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August 15, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Authorities catch inmate who escaped from Forks prison

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m. | Aaron Richard Brown III, the prison inmate who escaped from a Clallam County prison, has been caught. Brown was arrested around 9:30 a.m. about six miles north of the Hoh Mainline Road in the Olympic National Forest, according to the Department of Corrections. This post will be updated. ORIGINAL POST | An inmate serving time…

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April 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Alleged bank robber ID’d as chef; police describe deadly encounter

UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.:|The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has formally identified Cody W. Spafford, the man who was killed after police say he robbed a Madison Park bank with a fake gun yesterday. Spafford died of multiple gunshot wounds. His death has been ruled a homicide. Seattle police Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh identified robbery unit Detective Jim Rogers as the…

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December 23, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Suspect in Myrtle Edwards Park sexual assault served prison time for rape

A convicted sex offender who was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park was released from prison last year after serving time for a Thurston County rape. Coty Durand Kelly, 25, served prison time for third-degree rape, second-degree assault (strangulation) and fourth-degree assault, all stemming from a 2011 case out of Thurston County. Seattle…

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September 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Suspicious package at Seattle DOC office deemed safe

Seattle police have determined that a suspicious package found at a state Department of Corrections office in South Seattle is not dangerous. Arson and Bomb Squad detectives were dispatched to the Seattle Community Justice Center, 1550 Fourth Ave. S., after the package was discovered, said police spokeswoman Renee Witt. Department of Corrections (DOC) staff and offenders were evacuated just before 3 p.m., she added. Chad…

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July 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Firings, demotion of Monroe corrections officers overturned

An arbitrator has overturned the firings of three state prison officers and the demotion of a sergeant stemming from the slaying of corrections officer Jayme Biendl at the Monroe Reformatory in 2011. In his July 7 ruling, arbitrator Michael E. Cavanaugh found that the state Department of Corrections (DOC) only had just cause to issue…

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June 27, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Man shot by officers 16 times agrees to $3M settlement with King County

King County has agreed to pay $3 million to a man who was severely injured when he was shot by King County sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Department of Corrections.

Dustin Theoharis then 29, was unarmed and in bed Feb. 11, 2012, when he was shot 16 timesby officers who were looking for another resident of the Auburn-area home, a man sought in connection with a Department of Corrections (DOC) probation violation, according to court documents.

Theoharis, then 29, was not a suspect, did not display a weapon and did not have access to a weapon when officers woke him, his attorneys said in a statement announcing the settlement on Thursday.

Officers entered his residence without permission (and without knocking on his door), as he slept in his bed,” the statement said. “They went into his room with their guns drawn.”

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March 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Grandparents killed after man’s welcome-home-from-prison party

Michael L. Boysen (photo handout from King County sheriff's office)

Michael L. Boysen (photo handout from King County sheriff’s office)

King County Sheriff John Urquhart at a news conference today reiterated the threat his investigators believe is posed to police and the public by the suspect in a double-homicide in Renton over the weekend.

Urquhart said there is ample evidence that Michael Chad Boysen is attempting to arm himself and poses a significant threat.

Boysen is accused of killing his grandparents after his family hosted a party to welcome him home from prison on Friday night. The 26-year-old man was released from prison on Friday.

Urquhart said Boysen threatened to kill family members, law enforcement officers, corrections officers and citizens prior to his prison release.

“I cannot stress enough how dangerous this guy is,”  Urquhart said at the news conference.

He said Boysen, a six-time convicted felon, is believed to be actively seeking firearms.

“We want to make sure nobody sells him a weapon,” he said.

Boysen’s grandparents, 82 and 80, were found slain in their home on Saturday.

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December 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Isaac Zamora deemed too dangerous, sent to state prison for now

Isaac Zamora, the Skagit County man who killed six people, including a sheriff’s deputy and a friend in 2008, was transferred to the Department of Corrections just after 8 a.m. today after he was deemed too dangerous for staff at the state mental hospital. According to a Department of Social and Health Services’ news release sent…

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September 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Families of 2 slain Lakewood officers settle claims for $5 million each

The families of two Lakewood police officers who were killed by Maurice Clemmons in November 2009 have each reached settlements with the state Department of Corrections. The families of Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officer Gregory Richards will each receive a $5 million payout, said Jack Connelly, who heads Connelly Law Offices in Tacoma. On Nov. 29, 2009,…

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July 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Hoquiam murder victim identified as corrections officer

A man who was found dead in Hoquiam early Saturday was a corrections officer at a Shelton Prison. Jonathon Favro, 20, had worked at the Washington Corrections Center since February. His most recent post was working in the inmate visitation room, said Chad Lewis, spokesman for the Department of Corrections. A 16-year-old suspect has been arrested for allegedly…

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