crime http://kplu.org en Copper Thieves Leave Tacoma Streets In The Dark For Months http://kplu.org/post/copper-thieves-leave-tacoma-streets-dark-months <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some streets in Tacoma will be in the dark for at least another six weeks, maybe longer. Thieves have been stealing copper wire from street lamps and city workers haven’t been able to keep up with repairs.</span></p><p>The theft of copper wire is nothing new. But this winter, Tacoma has been especially hard hit. Curtis Kingsolver, director of public works for the city of Tacoma, says for the first 10 months of the year, the city had about one copper wire theft-related street light outage a month.</p><p>“But, in the last two months of 2013, we had 56 outages, so we just had this huge rash of occurances that it’s been very demanding for us,” he said.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 12675 at http://kplu.org Tougher laws in store for criminals in Northwest tribes http://kplu.org/post/tougher-laws-store-criminals-northwest-tribes A tribal court on the Umatilla Indian Reservation is one of the first to hand-down a long prison term under new tougher criminal sentencing laws enacted by Congress in 2010.<p>It used to be that tribes could only sentence a Native American criminal to up to one year of jail time -- no matter the crime. Typically the U.S. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:50:03 +0000 Anna King 7202 at http://kplu.org Canadian who flew pot into US gets 10 years http://kplu.org/post/canadian-who-flew-pot-us-gets-10-years <p></p><p>A helicopter pilot from Armstrong, British Columbia, who flew loads of marijuana into the United States from Canada has been sentenced in federal court in Seattle to 10 years in prison.</p><p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 03:52:17 +0000 The Associated Press 7056 at http://kplu.org Seattle developer Mastro arrested in France http://kplu.org/post/seattle-developer-mastro-arrested-france <p></p><p>A lawyer says fugitive Seattle real-estate developer Michael Mastro and his wife have been arrested in France.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:13:52 +0000 The Associated Press 6831 at http://kplu.org Coalition concerned about public safety Downtown http://kplu.org/post/coalition-concerned-about-public-safety-downtown <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; ">Recent violence against tourists and residents in downtown Seattle is putting pressure on the city council to put more cops on the street.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 26px; "><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px; ">The council received a letter from a large coalition of businesses and organizations concerned about public safety downtown.</span></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:52:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6684 at http://kplu.org King County prosecutor resigns after police investigation http://kplu.org/post/king-county-prosecutor-resigns-after-police-investigation <p>A King County prosecutor who police began investigating after the arrest of a former University of Washington basketball player has resigned. <a href="http://is.gd/aGMlxA">The Seattle Times reports</a> 33-year-old Leah Altaras resigned Sept. 6.</p><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:11:54 +0000 The Associated Press 6318 at http://kplu.org Former Dean of the UO School of Music is Murdered http://kplu.org/post/former-dean-uo-school-music-murdered <p>The former dean of the University of Oregon School of Music was killed Friday along with her boyfriend. Lane County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at their home south of Eugene and found Anne Dhu McLucas and James Gillette.</p><p>Anne Dhu McLucas was an author and semi retired professor of ethnomusicology. She was also an avid hiker and skier. U of O Assistant Professor of Music Marian Smith says McLucas was her colleague and friend.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:01:22 +0000 Rachael McDonald 6265 at http://kplu.org Soldiers allegedly plotted to blow up Washington dam, poison apple crop http://kplu.org/post/soldiers-allegedly-plotted-blow-washington-dam-poison-apple-crop Prosecutors in Georgia say a group of current and former U.S. soldiers plotted to blow up a dam in Washington and poison the state’s apple crop. The allegations were revealed Monday as one of the group’s members pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a Georgia courtroom.<p>Despite the seriousness of the allegations, spokespeople with the Washington State Patrol and the Governor’s office say they were not aware of the case<p>Federal authorities won’t comment on the case. But state prosecutors in Georgia say the group’s members had all served together in the Army at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:44:45 +0000 Austin Jenkins 6110 at http://kplu.org Former ambassador Ryan Crocker arrested for DUI in Wash. http://kplu.org/post/former-ambassador-ryan-crocker-arrested-dui-wash <p>SPOKANE – Former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker is facing hit-and-run and intoxicated driving charges in Washington state.</p><p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:42:20 +0000 The Associated Press 6086 at http://kplu.org Feds: Federal Way man who threatened Obama had arsenal http://kplu.org/post/feds-federal-way-man-who-threatened-obama-had-arsenal <p>According to court papers, a Washington state man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama raised a pump-action shotgun at officers who came to his door, but one managed to grab the barrel before any shots were fired.</p><p>A Secret Service agent and Federal Way police officer went to 31-year-old Anton Caluori's apartment on Tuesday afternoon, after the FBI received a profanity-laced email threatening to kill the President.</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:55:16 +0000 The Associated Press 6074 at http://kplu.org 4 Washington agencies team up to nab duct tape bandit http://kplu.org/post/4-washington-agencies-team-nab-duct-tape-bandit <p>REDMOND, Wash. — Police in Edmonds, Poulsbo, Stanwood and Redmond are teaming up to track a man who has robbed four banks in Western Washington in three months.</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:54:07 +0000 The Associated Press 6059 at http://kplu.org Everett man arrested in fatal parrot stabbing http://kplu.org/post/everett-man-arrested-fatal-parrot-stabbing <p>EVERETT, Wash. — An Everett man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend's parrot to death with a serving fork.</p><p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:09:03 +0000 The Associated Press 6040 at http://kplu.org 'Catch a Killer' - Seattle PD launches newsy site to fight crime http://kplu.org/post/catch-killer-seattle-pd-launches-newsy-site-fight-crime <p>The latest version of the <a href="http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/">Seattle Police Department&rsquo;s blog</a> shows a department striving to build an online audience with catchy headlines and timely posts.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking to do even more,&rdquo; said department spokesman Detective Mark Jamieson. &ldquo;The blotter was good. If people were interested that was a place they could go, but ... now we need to go to the next level (be) more like a news site.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:18:36 +0000 Jake Ellison 5476 at http://kplu.org 'Catch a Killer' - Seattle PD launches newsy site to fight crime Truck stop dino stolen in Montana http://kplu.org/post/truck-stop-dino-stolen-montana <p>MISSOULA, Mont. &mdash; The folks at Hi-Noon Petroleum in Montana have a new way to turn a dinosaur into gasoline.</p><div><p>They&#39;re offering a $250 gas card for information leading to the safe return of Dino, a 12-foot-long fiberglass Sinclair dinosaur that disappeared June 21 from the Crossroads Travel Center west of Missoula.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:09:07 +0000 The Associated Press 5445 at http://kplu.org Truck stop dino stolen in Montana 7 shot outside Federal Way bar, 1 dies http://kplu.org/post/7-shot-outside-federal-way-bar-1-dies <p>FEDERAL WAY, Wash. &mdash; Police say they have accounted for everyone involved in a shootout outside a Federal Way bar that left one man dead and six other people wounded.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:10:05 +0000 The Associated Press 5419 at http://kplu.org