Law

Drug crime
1:13 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

10 tons of pot dumped at sea near US-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Navy says an aircraft carrier group recovered nearly 10 tons of marijuana dumped from small boats in the Pacific Ocean near California's border with Mexico.

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Gun Laws
5:10 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Gun offenders in Seattle could do more prison time

Officials, including U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, announce a get-tough strategy on guns.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Local and U.S. officials say they’re getting more aggressive about prosecuting gun crimes in Seattle, funneling more offenders into the stricter federal system. Law enforcement officials hope the threat of longer sentences and tougher prisons will deter more crimes. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said it’s a proven strategy.

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Gary Ridgway
1:39 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Remains of Green River victim identified

The King County Sheriff's Office says it has positively identified the remains of a woman killed by Green River Killer Gary Ridgway.

Authorities say the remains found in Auburn, Wash., in 1985 belong to Sandra Denise Major.

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Drug bust - sort of
12:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Update: 7 arrested in DEA raids in Grays Harbor; wrong home hit

The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle says seven people were arrested Wednesday in six raids led by a Drug Enforcement Administration task force on suspected methamphetamine smugglers on the Quinault Indian Reservation and other rural parts of Grays Harbor County.

During the raids, agents and officers broke down the door on the wrong home. The resident told KBKW she was taking a shower when armed agents broke in and forced her outside in a bath robe.

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law enforcement
5:08 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Officer, do you need a nap? Police overtime questioned

Should police be giving time to take power naps?
Tom Flickr

Is a community at risk when cops don’t get enough sleep? Washington State University researcher Bryan Vila says it is. In a briefing before the King County Council, he said there are hazards associated with overworked officers.

He says lack of sleep affects your ability to think clearly and problem solve and do other things law enforcement needs to be skilled at, such as:

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Violence against police
10:46 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Crowd turns on Seattle police officer

Police are investigating but have no suspects from a crowd that attacked a patrol car Monday night in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle.

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Credit card theft
2:13 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Dutch man charged with stealing Washington credit cards

US Attorney Jenny A. Durkin stands next to Corino Bonjrada (at the podium). Bonjrada, the owner of Mondello Ristorante Italiano, alerted police to the crimes.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Federal prosecutors say a 21-year-old Dutch national coordinated the theft of about 44,000 credit card numbers worldwide, including some from the Boeing Employees Credit Union, by hacking into the sales system of businesses.

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Seattle shooting
6:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Seattle: Make gun offenders register like sex offenders?

Just like a sex offender, once you are released from prison on a gun violation, you would be classified as either a Level I, Level I or Level III offender.
Zoren Deneu Flickr

Sex offenders have to register when they get out of prison in Washington. So why shouldn’t people who commit a violent crime with a gun have to do the same?

It’s an idea being floated by the Seattle Police Department.

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Washington courts
3:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Judges: Diversity needed in Washington court system

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:48 pm

The need for a diverse judiciary was the focus of a panel discussion at Washington State University in Pullman Saturday. On hand were judges and justices from around the state, including Judge Cameron Mitchell of the Benton-Franklin Superior Court, who said minority groups don’t always feel like they’re part of the judicial system.

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Seattle shootings
4:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Seattle looking into surveillance tech. to tamp down gun violence

This is a diagram of the ShotSpotter system in action provided by the company.

(Updated with audio story, attached.)

Seattle has had it with the flare of gunfire lighting up its streets – and that’s driving city leaders to pull out the stops to find solutions.

More aggressive search and seizures, stiffer local gun laws, increased police patrols, video cameras and now a technology that registers where a gun is fired in the city and notifies police seconds after the shooting – these are some of the tools Seattle officials are looking at to tamp down the violence.

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Seattle shooting
12:19 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Autopsy confirms suicide of Seattle shootings suspect

The medical examiner said Friday that 40-year-old Ian Stawicki, shown at the Cafe Racer above, died of a contact handgun wound to the head.
The Associated Press

The King County medical examiner's office has confirmed that a man blamed for a massacre at a Seattle arts cafe and a fatal carjacking killed himself as police closed in.

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Seattle shooting
7:42 am
Fri June 1, 2012

'Hero' Of Seattle Shootings: 'I Just Threw The Frigging Stool' At Gunman

Left to right: Karen Eides, Tim Torres and David Gordon embrace as they kneel in front of a makeshift memorial outside the cafe in Seattle where a gunman killed four people.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 4:57 am

Lawrence Adams doesn't want to be called a hero, but many in Seattle are saying that's just what he is.

As The Seattle Times reports this morning, police believe Adams saved the lives of at least three people on Wednesday when he picked up a stool at a cafe and threw it at a gunman who killed four people there. Adams' action distracted the gunman, identified as Ian Stawicki, and allowed Adams and some others to escape.

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Seattle shooting
4:57 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

911 tapes of Seattle shootings: 'People are bleeding all over'

Jonny and Ali, who both declined to give their last names, comfort each other Thursday at the scene of where a gunman killed four people and severely wounded another.
The Associated Press

Police have released 911 tapes from a shooting spree that left five people dead in Seattle, including one from a man who phoned authorities from inside the bathroom of a cafe where a gunman opened fire.

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Seattle shooting
4:09 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Police: 'Hero' saved lives in Seattle shootings

This frame grab provided by the Seattle Police Department shows a man believed to be the suspect in a shooting, left, at Cafe Racer on Wednesday in the University district of Seattle.
The Associated Press

“I just threw the frigging stool at him, legs first. My brother died in the World Trade Center. I promised myself,” if something like this ever happened, “I would never hide under a table.”

Four people were slain when Ian Lee Stawicki started shooting Wednesday morning inside Cafe Racer.

At a news conference Thursday, police said a man sitting next to Stawicki was a "hero" because he threw stools at the gunman when he stood up and opened fire. Several people were able to flee the cafe during this time.

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Seattle shooting
3:34 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

What the Cafe Racer was before the killings

Friends and neighbors gathered at the Cafe Racer to take a moment to let the new reality sink in as the media, fire trucks and police moved on.
Ed Skoog

In this first person piece, Ed Skoog, a Northwest poet and musician and a regular at the Café Racer, shares his impressions of the local arts and music hangout before the shooting on Wednesday that killed four and wounded another.

Skoog said Drew Keriakedes and Joe "Vito" Albanese, two of the victims, were well known at the café and that Drew especially was a raconteur character who was “always on,” always ready with a dirty joke and a gritty blues song from the ’20s and ’30s, with plenty of songs he’d created himself.

“He was a magnetic performer,” Skoog said of Drew.

Skoog said he’d seen the man identified as the shooter around the bar from time to time, hanging out in the alley “a little out of sight.”

“He was a freaky dude, but normal looking enough to pass,” Skoog said.

Here’s Skoog writing about the Café Racer and its vibe:

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