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December 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his girlfriend before fleeing to Northern California three years ago was sentenced today to just over 35 years in prison.
Shawn Gulseth, 43, was found living under a bridge in a small town 200 miles north of San Francisco. He killed Bonnie Peterson, 45, in her Kent apartment on Dec. 20, 2010.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Gulseth pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder, with the charge carrying aggravators for domestic violence and Gulseth’s use of a deadly weapon, court records show.
After killing Peterson in her apartment at 25811 110th Ave. S.E., Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape, police said at the time. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray, one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work on Dec. 21, 2010, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body, according to charging papers. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents. Peterson was trying to end her relationship with Gulseth when she was killed.
After the California Highway Patrol received a police bulletin indicating Gulseth was wanted on a $1.5 million warrant and might be hiding out in the town of Willits, a California Highway Patrol officer located and positively identified Gulseth based on the distinctive tattoos on his body.
December 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Kent firefighters used an aerial ladder truck and a “Stokes” basket to remove a construction worker who was injured this morning while working at an apartment complex.
The worker suffered an undisclosed but non-life-threatening injury while on the roof of the five-story building under construction at West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue North, according to Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Kent Fire Department.
Because of limited access to the roof from the stairwell, firefighters decided to use the ladder truck to get the injured worker down, he said.
Although the ladder can be extended to over 100 feet, Ohashi said it was barely able to reach the roof of the apartment building, which is about 60 feet above ground. This was due to the distance the ladder truck had to park from the building and the angle of the ladder when extended.
Once hoisted from the roof, the injured worker was taken to a local hospital, Ohashi said. His condition was not immediately known.
December 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM
Police took a man into custody after he tried to barricade himself in his burning apartment in Kent this morning, fire officials said.
Police had gone to the apartment in the 24000 block of 110th Place Southeast, were not allowed to enter, and while at the scene, a fire started in the man’s apartment, said fire Capt. Kyle Ohashi. Police called firefighters.
By the time firefighters arrived, Ohashi said, the man had been arrested.
Firefighters contained the fire to the first-floor apartment, though several units had smoke in them. The residents were not injured.
Firefighters and paramedics evaluated the man, and he was taken to a hospital for an unknown reason, Ohashi said.
November 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM
The Associated Press
The Port of Seattle bomb squad found at least one Molotov cocktail after responding to a report of suspicious items left in the apartment of an evicted tenant, a Kent fire-department official said Wednesday night.
Nearby apartments were evacuated as a precaution, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi. He also said “potentially threatening messages” were found on the apartment door.
Residents returned after the hazardous materials were removed and the apartment was turned over to the manager.
The evicted tenant is reported to be in jail on unrelated charges.
November 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend when she tried to get him to leave her Kent apartment nearly two years ago pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Shawn D. Gulseth faces a sentence range of 26 to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 6 in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence at the high end of the range.
Gulseth, 43, killed his ex-girlfriend, Bonnie Peterson, inside her apartment on Dec. 20, 2011, after she tried to get him to leave, according to charging documents.
After the slaying, Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray and one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment, the documents say.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work the next day, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents.
Gulseth was arrested about three weeks later when he was found camping under a bridge near Willits, Calif., a town of approximately 5,000 people that’s roughly 200 miles north of San Francisco.
Gulseth, 40, has prior convictions for second-degree robbery, eluding police, drug possession, theft and criminal trespassing.
In 2005, Seattle police arrested Gulseth for stealing a police car, crashing the cruiser and punching two officers — all while he was handcuffed.
November 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM
A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent last Thursday was charged today with first-degree rape and first-degree child rape.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is also seeking an alternate charge of second-degree rape. Prosecutors want to try the boy in adult court rather than juvenile court, which required a hearing before a judge to make that determination, according to charging documents.
According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the boy, he “went to the place where the victim was,” then under “false pretenses” had her come outside so he could “show her a surprise.” Police say the boy later claimed he had consensual sex with the girl, whom he thought was 11, but struck her twice in the face when she said she was going to call police, the statement says.
The victim, wearing only a shirt and socks, went to the Red Lion Inn & Suites on 74th Avenue South seeking help after the attack. The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. The girl suffered a concussion, abrasions and may have been beaten unconscious.
The boy was arrested at a house near where the attack occurred, according to the probable-cause statement.
The Seattle Times is not naming the boy because he is a juvenile.
The boy is the younger brother of Chrisean Cressel, who was 15 when he raped two teenagers on consecutive nights in October 2011, according to King County prosecutors. The brothers have different last names.
Cressel is now serving an indeterminate prison sentence of 20 years to life.
November 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Teagan McGinnis, the 16-year-old Kentridge High School student involved in a traffic collision near school Tuesday morning, has died.
McGinnis died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
McGinnis was driving to school when a vehicle driven by a 49-year-old woman, who was heading north on 120th Place Southeast, turned left onto Southeast 208th Street and collided with his car. McGinnis lost control of his car and crossed into the westbound lanes of Southeast 208th Street, where it was struck by a third vehicle, driven by a 58-year-old woman.
Kent police started CPR on McGinnis. He was taken to Harborview and placed on life support.
The two other drivers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
November 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM
ORIGINAL POST: A Kentridge High School student was killed and two other drivers were injured this morning in a three-vehicle crash in Kent.
A vehicle driven by a 49-year-old woman was heading north on 120th Place Southeast when she turned left onto Southeast 208th Street, Kent police said. A second vehicle, driven by a 16-year-old Kentridge High student heading to school, struck the car, causing the boy’s car to lose control and cross into the westbound lanes of Southeast 208th Street, police said.
A westbound vehicle, driven by a 58-year-old woman, then struck the boy’s car.
Kent police arrived a short time later and started CPR on the injured boy. He was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries, according to police.
The two other drivers were also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and both are in stable condition.
“There are multiple factors to this collision scene, and it is too early in the investigation to make any specific determinations,” said Kent police Sgt. Robert Constant.
November 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Weather: Some sun, some clouds, low 50s. Tonight, rain is possible, and more likely into the early-morning hours of Sunday. More on the forecast.
Viaduct closed: Traffic could get a little tighter on I-5 this weekend, as the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed. Here’s more on the closure, which is scheduled to last until 5 a.m. Monday.
Boeing: Lawmakers are in Olympia today for a special session to extend tax breaks worth billions for Boeing, even as the Machinists’ reaction to the contract proposal cast doubt over the whole deal. The action was in various committees yesterday, and the full Legislature could vote today on final approval. Read statehouse reporter Andrew Garber’s story of the action in Olympia so far, and come back to seattletimes.com for updates today.
Health-insurance sign-up, today in Kent: If you are thinking about signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, today is a good day to get your questions answered about coverage, eligibility, subsidies and so on. Public-Health – Seattle & King County is sponsoring the fourth of its major info and sign-up events today in Kent from 2 to 5 p.m. inside a giant trailer parked at the Kent Memorial Park Building, 850 Central Ave. N. Experts will be on hand to help. You’ll need to bring certain types of ID, your Social Security number, information about income, etc. Read this before you head out, so you’ll know what to have with you. Here’s our coverage of a similar event last month in Bellevue that drew more than 170 people.
Huskies: Colorado comes to Husky Stadium. The Huskies could become bowl-eligible with a victory over the Buffaloes, who are winless in Pac-12 play this season. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. Watch on the PAC 12 Network, or listen on the radio at KJR 950 AM. Reporter Adam Jude has the preview.
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November 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM
A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent on Thursday waived his appearance in court Friday, when King County Superior Court Judge Helen Halpert found probable cause to hold the boy in secure detention on investigation of first-degree rape and first-degree rape of a child.
The girl, who was sexually assaulted and beaten unconscious, was able to seek help at a nearby hotel, according to Kent police.
King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Michael Mohandeson said the 14-year-old is the younger brother of Chrisean Crissel, who was 15 when he raped a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl on consecutive nights in October 2011. The brothers have different last names.
Crissel was ultimately charged as an adult and pleaded guilty in January to two counts of first-degree rape. He is now serving an indeterminate prison sentence of 20 years to life.
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