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July 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Northwest musician sentenced to prison for charity album scam

A Vancouver, Wash., musician and record producer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for a scheme to lure investors into bogus music projects, including a charity album he allegedly said would feature songs by Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. Kasey Anderson, the frontman and guitarist for the alt-country group Kasey Anderson and the…

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July 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Federal charges in fatal Bellevue hash-oil explosion and fire

Federal and state authorities have filed criminal charges against seven people in connection with a series of suspected hash-oil explosions and fires, including one that killed a former Bellevue mayor last year. The charges were announced this morning during a news conference featuring Jenny Durkan, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and top…

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July 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Seattle man sentenced to 15 years for distributing child porn

A 30-year-old Seattle man with prior convictions for child molestation was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Joseph Edgar Brown was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation, prosecutors said. According to court documents, Brown was on probation after serving time for molesting two young…

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June 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Ex-Mariner’s wife gets prison for stealing from Felix Hernandez’s wife

TACOMA — The wife of former Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero was sentenced today to 12 months and a day in prison for using a bank card belonging to the wife of pitcher Felix Hernandez to go on a massive online shopping spree. In addition, Maria Jacqueline Peguero was ordered to have three years of supervision following her release…

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June 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

New federal judge confirmed for Eastern Washington

The Associated Press RICHLAND — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Sal Mendoza Jr. as the first Latino federal judge in Eastern Washington. Mendoza was a Benton-Franklin Superior Court judge who worked as a lawyer, including time as an assistant attorney general and deputy prosecutor in Franklin County. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell both spoke in support of…

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May 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM

SPD officers file federal suit challenging use-of-force policies

More than 100 Seattle police officers filed a federal lawsuit today, alleging that new use-of-force policies imposed under a consent decree with the Department of Justice (DOJ) unreasonably restrict their right to protect themselves and others from apparent harm and danger. The lawsuit claims the the use-of-force policies “unreasonably restrict and burden their right to protect…

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May 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

20-year sentence for man who photographed Federal Way molestation

A felon who photographed himself repeatedly molesting a 10-year-old girl was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison. Steven Maurice Williams, 43, of Seattle, also will have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison. He was convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle of production of child pornography and illegally possessing a gun….

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May 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Edmonds businessman admits running illegal money exchange

An Edmonds businessman and Ukrainian citizen has pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed money exchange that acted as a go-between for the illegal movement of at least $150 million between 2007 and 2012. Pavel Rombakh appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, where he pleaded guilty to a single count of conducting an unlicensed money transmittal business, a…

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May 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

ACLU awarded $2.1M in Skagit County lax public defense case

A U.S. District Court judge has awarded more than $2.1 million in legal fees and costs to attorneys who worked for several years on a lawsuit that successfully challenged the quality of legal representation given to poor and indigent people in Mount Vernon and Burlington, Skagit County. The award was granted in April to lawyers from the…

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May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Man pleads guilty to arson at Seattle gay nightclub

A man accused of setting a fire inside a crowded Capitol Hill gay nightclub on New Year’s Eve pleaded guilty to arson this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Musab Mohammed Masmari, 30, was charged in a felony information in federal court yesterday after previously having been charged with first-degree arson in King County Superior Court. He signed…

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