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January 8, 2015 at 2:02 PM

2 men charged with smuggling people across Canadian border

 The Associated Press Two Canadian men have been charged with smuggling people from Pakistan, India and other countries across the northern border into Washington state. A federal grand jury indicted Mohinder “Paul” Chawla and Terry Franklin Bens on Wednesday on charges of bringing people they charged thousands of dollars into the U.S. over the past five years. Bens…

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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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September 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Men charged with first-degree murder in Sammamish slaying

Update 12:27 p.m. King County prosecutors on Friday charged Kevin David Patterson and Christopher John Shade with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle in connection with the slaying and robbery of a Sammamish man earlier this week. In interviews with police, Patterson, 20, blamed Shade for the slaying. Shade, 18, blamed Patterson for Richard Bergesen’s…

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October 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Fugitive sex offender from Canada located in Seattle; not arrested

Michael Sean Stanley. Seattle police say they have located a violent sex offender who fled Canada for the U.S. earlier this month, and have told him to register as a sex-offender in the U.S. or face arrest. Michael Sean Stanley, 48, cut a GPS monitor off his ankle in Edmonton, Alberta, on Oct. 1 and, according…

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January 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Canada suspends operations of tour company in fatal Oregon bus crash

Canadian transportation officials ordered the operator of a bus that crashed in Oregon last week, killing nine and injuring 39, to immediately cease operations in their own country Friday. The suspension of Coquitlam, B.C.-based Mi Joo Tour & Travel’s bus-tour business in Canada comes three days after the U.S. Department of Transportation issued the…

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October 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

UPDATED: Canadian border agent shot at Peace Arch; crossing is closed

The Associated Press BLAINE – The Peace Arch crossing on the U.S.-Canada border was closed Tuesday after a man driving a van with Washington state plates shot a Canadian guard in the neck and then apparently killed himself, a police official said. Officials said it would remain closed overnight. The female Canada Border Services Agency officer was…

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