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August 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Ex-King County deputy pleads guilty to prostitution, theft and drug charges

A former King County sheriff’s deputy accused of helping his estranged wife work as a prostitute, stealing department ammunition and illegally delivering testosterone pleaded guilty this afternoon in King County Superior Court. Deputy Darrion Keith Holiwell, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree promoting prostitution, one count of first-degree theft and one count of violating…

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June 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Anne Kirkpatrick, chief deputy at sheriff’s office, retires

Anne Kirkpatrick, the former Spokane police chief who Sheriff John Urquhart brought in to be his chief deputy when he was elected, is retiring from the King County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. Kirkpatrick will begin working for the FBI’s law enforcement executive development association, or FBI-LEEDA,  later this summer. Kirkpatrick said she will work with law…

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June 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Deputy accused in prostitution and theft case due in court July 1

Darrion Keith Holiwell, the King County sheriff’s deputy charged with helping his estranged wife work as a prostitute, stealing department ammunition and illegally delivering testosterone will not appear in court until his arraignment hearing on July 1. Because Holiwell was charged and his bail was set before his first court appearance, there is no need for a hearing until…

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April 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

3 King County sheriff’s deputies put on administrative leave

Three King County sheriff’s deputies were placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday pending an investigation, King County Sheriff John Urquhart said today in a department-wide email. Urquhart did not say what the investigation was about. Two of the officers are assigned to the Ravensdale Range and the third is assigned to Major Crimes. Urquhart did not provide…

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September 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM

DOJ trying to fix banking snags for legal pot

The U.S. Department of Justice is working with federal bank regulators to allow banking and other financial services for legal pot merchants in Colorado and Washington, the two states that have legalized adult possession of small amounts of marijuana. Responding to the first question asked today by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chair of the Senate Judiciary…

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August 19, 2013 at 8:09 PM

King County sergeant with 120 complaints is demoted, again

King County Sheriff John Urquhart this month demoted a sergeant against whom 120 allegations of misconduct have been lodged during his career on the force. It is the first time  Urquhart has demoted an officer since his election in November.

Despite a long record of warnings and counseling, Sgt. Patrick Saulet had racked up more complaints in his time on the force than any other King County officer, according to a demotion letter from Urquhart obtained by The Stranger.

The latest complaint, from an incident in December, alleged that Saulet harassed a family that had made a wrong turn into an area reserved for Metro transit vehicles, which, Urquhart noted, is “apparently frequent occurrence.”

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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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May 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

‘Fallen heroes’ honored on Peace Officers Memorial Day

Flags will be flown at half-staff tomorrow to mark Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. “This is an important time to honor our fallen heroes,” King County Sheriff John Urquhart said in a news release. “These men and women gave the…

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April 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Urquhart getting ready already for November election

Although it’s six months down the road, King County Sheriff John Urquhart is getting ready for the November election. He’s set to kick off his re-election campaign at a meet and greet Wednesday evening at the House of Hong in the Chinatown-International District. He has lined up some big guns for his election roll out including King County Prosecutor…

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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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