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February 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Portland worker pleads guilty for role in Pakistan bombing

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A man who worked at a sewage plant in Portland has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in a suicide bombing that killed about 30 people in Pakistan and injured another 300. Reaz (RAY’ahz) Khan admitted before U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman on Friday that he arranged for suicide-bomber Ali Jaleel to…

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February 12, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Officer in Pasco shooting was once named in excessive-force lawsuit

One of the three officers involved in Tuesday’s shooting death of a homeless man on a busy downtown sidewalk was a defendant in a federal civil-rights lawsuit the city settled for $100,000, according to court records. The lawsuit claimed Pasco officers were inadequately trained in the use of force and how to respond to street confrontations. The lawsuit,…

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February 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Family of barefoot marathoner sues company over use of name

The Associated Press SEATTLE — The family of an Ethiopian runner who famously won an Olympic marathon barefoot is suing Vibram, the maker of a popular line of minimalist running shoes, saying it used his name without permission. Abebe Bikila, who died in 1973, was a last-minute entrant in the 1960 Olympics in Rome and didn’t like the…

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February 5, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Pierce County to pay $750,000 for man’s death during arrest

Pierce County will pay the family of a mentally ill man who died after being beaten by sheriff’s deputies $750,000 in a settlement that also assures deputies will receive additional training in dealing with the mentally disturbed. Ronald Hillstrom, a 44-year-old University Place man with a history of severe mental illness, including psychosis, died on May…

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February 5, 2015 at 1:46 PM

Longtime Seattle-area pimp gets 10 years in prison

A Seattle-area pimp and longtime gang member was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking of a child, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Desmond Manago, 26, pleaded guilty in September to forcing a girl into prostitution in Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado and California. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Manago advertised the victim on Backpage.com and forced her…

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February 4, 2015 at 4:15 PM

British Columbia youth soccer coach accused of soliciting sex from minor

A British Columbia man was arrested at a Skagit County park on Tuesday after he traveled to the U.S. to have sex with someone he believed was a 12-year-old girl, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Kuldip “Kelly” Singh Mahal, 47, responded to a Craigslist posting by an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security…

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February 2, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Kirkland man pleads guilty to threatening ex-Ferguson cop

A Kirkland man has pleaded guilty to a single felony for making an interstate threat against the life of former Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson and his family. Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, entered the plea Monday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue in Seattle. Two other counts are set to be dismissed at sentencing, which is set for June…

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January 20, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Woodinville man pleads guilty to 5 bank robberies

The Associated Press A serial bank robber called the “Alabama Band Robber” because of the hat he wore during the crimes has pleaded guilty to robbing five banks during the month of July. Michael Ryan Hardesty of Woodinville also pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen firearm. Hardesty robbed two banks in Lynnwood, two in Bellingham and one in North…

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January 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Bellevue man accused of managing illegal Internet drug market

Federal agents have arrested a Bellevue man accused of assisting in the management of the so-called “Silk Road 2.0″ website, an illicit Internet market for drugs and other black-market goods. Prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Brian Richard Farrell — who they say went by the name “DoctorClu” — with conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. He will appear Tuesday in U.S….

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January 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Accused Russian hacker to get federal public defender

A Russian man accused of trafficking in millions of stolen credit-card numbers will be represented by the Seattle Federal Public Defender’s Office, a judge ruled Wednesday following a closed hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The two private lawyers representing accused international hacker Roman Seleznev were allowed to withdraw their representation following the hearing…

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