Topic: Kent Police Department
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February 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM
A man’s body was found inside a Kent motel room this morning after firefighters put out a small fire.
Kent police Assistant Chief Pat Lowery said that fire crews were dispatched around 7 a.m. to a fire at the Sunset Motel, 25006 Pacific Highway S. The blaze started inside one room and spread to other units at the small motel, Lowery said.
“They were able to knock down the fire pretty quick and found the body of an adult male in one of the units,” Lowery said.
The man, who has not been identified, was found inside the unit where the fire is believed to have started. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Kent police and the Kent Fire Marshal’s Office.
Police say unit had been rented to a man for several weeks.
“We don’t know if the person who was renting the room was the person we found,” Lowery said. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the man’s identification and cause of death, he said.
Six people who live at the motel are being relocated by the Red Cross.
January 15, 2013 at 4:04 PM
The county jail at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent was locked down for more than two hours today after a woman threw what was thought to have been a bomb through a staff entrance.
The woman first went into a nearby bank and “made a comment about a bomb,” said King County Jail Cmdr. William Hayes. She then went to the jail at the Regional Justice Center. When a staff member opened a door she threw something inside, Hayes said. The staff member kicked the item outside and Kent police were contacted, he said.
Kent police and fire crews responded to the jail. When they couldn’t immediately figure out what was inside the bag the King County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called, Hayes said. Bomb technicians X-rayed the bag, finding a few water bottles and other items, Hayes said. Bomb technicians then blew up the bag, he added.
“Better safe than sorry,” Hayes said.
The incident resulted in the closure of the jail and movement from cells was restricted from noon to 2:30 p.m. Movement in the courthouse at the Regional Justice Center was also restricted because of the threat, Hayes said.
The incident remains under investigation. It wasn’t immediately known if anyone was arrested.
November 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM
A 24-year-old Kent man accused of injuring his infant twins has been charged with two counts of second-degree child assault, domestic-violence.
Jason M. Dodd was booked into the King County Jail on Tuesday and ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
According to criminal charges, which were also filed on Tuesday, Kent police began investigating Dodd after his seven-week-old son was taken to Seattle Children’s hospital on Nov. 1. The baby’s mother had called 911 after finding him “spitting up blood and gagging” in the middle of the night.
The infant was later transferred to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, according to criminal charges.
King County Senior Deputy Prosector Cecelia Gregson wrote in charges that a doctor said the infant boy could have died “because he bled so much.” State Child Protective Services officials were contacted and a medical evaluation was performed on the boy’s twin sister, who was found to have “acute” rib fractures as “the result of intentional trauma,” charges said.
Kent police Detective Steve Kelly interviewed Dodd on Friday and during the interview Dodd said he had applied possibly five to six pounds of pressure to his son’s face after the child had a crying fit, charges said. Dodd said he also shook and squeezed both babies “on multiple occassions,” charging documents said.
Dodd told police that when he squeezed his infant daughter he once heard “a pop,” charges said.
In seeking the high bail, Gregson also requested that Dodd not have any contact with either infant.
October 1, 2012 at 8:38 AM
Kent police say a 79-year-old man was killed when he was struck by a car around 5:45 a.m. this morning.
Police say that the man was crossing near 144th Avenue Southeast and Kent-Kangley Road when he was struck. He man died at the scene.
Assistant Chief Pat Lowery said the man was not in a crosswalk.
“He was less than a block away from the [marked] crosswalk,” Lowery said. “There were several witnesses to the collision. They said the driver was driving the speed limit and this fella was dressed in dark clothing.”
The 63-year-old driver who struck the man was not hurt. The driver was not arrested.
August 24, 2012 at 9:58 PM
An 18-year-old Kent man has been charged with vehicular homicide after he allegedly struck a 56-year-old motorcyclist with is car Wednesday morning, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Justin Cordova was allegedly driving recklessly while intoxicated when he lost control of his car on Southeast 223 Drive in Kent, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcyclist was ejected into a nearby yard and died a short time later.
Kent Police Department investigators said the evidence pointed to Cordova from the beginning.
“This investigation became a matter of putting the pieces back together to tell the whole story,” said Kent Assistant Police Chief Pat Lowery.
Police arrested Cordova shortly after the collision. He was transferred from Kent City Corrections Center to the Regional Justice Center today, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.
August 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM
A 56-year-old man was killed this morning when his motorcycle collided with a sports car in Kent’s Panther Lake neighborhood, according to police.
The collision happened at about 6:44 a.m. in the 12200 block of Southeast 223rd Drive. Police said the driver of a 1986 Nissan crossed the center line as he was entering a curve and collided with the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was ejected and died at the scene, police said.
The driver of the car, an 18-year-old Kent man, was not hurt. Police said both men lived just a few blocks from the crash scene.
“Information collected to this point suggests that the passenger car was being driven well in excess of the posted 25 mile per hour speed limit,” said Assistant Police Chief Pat Lowery.
July 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM
Kent police said they were looking for a suspect in the shooting Sunday afternoon of a man who was wounded and suffered possible life-threatening injuries during an altercation.
The incident occurred about 1 p.m. in the 22400 block of Benson Road Southeast, police said.
The victim, a man in his 20’s who was shot in the lower torso, was taken to a hospital, police said.
There were several witnesses to the altercation, but the reason for the dispute wasn’t determined, police said. The incident was not believed to be gang related or a random act of violence, police said.
The victim had confronted a man he knew, who lived in the area, police said. The suspect argued with the victim and fired several shots, according to police. The suspect then left the scene, police said.
Police said they confirmed the suspect’s identity and provided information and a description to neighboring agencies.
He was identified as Wendell Oliver Adams Jr. , 26, described as black , 5 feet 9 inches, 170 pounds, last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black colored shorts and a grey hooded sweatshirt.
Believed to be in possession of a black handgun, police said, Adams Jr. should be considered dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked by police to call 911 or contact the Kent Police Department at 253-856-5808.
Police said the first officer on the scene administered first aid until firefighters and medics stabilized the victim.
“A quick response by our Patrol and Detective units assisted us with not only providing medical aid to the victim, but obtaining vital information to assist our continuing efforts to locate this suspect” Sgt. Jarod Kasner said in a statement.
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