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January 23, 2015 at 1:20 PM

King County homeless population up sharply in One Night Count

The annual One Night Count of the Homeless, held Thursday night into Friday morning, found 3,772 people in King County without shelter, a 21 percent increase over 2014. The count confirms what many advocates say is a continuing crisis in homelessness in the region despite local governments spending millions on the problem. “We know that there…


Comments | Topics: Alison Eisinger, Committee to End Homelessness, homeless

December 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Ex-Seattle firefighters, woman acquitted of assaulting homeless men

Defendants Scott Bullene (glasses), from left, Robert Howell and Mia Jarvinen, with attorney Jay Wilkinson, in front, listen to a Seattle Municipal Court jury’s verdict that acquitted the trio of assaulting several homeless men during a confrontation in March in Occidental Park. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) A Seattle Municipal Court jury has acquitted…


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December 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Woman accused of attacking homeless man testifies in trial

A former Seattle firefighter’s girlfriend, who is alleged to have begun an attack on a homeless man in Occidental Park on March 15, took the stand in the two-week-old trial Thursday in Seattle Municipal Court. Mia Jarvinen, 38, said she had not kicked the alleged victim, Simon McDonald while he was reclined under the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in…


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November 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Trial opens for 2 ex-Seattle firefighters accused of attacking homeless man

Trial began Thursday afternoon for two former Seattle firefighters and a woman accused of attacking a homeless man who was sleeping on a memorial to fallen firefighters in Occidental Park. The former firefighters, Scott Bullene and Robert Howell, and Bullene’s girlfriend, Mia Jarvinen, were each charged with fourth-degree assault and malicious harassment, the state’s version of a hate crime….


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November 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Portland homeless man escapes after tent is set on fire

PORTLAND — Officers say somebody poured gasoline or another flammable liquid on a homeless man’s tent and set it on fire, but the man and his dog were uninjured. The Washington County sheriff’s office says the 47-year-old man called police late Saturday. He told deputies he was asleep near Forest Grove when he heard someone outside the…


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October 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Bellingham bank robbery suspect waits for police, needed a home

BELLINGHAM — Police say a man who robbed a bank in Bellingham calmly waited for officers to arrive and told them he did it because he was going to be homeless and needed a place to stay. Documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court accuse 64-year-old Richard K. Gorton of the Oct. 14 robbery. Gorton lived at…


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July 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Seattle firefighters, woman charged in assault on homeless man

Two Seattle firefighters and a woman were each charged today with fourth-degree assault and malicious harassment for an alleged attack on a homeless man who was sleeping on a memorial to fallen firefighters in Seattle’s Occidental Park in March, according to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. In April, King County prosecutors declined to file felony charges against…


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January 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Homeless youth outreach to get a $450,000 boost in King County

Three of King County’s leading service providers for homeless youth won’t have to worry about how to fund street outreach efforts for this year. After the nonprofits struggled to fill a budget gap caused by sharp federal funding cuts last fall, Auburn Youth Resources, Seattle-based YouthCare and Kirkland-based Friends of Youth will receive $450,000 from three…


Comments | Topics: homeless, homelessness, King County

November 27, 2013 at 7:47 AM

UPDATE: Police looking for Marysville brothers, ages 2, 3

Update at 12:16 p.m.:| The missing Marysville brothers have been found safe and are in protective custody. Original post:| MARYSVILLE (AP) — Marysville police are looking for two brothers, ages 2 and 3, who were taken Sunday by their biological mother who is considered unfit. Police say the 30-year-old woman had recently been released from the Snohomish County…


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