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December 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM
A King County Sheriff’s deputy conducting a trailhead check in the Duvall area discovered a man dead with a gunshot wound to the chest Saturday night.
The deputy found the body next to his vehicle about 9:20 p.m. Saturday near the 17000 block of Duvall-Monroe Road. Deputy Charlie Akers said in a statement it appears the man accidentally shot himself as he was putting away his gear after a day of hunting.
Officials did not release the man’s identity or other details.
September 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM
According to deputies: A 16-year-old girl was walking in the 17900 block of Linden Avenue North at 7:30 a.m. when a stranger who had been yelling at her from his car got out of the running vehicle and grabbed her. The teen managed to break free and ran toward the high school.
The suspect is described as a white male, around 60, about 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. The man has white hair and is balding, with a mustache and several days of beard growth.
He was dressed in a blue long-sleeved dress shirt, khaki trousers and was driving an older blue four-door sedan with paint peeling. The girl told deputies that the man’s car was full of dirty clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 206-296-3311.
April 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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 Dan Satterberg, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, and former U. S. Attorney John McKay.
Urquhart became sheriff in a special election last year to fill the final year of Sheriff Sue Rahr’s term. Rahr left to become director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
August 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM
A Kent man was shot in the neck last night during a fight in a Burien convenience store parking lot.
According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the parking lot near South 160th Street and 1st Avenue South around 11:30 p.m. on a report of a fight and gunfire.
No one was there when deputies arrived, but witnesses told them that two men had been fighting in the parking lot and at some point handguns were pulled out and there was an exchange of gunfire.
A 26-year-old gunshot victim, who is believed to be connected to the fight, turned up at Highline Medical Center in Burien where he was admitted. He was later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he is listed in serious condition, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
The case is under investigation.
July 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM
A report taking a critical look at the way internal investigations are handled inside the King County Sheriff’s Office is expected to be released this morning by the Metropolitan King County Council.
The 69-page audit conducted by a Chicago security management consulting firm, makes eight findings and 18 recommendations on ways the department can improve policies and provide law enforcement oversight, according to a source who has read the audit. The audit recommends that oversight continue through King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, or OLEO.
The most glaring finding is that “the single greatest deficit is that the sheriff’s office that over time it has developed a passive and reactive approach to the way it receives, manages and investigates internal affairs complaints,” according to the source.
In 2006, the council approved the creation of the OLEO, to monitor internal investigations of allegations of misconduct by deputies. The issue of civilian oversight has been controversial among deputies and something later negotiated with the deputies union. The issue was brought to the bargaining table with the union and new terms for the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight were created in 2009.
In October 2011, Charles Gaither was appointed as the director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.
In 2009, the county council directed the King County Auditor’s Office to create a permanent auditing process focusing on sheriff’s office Internal Investigation Unit. Hillard and Heintze, the Chicago-based law enforcement consulting firm, were hired to conduct the audit, which is expected to be released this morning.
This post will be updated when the report is released.
July 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM
A man was shot and wounded by a King County sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly beat and robbed a man inside a SeaTac mosque, then tried to run over deputies with a stolen car, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West.
A man who went into the mosque to pray just after 8 a.m. apparently startled a man who was sleeping, West said. The sleeping man jumped up and started attacking the man.
The suspect, who is known to deputies as someone with documented mental illness, took the victim’s wallet and car keys, West said. She said he stopped punching the victim and fled after ”the victim was able to distract him by throwing a bag at him,” West said.
Deputies quickly arrived and were met with the sound of a car starting up behind the mosque. One deputy had to jump out of the way because she heard the vehicle “gunning it” toward her, West said.
The deputy ”was running for her life,” West said. At least one deputy fired at the suspect’s car.
The suspect then drove through a tent set up behind the mosque for meetings and flipped the car onto its roof after striking a neighbor’s fence, West said.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, West said.
“We have documented mental health issues with this guy. This is an example of why mental health funding is important,” West said.
Deputies do not believe the assault in the mosque was a hate crime.
We will update this post as details are released.
July 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM
The King County Sheriff’s Office wants your help in identifying the man who held up a bank in the White Center area last Friday.
The robber is described as a white male, 24-27, 5’ 6”- 5’8” with a skinny build. He was last seen wearing glasses, a dark zippered hoodie, a dark t-shirt, and gray knit cap, according to the sheriff’s office.
The incident occurred at the Key Bank branch located in the 9600 block of 17th Avenue Southwest around 4 p.m. on July 13th.
The robber walked into the bank and produced a note demanding money. He then ran north towards Southwest Roxbury Street .
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and charges in this case. You can remain anonymous. Call 1-800-222-TIPS.
July 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM
UPDATE: 8 a.m. | KING5: Searchers say they have found a footprint in the snow that could belong to missing hiker John Wright.
Original post: Searchers continued Sunday to scour the Cascade foothills for an experienced hiker missing since Friday.
Several rescuers were airlifted into “challenging terrain” based on a tip from a hiker who said he passed the missing man, John Wright of University Place, on a trail Friday.
The tip was credible, said Sgt. Cindi West of the King C0unty Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the search in a “pretty treacherous area” of the Green
Mountain section of Snoqualmie National Forest.
“Our hope is he got stuck, his cellphone died, and he’s waiting to be rescued,” West said Sunday.
By Sunday evening, rescuers remained on the mountain and were “regrouping” in preparation for a major effort on Monday morning, West said.
Searchers found the Nissan Xterra driven by Wright, 50, near the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River. His wife said he is an avid hiker who always carried a blanket and extra food and water.
June 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM
KENT — Someone threw a rock at the patrol car of a King County Sheriff’s deputy about 10:20 last night, smashing the windshield and startling the deputy, according to the sheriff’s office.
The rock first hit the car’s hood, then smacked into the windshield as the deputy was driving along the 13800 block of Southeast 272 Street. The deputy wasn’t hurt, but he was sprayed with glass.
Other rocks appeared to be “staged” on the side of the road, ready to be thrown, according to the sheriff’s office.
Kent police said a similar incident happened to another driver in the area recently. That driver saw three young people running away afterward.
The sheriff’s office asks you to call 206-296-3311 if you have any information about these cases, or you can call the Kent Police Department at 253- 852-2121
May 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Investigators are waiting for identification from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office of a body that was found in the trunk of a burned-out car.
“We’re working and processing evidence, but we don’t know who the victim is,” Katie Larson, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, said on Monday. She said it was unclear when the identification, or a ruling on the cause of death, would be completed.
The case his being investigated by the department’s major crimes division.
Mountain View firefighters found the burned remains of a body in a car trunk early Sunday, after they responded to a car fire east of Auburn.
The sheriff’s office said the car was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 4 a.m. in the area of SE 328th Street and Southeast Auburn Black Diamond Road.
Sheriff’s fire investigators, called in after the fire was extinguished, found the body in the trunk.
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