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October 30, 2014 at 6:27 AM

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Wet, cool Halloween in forecast

The National Weather Service is forecasting a cool, wet Halloween in most of Washington. Forecasters say a storm moving into the state Thursday will bring significant rain by Friday morning in Western Washington. Amounts of 1-to-2 inches are expected on the west side of the Cascades with 3-to-4 inches possible in the Olympics. The heavy rain should…

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October 29, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Boy, 9, taken from Seattle located in South Pacific; father in custody

Billy Hanson, the 9-year-old boy who was taken from a Seattle marina by his father in early September, has been located in Niue, an island in the South Pacific, according to the FBI. Billy’s family has been notified and authorities are working to reunite Billy with his mother, the FBI said Wednesday. His father, Jeffrey…

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October 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Tacoma postal carrier accused of harassment, assault

The Associated Press TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors have filed harassment and fourth-degree assault charges against a 55-year-old Tacoma postal carrier accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching several women on his delivery route. The News Tribune reports that the carrier was arrested Wednesday. His arraignment is scheduled Thursday. Court records did not list a lawyer for…

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October 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Men from Tacoma, Portland among 11 sentenced for child porn

The Associated Press HELENA, Mont. — A Tacoma man is among 11 men from eight states who were recently sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in federal prison for participating in an online bulletin board that allowed members to exchange child pornography, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The men, including Steve Humiston, 57, of Tacoma,…

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October 29, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Police arrest another accused groper in downtown Seattle

Update at 11:13 a.m. Thursday: Seattle police now say five women were groped Wednesday by the 32-year-old man — and there may be other victims. Detectives ask that anyone else who may have been groped Wednesday in downtown Seattle call the SPD’s Sexual Assault Unit at 206-684-5575. Original post: Police say a group of women helped chase down an intoxicated man…

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October 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

U.S. Attorney’s Office appoints Election Day watchdog

Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes has appointed a long-time federal prosecutor to oversee and investigate complaints of Election Day fraud. Assistant U.S. Attorney Arlen Storm has been appointed to the Western District of Washington’s Election Office and will be responsible for handling complaints of fraud or voter-rights abuses in consultation with the Justice Department headquarters in Washington,…

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October 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Remains found in Oregon are those of missing Spanaway man

The Associated Press KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Human remains found earlier this month in Klamath County have been identified as those of a Washington state man missing since 2012. The sheriff’s office said Wednesday indications at the time Joseph Aaron Marsh disappeared suggested he was despondent, and an autopsy has confirmed that the cause of death was…

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October 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Pierce County deputies face excessive-force suit in man’s death

The family of a University Place man who died last May after being taken into custody by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit alleging five deputies used excessive force when they beat and used a Taser on Ronald Hillstrom and then laid on top of him, breaking most of his ribs and collapsing his…

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October 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Shells in Bertha’s repair vault likely from settlers’ oyster business

Old shells discovered within tunnel machine Bertha’s repair pit likely were not left by Native tribes, but by white settlers who removed oyster meat and left shell piles behind, officials say. Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer, said Wednesday the shells are mostly from small Olympia oysters that grew far from Elliott Bay, and later…

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October 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Gunfire reported in South Seattle

Update at 4:30 p.m.: A house was damaged in a shooting in Seattle’s Beacon Hill  neighborhood, police said. A resident of the house told officers he had walked out after the shooting around 2:40 p.m. and spoke to a man standing in the street, according to the police department. The man in the street told the resident…

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