Law

Medical Marijuana
2:58 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Seattle City Council pondering regulation of medical marijuana

The city of Seattle is looking into regulating medical marijuana.
Flickr

With roughly 25,000 Seattleites “legally” smoking marijuana for medical reasons, the city council has decided to step in where Gov. Chris Gregoire dared not tread. The city will begin holding hearings on an ordinance for regulating the growing and sale of medical marijuana.

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Law
1:23 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Mistrial after juror wants to punch lawyer in nose

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in a Kitsap County drug case after a juror was overheard expressing a desire to punch prominent Seattle defense attorney John Henry Browne in the nose.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Browne, whose high-profile clients have included "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore, repeatedly sparred with Superior Court Judge Theodore Spearman during the trial. Browne reportedly ignored the judge's order that he keep his objections to a single word and was twice fined $500.

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Seattle Terror plot
2:30 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

New indictment charges two in Seattle terror plot

A federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center pictured on June 23, 2011, in Seattle. Two men have been indicted in a plot to use machine guns and grenades in an attack on the military recruiting station there.

A federal grand jury has returned a nine-count indictment against two men charged in a plot to attack a military recruiting center in Seattle.

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Medical Marijuana
8:53 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Washington cities, counties putting lid on medical marijuana

The city of Kent has put a stop to medical marijuana dispensaries in the area, at least for now. And, the Everett Herald reports, three cities in Snohomish County are moving to delay licensing of collective gardens for growing marijuana for medical purposes.

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UW firebombing
6:57 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Fugitive linked to UW ecoterrorist firebomb arrested

A fugitive wanted in connection with the 2001 firebombing of the University of Washington's horticulture center is now in federal custody.

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Law
8:45 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Report: Former Wash. DOC chief admits to affair with staffer

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s former prisons chief has admitted to an extramarital affair with a subordinate. And Seattle TV stations are airing video they say shows Eldon Vail leaving a motel with that staffer. Vail resigned suddenly last Friday.

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seattle parking
10:25 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Special vans hunting for Seattle’s ‘parking scofflaws’

City of Seattle looking to give cars with more than four parking violations the boot.

On Tuesday Starting today, two specially equipped Seattle police vans had started scanning up to 20,000 license plates per day, hunting for vehicles with four or more parking tickets in order to give them the “boot.”

Topping the city’s most-wanted list has to be the vehicle with 263 violations associated with it amounting to more than $25,000 owed, according to a list of citations in the City of Seattle’s “parking scofflaw business plan.”

Second on the most-wanted list must be the two cars with 184 tickets each. Nearly 100 cars have been ticketed 50 times or more, according to the city. Officials say more than 20,000 cars are considered eligible for the boot, a device attached to a vehicle wheel making it unusable.

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State prisons
6:26 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

To save money, state deporting some prison inmates early

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington has begun to deport some prison inmates before their sentences are up. The new program is expected to save $2 million a year. But the deportations have immigrant rights advocates concerned.

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Law
8:49 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Prisons chief resigns as new details emerge on escape attempt

Clallam Bay inmates Kevin Newland (left) and Dominick Maldonado.
Washington DOC

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington's prisons chief has resigned suddenly citing personal reasons. The announcement late Friday came the same week an inmate was fatally shot during a prison escape attempt.

Governor Chris Gregoire's staff says she did not ask Eldon Vail to tender his resignation.

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Breaking
3:43 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Kalebu guilty of murder, rape

A man accused in the sexual assault and stabbing of a lesbian couple in their Seattle home has been found guilty of aggravated murder, attempted murder, rape and burglary.

A King County County Superior Court jury convicted Isaiah Kalebu on Friday, two days after jurors began deliberations.

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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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Law
9:37 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Witness: Corrections “completely failed” in Clemmons case

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Corrections failed to adequately supervise Maurice Clemmons from the day he arrived in Washington from Arkansas. That's the conclusion of a former corrections supervisor who's now an expert witness in a new lawsuit against the Department.

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Law
10:46 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Journalist in US illegally obtained Wash. driver license

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Pulitzer prize winning journalist who is in this country illegally managed to obtain a Washington driver license – even though he doesn't live in Washington. How did he do it?

This week in the New York Times Magazine, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed himself as an illegal immigrant from the Philippines. Part of his story involves obtaining a Washington driver license earlier this year – even though he doesn't reside in the state.

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Seattle Terror plot
10:11 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Detention hearings set for Seattle terror suspects

Sgt. Clint Conant, left, stands with potential U.S. Army recruits outside a federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center. Two men have been arrested in a plot to attack on the military recruiting station there.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Two men allegedly planning to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle have detention hearings set for Wednesday.

The two men – one from Seattle and one from Los Angeles – appeared in federal court yesterday to hear the charges filed against them. Their court-appointed lawyers declined to comment.

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