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Category: The Blotter

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

February 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

SPD officer testifies about night her partner was killed by gunman

Seattle police Officer Britt Kelly said the car that pulled up next to her parked patrol car on the night of Oct. 31, 2009, was so close that she couldn’t open her door. “The next thing I remember is a very bright muzzle flash, a very loud noise and the smell of gunpowder so fierce…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Christopher Monfort, Seattle Police Department, Timothy Brenton

February 18, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Medical examiner: Oregon man committed ‘suicide by cop’

The Associated Press OREGON CITY, Ore. — The state medical examiner’s office says a man fatally shot by Clackamas County deputies Sunday appears to have orchestrated his shooting as a suicide. Investigators said they encountered 34-year-old Bruce Steward in the town of Colton after they got a call reporting a stabbing. But deputies didn’t find a stabbing victim….


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oregon

February 18, 2015 at 6:55 AM

Washington man dies while surfing in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A 28-year-old tourist from Washington state died while surfing along Puerto Rico’s west coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday. Travis Forney lived in North Bend and had flown to Puerto Rico on Feb. 15, according to his Facebook page. He worked as a construction manager for Huber Architects…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Puerto Rico, surfing

February 17, 2015 at 6:47 PM

Hazmat spill reported at suspected drug lab in North Seattle

UPDATED, Wednesday, 6 a.m. | Seattle police say they’re investigating a possible methamphetamine lab in a north Seattle residence. Detective Drew Fowler says firefighters notified police Tuesday afternoon after they were called to the site for a medical call. Firefighters suited up in protective gear and entered the residence, where they found a 30-year-old man unconscious. Fowler says…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Pinehurst, Seattle Police Department

February 17, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Seattle police summoned to 3 break-ins near UW campus

Three reported break-ins very early Tuesday morning near the University of Washington campus resulted in 911 calls, Seattle police say. In one instance, a woman reported she woke to a man opening her bedroom door. She apparently was able to frighten the man away. In another call, two roommates reported hearing somebody walking in their hallway. And in…


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February 17, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Man who claimed rough arrest during Seattle May Day riots drops suit

A freelance photographer has dropped a lawsuit alleging he was roughly arrested by Seattle police and later charged with assaulting an officer during the 2012 May Day protests, according to court records. Joshua “Alex” Garland claimed a video posted on YouTube shows he never touched the officer, who later alleged Garland grabbed his wrist and twisted during…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: civil-rights lawsuit, May Day riots, Seattle Police Department

February 17, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Police: Student planned to ‘shoot up’ Bellevue school

A 17-year-old boy accused of threatening to “shoot up” the International School in Bellevue has been booked for investigation of felony harassment, according to court documents. The boy, a senior at the school, was arrested on Friday and booked into the King County Youth Services Center. Prosecutors say they have a deadline of Thursday to file criminal charges. The…


| More in The Blotter | Topics: Bellevue Police, International School, school threats

February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Gorge death: Man in 2009 hiking party accused of murder

The Associated Press HOOD RIVER, Ore. — A hiking companion has been accused of murder in the death of a woman who fell from a trail six years ago in the Columbia Gorge. The Oregonian reports that Hood River County officials are holding Stephen Wagner Nichols without bail. Authorities say the Bend, Ore., man was arrested in San…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: hiking accident, homicide, Hood River County

February 17, 2015 at 1:10 PM

‘Miracle’ that Shoreline basketball team survived bus crash

The Associated Press MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The coach and members of the of the King’s High School boys basketball team say it was a “miracle” no one was seriously hurt when their bus overturned on its side on an Interstate 5 off-ramp at Mountlake Terrace. KOMO reports Assistant Principal and coach Rick Skeen told a student assembly Tuesday…


Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: King's High School, school bus crash, Shoreline

February 17, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Prosecutors: No new evidence to charge cops who shot man 16 times

The King County Prosecutor’s Office has determined there is no new information to support criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy and a state community corrections officer whose account of an incident in which they shot an unarmed man 16 times was called into question in a civil lawsuit. Reacting to a judge’s recent ruling that…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: federal lawsuit, King County Prosecutor's Office, shooting

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