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February 17, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Ferndale mayor fires official after DUI arrest

The Associated Press FERNDALE — The mayor of Ferndale has fired the city’s new public works director after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The Bellingham Herald reports Chad Bedlington had been on paid administrative leave since he was arrested on Feb. 4. According to police, an officer found him trying to start…


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January 21, 2015 at 5:13 PM

Wrongful-death suit filed in boat collision on Lake Washington

Melissa Protz The parents of a Seattle middle-school teacher killed in a boating collision on Lake Washington in July have filed a wrongful death suit against Richard Hicks, a Renton real estate agent who was allegedly drunk when he is accused of slamming his speeding powerboat into a slow-traveling sail boat. Hicks, 46, was charged…


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December 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Not guilty plea in Lake Sammamish crash fatalities

The Associated Press The Sammamish woman accused of crashing a car through a home while under the influence of alcohol and a sleep aid pleaded not guilty Thursday in Seattle to vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of her husband and son-in-law. Carol Fedigan had her grandson on her lap at the time of the crash…


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December 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Whatcom County DUI suspect fights blood draw

The Associated Press BELLINGHAM — A drunken-driving suspect was given a sedative against his wishes to stop him from fighting a blood draw troopers wanted for a fatality investigation in Everson, Whatcom County. Brian Jeffery Smith is charged with vehicular homicide in the Dec. 5 death of 38-year-old Jason Lyle “Bone” Schuyleman, who was riding a motorcycle when…


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November 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Statewide DUI emphasis patrols under way

The (Aberdeen) Daily World Extra DUI patrols began statewide  Wednesday and continue through Jan. 1 as a way to make the roads safer during the holiday season, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The patrols are part of “Target Zero,” a Washington state strategic highway-safety plan, the goal of which is to completely eliminate traffic deaths…


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November 4, 2014 at 11:14 AM

11-year sentence for DUI driver in fatal Burien crash

A Tukwila man has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for driving impaired when he caused a chain-reaction crash that killed a Marysville woman last December, the prosecutor’s office said. Christopher Wittman, 25, pleaded guilty last month in King County Superior Court to vehicular homicide (DUI), vehicular assault (DUI) and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced on Friday,…


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August 1, 2014 at 7:48 AM

2 hospitalized after rollover crash on I-5 this morning

Two people were taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries this morning after a rollover crash on Interstate 5 in South Seattle. Washington State Patrol troopers were called to I-5 near Michigan Street around 3 a.m. on a report of the crash, said Trooper Karim Boukabou. When troopers arrived they found two people on the ground…


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July 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Renton man charged with homicide by watercraft in fatal boat collision

A Renton man was charged today with homicide by watercraft and assault by watercraft in connection with Wednesday’s Lake Washington boat collision that killed a Seattle schoolteacher. Richard Anthony Hicks, 46, a Renton real-estate agent and former University of Washington football player, remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for…


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July 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Suspected auto thief’s car breaks down in front of SPD headquarters

If there were a dumb criminals’ hall of fame, this guy might be a first-ballot inductee. All he did was drive drunk in a stolen car — the wrong way on a one-way street, we might add — and collide with a car and a Metro bus, according to police. He might have gotten away, except his wrecked car…


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June 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

N.Y. man guilty of running down Mukilteo woman

The Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — An upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after admitting he was driving drunk when he ran over a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III says Friday that 29-year-old Paul Nicholson II of Saratoga Springs will be sentenced to three to nine…


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