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September 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Men charged with first-degree murder in Sammamish slaying

Update 12:27 p.m. King County prosecutors on Friday charged Kevin David Patterson and Christopher John Shade with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle in connection with the slaying and robbery of a Sammamish man earlier this week. In interviews with police, Patterson, 20, blamed Shade for the slaying. Shade, 18, blamed Patterson for Richard Bergesen’s…

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September 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Sammamish homicide victim met suspect through his church

Update 3:45 p.m. Overlake Christian Church has identified a parishioner as the man killed in Sammamish on Wednesday. “All of us at Overlake Christian Church who knew Rich Bergesen personally are grieving today. Rich’s caring and compassionate heart touched many hurting people in our world. From ministering to street kids impacted by HIV/AIDS in South African townships, to community…

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September 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Suspect arrested in homicide at Sammamish home

Update at 10:10 p.m. | Kevin D. Patterson, the suspect in the Sammamish homicide, was arrested in British Columbia Wednesday night, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Officers also located the missing BMW. Update at 7:05 p.m. | The suspect wanted in connection with the homicide in Sammamish on Wednesday morning has been identified as Kevin Patterson, 20,…

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September 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Driver seriously hurt in crash on Vashon

Update at 1:27 p.m.: The sheriff’s office says the private bus was transporting students on field trip. Eighteen children have been taken to a hospital as a precaution. Update at 12:27 p.m.: The King County Sheriff’s Office now says that a driver seriously hurt on Vashon Island on Wednesday collided with a private bus. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates…

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September 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

King County Council member introduces body-camera proposal

A King County Council member has introduced legislation calling for a pilot project that would outfit King County sheriff’s deputies with body cameras and develop a task force to address privacy and public-disclosure issues relating to the recording devices. The proposal would allow the King County Sheriff’s Office to develop a program to experiment with officer-worn…

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September 10, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Body of climber found near North Bend

NORTH BEND  — A King County sheriff’s spokeswoman says the body of a climber who fell while climbing Mount Garfield near North Bend, Washington, has been located. KOMO-TV reportsthat Sgt. DB Gates says the man in his 30s apparently fell while climbing the Infinite Bliss route with a female partner. Gates says the woman wasn’t hurt…

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September 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Civilian head of sheriff oversight quits; neck restraints ‘last straw’

Charles Gaither, the first director of King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO), said he will leave the job on Friday after what he describes as three “difficult” years. “It’s a difficult environment when you don’t have the capacity to compel change,” he said. “This was not the best recipe for effective civilian…

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September 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Copter rescues hiker in Olympic National Park

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — A King County sheriff’s helicopter rescued a hiker with a broken ankle Thursday morning in Olympic National Park. Park spokeswoman Rainey McKenna says the 61-year-old man broke an ankle Wednesday at O’Neil Pass, about 45 miles northeast of Lake Quinault. He was able to signal a recovery center that contacted rangers….

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August 27, 2014 at 11:17 AM

No charges for detective accused of tipping ex-deputy in prostitution case

A King County sheriff’s major-crimes detective will not face criminal charges over the accusation she tipped off former deputy Darrion Keith Holiwell that he was under investigation, the King County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. The detective, Robin Cleary, remains on administrative leave, Sheriff John Urquhart said. “The administrative  investigation is finished, and the file was sent to her chain of…

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