Northwest Briefly: First trial begins in police killings

  • Mon May 24th, 2010 10:45pm
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TACOMA — Some family members of four slain Lakewood police officers gave tearful testimony Monday in Tacoma as the trial began for Latanya Clemmons, sister of cop killer Maurice Clemmons.

She’s charged with rendering criminal assistance to Darcus Allen, the accused getaway driver in the Nov. 29 shooting at a Parkland coffee shop.

Victim relatives tearfully testified in Pierce County Superior Court they were shocked to learn others had helped the killer.

The lawyer for Latanya Clemmons said she had no idea police were looking for Allen.

Seattle: Cool weather continues

The National Weather Service said cool, showery weather is likely to continue across Washington this week and possibly into the Memorial Day weekend.

Forecasters said a large low pressure system over the eastern Pacific will rotate moisture through the Northwest.

In Spokane, a record low of 33 degrees was recorded at Spokane International Airport early Monday morning. That broke the old record of 35 set in 1975.

Canada’s ‘Prince of Pot’ pleads guilty

Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in exchange for a five-year prison term.

Marc Emery appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Monday after being extradited from Vancouver, B.C., last week. He sold millions of marijuana seeds to U.S. customers before his arrest in 2005.

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in exchange for an agreed sentence of five years in prison.

Kirkland: Pickax hits car on I-405

A pickax bounced out of a pickup truck on I-405 in Kirkland and smashed through the windshield of a car.

The Washington State Patrol said the pickax brushed the driver Sunday and lodged between the front seats. Troopers are looking for the driver of the pickup.

SeaTac: Two bodies found in motel

The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a motel at SeaTac. King County sheriff’s spokesman John Urquhart said it’s apparently a murder-suicide.

The bodies were found at 12:27 p.m. Monday by an employee of a Motel 6 on Military Road in SeaTac.

Port Townsend: 118-year sentence

A man convicted in the shooting deaths of a Quilcene couple whose bodies were found in their burned home was sentenced Monday to approximately 118 years in prison.

After sentencing on two counts of first-degree murder, as well as arson, burglary, firearm and theft counts, Michael Pierce was ordered held for 1,415 months in the March 18, 2009, deaths.

Defense lawyer Richard Davies says Pierce plans to appeal.

Hoquiam: Buses burgled for coins

Police are asking Hoquiam stores to report anyone trying to buy anything with a large amount of coins. It could be the bus fare bandits.

KXRO reported someone cut through the fence at the Grays Harbor Transit Authority over the weekend, broke into 16 buses and pried open coin vaults.

To escape, the thieves stole a pickup truck and cut the padlock from the bus barn fence.

Associated Press