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Category: The Blotter

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

April 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

State kills 300 Thurston County cockfighting birds

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The state Gambling Commission says about 300 birds seized in a cockfighting raid on Monday at Rochester were killed. A spokeswoman says about 240 roosters and 60 hens were euthanized, although several birds are saved as evidence in the case. A 35-year-old Rochester man was arrested and accused of raising and training birds…


0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: cockfighting, Rochester, Washington State Gambling Commission

April 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Trooper injured in I-5 crash in Seattle

The Associated Press The Washington State Patrol says a 28-year-old man was booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving after a crash that damaged two patrol cars and injured a trooper on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Trooper Cliff Pratt says the two state patrol cars were stopped with emergency lights at the scene…


0 Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: accident, DUI, Washington State Patrol

April 22, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Spokane cellmates accused of plotting jailbreak

By Kip Hill The Spokesman-Review SPOKANE — Toenail clippers, a metal clothes hook and some toothpaste could not buy freedom for an accused child rapist and a man facing drug charges at the Spokane County Jail last weekend. Jeremiah Logan and Jason Cooper, both 32, face charges of first-degree escape after letters from Logan and a fellow inmate…


0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: escape, jail, Spokane

April 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Self-described ‘wolf’ pleads guilty to mortgage fraud

A former hard-money lender who once described himself as “a wolf” pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to a mortgage scheme that caused a loss of more than $800,000 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Emiel Kandi, 37, of University Place, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to submit…


0 Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, The Blotter | Topics: U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

April 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

No injuries after school bus ends up in ditch near Buckley

The Associated Press BUCKLEY — The Washington State Patrol says no one was hurt when a school bus with 26 high-school and middle-school students on board went into a ditch Monday afternoon near the Pierce County town of Buckley. Trooper Guy Gill says the students were put on another bus. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: accident, school bus accident, Washington State Patrol

April 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Oregon man dies as wave turns log into bludgeon

The Associated Press FLORENCE, Ore. — A man who was one minute relaxing against a large log on an Oregon beach was the next minute fatally injured when a large wave turned his backrest into a bludgeon. The Oregon State Police said the man was with family members Sunday and sitting on the sand near Florence,…


0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Florence, log death, Oregon State Police

April 21, 2014 at 1:34 PM

More money, help on way for mudslide relief

The Associated Press DARRINGTON — The United Way of Snohomish County says it plans to distribute $400,000 in disaster relief money to two communities affected by the Oso mudslide. A spokesman says the cities of Arlington and Darrington will each get $200,000 on Monday. That will bring the total amount distributed by the group to $925,000. The…


0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Oso mudslide, U.S. Department of Labor

April 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Bank robber who killed himself in Oregon remains a mystery

Law enforcement officials in Oregon are hoping someone will recognize this bank robber and provide information on his background. The man, identified as Joseph Thomas Johnston, 71, fatally shot himself on April 10 after robbing a bank in Ontario, Ore. Johnston was pulled over by police after the robbery and shot himself on the side of a road south…


| More in The Blotter | Topics: Ontario, Oregon State Police, shooting

April 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Bremerton police to test wearing video cameras

The Associated Press BREMERTON — Police expect complaints against officers will decline if officers wear video cameras that record every encounter, Chief Steve Strachan recently told the City Council. The department expects to receive cameras next month that two officers will test as the department makes a final decision about wearable cameras, the Kitsap Sun reported Sunday. Each…


0 Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: body cameras, Bremerton Police Department, Steve Strachan

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