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NPR's The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Statisticians: Don't rob a bank; it's not worth it

Bonnie And Clyde: Happily ever after? Maybe not so much.
AP

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 3:04 pm

It was a scenario many have imagined: Retiring to a lonely beach in Mexico after a few minutes of a heart-pounding crime — like Bonnie and Clyde riding into the sunset with a good stash of money attained through a handful of bank heists.

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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
9:42 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Shooting survivor's condition upgraded; most victims named; council seeking solutions

Seattle police officers walk outside a cafe just north of the University District where five people were shot on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

The only survivor of a shooting at a Seattle cafe where four other people were killed is expected to recover.

Harborview Medical Center reports Leonard Meuse has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. Spokeswoman Susan Gregg says he remains in the intensive care unit Thursday.

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Crime
11:48 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Man killed by stray bullet worked at Zillow; 2nd random shooting death

Seattle police say a man fatally shot as he drove down a Seattle street with his parents and two children was hit by an errant bullet from a stranger's dispute.

Detective Jeff Kappel said the victim had earlier picked up his parents from the airport and was heading out with them and his two children on a weekend vacation late Thursday afternoon.

The Seattle Times identified the victim as 43-year-old Justin Ferrari who had only recently joined the online real estate site Zillow.

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Crime
10:28 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Steve Powell voyeurism trial starting in Wash.

TACOMA, Wash. — The voyeurism and child pornography trial of missing Utah mother Susan Powell's father-in-law is under way with jury selection in Washington state, and Powell's parents are hoping the case sheds some light on her disappearance.

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Environment
8:41 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Valuable trees attacked in Seattle arboretum

Authorities say vandals have destroyed eight recently planted trees in Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum.

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Crime
9:03 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Shoplifter pulls sword at Longview store

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A suspected shoplifter pulled a small sword on a security officer who tried to stop him at the same Fred Meyer store in Longview where a guard's ear was cut with a hatchet in December in another shoplifting confrontation.

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News
5:26 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Apparent murder of patient first at Western State in 20 years

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:22 pm

A fight over unwanted sexual behavior may have led to the apparent murder of a patient at Washington’s Western State Hospital. Prosecutors have not yet filed charges in connection with the death last Friday.

It was around 3 o’clock last Friday afternoon that staff at Western State found the victim, 28-year-old Paul Montefusco in another patient’s room. Lt. Chris Lawler of the Lakewood Police Department describes the scene.

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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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Traffic stop
2:23 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Trooper fires at car after foot run over during stop at Renton

RENTON, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol says a trooper fired a shot at a fleeing car after it ran over his foot during a traffic stop on Interstate 405 Monday morning at Renton.

Trooper Julie Startup says the shot missed. The car crashed nearby and the driver was arrested.

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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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Crime
11:14 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Mentally ill man's bomb threat ruled 'true threat' to Sea-Tac

Calling in a bomb threat to Sea-Tac Airport, seen here on a normal Seattle day, can land you in jail ... even if you are in a psych ward.
David Prasad Flickr

If you  threaten to blow up an airport, you'll  face jail time. According to the Washington State Court of Appeals, that's true even if you're mentally ill and the threat is not considered credible.

Back in 2009, James S. Ballew called 911 and, after asking to speak with a specific officer with the Port of Seattle Police, told the dispatcher he had five friends who had placed bombs in and around Sea-Tac Airport.

The call was traced to Harborview Medical Center’s psychiatric ward. 

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Law
1:20 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Seattle sex offender faces possible life sentence

A sex offender accused of breaking into a house in Seattle's University District and threatening six women with a knife would face a life sentence if convicted of the latest charges.

Robert D. Hitt is charged with burglary, robbery and kidnapping with sexual motivation, which makes the 34-year-old subject to Washington's "two strikes" law for repeat sexual offenders.

The Seattle Times reports he pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment.

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Crime
10:58 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Drunk drivers who kill could face stiffer sentences

Drunk drivers who cause deadly accidents in Washington rarely spend more than two years in prison. A bill working its way through the state legislature would increase the maximum sentence to eight years.

Prosecutors and people who've lost loved ones to accidents caused by drunk drivers say it's about time.

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Crime
4:02 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Agency will investigate 911 call in Powell fire

The charred rubble of the home where Josh Powell and his two sons were killed Sunday, in Graham, Wash., in what police said appeared to be a deliberately set fire is shown on Tuesday.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A social worker pleaded with a 911 dispatcher throughout a nearly seven-minute call to quickly get police to Josh Powell's house after he locked himself inside with his two sons.

(The un-edited audio of that 911 call is posted above.)

But the dispatcher seemed to have trouble understanding the seriousness of the situation. It took almost two minutes from the start of the call for the dispatcher to learn Powell's address, as the social worker fumbled through paperwork, and more than three minutes to understand that she was there to supervise a child custody visit. Near the end of the call, she asked how long before officers could get there.

The agency that runs the call center said it would review the matter and start a disciplinary investigation if necessary.

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