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August 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM
A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of his older sister at a SeaTac apartment on Monday, a King County Sheriff’s news release said.
The sister was identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Medina Negato, 24.
The man had called police Monday morning and told them his sister was “dead and they had stabbed her,” the release said. When SeaTac police and King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Skyview apartment in the 3200 block of South 180th Street, they found him bleeding, and he told them he had also been stabbed, the release said.
The man will remain at Harborview Medical Center until he is released from treatment, at which point he will be booked into the King County Jail.
When police arrived they found the man bloody with multiple injuries and his sister dead inside the apartment, the release said. Both appeared to have been stabbed numerous times.
The news release did not say what evidence led them to arrest the brother, but it said investigators do not believe there are any outstanding suspects.
January 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM
The Associated Press
MESA, Wash. — The Franklin County sheriff’s office says a 14-year-old boy handling a .22-caliber rifle accidentally shot his 15-year-old brother in the abdomen Sunday at a home in Mesa.
The Tri-City Herald reports the wounded teen is in stable condition at a hospital.
July 9, 2012 at 11:56 AM
The Associated Press
CHEHALIS — A man was arrested in Alaska for a 1985 kidnap-robbery that left a couple in their 80s dead from shotgun blasts, authorities said.
Rick Riffe, 53, of King Salmon, Alaska, a longtime suspect, was arrested Sunday in connection with the killings. His brother, John, another suspect, died the same week officers bought their tickets to Alaska, Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said in a statement.
“It has been 26 years and seven months,” said Dennis Hadaller, Minnie’s son. “I thought about it at least three or four times a day.”
In December 1985, 81-year-old Edward “Ed” Maurin and his wife 83-year-old Wilhelmina “Minnie” Maurin were reported missing after they were not home for a family Christmas party, The Chronicle reports.
The sheriff’s office alleges the Riffe brothers kidnapped the couple at their residence then forced them to drive their car to a bank and withdraw $8,500. The couple was then shot inside their vehicle and their bodies were taken to a wooded area, authorities said.
When their car was found, there were blood stains inside.
Authorities said the brothers were primary suspects throughout the investigation, but probable cause for their arrest was not developed until evidence was later uncovered and witnesses came forward.
“Detectives feel many witnesses did not come forward during the time of the initial investigation due to being fearful of the Riffe brothers and possible retaliation for speaking out,” Mansfield said.
Mansfield said extradition proceedings will be initiated to bring Riffe to Lewis County to stand trial.
The Riffe brothers moved to Alaska in 1987.
June 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM
Authorities say a 9-year-old Pacific County boy was critically injured after being accidentally shot by his older brother on Friday afternoon.
The older boy, who is 10, was outside and practicing target shooting with a .22 rifle in an unincorporated-area near Raymond when his younger brother asked their stepfather if he could go outside as well, said Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson.
The boy received permission, Johnson said, and headed towards a rope swing that was about three to four feet away from the older boy’s target.
The 9-year-old had his hand on the rope when he was shot in the chest, according to Johnson.
He was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he has undergone three surgeries so far, Johnson said.
Johnson said that the 10-year-old will not be facing criminal charges, but Child Protective Services and the county’s prosecuting attorney has been notified because no adults were supervising the target practice.
This is the fifth accidental shooting of a child in Washington since February.
On Feb. 22, a 9-year-old Bremerton boy brought to school a gun that accidentally discharged and critically wounded a classmate. The boy pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges in juvenile court while his mother and her boyfriend were charged in Kitsap County Superior Court with assault for allowing access to the gun.
The 7-year-old daughter of a Marysville police officer died after she was accidentally shot on March 10 by her 5-year-old brother who found his father’s gun while the children were in the family’s van unsupervised. The officer, Derek Carlile, 30, has been charged by Snohomish County prosecutors with second-degree manslaughter.
Four days after that incident, a 3-year-old Tacoma toddler accidentally shot himself fatally when he picked up a gun his mother’s boyfriend had left under a seat while both adults were out of the car. The child’s mother and her boyfriend have both been charged in Pierce County Superior Court with second-degree-manslaughter.
On April 10, the 10-year-old daughter of a Spokane police officer was shot in the leg with her father’s duty weapon. Officer Barry O’Connell, an 18-year police-department veteran, remains on paid leave while the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigates the shooting.
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