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March 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

F. Way man charged in rape of developmentally disabled woman

A Federal Way man faces rape and prostitution charges for allegedly having sex with a severely developmentally disabled women and forcing her and another developmentally disabled woman to have sex with his friends for money. James Delong, 67, allegedly raped a woman for several years after he took her in as a “charity case,” according to…

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March 3, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Franklin High team named King County mock-trial champs

A team of students from Franklin High School won the King County 25th Annual YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition Monday night. The tournament has stretched over the past two weeks, beginning with 19 teams from King County high schools, and culminating in the championship round trial between Franklin High School and Seattle Preparatory School.  Each…

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February 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Ex-King County sheriff’s deputy charged with distributing meth

A former King County sheriff’s deputy made his first appearance in federal court today after being indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of distributing and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Mitchell Wright, 33, of Bothell, pleaded not guilty to the charges during a hearing before U.S Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida, according to court documents….

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February 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM

King County Exec. Dow Constantine lays out goals

In a characteristically staid State of the County address, King County Executive Dow Constantine today laid out goals for the next year to join Seattle’s work on early learning and income inequality. Constantine barely touched on the year’s hottest political issue, the $15 minimum wage proposal in Seattle. He said he is letting Seattle Mayor Ed…

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January 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Homeless youth outreach to get a $450,000 boost in King County

Three of King County’s leading service providers for homeless youth won’t have to worry about how to fund street outreach efforts for this year. After the nonprofits struggled to fill a budget gap caused by sharp federal funding cuts last fall, Auburn Youth Resources, Seattle-based YouthCare and Kirkland-based Friends of Youth will receive $450,000 from three…

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January 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Ex-employee gets 7 1/2 years for stealing $1M from Seattle Public Utilities

A former Seattle Public Utilities engineer was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison this afternoon for stealing more than $1 million in one of the largest cases of public embezzlement in King County. Joseph Phan, 47, pleaded guilty in September to 67 counts of first-degree theft for depositing checks made out to the utility into his personal…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: embezzlement, King County, Seattle Public Utilities

December 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Metro drivers and mechanics reject contract offer

Transit workers in King County overwhelmingly turned down a contract offer — a rebuff to County Executive Dow Constantine and a union president, who hoped labor harmony would help them persuade the Legislature to boost transit funding in 2014. A total of 505 voted yes, and 2,122 voted no, according to an online update posted by…

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November 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Burn ban in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties

Citing worsening air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban for King and Snohomish counties Sunday that prohibits burning in fireplaces or non-certified woodstoves unless they are the home’s only adequate source of heat. Natural and propane gas stoves are exempt. Outdoor fires are also banned, including bonfires, campfires, fire pits and chimineas. A burn ban…

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November 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Emergency shelters open up as temperatures plummet

Freezing temperatures throughout the Seattle metro area have prompted several cities and nonprofit organizations to open emergency shelters. Below are some of them. To add other facilities to the list, please e-mail newstips@seattletimes.com. Seattle locations Seattle City Hall 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 Hours: Line up no earlier than 7 p.m. Intake is between 7 p.m….

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November 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

King County voters could soon see tax measure for Metro Transit

King County voters will probably see a tax measure to support Metro Transit within a few months, regardless of what lawmakers do about transportation in this month’s special session. “We’re not going to be left in a situation where we’re not going to give voters the ability to save the system,” Councilmember Larry Phillips of Magnolia said…

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