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Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Seattle police hit the streets with body cameras

A handful of Seattle police officers hit the streets Friday with new body cameras. The officers are assigned to the department’s East Precinct, which covers Capitol Hill and nearby neighborhoods. The officers have completed training and will now use the cameras as part of a pilot project to test two different brands of cameras over a six-month…

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December 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Canadian woman arrested at Blaine crossing on cocaine charges

The Associated Press BLAINE, Whatcom County — A British Columbia woman is under arrest for allegedly trying to carry $900,000 worth of cocaine from Seattle to Canada. Robyn Cortney Bell is being held at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center on suspicion of cocaine possession with intention to distribute. According to a complaint filed in federal court, the U.S. Customs and Border…

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December 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Tacoma standoff ends with suspect’s arrest

The Associated Press TACOMA — A standoff in Tacoma ended Friday afternoon with the arrest of a man described as a career criminal wanted by police and the Washington State Patrol for multiple car thefts and other crimes including a home invasion. A SWAT team that surrounded the home for several hours fired tear gas before taking…

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December 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Last frigate at Naval Station Everett returns home

The Associated Press EVERETT — The Navy frigate Rodney Davis returned from its final deployment Friday afternoon to its home port at Naval Station Everett. The ship with a crew of more than 200 has been on a six-month deployment in the western Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. The Navy plans to decommission the 27-year-old ship in March…

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December 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Officials: Kennewick student shot by Minnesota police had knife

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities say a Kennewick man who was killed by police on a busy Minnesota freeway was repeatedly stabbing himself in the moments before the shooting, then charged at officers with a knife. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 18-year-old Johnathon Dean Mar ignored officers’ commands to drop the knife in the…

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December 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Unclaimed cremated remains at rest in Puget Sound

The Associated Press TACOMA — The cremated remains of 23 people were dropped Thursday into the waters of Puget Sound off Fox Island. Pierce County Medical Examiner Thomas Clark decided to dispose of the remains in the Sound after they went unclaimed for years. A sheriff’s patrol boat carried the ashes. Two fire department chaplains said a few words…

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December 19, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Skier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, surviving because he was initially able to dig his head out of the snow, officials with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said. The skier, who officials would not identify, was then pulled from the snow…

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December 19, 2014 at 8:42 AM

SPD investigating stabbing at strip club

Seattle police say two people were slashed Thursday night at Dream Girls, a strip club in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. “Two employees were cut and it looks like the suspect is outstanding,” Seattle police spokesman Patrick Michaud said Friday morning. Michaud said police were called to the club, located at 1530 First Ave. S., at 10:15 p.m. Michaud…

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December 19, 2014 at 8:24 AM

50 arrests in Tri-City gang sweep

The Associated Press KENNEWICK — Police arrested 50 people this week in a gang sweep across the Tri-Cities, prompted by a wave of recent shootings. Local, state and federal agencies cooperated in the sweep Tuesday through Thursday and announced results at the Kennewick police station. The Tri-City Herald reports there were charges or warrants for 62 felonies and…

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