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July 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Man found not guilty in May Day 2013 protest

A man charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer during Seattle’s May Day “anti-capitalism” demonstration in 2013 was acquitted in a trial last week. A Seattle Municipal Court jury found Justin Descandon Gonzalez, 26, not guilty Thursday. Gonzalez, who was arrested at Eighth Avenue and Pine Street, was one of a number of people arrested during…

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January 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Deal reached to dismiss assault charge against SPD officer

A criminal charge against a Seattle police officer accused of assaulting a handcuffed man will be dismissed in two years if the officer meets conditions approved today by a Seattle Municipal Court judge. The agreement allows Officer Chris Hairston, 47, to avoid the risk of a misdemeanor assault conviction while sparing prosecutors the possibility…

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October 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Bail set at $100,000 for sex offender who fled Canada

A judge this morning set bail at $100,000 for sex offender Michael Sean Stanley following his arrest Tuesday on a harassment charge. Stanley, a sex offender who fled supervision in Canada earlier this month, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He appeared briefly via video feed before Seattle Municipal Court Judge Karen Donohue. The judge…

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February 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Police lieutenant accused of violating no-contact order reaches deal with court

A Seattle police lieutenant charged with violating a domestic-violence court order reached an agreement this morning that could lead to the charge being dropped. Under the dispositional continuance, the case against Lt. Donnie Lowe will be pending for 12 months. If Lowe complies with certain conditions — no criminal law violations, carries no weapons except his service weapon and pays…

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November 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

UPDATE: Former Husky Doug Wrenn convicted of harassing ex-girlfriend

Former University of Washington basketball player Doug Wrenn was convicted this afternoon of harassing an ex-girlfriend. Seattle Municipal Court Judge C. Kimi Kondo found Wrenn guilty of four counts of cyberstalking and four counts of telephone harassment during a stipulated bench trial. During the several-hour-long hearing, Kondo read police reports and other evidence aloud before rendering the guilty findings. Another…

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November 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Defendant punches his lawyer in the face in Seattle courtroom

If you think you had a hard day at work, just be glad you’re not a public defender. A defendant punched his lawyer in the face this morning in a Seattle courtroom after whispering to her, “You’re dead,” according to Seattle police. Public defender Janet Cavallo asked her client, Keith A. Ratliff, to sign a document during…

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September 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Seattle police lieutenant acquitted of domestic violence charge

A Seattle Municipal Court jury this afternoon found a Seattle police lieutenant not guilty of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Jurors deliberated for about two hours before returning the verdict. Donnie R. Lowe was arrested in connection with a June incident at his home. Lowe was alleged at one point to have pushed his wife against a…

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May 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Map: Photos of Seattle May Day protest in downtown Seattle

Protesters have broken windows in several places in downtown Seattle this afternoon, part of worldwide May Day demonstrations and protests, and police were using tear gas and force to stop them. Seattle Times photographers and reporters on the scene have sent many photos from the streets. View May Day protest in Seattle in…

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May 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Ex-UW basketball star Doug Wrenn jailed for harassment

Former University of Washington basketball player Doug Wrenn, who was found guilty of threatening a motorist with a handgun three years ago, is back in trouble, this time for allegedly harassing a former girlfriend. Wrenn, 32, was arrested April 16 and later charged in connection with the alleged harassment, said Seattle police. His ex-girlfriend told investigators that between April…

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March 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Seattle police officer acquitted of off-duty assault

Seattle police Officer Garth Haynes was found not guilty Wednesday of a fourth-degree assault charge stemming from an off-duty incident in which he was seen on video striking the head of a prone, handcuffed man with his foot moments after a fight outside a Ballard bar in 2010. A six-member jury returned its verdict in Seattle…

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