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December 29, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Woman killed in Portland was sex-trafficking victim

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Police say the 24-year-old Vancouver woman who was killed last week in a Portland hotel was a victim of sex trafficking. But it’s not clear if that was directly related to her death. The body of Ashley Renee Benson was found Friday in a stairwell at the DoubleTree hotel near the Lloyd…


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December 4, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Accused killer of Seattle wine steward takes the stand

Thomasdinh “Dinh” Bowman, 31, takes the stand in his defense. He is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Yancy Noll. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) Thomasdinh “Dinh” Bowman took the stand Thursday morning in his murder trial for the August 2012 slaying of Seattle wine steward Yancy Noll. After presenting its case over…


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November 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

After 3 months in hospital, Kitsap County woman heads to jail on murder charge

After spending nearly three months at Harborview Medical Center, a 55-year-old Central Kitsap County woman was booked into jail Wednesday night, accused of fatally stabbing her husband and then setting their house on fire Aug. 31, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. Chong Charpentier, who has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson,…


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November 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Moses Lake man charged with murder of Yakima teacher

Columbia Basin Herald YAKIMA — A Moses Lake man with no criminal history was arrested last week and charged with killing a Wapato Middle School teacher. Marty Grismer, 27, was arrested by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Desiree Sunford. Sunford was killed in her home in April…


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November 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Police: Man sought in Port Orchard slaying in custody

David Kalac (Portland Police Bureau photo) Update at 9 p.m.:  The man wanted in connection with the slaying of a Port Orchard woman is in custody, according to the Wilsonville Police Department. David Michael Kalac was taken into custody by officers in Wilsonville, south of Portland, after he turned himself in to a deputy, police said. Kalac was taken into custody without…


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October 1, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Grandview man gets 17 years for killing friend

Tri-City Herald A Grandview, Yakima County, man will spend 17 years behind bars for fatally stabbing a friend, then running over his body and stashing it in the trunk of a car. Robert B. McCorkindale was sentenced Tuesday in Benton County Superior Court for the June 2013 murder of Preston Yahne. The prison term, ordered by Judge Bruce…


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September 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Spokane-area man pleads guilty to murder, using acid on body

The Spokesman-Review The 28-year-old man who strangled his girlfriend then attempted to dispose of her body using a weak acid will spend 14 years in prison if a judge accepts the plea deal agreed to Monday. Jason Hart pleaded guilty Monday morning to second-degree murder in the strangulation of Regan Jolley in June 2013. He briefly appeared…


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August 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Competency check for teen accused in 6-year-old Jenise Wright’s death

The Associated Press PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County prosecutors say a 17-year-old accused in the rape and killing of 6-year-old Jenise Wright will be evaluated next week to see if he’s competent to stand trial. The Kitsap Sun reports Gabriel Gaeta made a brief appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court on Thursday. At that hearing, Deputy Prosecutor…


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August 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Relapsed addict gets 27 1/2 years in Bellevue aunt’s killing

A man who had pleaded guilty to bludgeoning his 72-year-old aunt to death during a relapse on drugs was sentenced Friday to 27 1/2  years in prison. The decades Mark Irwin will serve for second-degree murder come despite an appeal from his sister and brother-in-law, who asked King County Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff for the shortest…


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