Law

Law
9:11 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Tacoma police investigating motorcycle club after shootings

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma police are investigating a motorcycle club whose parties twice have ended in shooting deaths during the past eight months.

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Law
8:16 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Wash. man sentenced for stealing from charity

The former treasurer of a charity affiliated with the Ronald McDonald House has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for embezzlement.

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jobs
10:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Too many recruits can't pass trooper fitness test

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Retirements have been depleting the ranks of the Washington State Patrol. Now, the patrol finds itself scrambling to hire an extra 60 troopers this year. 

It’s not as easy as you might think to hire a trooper, especially since applicants are failing the physical exam.

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Law
9:41 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Idaho lawmaker is tax crusader to some, tax dodger to Feds

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 5:58 pm

The federal government says Phil Hart owes more than half a million dollars in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties. The U.S. Justice Department is threatening to foreclose on his home near Athol, Idaho if he doesn’t pay up. Meanwhile, Idaho tax collectors say Hart owes the state another $53,000.

Rep. Hart has already been re-elected once since his tax troubles came out and he’s now running for a fifth term. Boise State University political science professor Gary Moncrief studies the Idaho legislature.

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Budget crisis
3:38 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Washington bar association scrambling after lawyers cut dues

The organization that oversees Washington state's nearly 29,000 lawyers is scrambling to deal with a big budget gap, after the attorneys voted to reduce their own dues.

The Washington State Bar Association says it will likely have to cut a variety of programs, including those that support legal aid to the poor.

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Police Work
8:18 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Civilian drones prepare for takeoff in NW with sheriffs

Prioria business development executive David Wright demonstrates the Maveric UAS.
Tom Banse KPLU

TACOMA, Wash. - Get ready to spot a new kind of "bird" in the sky. Within the next month, the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to green light the use of small unmanned aircraft by emergency services. Some sheriffs' departments in the Northwest are showing interest in these aircraft.

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Weapons
7:24 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Anti-tank weapon found in Pierce County home

An M72-style weapon.
Flickr

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Joint Base Lewis-McChord says an anti-tank weapon that was found at a home in Pierce County is not from the Army base.

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Gun Laws
12:55 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Survey: Will this bus campaign change your mind about guns?

An instance of Washington Ceasefire's new ad campaign.

You may have seen the new ads on city buses (250 in all) warning against the dangers of owning a gun.

But will the ads make a difference to you?

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Prisons
10:15 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Some Washington prison inmates given pet cats

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt is testing how pet cats may soften the behavior of hardened criminals.

Two cats were given to inmates in two cells at the minimum-security prison.

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Seattle police
6:46 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

NAACP: Was police stop coincidence or pay back?

Christopher Franklin is one of two men planning to sue the city of Seattle over treatment by Seattle police.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Was a Seattle police stop of two African American men in February just a coincidence or, as some are suggesting, "retaliation" for the publicity surrounding a previous stop. 

The NAACP says it wants answers from Seattle Police.

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Seattle Police Dept
10:19 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Living room conversations invite cops in to communities

A living room conversation with Seattle police, taking place in a residential home.
Courtesy Seattle Police Dept.

Small talk isn’t usually encouraged between police officers and the public.

But, the Seattle Police Department is trying to change that, with a program that encourages people to invite the cops in for “living room conversations. ”

For most people, seeing a police officer in uniform is intimidating. You don’t usually get up close and personal with a cop unless something bad is happening. Seattle Lieutenant Carmen Best says inviting police in for a living room conversation helps build trust.

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Law
3:40 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Faith In Seattle Police 'Shaken' By DOJ Investigation

Protesters demonstrate at City Hall in Seattle on Feb. 16, 2011, after the announcement that police officer Ian Birk would not face charges for the fatal shooting of John T. Williams.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 3:23 pm

Police departments have come under increased scrutiny from the Obama administration as the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division steps up investigations of corruption, bias and excessive force.

Some of the targeted law enforcement agencies have had ethical clouds hanging over them for years — the New Orleans Police Department being the prime example — but others, like the Seattle Police Department, aren't exactly usual suspects.

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Powell tragedy
8:59 am
Thu April 5, 2012

New information surfaces in Susan Powell case

New information has been found in the investigation of Susan Powell, the mom who disappeared from her home in Utah two years ago.

Her father-in-law called in sick to work right after her disappearance.

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School shooting
1:08 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Boy in Bremerton school shooting: 'I'm sorry'

A 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot and seriously wounded a classmate in a Bremerton elementary school has written a letter apologizing to the little girl.

The letter written on ruled schoolbook paper says: "I'm sorry I hurt you because I brought a gun to school.... I wish everyone was okay."

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Crime
12:01 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Former King Co. Sheriff thinks millennials will change policing

Former King County Sheriff Sue Rahr believes younger police officers will rely less on physical responses for upholding the law.
Jonathan Caves Flickr

Could the Millennial Generation transform law enforcement, making it more focused on communication skills than physical force? Sue Rahr, the new director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, thinks so.

Rahr, the former King County Sheriff, says people who are part of what's come to be called the millennial generation are different than baby boomers or even Gen Xers.

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