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October 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM
A 44-year-old man was arrested in South Seattle after an attempted robbery at a gas station, according to Seattle police.
The man walked into the gas station in the 2400 block of Beacon Avenue South and demanded money from an employee while pretending to hold a concealed weapon behind his back, according to a police report.
The employee paged the manager over the intercom, who asked what was going on, prompting the man to run out of the store empty-handed heading north on 15th Avenue South, the report said.
Officers arrested the man at the intersection of 14th Avenue South and South Lander Street, the report said. Police said he also had a felony warrant for escape and was on probation for first-degree robbery.
The man was booked into the King County Jail for robbery and the felony warrant, the report said.
September 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM
A 22-year-old man apparently high on drugs and naked from the waist down went on a rampage with a 35-foot boat he stole at the Queen City Yacht Club on Portage Bay in Seattle last night, ramming other boats and docks.
A witness, fearing for the safety of other boat owners on the docks, got a shotgun and fired at the boat thief to put a stop to it all, according to Seattle police.
A yacht club official who owns the stolen boat said a prelimary estimate is that the suspect did a total of $500,000 in damage to the marina and about a dozen boats.
The incident began shortly before 11 p.m. at the 2600 block of Boyer Avenue East along Portage Bay on a report that someone was using a boat to ram docks and other boats.
Before police arrived, the witness armed himself with a shotgun, fired and hit the man in the boat in the head and the hand, causing him to stop.
The man was trying to get away when police arrived, but he was caught and arrested.
He was treated at the scene and taken to Harborview Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Several docks and possibly a dozen boats were damaged in the rampage, but no one but the suspect was injured, police said.
The witness who fired the shotgun was interviewed, but police did not hold him.
The suspect is under police guard at the hospital, and once he’s released, he’ll be taken to jail to be booked for investigation of boat theft and property damage.
The man who said he fired the shotgun was Dave Svensen, 69, a retired Boeing auditor, who splits his times between Anchorage and Seattle.
“I was protecting life and limb,” Svensen said. “I’m basically anti-gun.”
He said he was concerned that the suspect was about to ram a boat on which a guy was living and feared that the man could be hurt.
Svensen, who had been in the military and had served briefly in Vietnam, borrowed a shotgun from a man on an adjacent boat and fired several shots. At a distance of 30-40 feet, he doubted the shotgun pellets would seriously injure the suspect.
“I was trying to scare him … It worked. It stopped him,” he said.
Police arrived five to seven minutes after the shooting and he directed them to the boat the suspect was on.
As police removed the suspect, Svensen said he could see blood on the suspect’s face.
“He was half naked from the waist down and the best I could tell, he was high on drugs,” Svensen said. The suspect appeared to have trouble standing.
The boat the suspect stole belongs to Bob Myers, the club’s vice-commodore. Myers said when he got a call last night that boats had been damaged, he had no idea his boat had been ”used as a ramrod.”
Meyers said when he got to the scene, about a dozen police cars were there. An officer, who also did not know Myers’ boat was involved, walked him out to see the damaged section of the marina because he was the ranking club member on hand.
“I see the stern and I go, ‘Holy crap, that’s my boat!’ I was in shock,” Myers said.
Police allowed him to go briefly about his 38-foot Bayliner, the Par-A-Gon, before it was taken to a nearby boatyard to be inspected as part of the police investigation.
“He totally trashed it,” Myers said. “He just destroyed everything inside.”
Myers said there was a lot of blood in the boat, along with holes from shotgun pellets, and the bow was destroyed from hitting other boats and a marina support.
Myers, a retired Seattle firefighter, estimates the damage to the boat and its contents at about $90,000.
He and his wife have owned the boat since 1996 and live on it part of the year, so there were a lot of personal possessions on board, including electronic gear.
Another yacht club member, James VanWagenen, who came down to the yacht club this morning, said his boat was damaged, but because it’s under a section of roof that collapsed, he can’t tell how severe the damage is.
“You know how it is. Some people get drugs and alcohol in them and you don’t know what they’re going to do,” Van Wagenen said.
“This is why we have insurance,” he said. “I’m just glad no one here got hurt. Glad we didn’t lose any boats.”
Then he said it appears a section of the roof will have to be lifted away and removed by barge.
A yacht club member, whose son’s boat was damaged, said the idea of shots being fired at the marina was chilling. “I’m glad he did it. I’m glad I wasn’t in that position,” said Kent Soffel. “I think it would be very hard to make that decision.”
Greg Bolin, a yacht club member for three years, arrived early Monday to assess the damage.
“One of the roofs has collapsed, the corner support was hit,” Bolin said. “There’s a lot of wood and debris floating in the water.”
Bolin, who was not there during the incident, said that at first glance, his 33-foot cruiser, doesn’t appear to be damaged, “but one of the cleats holding it to the dock has been completely pulled out.” He may need to take his boat out of the water to inspect it for damage.
The man living on the boat described the noise of the boats and docks being rammed like wood being thrown into a dumpster, Bolin said.
The man told Bolin he had not “heard of anything like this before,” Bolin said, adding that he’s just glad no one at the yacht club was hurt.
August 23, 2013 at 7:58 AM
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
The Associated Press
Police in Spokane have arrested one of two teens suspected of fatally beating an 88-year-old veteran of World War II who had survived the battle for Okinawa.
Police contend that two 16-year-old boys approached Delbert Belton at random Wednesday night outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting in his car for a friend.
Belton was found by police with serious head injuries and died in the hospital Thursday.
Belton’s death has struck a chord nationally and sparked outrage on social media.
“He fought for this country,” said Belton’s sister, Alberta Tosh, on Friday. “Then he comes home and a couple of creeps kill him in the worst way.”
Police Chief Frank Straub said there was no information that the attack was motivated by anything other than robbery. Police were offering no details about the crime itself, including what was taken, if anything.
“I don’t really care what their motive was,” Straub added. “We are not going to tolerate this.” Straub said such random attacks are rare in Spokane, a city of 210,000 people in Eastern Washington.
Police say the arrested teen was being held on charges of robbery and first-degree murder.
Straub identified the suspect still at large as 16-year-old Kenan D. Adams-Kinard. Even though he is a juvenile, his name and photo were released because he remains a danger to the community, Straub said. The Associated Press doesn’t usually name juvenile suspects, but is identifying the teen because of the manhunt.
“We are asking the community’s assistance to locate him,” Straub said. “We are asking Mr. Kinard to surrender immediately.”
“He displayed very aggressive and violent conduct with his assault of Mr. Belton,” Straub said, adding that he believed the arrest of the second suspect was imminent.
Both of the suspects have juvenile-court records and have past convictions for assault, Straub said.
Straub also offered his condolences to Belton’s family.
“He is a World War II veteran who suffered injuries in Okinawa,” Straub said. “The Spokane Police Department has been working tirelessly to identify and apprehend the suspects.”
Belton was born and raised in Spokane and joined the Army during World War II. His sister said he was shot in the leg on Okinawa, site of one of the fiercest battles of the war in 1945.
“He was shell-shocked real bad,” Tosh, 78, said. “But it got better.”
After the war, he spent 33 years working for Kaiser Aluminum before retiring in 1982.
In retirement, Belton loved to dance, play pool and repair old cars, family members said.
“He was very active and everybody liked him,” said niece Pam Hansen. “He’d never think about harming another person.”
Belton was called “Shorty” by his friends because he was little more than 5 feet tall, Hansen said.
She believes he was targeted by the assailants because of his age and size.
“He was defenseless,” Hansen said.
June 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM
Authorities have arrested a 26-year-old Marysville man in connection with the June 1 drive-by shooting that killed 15-year-old Molly Conley of Seattle, officials confirmed Friday night.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies made the arrest Friday at the man’s home, spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. The suspect was to be booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of 1st-degree murder, she said.
No other information was expected to be available until Monday, Ireton said.
Detectives believe the classmates were walking along a south Lake Stevens road at 11:18 p.m. when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire. A bullet struck Conley in the neck. She died at the scene.
Officials said they received 911 calls about two other drive-by shootings later that night, although those only resulted in property damage. It wasn’t clear whether the other shootings were related.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office had been handling the investigation but had released few updates in recent days.
Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound had offered a $34,000 reward for information that led to a conviction in Conley’s slaying. It wasn’t clear whether the reward figured in Friday’s arrest.
The arrest was first reported in an 8:50 p.m. message posted on the City of Lake Stevens’ Twitter account.
June 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM
The husband of the Bothell woman who was found dead in her home in February was arrested by Bothell police this morning.
Officers arrested Alan Smith, 37, at 8:25 a.m., said Bothell Police Capt. Denise Langford. Smith was being held for investigation of first-degree murder and could be booked into the Snohomish County Jail as early as this afternoon.
Smith is suspected of killing his estranged wife, Susann Smith, whose body was discovered in her home Feb. 12. She had been stabbed and beaten about the head, according to police.
Thursday’s arrest was the second for Smith in less than one week. He was arrested last Friday for obstruction of justice after refusing to turn over his passport to investigators serving a search warrant.
Bothell police said Smith eventually relinquished his passport and posted bail the following day.
Smith has not been formally charged.
June 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM
The Associated Press
Police say an Edmonds man suspected of killing a Bellevue woman was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles.
The 46-year-old was arrested with the help of Los Angeles police and the U.S. Marshals Service. He’s held for extradition to Washington.
He’s suspected in the death of 35-year-old Nataliya Vabishchevich. Her body was found Monday in her condo after she failed to show up for her job as a massage therapist at a chiropractic clinic.
April 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM
Silas Potter Jr., the former Seattle Public Schools official accused of using his position to steal from the district, was arrested today and booked into King County Jail.
A warrant had been issued for Potter’s arrest this week after he failed to show up to a hearing in King County Superior Court.
Potter, 60, is the former director of the school district’s small-business program, which had been set up to help women and minority-owned businesses win more public contracts. He is accused in a 42-count court complaint of running a scheme that bilked the school district out of $250,000 by awarding contracts to firms that did little or no work. Potter and two others are accused of pocketing some of that money. He was arrested in Florida in Nov. 2011 and returned to Seattle to face charges.
A 2011 state audit and a report for the school district found Potter oversaw spending of $1.8 million in questionable contracts.
Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for the King County Prosecutor’s office, said it was not clear how Potter came to be arrested. Jail records indicate he was booked this afternoon on a $100,000 warrant related to the schools case, and a $600 warrant out of Kent for driving with a suspended license.
Potter will remain in jail until a court hearing on the warrant can be held Monday, Goodhew said. His case is scheduled to go to trial next month.
Messages left for Potter’s attorney were not immediately returned.
March 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Seattle police say they arrested a wanted felon with a gun just after midnight in the 1900 block of Third Avenue.
The department said a resident called 911 to report a man standing on the sidewalk holding a handgun and talking on the phone.
Seattle police found the suspect near Virginia Street and caught him after a brief chase. Officer said he had a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in his pants pocket. Records showed the gun had been stolen from a car in Seattle in 2010.
The suspect, who was not identified, was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a handgun, according to the police department. He waws also wanted on federal warrant. He was booked into the King County Jail.
March 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM
The owner of a South Seattle nonprofit community resource “club” that hosted Alcoholics Anonymous meetings has been arrested on a federal complaint alleging he was dealing large quantities of oxycodone and other illegal pills.
Michael Martin Shepard, 64 — who goes by the nickname “Homeless” – is named in a 25-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court that alleges undercover officers and informants arranged at least five purchases of oxycodone at the Nomadian Community Resource Center, 4267 S. Orcas St.. He was arrested last night and is scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge later today in Seattle.
The complaint alleges that the center was being operated as a members-only “club” and that Shepard was using it as a hub for distributing oxycodone and other prescription drugs. At one point, according to the charges, Shepard allegedly received a quantity of pills from a man who had apparently had just obtained them from the pharmacy at Harborview Medical Center.
The club was used by Alcoholics Anonymous for meetings, and Shepard allegedly discussed drug deals while meetings were being held. One of the alleged drug transactions involved pills Shepard allegedly sold to a “cooperative source” to provide to an undercover police officer who posed as a pill-addict at an AA meeting.
The investigation began last November when a citizen told Seattle police that drugs were being sold at the resource center. Shepard would allegedly sell drugs only to individuals who became a “member” of the center in an effort to avoid police detection. Shepard boasted he had nearly 2,000 members since opening in 2012.
Police used a cooperative source with a history of drug arrests to infiltrate the center and make drug buys, as well as vouch for undercover narcotics officers involved in the investigation, according to the charges.
November 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM
By Danny O’Neil
Jerramy Stevens was arrested Wednesday in Florida for investigation of violating his probation, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Stevens, a former Washington Husky and Seattle Seahawk, was arrested at 10 a.m. at an address listed as his residence on the sheriff’s report. He was booked at 11 a.m., according to records from the sheriff’s office.
Stevens was on probation in Florida, stemming from a drug-possession charge from October 2010. Stevens was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time, and he was arrested near the team hotel after an officer found marijuana in a Crown Royal bag in his equipment bag. Stevens was to remain on probation until October 2013.
Stevens had permission to travel to Washington earlier this month, a spokesman for Florida’s Department of Corrections’ Bureau of Probation and Parole Field Services told USA Today last week.
Ann Howard, spokesperson for Florida’s Department of Corrections, said Stevens’ arrest earlier this month for investigation of assault in Kirkland violated his Florida probation. Howard could not say how long Stevens would be held, but in the state of Florida, bail is not an option in instances of parole violation.
Kirkland police identified the victim of the alleged assault as Hope Solo, former Husky and currently goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team, Stevens appeared before a judge in Kirkland Municipal Court on Nov. 13 and was released without being charged, although the case remains under investigation by Kirkland police.
Stevens married Solo the same day he was released from custody.
Solo spoke with the media Tuesday after a workout with the national team in Portland, describing herself as happily married. She said the media blew the incident out of proportion.
“I would never stand for domestic violence,” she said. “I’ve never been hit in my life.”
Stevens’ arrest Wednesday in Florida is the former Seahawk’s latest run-in with the law.
As a senior at River Ridge High School in Lacey in 1998, Stevens faced a felony assault charge that was downgraded to a misdemeanor, which allowed him to keep his football scholarship at the UW.
As a sophomore at the University of Washington, he was arrested for investigation of sexual assault but never charged. As a junior in 2001, he was cited for reckless driving after crashing into a retirement home and fleeing the scene.
Drafted by the Seahawks in 2002, he was arrested for DUI a year later. He pleaded down to reckless driving.
He was arrested in Arizona in 2007 and later convicted of extreme DUI. His blood alcohol content was measured at twice the legal limit more than two hours after he was pulled over.
He was signed by the Buccaneers that same year. The Bucs released Stevens in October 2010 after his arrest on a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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