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October 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM
A Redmond man accused of trying to kill his 4-year-old son by injecting him with heroin pleaded not guilty this morning in King County Superior Court.
Eric Lehtinen is charged with attempted first-degree murder and is being held in jail in lieu of $3 million bail.
According to prosecutors, Lehtinen, 37, injected the child on the day his divorce was supposed to be finalized. His estranged wife discovered him and the boy unconscious at their home on Sept. 24. The two were taken to different hospitals.
Court documents describe Lehtinen as a drug dealer and addict.
Charging papers say the mother had been living with the boy in San Francisco, but had returned to Seattle for a job interview and let her son stay with his father.
Lehtinen told her that he had quit using drugs, the documents said. She found him depressed, she told police, but didn’t see any reason the boy couldn’t stay with him.
His wife arrived at the locked home and when she removed a blanket from the boy found a syringe on his chest.
A search of his home turned up syringes and $12,620 in cash. If convicted, he could be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
Police say Lehtinen had a history of drug use and overdoses. In 2005, police had him involuntarily committed to a hospital after he cut himself with scissors and threatened to kill himself while withdrawing from heroin.
September 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM
UPDATE AT 3:17 P.M.: A judge this afternoon set bail at $1 million for Sampson.
ORIGINAL POST: A 27-year-old man told police he was using methamphetamines, methadone and heroin and racing at speeds up to 150 mph because he was “bored” when he caused a fatal collision on Interstate 405 last week, according to court documents.
A statement of probable cause released on Monday indicates prosecutors plan to charge Samuel C. Sampson, 27, of Woodinville, with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. A judge over the weekend found probable cause to hold Sampson until charges are filed.
Prosecutors allege in court documents that Sampson was driving with his wife in her Audi RS4 on I-405 around 10 p.m. Thursday when he struck a BMW and a Honda Ridgeline pickup near Bellevue’s Main Street. A fourth car was also involved, police said.
The BMW burst into flames, trapping and killing 22-year-old Riley Beckford, police said.
Beckford, a graduate of Federal Way High School, was returning from Lake Sammamish where he’d spent the day on the lake with family friends, a spokesman for his family said last week.
King County prosecutors allege Sampson told police after the collision that he had been “bored, I guess” when he was racing, swerving and “going really fast.” He admitted using methamphatimines, heroin and methadone in the days and hours leading up to the fatal crash, according to the probable-cause statement.
A spokeswoman for the family of Sampson’s wife said that the couple had gotten into a fight at their Woodinville condo earlier that day and that Sampson tore up the condo and tried to choke his wife.
Sampson allegedly told his wife he was taking her car and she ran out and got in the car to stop him, the family spokeswoman said. She said the fight continued in the car and Sampson attempted to push her out of the car onto the interstate.
Court documents say the wife told police that Sampson made her unbuckle her seat belt prior to the collision.
She and a passenger in another vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Sampson, an unemployed computer programmer who moved here from New York in May, was released from Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue and has been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
September 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM
A narcotics task force made one heck of a drug bust Monday, seizing about 64 pounds of heroin at a Tacoma home.
Detectives also seized a handgun, a scale and “drug-packaging material,” along with the drugs, which had an estimated street value of more than $500,000, according to a Kitsap sheriff’s news release.
Three suspects were booked into the Pierce County Jail on a variety of charges, the release said.
The arrests were the result of a investigation by detectives with the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET).
WestNET is a multiagency narcotics task force hosted by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the release said. It draws members from the sheriff’s offices in Kitsap, Pierce and Mason counties; Shelton police and the State Patrol.
Other agencies involved in Monday’s arrests included the Tacoma Police Department; Washington State Patrol and K-9 teams; the Drug Enforcement Administration; and the U. S. Department of Justice.
Concerned citizens with information about drug dealers or narcotics-related activity can call 360-337-7064 to report it. All callers have the option to remain anonymous. For callers from North Kitsap, Bainbridge Island, Olalla and Mason County, the toll-free number is 800-585-TIPS (8477).
April 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM
LONGVIEW — The Cowlitz County coroner says super-pure heroin is blamed for the deaths of seven people in the county in five days.
Coroner Tim Davidson told the Daily News on Wednesday that, in his words, “They’re dying with the syringe still in their hands.”
The victims include a man who died in a grocery-store restroom and a man who died last Friday in Kelso but whose body was found Tuesday night along a creek.
Deputy Coroner Brett Dundas says medical examiners in Vancouver and Portland are also talking about the extremely pure heroin, sometimes called “hot heroin.”
Dundas says people who take the drug go into immediate respiratory failure.
March 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM
Health officials issued a public alert Tuesday after seven likely overdose deaths from heroin occurred in King County since Saturday, possibly the result of an increased potency or a mixture with other substances.
“The best way for injection drug users to prevent overdose is not to use heroin, but for those who do, they need to be aware of the overdose risks,” Dr. Charissa Fotinos, medical director for Public Health — Seattle & King County, said in a statement.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the seven deaths, which occurred across the county, among people 17 to 61 years of age, including experienced and inexperienced users. The number was described as notable, compared with 32 heroin-overdose deaths in the first six months of 2011.
Officials, who are working with partners to analyze the spike and alert users, advised users to not inject when alone; use less if the heroin looks new or different; don’t mix heroin with “downer” drugs, alcohol or prescription opiates, or with stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine.
For anyone who is with someone overdosing on heroin, Washington state’s Good Samaritan law provides immunity from criminal charges of drug possession for the witness and the person experiencing the overdose. The law also applies to obtaining Narcan, an opiate antagonist that reverses the effect of overdose from heroin and other opiates and is available at Public Health’s downtown Seattle needle exchange.
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