Law

Murder of Tom Wales
6:20 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

'Dear Pops...' A letter to a murdered father, Tom Wales

Amy Wales is hugged by a well wisher after a ceremony in 2006 honoring her slain father, Assistant United States Attorney Thomas C. Wales.
Associated Press

Approaching the 10-year anniversary of the slaying of federal prosecutor Thomas Wales, his daughter spoke publicly for the first time.

In an emotional letter to her father, Amy Wales appealed to the public to come forward with any information that might assist the FBI in the unsolved murder investigation.

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Guns & Marijuana
12:55 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

ATF: Illegal to sell guns to medical marijuana users

internet persona Flickr

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal authorities say firearms dealers in states where medical marijuana is legal can't sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug.

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Death row
2:20 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Oregon murder deemed mentally competent to pursue own death

Convicted killer Gary Haugen leaves Marion County courthouse after a hearing in Salem, Ore., in May.
Associated Press

A Marion County judge ruled Tuesday that convicted killer Gary Haugen is competent to move ahead with his request to be executed. But so far, the execution has not been ordered.

Haugen wants to waive all his appeals to the death sentence and proceed to execution. But this summer, the state Supreme Court stopped execution plans and ordered the inmate be mentally evaluated.

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Death row
1:37 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Oregon murderer explains why he wants to be executed

Convicted killer Gary Haugen leaves Marion County courthouse after a hearing in Salem, Ore., in May.
Associated Press

On Tuesday, a judge in Salem, Ore., will hold a competency hearing for convicted killer Gary Haugen.

Haugen wants to waive all his appeals to the death sentence and proceed to execution. But his former lawyers have raised questions about his mental competency. Haugen spoke to a reporter by phone from prison. The widow of one of the people Haugen is convicted of murdering responded in a separate interview.

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War in Afghanistan
3:14 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Boise 'kill team' soldier sentenced to seven years

Forest Holmes, left, talks with reporters about his son's seven year sentence for war crimes as defense attorney Dan Conway looks on.
Northwest News Network

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – A young Army private from Boise has been sentenced to a maximum of seven years in a military prison for murder and other crimes while deployed to Afghanistan. Private First Class Andrew Holmes admitted to shooting an unarmed 15-year-old Afghan boy.

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Union unrest
9:36 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Sheriff: Longshoremen strike in Longview costly, nerve-wracking

Police in riot gear protect an incoming train carrying grain at the port facilities in Longview, Wash., on Wednesday..
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Cowlitz County sheriff says continuing labor strife at a Port of Longview grain terminal is straining nerves and budgets.

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Computer crimes
5:18 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

3 indicted in sophisticated Washington hacking scheme

Three Seattle men face charges in federal court that they hacked into the computer systems of dozens of Washington businesses — sometimes choosing their victims simply by driving around and picking up their wireless Internet signals.

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Law
12:12 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Killer's psychological evaluation will remain confidential

The Marion County judge who'll decide if Gary Haugen is mentally competent to be executed, is keeping the inmate's psychological evaluation confidential.

Two-time convicted killer, Gary Haugen, wants to drop all appeals of his death penalty.

He fired his lawyers after they they had him undergo a psychological evaluation, then argued he was not competent to be put to death.

Judge Joseph Guimond had set an August date for Haugen’s execution.

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Fraud
10:54 am
Tue September 20, 2011

ATM skimming scams on the rise

Federal authorities are warning consumers to take precautions when using ATMs. Illegal 'skimming' is a growing industry.
Paula Wissel KPLU

If you’ve ever used a cash machine, here’s something you should be aware of. The Justice Department has disrupted one of the largest debit and credit card skimming rings on the West Coast.

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Crime
4:13 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

FBI: Violent crime continues to decline in Northwest

Alan Cleaver Flickr

The FBI says violent crime dropped 6 percent nationwide in 2010. Northwest states are following that same trend, but see less improvement when it comes to property crime rates.

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Economic woes
1:43 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Felons reentering society have it even tougher in down economy

Getting out of jail in a tough economy can make reentry into society that much harder for people already hard to employ.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

VANCOUVER, Wash. — It can be hard to find a job these days – especially with a felony conviction on your record.

That's the position offenders in the Clark County work release program have found themselves in. The inmates, who are serving the last few months of their sentence, are tasked with finding work to help them build up savings and gain work experience to help them reenter society.

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Labor dispute
5:05 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Update: Judge orders Longshoremen to stand down

A Cowlitz County Sheriff grabs a union worker by the throat as police move in on several hundred union workers blocking a grain train in Longview, Wash., on Wednesday. Longshoremen blocked the train as part of an escalating dispute.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A federal judge is ordering union protesters to halt illegal activity as they battle for the right to work at a new grain terminal in Washington state. The judge issued a preliminary injunction to restrict union activity, saying today there is no defense for recent aggressive tactics.

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Budget Supercommittee
3:10 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Rep. Patty Murray, D-Wash., shake hands at the end of the supercommittee's first organizational meeting.
Susan Walsh Associated Press

U.S. Senator Patty Murray has debuted in her newest high profile role. The Washington Democrat co-chairs the so-called supercommittee on federal debt reduction. It held its first meeting today in Washington, DC., and Murray provided opening remarks.

This fall, the deficit cutting committee will recommend $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.

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9/11 Anniversary
12:28 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Solidarity and fear, the legacy of 9/11 in local Muslim community

Jeff Siddiqui, photographed at his home in Lynnwood, Wash., wonders when Muslims will be treated as "American" as everyone else.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

“Right after nine-eleven there was a peak of hostility toward Muslims. It kind of went down a bit, but over the years it’s gone up again.”

That’s how local Muslim-American Jeff (Jaffar) Siddiqui summarizes the decade since the Sept. 11th attacks.

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Labor dispute
5:05 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Union protesters hold off police in Longview dispute

A crowd of union workers and supporters gather at a crossing in Vancouver, Wash., on Wednesday. Hundreds of Longshoremen were at the crossing as part of an escalating dispute about labor at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Hundreds of union protesters blocking a grain shipment in southwest Washington state rushed police officers who tried to make arrests and forced them to retreat.

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