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May 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM
King County sheriff’s deputies arrested six people at a Shoreline house Thursday and seized black-tar heroin, methamphetamine, firearms, stolen property, a pipe bomb and $5,000 in cash, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
Deputies served a search warrant early Thursday in the 1300 block of North 169th Street after neighbors complained of suspicious activity at the rental house, including vehicles making short visits, said Sgt. Katie Larson.
The pipe bomb was determined to be unstable for transport and was detonated at the scene, Larson said.
Two firearms — a shotgun and handgun — were recovered, as were homemade blasting caps, she said.
The stolen property included computers, power tools, computers and musical instruments and equipment, all valued at more than $100,000, according to Larson.
Investigators believe the six suspects — three men and three women — traded drugs for items taken in car prowls and burglaries in the Seattle area. But they also were looking into whether the suspects stole items, Larson said.
Deputies previously served a search warrant on the house in August and arrested tenants with ties to white supremacist activities, Larson said. In that case, deputies seized drugs, weapons, body armor and possible blasting caps, she said.
Other people were arrested Thursday, although one might be from the previous group, Larson said.
The house was cleaned up and the landlord rented it again, but it returned to “right back to where it was,” Larson said.
April 15, 2013 at 1:44 PM
An Enumclaw-area homeowner fired several shotgun rounds at two intruders today, killing one of them, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Cindi West says a second intruder fled in an SUV of the homeowner’s daughter. The vehicle is described as a gray 2002 Ford Explorer with license-plate number 249ZCL. West said that the homeowner shot out the passenger window of the SUV and may have wounded the fleeing intruder. The shooting occurred in the 48100 block of 323rd Avenue Southeast.
KOMO-TV says deputies found the dead intruder on the front lawn of the home.
Although detectives are still interviewing people at the scene to find out more about what happened, West said it seemed the homeowner had just gotten back home when he discovered the intruders in his house. West said the person who fired several rounds at the intruders is uninjured.
The shooting comes less than two weeks after a Maple Valley veterinarian shot two intruders, killing one. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is still weighing whether the homeowner was justified in shooting the intruders on April 5. If the shooting was not justified, he could be criminally charged.
We’ll update this post as soon as we have additional information.
March 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM
An email threatening a “hostage take-over and blood bath” at Kentwood High School has prompted authorities to advise school officials to send students home at 10:15 a.m. Friday while the school is searched, according to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Early information indicates a former student hacked into another former student’s email account to send the threatening message, West said. Sheriff’s deputies are working with Kent police to locate the suspect. Sheriff’s K-9 units are being used to assist deputies in searching the Covington school, she said.
A message from Kentwood High School was sent to parents, informing them of the voluntary early dismissal. Parents are asked to pick up their children from the senior parking lot while students who ride buses to school will be dropped at their normal stops.
March 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Update: King County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West said the house fire on Green Valley Road was likely an accidental electrical fire. One body was found in the house, and the house’s sole occupant is unaccounted for, she said.
One person has been found dead following a house fire in the 19500 block of Green Valley Road, near Enumclaw, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Green Valley Road is closed to traffic, the Sheriff’s Office says.
March 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM
King County sheriff’s deputies believe that a double shooting in Boulevard Park on Wednesday may have been a murder-suicide.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said that deputies believe that a man distraught over a break-up with his girlfriend shot at the woman’s house. It’s unclear whether the passenger in the car was killed intentionally by the driver or by a stray bullet, West said.
Deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of South 102nd Street at 1:30 a.m. for a report of gunfire. When deputies arrived at the home they found a car running in the front yard with a driver and passenger inside; both had been shot in the head. The driver still had a gun in his hand, West said.
The passenger, a 23-year-old man from Seattle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, also 23 of Seattle, was transported to Harborview Medical Center and later died.
West said that two other houses nearby had also been struck by gunfire around the same time. No one was hurt.
The names of the driver and passenger haven’t been released.
March 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM
Bail was set at $35,000 Wednesday for a 29-year-old Skyway man who was allegedly making explosives in the garage of his rental home for target practice. A short time later, King County sheriff’s deputies were at the home, where they detonated unstable explosives, said spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
A judge found probable cause to hold the man in the King County Jail for investigation of manufacturing explosive devices, according to King County prosecutors.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, the man’s landlady met with two sheriff’s deputies and showed them photos of a homemade lab in the garage of her rental house in the 10800 block of Forest Avenue South, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the man.
When the deputies knocked on the door to the house, the man readily admitted he made small explosives and told the deputies what chemicals he kept on the property, including ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder and smokeless gun powder, the statement says. The man voluntarily allowed the deputies to search the garage and pointed out chemicals he kept under a bed and in a freezer, it says.
He explained “he uses these chemicals to make explosive targets and small explosives,” according to the statement, which also says the man “was completely cooperative and was assisting us in our investigation.”
The man, who has not been formally charged, is to make his next court appearance on Friday.
March 20, 2013 at 5:48 AM
One man is dead and another is in critical condition following a shootout this morning in Boulevard Park. The shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of South 102nd Street, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived and found a car running in the front yard of a house. The driver and passenger in the vehicle, both men, had apparent gunshot wounds, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head and the driver is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. The Sheriff’s Office said a weapon was found in the victim’s car.
At least two houses and a second vehicle in the neighborhood were hit by gunfire, according to detectives.
Some neighbors reported seeing one or two vehicles leaving the scene around the time of the shooting, but detectives have not been able to confirm those reports. The Sheriff’s Office has no description of vehicles possibly involved in the shooting or of any suspects.
Detectives said the driver knew someone who lived at the house the car was in front of, but did not know what relationship there was between them. As of Wednesday afternoon, it was unknown whether the shooting was gang-related.
March 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM
A 14-year-old Burien girl who was struck with a bullet or pellet as she was walking home from school on Monday is recovering, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, said that investigators still do not know whether the girl was hit by a pellet or low-caliber gunfire because physicians have not removed the projectile. She said that is not uncommon for physicians to delay surgery in such cases as they weigh the damage the removal could cause.
“We don’t know what it is yet,” West said today. “We’re going to talk to her and see if we can determine what it is from an X-ray.”
There have been no arrests.
A bullet from a .22-caliber firearm could have traveled a longer distance than a pellet, she said.
The eighth-grader was in the 16600 block of 21st Avenue Southwest around 3:45 p.m. when she heard a pop and then was struck in the side, West said.
The principal of St. Francis of Assisi School sent an email to parents of the students, saying that witnesses said “the shot came from the passenger side of a red car.”
West said detectives have not been able to confirm where the shot came from.
March 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM
Melanie Taylor, whose son Michael Chadd Boysen, is suspected of killing her parents, Robert and Norma Taylor, issued the following statement today through King County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West:
On Wednesday afternoon I sat down and talked with Melanie Taylor, the daughter of murder victims Bob and Norma Taylor, and the mother of suspect Chadd Boysen.
The family has asked the media and public to respect their privacy during this difficult time but said there were some things she wanted to say about her son, her parents and the detectives involved in the investigation.
First, we talked about Chadd. She and her former husband adopted Chadd when he was a baby. Melanie said she “loved him from the minute he was put in my arm.” Chadd was a very loving boy that did not mind showing her affection when she dropped him at school. Because adoptions were “closed” at the time she never had any medical history of his birth parents. Regardless of what that may have been she still would have loved him.
Chadd and his grandparents had a very special close bond. They were like “2nd parents” to Chadd. When he was little his grandparents would pick him up from daycare and he would spend the afternoon with them until Melanie got off work. Bob and Norma loved Chadd “more than life.”
She said Chadd was a good student. He attended high school and did the “Running Start Program” at a local college.
Melanie said as Chadd grew up his addictive behavior came out. Everything he would do, would be to the extreme. She said Chadd started hanging out with “the wrong people” and “lied to her like addicts do, but he never threatened the family and the family never felt threatened by him.”
Melanie said she was the one that turned him in for a series of robberies after she found prescription bottles in her house that did not come from the pharmacy the family used. She said she “loved him, but he needed to obey the law.” Chad was convicted of multiple robberies at 18-19 years of age and spent 5 years in prison.
During Chadd’s 5 years in prison she and her parents visited him every other week. She said they also sent him letters of support and care packages. She said it was during these visit in prison that she could tell he was changing. He became more “rough” which she felt he needed to do to survive in prison.
Towards the end of his 5 year prison sentence she told him that he needed to “make changes and make wise choices when he was released.” She also told him she would not visit him if he was imprisoned again.
Sometime after Chadd was released from prison he severely injured his back playing soccer. He had surgery to repair the back and had to have a 2nd surgery when the first one didn’t take. Chadd ended up with a serious infection which required more hospitalization, another surgery which of course meant drugs. Soon his drug problems and the lying started again.
Chadd eventually had more run-ins with the police and eventually was arrested and imprisoned for burglarizing a home. He spent 9 months in the Monroe prison before being released on Friday, March 8th.
Melanie said it was very painful to have “tough love” and not visit Chadd in prison as she had earlier warned him. She said she wrote him and sent him care packages wanting “ him to know she still loved him but did not agree with his choices.”
As the time drew closer for Chadd to get out of prison an aunt made arrangements for him to go into a 6 month treatment program through the Salvation Army. His grandparents said he was excited to get out and start the program.
The day he was released Bob and Norma picked him up and spent about 6 hours of the day running errands with him to get him things he needed to start the rehab program.
Melanie said that same evening they had a dinner at her parent’s house to celebrate his release. “Chadd was upbeat and talked about the wonderful day he had with his grandparents.” He never showed any signs of aggression that night.
Melanie’s parents Robert (Bob) and Norma celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on March 5th. Her father wanted to dress in a suit and take Norma to his favorite restaurant, Red Lobster. However, Norma did not want to dress up so they decided to take-out KFC and celebrate at home with their dog “Princess.”
Bob and Norma always opened their house up to friends and family. Melanie said when she was a kid they would invite friends over and decorate the house for Halloween. Her parents were always loving and giving.
Norma worked at a bank for 25 years and Bob was the co-owner of a cabinet business. She said her dad had a woodshop behind the house and every Christmas they would do a craft project for friends and family. Last year her parents made wood cut-out, snowmen. Family and friends each got one unfinished and would paint their own. This year Bob and Norma had been working on cut-out reindeers.
Norma lost her hearing about 30 years ago. Even though she couldn’t hear she would attend the grandchildren’s school program. It was something she really enjoyed.
Melanie said of her parents, “when it came to Chadd, they saw the good in him and were forgiving of his choices.”
Melanie said they were like “soldiers and gave their lives for him. If they were given a choice to die and save others they would.” She said her parents “valued Chadd” and she believe other lives were saved because of her parents deaths.
Melanie finished by saying it is “hard to lose them both,” but she is “glad they are together.” She said regardless of what “switched” in Chadd, “they still love him and I do too.”
“They were warrior spirits fighting for a cause and that cause was Chadd.”
Melanie closed by talking about the investigation. She said “as stressed out as I am I have grand support from the police. The investigation has been orchestrated and played out as best as possible and done with professionalism and compassion.”
March 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM
UPDATE: 7:05 p.m. | Boysen is now in police custody according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Cindi West said he was unconscious but alive when police entered his room and that he was bleeding from self-inflicted cut wounds. For more updates, read our full story on the standoff.
Police in Lincoln City, Ore. have been negotiating off and on most of the day with the man suspected of killing his grandparents, who is holed up at a seaside motel.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Lincoln City police Chief Keith Kilian confirmed this afternoon that the man at the Westshore Oceanfront Suites is Michael Boysen, 26, subject of an intensive multi-state manhunt. Urquhart said Boysen may be armed.
Police in Lincoln City are involved in sporadic negotiations with Boysen, according to Kilian. He said a public-address system and a water-cannon device was utilized to break out a window in Boysen’s room. “He had stopped talking to us and that got his attention,” Kilian said.
According to Kilian, police received a call about Boysen being at the motel around 7:30 a.m. after the property managers recognized his face and name on a morning news show. Kent Landers, who owns the motel, told The Seattle Times that Boysen had checked in the night before using his real name.
Police crept in this morning, not wanting to alert Boysen, and silently evacuated the rest of the motel, he said. Surrounding homes have also been evacuated.
Lincoln City police then settled in until Oregon State Police arrived with their armored vehicles, a robot and a public-address system arrived around 11 a.m. He said there is no telephone in the motel room.
“We said something like ‘This is the police. You need to come out,’ and he said, ‘I don’t want to. Go away,’ ” said Kilian, who added, ”We’re not going away.”
Kilian said police have not seen any evidence that Boysen is armed. However, he said, ”King County said to consider him armed and dangerous and that’s what we’re doing.”
Negotiations with Boysen have been occurring on and off all afternoon, he said, but police are not in any rush as long as Boysen remains willing to talk.
“We’ve got time on our hands,” said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police. “There’s no reason to endanger an officer.”
Landers said this is usually a quiet time of year at the Westshore Oceanfront Hotel and that only of a few people were checked in this morning at his 20-unit motel at 3127 S.W. Anchor Ave. Lincoln City has a population of about 8,000.
About two blocks from the motel, Ann Chapatte, manager of the Overlook Motel, said she had been watching through her binoculars this morning and could see about 10 police in camouflage gear with guns drawn around the Westshore Oceanfront Suites. She said no shots had been fired.
“They are dressed in their camouflage and they’ve been pointing their guns at we’re not sure which building,” she said.
Boysen, 26, has been sought since his Saturday when his grandparents were discovered slain in their Renton-area home and investigators discovered Boysen was likely trying to acquire firearms.
Urquhart said that the threat Boysen poses to the public cannot be overstated and asked for help locating him and the car he was suspected of stealing from his grandparents: a red 2001 Chrysler 300 with license plate 046-XXU.
Boysen’s grandparents, Robert, 82, and Norma Taylor, 80, picked him up from the Monroe Corrections Complex following his release Friday after serving time for a 2012 conviction for attempted residential burglary.
The couple had prepared a bedroom for him in their Renton-area home. They spent most of that day driving their 26-year-old grandson around town, taking him to meet his probation officer and getting him an identification card from the Department of Licensing, according to Urquhart.
That night they held a welcome-home party for him. The Taylors’ cause of death is still being investigated, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said today, but Urquhart said they were not shot.
We’ll update this post as new information comes in.
Seattle Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan contributed to this report.
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