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March 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Police: No new findings in re-examination of Cobain death

A recent re-examination of the investigation into the suicide of rock legend Kurt Cobain nearly 20 years ago uncovered undeveloped photos of the death scene but nothing that changed the findings, Seattle police say. In anticipation of the April 5 anniversary, a Seattle police cold-case detective recently took another look at the case file, according to police spokeswoman Renee…


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December 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Self-proclaimed Victoria Clipper ‘pirate’ charged with theft

A self-proclaimed “pirate” accused of stealing the Victoria Clipper on Sunday was charged today in King County Superior Court with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree malicious mischief.

Samuel Kenneth McDonough, 34, of Preston, is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail for a crime spree that was called ”spectacularly reckless and deadly perilous” by Deputy Prosecutor Ian Ith.

“Apparently on a whim as a birthday present to himself, McDonough took control of an $8 million,  480-ton, 132-foot passenger cruise vessel and ripped it from the dock at the Seattle waterfront in the predawn darkness,” Ith wrote in charging documents.

“When contacted by police SWAT-team officers while adrift in Elliot (sic) Bay, Mr. McDonough proclaimed himself a pirate, and said he had intended to flee the country to Victoria, B.C.”

Ith wrote that McDonough later told authorities that he “sought passage to West Seattle.” McDonough also told police that his name was “Zero” and asked officers to bring a woman to the ship “because he was lonely,” according to police.

According to the document of probable cause, and an official with Victoria Clipper, McDonough snaked through a very small hole in a security fence at Seattle’s Pier 69, where the Clipper docks its vessels, partially untied one of the boats and managed to start the vessel Sunday morning.

Darrell Bryan, CEO  of Victoria Clipper, called for help when he saw that the Clipper IV was missing from its slot and appeared to be headed toward Harbor Island.

McDonough was arrested without incident by a police SWAT team that boarded the Clipper IV.


0 Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, spd, Victoria Clipper

July 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Wednesday memo: Thunderstorms … Felix shines … Spying on nature

Did you wake up? Lots of thunder and lightning this morning between 2 and 3 a.m. Plus, there’s a chance of thundershowers today before 12 p.m. If you’re from the Midwest, you’re probably feeling right at home. Drones for science: Scientists are using unmanned aircraft to survey wildlife, spy on potato plants and check out…


0 Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Danny Westneat, drones, felix hernandez

July 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Nude U District intruder just wanted to ‘crash’

A naked man climbed through a U District window early this morning reportedly looking for a place to sleep, according Seattle police. When residents said no way, the man climbed back out. A short time later, police found the man and arrested him. Seattle Police officers responded to the 5000 block of 8th Avenue Northeast just after…


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July 2, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Body found on Sodo railroad tracks

Seattle police are reporting that a woman’s body was found early this morning on a stretch of railroad tracks near Sodo. She did not appear to have been struck by a train. Police were dispatched to the scene near Fifth Avenue South and South Spokane Street at 5:22 a.m. after a train engineer reported seeing the…


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May 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Shooting victim not actually shot; police find suspect in her purse

Seattle police shut down traffic on part of Fourth Avenue yesterday afternoon. They were searching for a shooting suspect that didn’t exist. Of course, they didn’t know that at the time. It all started around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after a woman limped into a coffee shop near Third Avenue South and South Washington Street and said…


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December 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

SPD officers ordered not to take action on violations of state marijuana law

The Seattle Police Department e-mailed more than 1,300 of its officers the following message tonight: “Until further notice, officers shall not take any enforcement action — other than to issue a verbal warning — for a violation of I-502.” So basically, feel free to smoke marijuana publicly in the City of Seattle for at least the next…


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September 4, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Morning Memo/Tuesday: Warm days … Back to school … Brunner at DNC

Weather:  Remember when Times reporter Jack Broom told us three weeks ago, “Sorry, summer’s almost outta here“? OK, scratch that. Today he’s writing that summer isn’t ready to say goodbye. Monday was the 43rd straight day without measurable rain at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The record, 51 days, was set in 1951 — and…


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