say five horses from their mounted patrol unit were turned loose Monday night during a burglary at the patrol’s stable. A spokesman says all five were found across a highway along the train tracks. Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers arrested a 24-year-old man in the burglary. Simpson says several neighbors helped…

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November 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Man, woman found dead in Kennewick home

The Associated Press KENNEWICK — Law enforcement officials say the bodies of a man and a woman have been found in a Kennewick home. The Tri-City Herald reports that a family friend found the bodies at mid-day Monday. A dog was also found dead. Benton County sheriff’s officers are investigating. No identities were immediately released and no details…

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November 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Seattle protesters block I-5; police use pepper spray

Update at 12:46 a.m: Group is on the move again, heading north on Fifth Avenue. Update at 12:40 a.m.: Protesters have left the old federal building and are standing in the middle of Fifth Avenue singing “We Shall Overcome.” Number has dwindled to about 50. Update at 12:30 a.m.: Protesters gathered outside the old federal building…

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