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March 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Grant County deputy cleared of shooting dog

The Associated Press SPOKANE — A federal jury in Spokane has cleared a Grant County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a dog that attacked his own police dog at a Moses Lake park. The owner, Nicholas Criscuolo, had sued the county and Deputy Beau Lamens, claiming that the 2010 killing of his dog deprived him of…

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February 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Lawyer wants $2.5M in legal fees from Clark County

The Associated Press VANCOUVER, Wash. — A lawyer wants a federal judge to order Clark County to pay $2.5 million in legal fees on top of the $9 million a jury awarded to a former Vancouver police officer who was wrongfully convicted of molestation. In a motion filed Tuesday in Tacoma, attorney Kathleen Zellner requested hourly rates…

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February 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Ex-Mariner’s wife pleads guilty in credit-card fraud

TACOMA – The wife of former Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero pleaded guilty to federal wire-fraud charges this morning for using a credit card belonging to the wife of pitcher Felix Hernandez to make thousands of dollars of unauthorized online purchases. Maria Jacqueline Peguero pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to three counts of wire fraud for a trio…

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January 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM

8-year sentence for Belfair felon with guns

The Associated Press A felon who was caught target shooting in a national forest was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Seattle to eight years in prison. Investigators found that 38-year-old John Christian Parks, of Belfair, had eight firearms, including four assault rifles. With eight prior felony convictions, he’s banned from having guns. He was arrested in March…

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January 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Woman sentenced to 5 years for ecoterrorism fires

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A woman accused of taking part in ecoterrorism firebombings has been sentenced to five years in prison. Rebecca Rubin pleaded guilty to conspiracy and arson in October. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Portland said Monday that Rubin showed contrition and lived in “an emotional prison cell” during her seven years as a fugitive…

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January 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Items seized from home of Bush School teacher accused of voyeurism

Federal authorities have seized cell phones, hard drives, cameras, a laptop and other items from the Green Lake home of a coach and substitute teacher at The Bush School in Seattle who is charged in Canada with voyeurism. Jason C. Paur, 43, was arrested last month after students discovered a digital camera belonging to him in a room occupied by girls at…

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December 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Tenino man pleads guilty to child pornography

The Associated Press TACOMA — The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a Tenino man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Tacoma to possession of child pornography. As part of a plea agreement prosecutors are recommending a four-year priosn term when 47-year-old James Donald Mobley is sentenced in March. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the former teacher at Tenino…

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December 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Fed. Way man gets 40 months for hate-crime attack on Sikh cabbie

A Federal Way man was sentenced this morning in U.S. District Court to 40 months in prison for viciously beating a Sikh cab driver while making racist statements about Muslims.

Jamie Larson, who turned 50 on Sunday, was originally charged with malicious harassment in King County Superior Court, but the case was turned over to federal prosecutors in March because the federal hate crime law carries a longer possible sentence of up to 10 years.

“I want to apologize to (the victim) and his family,” Larson told U.S. District Judge John Coughenour. “I am ashamed of what I did. I hope they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Larson pleaded guilty in June to hate crime, but he claimed he remembered nothing of the incident because he had blacked out from drinking when he attacked the 50-year-old cab driver because he mistakenly believed he was Muslim. The driver is an immigrant from India and not a Muslim.

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December 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Judge: Skagit County towns shortchange poor defendants

The Associated Press A federal judge has ruled that two Washington cities have systematically violated the rights of poor defendants to have legal representation. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued Mount Vernon and Burlington two years ago, alleging that public defenders there were so overworked that they amounted to little more than…

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November 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Renton man who sold fake Chihuly glass gets 5 months

The Associated Press A man who sold fake Dale Chihuly glass art has been sentenced to five months in prison by a judge who said he would have preferred to send him to basic training in the Army. Michael Little, of Renton, pleaded guilty to wire fraud after his arrest last spring. He admitted he sold…

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