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April 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

City going out of state for next SPD chief

The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed to 10 candidates, all from out of state, according to sources familiar with the search. The only internal candidate to apply, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was among 10 applicants removed from a list of 20 candidates reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, the…

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April 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Girl dies after being struck by pickup in Northgate

A 17-year-old girl was killed this morning when she was struck by a pickup as she crossed Fifth Avenue Northeast at Northeast 115th Street in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood, according to Seattle police. The girl was walking west around 8:20 a.m. when she was hit by a green Ford Ranger that was traveling south on Fifth Avenue Northeast,…

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April 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Citizens tackle purse thief, recover stolen items

A group of citizens chased and tackled a purse thief, recovering the woman’s purse and other items, Seattle police said in a Web posting Sunday. Officers responded about 5:50 p.m. Saturday to Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Myrtle Street to a report of a strong-arm robbery. A preliminary investigation indicated the woman was walking…

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April 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Mistaken identity, joking remark trigger fight and arrests

A case of mistaken identity left one person pepper sprayed, another punched in the face and a third with a chipped tooth, Seattle police said in a Web posting Sunday. Officers responded about 5:53 a.m. Saturday to a report of an assault near Airport Way South and South Snoqualmie Street. A preliminary investigation indicated that a man…

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April 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

SPD dog takes bite out of crime in deli burglary

A 23-year-old man was arrested for investigation of the burglary of a West Seattle deli store Saturday after he allegedly fled the business and was found by a police dog, Seattle police said in a Web post Sunday. Officers responded at about 1:12 a.m. to 911 calls of a burglary of the deli in the 9000…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Burglary, Seattle Police Department, West Seattle

April 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Lucky ‘break’ foils robbery attempt in South Seattle

A robber tried to pull a necklace off a woman in a daylight robbery attempt in South Seattle on Saturday, but she got lucky when the necklace fell into her hands, Seattle police said in a Web posting Sunday. Officers responded at 10:15 a.m. to the 7100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South to…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: attempted robbery, Seattle Police Department, South Seattle

April 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to name new police chief in May

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced today that he plans to disclose his choice for the city’s new police chief during the workweek beginning Monday, May 19. Murray’s 12-member search committee is to receive a list of resumes today from a recruiting firm that gathered applications. The committee is expected to reduce the list to about 10 candidates…

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April 7, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Man arrested at UW last week, arrested tonight at ferry dock

The man who allegedly pepper-sprayed two University of Washington police officers and barricaded himself in a trailer last week, and who in early March led police on a low-speed chase, was arrested again this evening at Seattle’s Colman Dock. The man, who police say is in his 40s, had an outstanding warrant and was…

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April 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Alleged bank robber ID’d as chef; police describe deadly encounter

UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.:|The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has formally identified Cody W. Spafford, the man who was killed after police say he robbed a Madison Park bank with a fake gun yesterday. Spafford died of multiple gunshot wounds. His death has been ruled a homicide. Seattle police Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh identified robbery unit Detective Jim Rogers as the…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bank robbery, Department of Corrections, Seattle Police Department

April 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Seattle police arrest suspect in 2013 slaying

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the slaying of a woman whose body was found on a railroad track in July, according to Seattle police. Homicide detectives were called out to the tracks near 5th Avenue South and South Spokane Street around 5 a.m. on July 2 by a train engineer who spotted…

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