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November 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM
The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — Police in Juneau have arrested a man wanted in Washington state.
Police just before 8 p.m. Sunday were called to the Driftwood Hotel to provide help in removing five intoxicated people from a room.
Police arrested 49-year-old Russell Bond when officers learned he was wanted on a warrant from Bellingham.
He remained in custody Tuesday.
The Juneau Empire reports Bond was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in a 2009 case. Whatcom County deputy prosecutor Dona Bracke says Bond was convicted of cutting a person on the neck in a fistfight that escalated into a knife fight. The other person required 70 sutures to close the wound.
Bond served a six-month jail sentence and was required to report to the Washington State Department of Corrections offices for a year of monitoring.
October 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM
BELLINGHAM — Bellingham police have arrested a Western Washington University student in connection with last weekend’s off-campus riot.
Police say the 19-year-old, who lives on campus, was booked into Whatcom County Jail for riot, failure to disperse and interfering with a street sign. Three non-students were arrested earlier in the week. Police squad cars were damaged, street signs were knocked down and people threw beer cans and other items at officers during a large party that turned into a riot Saturday.
Police Detective Gina Crosswhite says two others have been identified but have not been located. The department has posted photos of 11 people involved in the melee on its website and is asking the public to help identify them.
October 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Authorities in Bellingham will band together to increase ‘party patrols’ over the next few weeks after a party turned into a riot last weekend.
The patrols will include officers from the Bellingham Police Department, police from Western Washington University and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and will focus on residential areas of Bellingham.
Police will use a “Party Bus” to respond to problem parties where arrests result, according to police. If needed, the the Sheriff’s Office will provide a mobile booking vehicle, along with corrections officers to assist with processing those arrested.
“Parties that get out of control are not only a noise or nuisance concern, they are a public safety issue. And we will not tolerate any outbreaks of violence,” Bellingham Police Chief Clifford Cook said in a news release.
Police say they are not trying to ban parties, but will respond to complaints.
October 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Hundreds of college-age revelers in Washington state thwarted in efforts to continue a large party threw projectiles at police who responded with pepper spray to disperse them, officials said.
Several people were arrested during the melee late Saturday and early Sunday in Bellingham, according to police Sgt. Mike Scanlon.
“There was drinking, it became disorderly and pretty much an out and out riot,” he told The Associated Press.
He said the unrest began as police dispersed a noisy party that had drawn a few hundred people.
Many of the revelers then moved to nearby Laurel Park, where they were joined by even more people, Scanlon said, calling it a “large, intoxicated, disorderly crowd.”
The situation “finally boiled over,” he said. ‘They began hurling projectiles at police.”
Up to 500 people had converged on the park as police worked to disperse them, at one point using pepper spray, Scanlon said.
It took about 45 minutes to clear the area and restore order.
Scanlon said that there were multiple arrests but he didn’t have an exact figure. And he said he didn’t know if there were any injuries.
Bellingham is home to Western Washington University.
October 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM
A man who raped an elderly woman in Kirkland and a disabled woman in Bellingham last year was sentenced this afternoon to 22 years in prison in King County Superior Court.
Moses Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree rape and first-degree burglary with sexual motivation for the attack on an 80-year-old woman in Kirkland on Oct. 25. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree rape for attacking a disabled woman in a Bellingham park two weeks before the Kirkland attack.
Kelly was linked to the attacks because his DNA was on file from a prior arrest for a carjacking in California, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
“This case shows what a powerful tool DNA upon arrest can be,” King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said in a news release. “If not for California’s law that required Kelly to give a DNA sample when he was arrested, it is unlikely that we could have solved these predatory sexual assaults here in Washington.”
According to police, the Kirkland woman was walking into her home in the 9500 block of Northeast 128th Street around 11:45 a.m. Oct. 25 when she saw a man “swiftly approaching her.” She tried to quickly shut her door, but he pushed it open and shoved her onto the floor. He put his hand over her mouth and started to choke her during the assault.
The woman told police that the man pulled off her clothing and raped her.
She said the man told her that he was homeless and had recently gotten out of a four-year relationship. During the sexual assault the woman bit the man on one of his hands, police said.
September 23, 2013 at 4:41 PM
A middle-school teacher from Bellingham is the 2014 teacher of the year in Washington state.
Katie Brown works with students just learning to speak and read English at Shuksan Middle School.
She will be nominated to be national teacher of the year. Four Washington state teachers have won the national title, including the 2013 winner, science teacher Jeff Charbonneau of Zillah High School in Yakima County.
This year’s nine finalists were Brown, Jeffrey Dunn of Deer Park High School, Joshua Schlegel of Harrison Middle School in Sunnyside, Sheila Stuhlsatz of Kalama Middle/High School, Laura Currie of Centennial Elementary School in Olympia, Eric Samson of Central Kitsap Junior High School in Silverdale, Amy Abrams of Northwood Middle School in Kent, Bernice Hanan of Maya Angelou Elementary School in Pasco and Matthew Brewer of Soap Lake High School.
September 23, 2013 at 9:05 AM
BELLINGHAM (AP) — A 17-year-old Bellingham girl was killed on her way to get her driver’s license.
The Washington State Patrol says Inna S. Reva had a learner’s permit and was driving with her stepfather in the car Saturday when she crossed an intersection into the path of another car.
The Bellingham Herald reports the Squalicum High School senior died at the scene. Her stepfather was injured and taken to St. Joseph hospital. He told troopers they were headed to the Department of Licensing to get her license.
August 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Police in Bellingham say two officers returned fire after a man fired a shotgun at them in a motel room. Police say the officers were unhurt but the man suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
The Bellingham Herald reported that the 54-year-old man was in surgery Monday evening at a local hospital. His name was not immediately released.
Deputy Police Chief Flo Simon said the officers went to the room at the Villa Inn on Monday to pick up the man for a mental health evaluation.
Simon says the man pointed a short-barreled shotgun at them and fired one round. Police didn’t immediately know how many shots were fired.
The Whatcom County sheriff’s office will investigate the shooting.
August 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM
BELLINGHAM (AP) — A 6-foot salmon shark appeared to be stranded in Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham Tuesday morning and was dead when Washington Fish and Wildlife officers arrived.
The officers removed the shark so the cause of death could be investigated.
A spokesman for the Marine Live Center at the Port of Bellingham told The Bellingham Herald the shark was not in good health.
Salmon sharks are typically found in the open ocean or coastal waters.
July 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM
BELLINGHAM — The Washington State Patrol says an apparently intoxicated 14-year-old boy led a trooper on a short car chase before crashing into four vehicles.
Trooper Keith Leary says the trooper noticed a 2009 Pontiac weaving and traveling 20 mph under the 50 mph speed limit early Wednesday. When the trooper turned on his emergency lights, the driver sped up, zipping into a Bellingham apartment complex and colliding with the other cars.
The Bellingham Herald reports that the short chase reached speeds of 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.
The 14-year-old driver was booked into juvenile detention for investigation of DUI, eluding and taking a car without the owner’s permission.
Leary says the passengers included two 12-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 53-year-old man. He described all but one 12-year-old as extremely intoxicated.
Authorities are still investigating.
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