Law

Spokane bomb plot
1:59 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

MLK bomb was planned to injure, suspect says in guilty plea

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man accused of attempting to bomb the Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane admits that he constructed and planted the explosive with the intent to hurt parade participants. That admission came with the guilty plea entered Wednesday by 37-year-old Kevin Harpham.

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Law
9:01 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Cowlitz Humane Society overrun with 'illegally large' snakes

One snake too many.
Courtesy of Cowlitz County Humane Society

LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Cowlitz County Humane Society seized two big boa constrictors on Monday and seven more large boas and pythons on Tuesday from homes in Longview.

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Law
8:33 am
Wed September 7, 2011

MLK parade bomb suspect to change plea

An FBI evidence photo shows the backpack that held a pipe bomb. It was found along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade in January.

The man accused of planting a backpack bomb along the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane is set to change his plea today. Kevin Harpham originally entered a plea of not guilty in what the FBI has deemed a case of domestic terrorism.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Harpham was arrested in March. He faces charges related to a pipe bomb that Spokane city workers found on a downtown bench the morning of Jan. 17. Prosecutors later added federal hate crime charges. Together, the allegations carry a sentence of up to life in prison.

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cat trappers
1:00 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Cat trappers fix feral felines and return them to the wild

A trapped feral cat waits for his medical procedure at the feral cat spay/neuter clinic in Lynnwood.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

If you have feral cats in your neighborhood, you know they can be a major headache, what with the loud cat fighting and territorial spraying. 

In Grays Harbor County, two women have taken it upon themselves to fix the problem, literally. They trap cats in order to get them spayed or neutered. They then release them back where they came from.

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Law
12:33 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Kitsap teacher charged with voyeurism, images on camera

BREMERTON, Wash. — A Central Kitsap School District teacher has been charged with voyeurism following an investigation that began when he was caught taking suspicious photos of women and girls last month at the Kitsap County Fair.

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Vancouver Riot
10:44 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Booze, thugs and 155,000 people: Vancouver riot examined

In this image taken from the published review of the Vancouver, B.C., riots, a mass of 155,000 people can be seen gathered to watch the Canucks play the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final. The report says the crowd got too big too fast.

Blame massive crowding, alcohol and inadequate police response as the main causes of the recent Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver, B.C.

An exhaustive review of the riot sponsored by the Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver and Vancouver Police Board was made public yesterday. 

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Health care reform
3:15 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Court's ruling on McKenna's health care suit said to sow confusion

In a unanimous ruling, the Washington State Supreme court says Attorney General Rob McKenna has the authority to challenge the new federal health care law. The high court denied the City of Seattle’s request to remove Washington from the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.

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Law
12:59 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Injured woman crawls out of swamp near Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — A trucker was changing a flat tire Thursday morning on Interstate 5 south of Tacoma when he saw a woman in her underwear crawl over the guardrail from a swamp near the Nisqually River.

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Law
12:56 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Oregon Supreme Court sides with 5 juvenile killers

Salem, OREGON – The Oregon Supreme Court has sided with five juvenile killers who’ve long maintained the state treats them more harshly than adult murderers. The high court Thursday called on the Oregon Board of Parole to schedule hearings and even decide on release dates for two of the five.

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Law
12:33 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Court says McKenna can't deny legal aid to agency

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court is requiring Attorney General Rob McKenna to represent the state's public lands commissioner in a legal appeal.

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Law
5:50 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Idaho woman charged with illegal abortion challenges laws

An Idaho woman who was prosecuted on felony charges for ending a pregnancy is now challenging state anti-abortion laws in federal court. It's the first constitutional challenge to a so-called "fetal pain" law that several states passed recently.

Police in Pocatello, Idaho, said Jennie McCormack ordered medication online to terminate her pregnancy at around 20 weeks. Under a 1972 state law, however, it's illegal to have an abortion unless it's performed by a doctor.

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Child sex trafficking
5:26 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna says Backpage.com has to prove it has strong protections in place or legal action could follow.

The Washington State Attorney General wants a top provider of online adult sex ads to prove it’s operating legally, calls Backpage.com a hub for human trafficking.

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Law
10:35 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Update: Attorneys turn up the heat on Backpage, child sex trade

Image of entry screen on Backpage.com.

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and 45 other attorneys general today called for information about how Backpage.com presumably attempts to remove advertising for sex trafficking, especially ads that could involve minors.

Meanwhile, Snohomish County has received a $450,000 federal grant to combat child sex trafficking.

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Strange occurrences
9:25 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Another human foot washes ashore in B.C.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Police in Vancouver, British Columbia, say a human foot inside a running shoe has washed ashore, the latest in roughly a dozen such cases since 2007.

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Law
5:12 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

UI officials met with Benoit on the day she was murdered

On the day she was killed, University of Idaho graduate student Katy Benoit met with university officials about the complaint she had filed against former assistant professor Ernesto Bustamante, and university officials cautioned her to remain vigilant and seek out help if she had any safety concerns.

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