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Category: The Blotter

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

July 31, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Motorcycle chase crash at Arlington was fatal

The Associated Press ARLINGTON — The Washington State Patrol says a motorcycle rider who crashed Saturday while fleeing a trooper on state Highway 531 at Arlington died Wednesday of his injuries. The patrol says the trooper had terminated the pursuit for safety reasons. The motorcycle continued for another mile-and-a-half until it left the road and crashed in…


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July 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Police: Idaho 5-year-old accidentally shoots, kills playmate

The Associated Press CHUBBUCK, Idaho — A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home. Lt. Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department says emergency workers responded to a Chubbuck home at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and took the victim to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. The hospital confirmed later in…


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July 31, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Man gets exceptional sentence for torching Capitol Hill nightclub

The man who set a fire inside a crowded Capitol Hill gay nightclub on New Year’s Eve was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a federal arson charge this morning in U.S. District Court in Seattle. In a statement of responsibility submitted before this morning’s sentencing, Musab Mohammed Masmari admitted to setting the fire at Neighbours…


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July 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Seattle city attorney issues statement on SPD pot-ticket case

In the wake of news stories about a Seattle police officer under investigation for writing 80 percent of the tickets this year for using marijuana in public, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes today issued a statement outlining his position on enforcement of the ban. In some cases, the officer added a notation to the tickets requesting…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: City Attorney Pete Holmes, marijuana legalization, Seattle Police Department

July 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Police: Idaho Man yells ‘Taze me;’ officers comply

The Associated Press TWIN FALLS, Idaho — An Idaho man who authorities say refused police commands and taunted police by telling them to use a stun gun on him got exactly that. The Times-News reports that 23-year-old Michael K. Brubaker of Twin Falls earlier this week pleaded not guilty to resisting or obstructing officers and battery on…


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July 31, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Searchers find no sign of missing Oregon woman

The Associated Press MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — It’s been a week since 38-year-old Jennifer Huston of Dundee disappeared, and searchers are running out of leads. Newberg-Dundee Police say searchers in the air and on the Willamette River looked without success Wednesday for an oil sheen that may have indicated a car in the water. Searchers also checked roads…


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July 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM

SPD officer under investigation after writing 80 percent of pot tickets

Update at 6:28 p.m.: Department sources identified the officer as Randy Jokela, who has been on the force since 1990 and currently works as a bike officer in the West Precinct, which includes downtown Seattle and Queen Anne. Ron Smith, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, did not name the officer, but said he met with…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: City Attorney Pete Holmes, marijuana laws, Seattle Police Department

July 30, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Light rail service restored; security threat was groundless

A security threat that turned out to be baseless stalled light-rail service to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this afternoon. The Central Link light rail temporarily stalled operations between the Tukwila International Boulevard and Sea-Tac Airport stations, but has since resumed regular service. The man who made the threat was taken into custody by the Port of Seattle Police,…



July 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Bail set at $75K for man who allegedly abducted daughter from U District

A man who touched off a citywide manhunt when he allegedly confronted the mother of his young daughter in the University District Tuesday and then took off with the child was ordered held today on probable cause for investigation of felony harassment-domestic violence. On Tuesday, Seattle police asked for the public’s help in locating Eric Carney, 39, and the…


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July 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Sex offender accused of masturbating in front of woman

A 37-year-old West Seattle man, who police say exposed himself and masturbated in front of different women at least three times in recent weeks, was charged today with indecent exposure and failing to register as a sex offender, according to King County prosecutors. Duane Atwood was arrested Friday and was released from the King County Jail…


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