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Category: The Blotter

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

February 19, 2015 at 7:09 AM

Idaho college administrator offered scholarships for sex, police say

The Associated Press COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The former financial aid director at North Idaho College is facing felony charges after police say he offered scholarship money belonging to the school to students in exchange for sex. Authorities arrested 36-year-old Joseph M. Bekken on Wednesday on suspicion of misusing public funds and soliciting prostitution. Police say Bekken advertised…


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February 19, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Family escapes Pasco house fire Wednesday night

Tri-City Herald  (TNS) A family escaped a Pasco house fire Wednesday evening that officials say started in the basement and caused extensive damage. Angelica Campos said she was in the kitchen of the Sylvester Street house about 5:30 p.m. when the fire started. There were three children and two other adults at home. One of the children smelled…


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February 18, 2015 at 8:26 PM

Seattle demonstrations held in solidarity with Pasco protesters

A crowd gathered in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park Wednesday night for a vigil and protest dedicated to a man who was fatally shot by Pasco police last week. The shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unarmed man shot by three police officers on Feb. 10, has already prompted protests in Pasco. The demonstration in Westlake…


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February 18, 2015 at 5:01 PM

2 drive-by shootings reported Tuesday night in Seattle

Drive-by shootings were reported in Seattle’s Central District and Beacon Hill neighborhoods Tuesday night, police said. Witnesses told officers they saw a dark-green Chevy Tahoe chase a light-colored SUV while passengers fired at each other near 23rd Avenue and East Union Street around 10:30 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department. Officers collected numerous shell casings at…


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February 18, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Guests evacuated during small fire at downtown Seattle hotel

A fire was reported at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle Wednesday afternoon. (Seattle Fire Department) Update at 6:55 p.m.: Damage to the Westin is estimated at $40,000. The entire north tower was evacuated as a precaution, but guests have been allowed back inside.Update at 4:46 p.m.: Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says the fire appeared to…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: downtown Seattle, Seattle Fire Department

February 18, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Teens pistol-whip, rob man in North First Hill

Four boys and a girl were arrested Tuesday night after they pistol-whipped, punched and robbed a man in the North First Hill neighborhood, Seattle police said. The victim, 25, and two women were smoking cigarettes in the 1200 block of Boylston Avenue when a group of five to six boys and a girl walked up  10:20 p.m. One of…


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February 18, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Police: Man tried to lure child into minivan in Magnolia

Police say the man driving this minivan tried to lure a child. (Seattle police photo) A man posed as a school transportation official and tried to lure a child into his minivan Wednesday morning in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, police said. A woman told police she was waiting with her elementary school-aged child near 34th Avenue West and Brygger Drive…


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February 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Parkland teacher accused of having sex with student

A high school science teacher in Pierce County has been charged with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student Andrew McKay, 30, a teacher at Washington High School in Parkland, is alleged to have been having sex with the student since April, according to a news release…


| More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Franklin Pierce School District, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, sexual misconduct with a minor

February 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Spokane judge denies compensation for 3 freed prison inmates

The Associated Press SPOKANE  — A Spokane County judge says three men whose convictions were thrown out after they spent four years in prison are not entitled to state compensation. The men sought about $680,000 under a law to compensate prisoners who were wrongfully jailed. The three were convicted of assault, robbery and drive-by-shooting in 2008 drug-related…


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February 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Oregon couple arrested after baby dies of starvation

The Associated Press ROSEBURG, Ore. — A Southern Oregon couple has been arrested on charges of murder by abuse after an autopsy determined their 7-week-old baby boy died of starvation. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday that 27-year-old Stephen Williams Jr. and 22-year-old Amanda Hancock were arrested Tuesday at their home in Glendale. Deputies say an ambulance was…


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