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Category: The Blotter

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

September 30, 2014 at 1:09 PM

More than 100 firefighters battle blaze in Fremont

Update at 4:02 p.m.: The cause of the fire is under investigation, the fire department said. Investigators haven’t been able to go inside the building because of hazardous material and the building’s strucutural integrity. Update at 3:37 p.m.: The fire department says the fire was declared extinguished as of 3:15 p.m. Twelve workers were evacuated…


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September 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Olympia criminal hotspot: the library

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — One of the places frequently calling the police for help in Olympia is the library. There were 78 calls from the library in 2010, 175 last year and 149 through the first half of this year. The Olympian reports the Olympia Timberland Library is considered a hub for the homeless. Common calls include…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Olympia Police Department, Olympia Timberland Library, trespassng

September 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Suspect arrested in Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Pioneer Square

Police in Federal Way have arrested a suspect in last week’s fatal shooting in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. The 19-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday morning, according to Seattle police. He has been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide. The victim, Melvin V. “TayTay” Dees, 22, was shot several times near Yesler Way and the…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Federal Way Police Department, homicide, Seattle Police Department

September 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Inmate escapes Marysville jail;
no one notices for 2 days

MARYSVILLE — An inmate’s escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man’s defense lawyer stopped for a visit and he couldn’t be found. The Daily Herald reports 19-year-old Rhyan Vasquez is back in custody in Marysville City Jail, north of Seattle, facing a possible escape charge along…


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September 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Watchdog: SPD wasted more than $1M in excessive overtime

Seattle police wasted more than $1 million in overtime last year because of lax management controls relating to training, the department’s internal watchdog reported Tuesday. A significant portion of the overtime was linked to compliance with a 2012 federal consent decree to curb excessive force and biased policing, even though no training plan related to the…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Office of Professional Accountability, Overtime pay, Seattle Police Department

September 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Deputy fires in response when man fatally shoots self in Puyallup

The Associated Press PUYALLUP — The Pierce County sheriff’s office says a man fatally shot himself as deputies approached his pickup truck Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a store in the South Hill area of Puyallup. Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says a deputy who heard the gun shot thought it was directed at officers and…


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September 30, 2014 at 6:05 AM

5-year prison sentence for Lynnwood bomb threat

The Associated Press EVERETT — A man who threatened to blow up a Department of Corrections office in Lynnwood was sentenced in Everett to nearly five years in prison. The Daily Herald reports the Snohomish County Superior Court judge declined a defense request Monday to be lenient with 42-year-old David Moyer of Shoreline because of his history…


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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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