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Crime
2:18 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Powell family blames government, bias, media for murder-suicide

Alex Ramirez, 17, brings a balloon to a growing memorial to Charlie and Braden Powell, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Carson Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash., where Charlie attended school.
The Associated Press

An uncle and aunt of Josh Powell issued a statement saying there's no justification for the loss of his children, but Maurice and Patti Leach feel "this family tragedy was set into motion from the beginning due in part to the various questionable government agencies' practices, religious bias, the Internet kangaroo courts, and sensationalized news media."

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Crime
3:55 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Police: Powell planned deadly fire killing sons for some time

This pool photo provided by the Pierce Co. Sheriff's Dept. shows the charred remains of the home of Josh Powell, husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 near Frederickson, Wash.
The Associated Press

GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say Josh Powell planned the deadly house fire that killed him and his young sons for some time, dropping toys at charities and sending final emails to multiple acquaintances.

Powell, the husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, died along with his children Sunday.

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Wrongful conviction
12:30 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

17 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit - should state pay?

Alan Northrop says nerves caused him to fail a lie detector test. After he was picked out of a lineup, the case went to trial and he went to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Image from YouTube video

Since 2008, four prisoners in Washington State have been exonerated through DNA testing and other evidence. Advocates for granting them compensation say it’s the right thing to do, even in tough budgetary times.

Of the four wrongfully convicted men, Alan Northrop did the most time behind bars. Now that he’s out, he’s trying to put the pieces of his life back together.

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Odd news
8:57 am
Wed November 2, 2011

15-year sentence in Olympia underwear theft case

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A man who pleaded guilty to charges related to underwear thefts was sentenced Tuesday in Olympia to 15 years in prison.

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Death Penalty
12:54 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Death penalty cases costing King County millions

King County prosecutors have spent nearly $700,000 on two active death penalty cases, but the defense cost is even higher — $4.3 million and climbing.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told The Seattle Times death penalty opponents are trying to hold off executions by running up the bills for investigators, forensics and expert witnesses.

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Rural Crime
1:38 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Rural town fights gang violence with a summer picnic

Manny Castillo, 9, and his brothers Jesus, 7, and Jr., 6, say they hide in their mother’s room when they hear gunfire in their hometown of Outlook, Wash. They came out to play games and spend the evening with neighbors at a anti-gang picnic recently.
Anna King Northwest News Network

This past spring we brought you the story of an Eastern Washington dairy town plagued by gang violence. Now, several months later residents of Outlook, Washington are fighting gangs with summer camps and social gatherings.

This spring a 17-year-old girl was shot at her home in Outlook, Wash. allegedly by four gang members. But just recently, blocks away from that murder site, children played bean bag toss and took whacks at a piñata.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:35 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

The Olympia Brewery in Tumwater pictured in betters days. Plans for using the old brewery site are shaping up.
Minnaert Wikipedia
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Law
11:45 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Cuts in juvenile parole left teen in 'Tuba Man' case unsupervised

Edward McMichael, pictured at a game in 2004, was a beloved Seattle street musician known as the "Tuba Man.” He was found dead Nov. 3, 2008 from beating injuries he received in a robbery.
Associated Press

One of the three teens convicted of killing a popular Seattle street musician in 2008 continues to make headlines for his tangles with the law. Billy Chambers – who's now an adult – was most recently locked up for hit-and-run. It turns out he did not qualify for supervision by a juvenile parole officer because of state budget cuts.

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Crime
2:35 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Tacoma Mall shooter in prison incident; one killed in escape attempt 

The Washington Department of Corrections says one inmate was killed Wednesday during an escape attempt at the Clallam Bay Corrections Facility.

Spokesman Chad Lewis says that just after 10 a.m., a corrections officer was taken hostage by a prisoner with a pair of scissors. At the same time, another prisoner drove a forklift through the doors of the work area and into the prison fence.

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Rick's on auction block
8:05 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Seattle crime family strip club up for auction

It took police and federal agents five years to bust the notorious Frank Colacurcio Sr., pictured walking through downtown Seattle with attorney Bill Helsell in 1980, and gain possession of his criminal empire. Now, Rick's Nightclub is up for sale.
Associated Press

One of Seattle’s seediest buildings is going up for auction on Wednesday. Rick’s Nightclub on Lake City Way was seized by federal agents more than a year ago.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

One of the long-beaked common dolphins have been spotted swimming and approaching boats along Boston Harbor. This species is typically found off the coast of Baja, California.
ROBIN W. BAIRD www.cascadiaresearch.org
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Courts
4:00 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Mistakes about race corrupt many eyewitness accounts

Null Value Flickr

If you’ve witnessed a crime, you’ll swear you can accurately identify the person who did it. But, there’s a good chance you’re wrong, especially if that person is of a different race. Still, jurors believe eyewitness accounts.

And, in Washington state, the law doesn't allow judges to tell juries about the problems associated with cross-racial eyewitness identification. One Court of Appeals judge says that's wrong.

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Law
1:41 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Crime lab sprinkler wets evidence

The Washington State Patrol says some evidence was likely damaged by a sprinkler malfunction at its crime lab in Seattle. The patrol says the leak Monday occurred in a freezer used to store evidence.

Seattle firefighters shut off the sprinklers, and the evidence was moved to dry out. Lab manager Jim Tarver says workers are still determining the extent of the damage. Then they'll have to tell police and prosecutors.

Other News
1:20 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Killer pack of dogs decimated

DEER PARK, Wash. — A pack of dogs blamed for killing about 100 pets and farm animals in northeastern Washington state has been eliminated.

The Stevens County Sheriff's Office said three of the dogs in the pack have been killed.

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Barefoot Bandit
3:32 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Suspect in 'Barefoot Bandit' case pleads not guilty

'Barefoot Bandit' case: The 20-year-old suspect accused of a two-year cross-country burglary spree has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Seattle.
Associated Press

Colton Harris-Moore, who gained a popular following as the "Barefoot Bandit," has pleaded not guilty to all charges in federal court in Seattle.

The 20-year-old is accused of a two-year cross-country burglary spree in stolen cars, boats and planes — some of the crimes allegedly committed while he was barefoot. He entered his plea Thursday.

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