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June 17, 2014 at 5:27 PM

After his car is egged, Pacific County deputy ends up with egg on his face

The Associated Press RAYMOND, Pacific County — A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with reckless driving, extortion and other offenses in connection with a high-speed chase in April after his vehicle was egged in front of his home in Raymond. According to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer, who is handling the case, Deputy Vance Johnson chased the other vehicle…


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March 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

3-year prison term in Woodland dog kidnapping

Jagger the a photo provided by his owner, McKenzie Thomas. The Associated Press LONGVIEW – A Kelso man was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in prison for his role in kidnapping a dog and holding it for ransom. The Daily News reports 39-year-old Jesse James Clark was convicted last week of extortion and possessing stolen…


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December 20, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Indiana man faces charges for elaborate fake sex sting

An Indiana man went to extreme measures to steal cash and a pair of sunglasses off a would-be pedophile on Monday afternoon, according to Seattle police. Adam Carl Blazak, 28, was charged today with first-degree extortion in King County Superior Court. According to the charges, Blazak is accused of hatching an elaborate plot, one that included posing as a federal agent to…


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August 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Feds: Man posed as immigration officer in Seattle

The Associated Press Authorities say they believe a man spent years posing as an immigration officer in the Seattle-Tacoma area and used threats to coerce undocumented immigrants into doing what he wanted. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Tuesday they’re looking for possible victims of 36-year-old Jose Antonio Haughton, better known as “Panama.” Haughton is being…


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April 2, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Longview man sentenced to 3 years for dognapping

From The Associated Press: KELSO – A 39-year-old Longview man who stole a dog and tried to ransom it for prescription drugs was sentenced to more than three years in prison. Johnny Lee Jordan had pleaded guilty to theft and extortion charges and was sentenced Friday in Cowlitz County Superior Court. The Daily News of Longview reports (…


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December 21, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Seattle man impersonated cop to rape, extort victims

A 26-year-old felon pleaded guilty today to 10 felonies and five misdemeanors, admitting he impersonated a police officer and extorted sex from a woman and two 15-year-old girls after responding to the victims’ online ads for prostitution and escort services. Julian Tarver, who had previously served nearly five years in prison for a number of crimes, including first-degree…


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November 4, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Charges filed in fatal Cowlitz County dognap case

From The Associated Press LONGVIEW – The Cowlitz County prosecutor has filed charges against two southwest Washington men accused of trying to extort money from the owner of an English bulldog stolen and later found dead. The Daily News reports that 38-year-old Jessie James Clark of Kelso and 39-year-old Johnny Lee Jordan of Longview are both…


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