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Category: The Blotter

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

November 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Seattle protesters block I-5; police use pepper spray

Update at 12:46 a.m: Group is on the move again, heading north on Fifth Avenue. Update at 12:40 a.m.: Protesters have left the old federal building and are standing in the middle of Fifth Avenue singing “We Shall Overcome.” Number has dwindled to about 50. Update at 12:30 a.m.: Protesters gathered outside the old federal building…

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November 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Couple pistol-whipped, robbed at Seattle’s Volunteer Park

Seattle police are looking for two men who robbed and pistol-whipped a man and woman Sunday night at Volunteer Park. Police say the attackers came out of  bushes and confronted the two victims around 7 p.m. The two victims said they heard the sound of a handgun being cocked and one of the attackers saying they were being…

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November 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Road-rage shooting on Interstate 405 near Renton

The Associated Press RENTON — A driver told the Washington State Patrol he was shot by another driver on Interstate 405 early Sunday near Renton. The man says he felt a pain in his shoulder as he was passed by a white Cadillac whose driver may have felt upset at being blocked in traffic. The patrol says a…

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November 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Portland chief: Officers must yank Ferguson posts

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Portland Police Chief Mike Reese says he’s ordered three officers to remove images from their Facebook pages that use police badges in expressions of solidarity with the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Reese says the images are depictions of the Portland Police Bureau badge along with the words…

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November 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Seattle preparing for Ferguson grand jury decision

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is likely to hold a news briefing this evening to discuss the announcement of the grand-jury decision in Ferguson, MO., according to sources briefed on the plan. Murray is planning to speak about 7 p.m., after officials in Missouri make their announcement at 6 p.m., the sources said. Protests are planned in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, grand jury, Mothers for Police Accountability

November 24, 2014 at 10:52 AM

7 cars stolen from Edmonds used car dealer

The Associated Press Seven cars were stolen overnight from a used car lot in Edmonds. The manager of Gasoline Alley in Highway 99, Raymond Yager, tells KIRO thieves broke into an office and took the keys. The cars included several BMWs and a Mercedes-Benz and were worth about $100,000. One of the cars was found Monday by an employee…

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November 24, 2014 at 9:15 AM

State AG says police don’t need consent to record with body cams

Update 10:42 a.m.: James McMahan, policy director for the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, in a statement Monday, said Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s opinion on police body cameras clears “two major hurdles” faced by law enforcement across the state. “We are pleased that the Attorney General has provided guidance on the privacy implications of body cameras.  Attorney General…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, police body-cameras, two-party consent

November 24, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Marysville students and staff to dismantle shooting memorial

The Associated Press MARYSVILLE — The pictures, balloons and flowers that covered a fence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School after last month’s shooting are being removed. The chain-link fence became a temporary memorial to the four students who were shot to death and the wounded student who is recovering. There are also kind words for the…

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November 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM

2 men injured in blast trying to make hash oil in Oregon restroom

The Associated Press TIGARD, Ore. — Police say two men were injured in a blast in the restroom of a Tigard service station where they were trying to make hash oil from marijuana and butane used in the process exploded. The two Tigard men — 18 and 23 years old — took themselves to Providence St. Vincent…

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