The latest reporting from the Times’ criminal-justice team.
December 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM
A 24-year-old woman is being held in King County Jail after allegedly running over her husband during a fight that started at an office holiday party on Queen Anne on Saturday, according to Seattle police.
The couple decided to leave the party when they began to argue but continued fighting while at their car, which was parked in a lot in the 2000 block of 15th Avenue West, police said. The husband got out of the car and walked away as things became more heated, police said.
“He then noticed that his wife was maneuvering their black 2004 Mitsubishi Galant toward him so he sheltered behind a small tree at the edge of the parking lot. His wife drove over the tree, struck him with the car and ran over him. She then sped off down the road,” wrote Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel in a post on the SPD Blotter.
A state trooper pulled the woman over when he saw her driving recklessly, police said. Seattle police also responded and booked the woman into jail on investigation of felony domestic violence assault.
King County Jail records show that she was denied bail.
The 34-year-old victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
December 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM
A burn ban is in effect in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties due to stagnant weather conditions and increasing levels of air pollution.
Puget Sound Clean Air Energy said the ban prohibits the use of fireplaces and uncertified woodstoves in all three counties. In addition, the use of pellet stoves and certified woodstoves is prohibited in Snohomish County where the ban is categorized as a Stage 2 ban.
The ban will continue until further notice but does not affect those who depend on a wood-burning device as their only source of heat, according to the agency.
“Calling a burn ban when it’s this cold out is not something we want to do, or that we take lightly,” Craig Kenworthy, the executive director of the agency, wrote in a news statement released Sunday. “People in our region have already been exposed to high levels of fine particle pollution a number of times this year. We’re asking people to use another source of heat for what we hope is a short time.”
The purpose of a ban is to reduce the amount of pollution due to excessive wood smoke. Violators could be subject to a $1,000 fine, the agency said.
December 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM
A man was injured when he was attacked by a group of women after he denied a cigarette to one of them, according to Seattle police.
Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said the victim was waiting for a bus at 3rd Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle around 1 a.m. on Saturday when he was approached by a woman who asked him for a smoke.
When he refused, the woman became angry and began striking him, police said.
She was then joined in the attack by a group of her friends who struck him with their fists and stole his wallet from his backpack, police said.
The women fled on foot and the man flagged down a King County Metro Police deputy who then called Seattle police, Kappel wrote in the SPD Blotter.
The victim sustained minor injuries and the suspects, for whom descriptions were not provided, remain at large, police said.
December 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM
A fire that broke out shortly after midnight in Everett on Saturday sent seven members of a family to the hospital and injured a fire fighter, according the Everett Fire Department.
Residents of the home in the 2200 block of Rainier Avenue told fire crews that they were awakened around midnight by an explosion and the smell of smoke, Asst. Fire Marshall Eric Hicks wrote in a news statement released Saturday morning.
Some family members escaped by climbing out of a second-floor window while one was rescued from the basement by a relative who broke out a window, fire officials said.
Everyone was out by the time firefighters arrived at 12:13 a.m., Hicks said.
Hicks said there were no fatalities, but two residents were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. One suffered serious burns, he said, while the other person’s burns were minor.
Hicks also said that five other family members were treated for minor injuries at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and that one fire fighter suffered an ankle injury.
The cause of the fire, which destroyed the home, was not immediately known, he said.
December 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM
Update, Noon: Late Friday night, officers located and impounded a 1985 Chevy Caprice used in an earlier robbery and shooting at a Seattle gas station. Two females in the car were detained and questioned by robbery detectives at police headquarters downtown.
The primary suspect(s) remain at large.
Original post: A clerk at the Union 76 gas station in the 900 block of James Street was shot in the foot shortly after 8 Friday night after he and another clerk chased a suspect who walked out with a 12-pack of beer, said Seattle Police.
The injured clerk, 25, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, said the Seattle Fire Department.
The suspect ran northbound on Terry Street, said police.
Then, near the intersection of Terry and Cherry Streets, the suspect turned around and fired one gunshot at the store clerk, said police.
Police said the suspect got into a waiting vehicle, described as large, dark-colored, possibly a two-door.
The shooter is described as a male in his late teens to early 20s, last wearing a black jacket, tan pants and a maroon scarf, said police.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects or suspect vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.
Anonymous tips are welcome, said police.
December 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM
The Associated Press
FOX ISLAND — A search dog used to locate disaster victims has helped firefighters recover the body of a doctor who was trapped with his 8-year-old daughter when fire raced through their Fox Island home.
Gig Harbor Fire Department spokesman Eric Waters said the body of Dr. Thomas Babson was found Friday afternoon in a part of the home that was very difficult to access because of structural instability.
Waters said the body of Babson’s 8-year-old daughter was found Thursday in a different part of the home.
The spokesman said fire investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire that started late Wednesday night.
Babson’s wife, June, escaped the fire with the couple’s 12-year-old daughter, and a neighbor rescued their 8-year-old son, a twin. They were all treated for smoke inhalation.
December 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Management at Sodo’s Esquin Wine & Spirits have a message for the people who made off with more than $600,000 worth of high-end wine last week: There’s a good reason wine lovers pay for temperature-controlled storage lockers.
“What the thieves may not know,” Esquin spokesman Dan Miller said in a statement today, “is that with these cold temperatures we’re seeing in the region, if they haven’t properly stored the wine they stole, it could quickly become worthless, particularly if the wine freezes, making their whole criminal operation all for” naught.
Esquin hopes to get the wine back, hopefully in the same condition it was in when it was stolen.
Wine experts say wine should be stored in the dark, at around 55 degrees. Just as high temperatures are harmful to wine, subfreezing temperatures — like the ones the Seattle area has seen all week — are also damaging.
While the effect of temperature on wine depends on a number of factors, Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski said in an email that, typically, “Wine freezes around 23 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the alcohol content. Once frozen the wine will expand and often push the cork out therefore breaking the seal and spoiling the wine.”
Police have arrested one suspect and are seeking a second. The stolen wine — more than 200 cases valued at $648,000 — remains missing, police said today.
December 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his girlfriend before fleeing to Northern California three years ago was sentenced today to just over 35 years in prison.
Shawn Gulseth, 43, was found living under a bridge in a small town 200 miles north of San Francisco. He killed Bonnie Peterson, 45, in her Kent apartment on Dec. 20, 2010.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Gulseth pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder, with the charge carrying aggravators for domestic violence and Gulseth’s use of a deadly weapon, court records show.
After killing Peterson in her apartment at 25811 110th Ave. S.E., Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape, police said at the time. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray, one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work on Dec. 21, 2010, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body, according to charging papers. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents. Peterson was trying to end her relationship with Gulseth when she was killed.
After the California Highway Patrol received a police bulletin indicating Gulseth was wanted on a $1.5 million warrant and might be hiding out in the town of Willits, a California Highway Patrol officer located and positively identified Gulseth based on the distinctive tattoos on his body.
December 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Travel on all northbound collector-distributor lanes of Interstate 5 coming into downtown Seattle were blocked by a collision about 11:50 a.m.
Medical, fire cres and the state patrol are on the scene.
December 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM
A man pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing his cousin last Christmas Eve in Auburn, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Bradley Courville pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly-weapon enhancement. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for assaulting an Auburn police officer.
The 25-year-old Courville, who goes by the nickname “Red Cloud,” faces a range of 15 to 23 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 10.
Around 1:18 a.m. Dec. 24, Auburn police found the victim, Quinn Oliver, 26, dead at a home in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South. A woman at the residence told officers that before Oliver died, he staggered inside and said that “Red Cloud” had stabbed him.
Soon after the woman explained this to police, Courville emerged from some nearby bushes and identified himself to officers, according to charging documents.
When talking with police, Courville said he was experiencing a “spiritual” moment before the slaying and grabbed a butcher knife, charges said. Courville told officers that Oliver called him a name and he reacted by stabbing the man in the neck. Courville said that after the stabbing he hid in the bushes.
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