For months, a small team of U.S. Navy investigators and federal prosecutors secretly devised options for a high-stakes international manhunt. Could the target be snatched from his home base in Asia and rendered to the United States? Or held captive aboard an American warship?
SNOHOMISH — At first it probably just looked like a couple of friends dropping by for a visit. Two men pulled up in a silver Mercedes outside a Snohomish apartment Wednesday afternoon, and two others, who'd come out of the building on Fourth Street, walked up to the...
Date: 05/28/2016 | Local News
A long-running Navy corruption scandal reached new heights Friday as a lieutenant commander and two retired officers were arrested on federal charges of feeding inside information to a Singapore-based defense contractor for sex, vacations and other favors.All three...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Republican Tennessee lawmaker said getting a traffic camera ticket isn’t a problem — he just burns them.
DETROIT — A legal trade group has been formed for makers of craft beer and other alcoholic beverages, recognizing the rapid rise of the industry and a desire to deal with a thick brew of regulations across the U.S.
Date: 05/27/2016 | Business Wire
EVERETT — An argument about littering that led to a terrifying encounter that could cost an Everett man his lower left leg wasn’t the first time assault suspect Joshua Painter has been accused of illegally dumping trash.
Date: 05/27/2016 | Local News
The family of a woman allegedly killed by a Mexican immigrant deported five times from the U.S. has filed a federal lawsuit against San Francisco County’s former sheriff, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the federal Bureau of Land Management.
Date: 05/27/2016 | Nation & World
Sheriff: Increase will help address drug, homelessness issues
Date: 05/27/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — He has the calloused hands and muscular forearms of someone who works hard for his living. Around town, he’s known as Jim the Fence Guy, having built a bunch of them over the years.
EVERETT — An Oso couple was shot before their bodies were buried in the hills near their home, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner reported Thursday.
DARRINGTON — Last week a rash of equipment thefts was discovered from stream monitoring sites in three counties.The thieves targeted stream gauges in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. The devices are used to monitor stream flow, water temperature and sedimentation.
SEATTLE — A cotton exporter who escaped from a federal penitentiary in Virginia more than eight years ago is now behind bars in Seattle.
EVERETT — The challenge is enormous; the approach, novel.The Everett Police Department is trying to address what some people are calling an opioid epidemic one addict at a time.On Wednesday, Everett police announced that the department has formally entered...
SEATTLE — Police say a teenage boy has accidentally shot and killed himself in a Seattle home.
EVERSON, Wash. — A Whatcom County sex offender charged with sending sexual text messages to a teen girl who lied about her age has been sentenced to two years in prison.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Forty firefighters from central Oregon have been sent to help battle a wildfire in Canada that has destroyed parts of Fort McMurray in Alberta.
NEW YORK — One person was killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform, police said.It happened around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan’s Union Square.
Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World
An Israeli start-up says it can take one look at a person's face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye.Faception said it's already signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists. The company said its technology...
Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World
Attorney: Drinking Robitussin caused man to stab grandma
EVERETT — Detectives with the Everett Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit are investigating a home invasion robbery.The break-in was reported just after 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 4700 block of Sound Avenue.
Date: 05/25/2016 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland's police chief was placed on paid administrative leave this week after revelations he may have initially lied to authorities about shooting a friend in the lower back during an April 21 hunting trip in eastern Oregon.Chief Larry O'Dea stepped...
IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa man’s use of a smartphone application to get legal help in the middle of the night proved key in getting his drunken driving conviction overturned.
Date: 05/25/2016 | Business Wire
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A man accused of beating and stabbing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son to death in Battle Ground is currently on parole for a previous domestic violence assault conviction.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Is Hulk Hogan’s courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site?
MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford woman who admitting to scalding her 3-year-old daughter’s arms as punishment has been sentenced to 70 months in prison.
OLYMPIA — A Washington state Republican Senate panel investigation casts blame at both Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and former Department of Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner for a three-year delay in fixing an error that led to the early release of thousands of prisoners.
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. — A gunman armed with a rifle, body armor and extra ammunition opened fire at cars on a highway in the Phoenix outskirts, leaving at least two people injured before police captured him near a stolen car that crashed into a ditch, authorities said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES — The 10-year-old son of an actor on trial for murder in the killing of his wife testified Wednesday that he heard his father tell her that she should run to heaven before shooting her twice in the legs in a hallway outside the boy’s bedroom.
A police standoff that went on for more than seven hours at a home on a normally busy arterial in Hoquiam on Tuesday ended around 2 p.m. when police crashed down a garage door and used a Taser and bean bag launcher to subdue a 41-year-old man. The man allegedly fired shots outside the home early...
YAKIMA — A high school physical education teacher in Grandview has resigned following allegations that he texted teenage students nude photos of himself.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Three Washington state residents accused in the beating of a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper have pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against a fourth suspect.
Man and woman believed to be missing Oso couple
SEATTLE — Officials say a gun allegedly carried by a man who was shot to death by Seattle police appears to have been bought by a former King County sheriff’s deputy in 2013.
ST. LOUIS — An 8-month-old boy was shot to death in his mother’s arms Tuesday, and the suspected shooter — the boy’s father — remained at large, St. Louis police said.
SPOKANE — The mastermind of a murder-for-hire scheme that originated from business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to two consecutive life terms, intended to keep him in prison for the rest of his life.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana is poised to become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews — a move that could stir the national debate over the relationship between law enforcement and minorities.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An Ohio man was arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday.
Date: 05/24/2016 | Business Wire
BURNS, Ore. — The Harney County Sheriff says when he first heard about an April 21 hunting accident in which a man was shot, he was told the wound was self-inflicted.Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said in a news release Monday it wasn't until three weeks later that he...
MOSCOW, Idaho — A Moscow man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for a 2015 shooting spree in which he shot three people to death and wounded a fourth.
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car while she was walking home in Vancouver has avoided additional jail time in the case.
TACOMA — Authorities say a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy has been hospitalized after his patrol vehicle struck four cows that had wandered into the middle of the road in Roy.
COOS BAY, Ore. — A Coos Bay homeowner made teens caught breaking into his house call 911 to report themselves.
Following reports of a shooting incident, police were involved in a standoff at a Hoquiam home Tuesday morning.
"It's as hard right now to be a cop maybe as it's ever been," San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to The Chronicle Editorial Board Tuesday. At the time, Suhr was resisting calls demanding that he resign. Five local protesters had given up their hunger strike to...
Date: 05/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances.
BATTLE GROUND — A 3-year-old boy has died of his injuries at a hospital, and his mother’s boyfriend is being held on investigation of first-degree murder.
BOTHELL — A Bothell high school teacher who was attacked in his classroom after school ended says he is recovering from his injuries and hopes to return to the classroom as soon as possible.
TACOMA — A man charged with killing his roommate and burning the evidence along an Auburn road in 2014 has been found guilty of second-degree murder.
MOUNT VERNON — A man charged with killing his Skagit County landlord in 2012 has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department watchdog says staff error resulted in 157 federal inmates being freed either before or after their correct release dates between 2009 and 2014.
EVERETT — A dispute over $300 apparently was behind the killing of a homeless man whose body was found in an Everett swamp April 7.
STANWOOD — An Arlington father and son are being held on $50,000 bail in connection with a shooting Sunday at a park-and-ride in Stanwood.Everett District Court Judge Anthony Howard found probable cause Monday to hold the duo for investigation of second-degree...
Fundraiser for Domestic Violence Services is June 9
Date: 05/24/2016 | The Chat
EVERETT — Tony Clyde Reed surrendered his freedom to U.S. Marshals last week so he could answer to the allegations against him, his attorney said Monday."My client is innocent of the first-degree murder charges," Ellensburg attorney James Kirkham said.
Date: 05/23/2016 | Local News
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Authorities have identified the fourth individual who is accused of walking onto a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.
WASHINGTON — Sexual misconduct remains a destructive force in the armed forces and military communities, a U.S. senator said Monday in a new report that urges Congress to take more aggressive steps to end sex crimes in the ranks.
EVERETT — A man was seriously injured Sunday after confronting a stranger about dumping trash in a parking lot on Evergreen Way in Everett. Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who may be associated with the assault, Everett police Sgt. Maryjane Hacker said Monday.
Date: 05/23/2016 | Local News
NEW YORK— Bank of America Corp. was not liable for fraud and subject to a penalty of over $1.2 billion for its actions before the economy collapsed in 2008 despite a jury’s finding to the contrary, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
Date: 05/23/2016 | Business Wire
LOS ANGELES — A murder trial began Monday for an actor who played a police officer on TV and is accused of shooting and killing his wife while their young children looked on two years ago in their Los Angeles home.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A minimum-security prisoner who escaped from a halfway house in Alaska came back three hours later, but it wasn’t to turn himself in.State Troopers say 20-year-old Joshua Yaska returned with an SUV and tried to help other inmates flee the facility in Fairbanks.
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has struggled with her party’s liberal base during the primary season, as Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters insist she’s too cozy with Wall Street, resent her 2002 vote to invade Iraq, and criticize the overlap between her family...
HOUSTON — Bringing Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to American soil could take years, but once the process starts, it will probably be lightning quick and as scripted as it has been for other extradited drug lords, terrorists and fugitives.
PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby is due in court Tuesday so a judge can decide whether there's enough evidence to send 12-year-old sex-assault accusations to trial in suburban Philadelphia.Prosecutors this past year reopened Andrea Constand's complaint that Cosby drugged and...
Los Angeles TimesFirst came the injury — and then the insult.After a man was beaten by a mob of teenagers in San Francisco, left sprawled unconscious on the ground, police said two bystanders walked up to him and stole his wallet and other belongings.
SPOKANE — A federal judge has sentenced Timothy Suckow to 30 years in prison for the assassination of a Spokane businessman in a case that has ties to the North Dakota oil patch.
BALTIMORE — A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man’s death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van.
SEATTLE — Seattle police say a Metro bus driver was stabbed multiple times Sunday night in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. A man has been arrested in connection with the attack. The Seattle Fire Department says the bus driver is in the hospital in serious condition.
In a nation with more than 30,000 annual deaths from gunfire, and more than 70,000 injuries, promoting the safe storage and handling of guns is an obvious task for public health professionals. At least, it should be.As a paper published online last week at the Annals of...
Date: 05/23/2016 | Commentary
STANWOOD — One man was taken to a local hospital after he was shot at a Stanwood area park-and-ride lot Sunday night.The shooting was reported around 7:30 p.m. in the lot just west of I-5 and south of Highway 532.Yellow crime scene tape was used to cordon...
SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish man was behind bars Friday after an alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend the day before.
The Oak Harbor police chief has resigned after the mayor conducted an investigation into problems at the department, interviewed 33 current and former members of the force and concluded that it is “broken.”
EVERETT — The Everett Police Department has become the second metropolitan law enforcement agency in the state to require its officers to complete 40 hours of crisis intervention training.The specialized training is meant to help police officers recognize the signs and...
The cost of dog-bite claims for U.S. insurers climbed 16 percent last year on higher medical expenses and larger settlements to resolve court disputes.The average claim increased to $37,214 in 2015 from $32,072 a year earlier, according to the Insurance Information...
Date: 05/22/2016 | Business
EVERETT — An Everett woman was hired to help developmentally disabled adults pay their bills and buy groceries so they could stay in their homes.Prosecutors allege that the woman bilked at least three clients out of nearly $9,000 and left two without electricity.
Date: 05/21/2016 | Local News
BOSTON — Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday.
Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World
Lynnwood's answer for repairing city streets might actually be simple.Anyone who has driven in Lynnwood understands that the city streets are in very bad condition. Compounding the problem: There is no dedicated funding source to finance the needed repairs. The...
Date: 05/21/2016 | Commentary
BOTHELL — The Northshore School District says classes will resume Monday at Bothell High School, with an increased police presence on campus.A high school wood shop teacher was attacked Thursday after school. The teacher, 63, was treated and released from...
EVERETT — Detectives investigating an apparent double murder near Oso won’t need to step away from their work and begin assembling case records for release to a couple of anonymous requesters — at least for now.
NORMAN, Okla. — An Oklahoma judge on Friday put off deciding whether to accept a man’s request to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker, as a death sentence would still be possible.
ATLANTA — Body camera video shows Georgia sheriff’s deputies using stun guns multiple times on a handcuffed man in the back of a vehicle who died shortly after the struggle on an interstate highway.
BELLINGHAM — Authorities say a man from Nanaimo, British Columbia, tried to bribe his way out of trouble at the U.S. border with Canada. Charges say the man was caught crossing the border with marijuana and shotgun shells.
Date: 05/20/2016 | Northwest
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Date: 05/20/2016 | Northwest
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democrats in the California Senate approved a wide-ranging series of gun control bills Thursday, reviving an effort to significantly tighten California’s already strict gun laws in the wake of last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino.
SEATTLE — A Washington state police officer who has repeatedly been accused of using excessive force has now been indicted on a federal criminal charge that he pepper-sprayed a person who was under arrest and restrained in a hospital gurney.
WHITE CENTER — A 17-year-old boy is recovering after he was shot in the chest outside a White Center mini-mart.
SNOHOMISH — A man spent seven hours perched in a tree here Thursday in an unsuccessful attempt at avoiding arrest.The man, 35, was wanted in connection with an apparent domestic violence incident.
Associated PressMOUNT VERNON — Authorities say a man in jail on child molestation charges tried to arrange for another inmate to kill his alleged victim.
The mother of a student who was sexually assaulted by a former Federal Way High School girls basketball coach is suing the school district.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The owner of a Colorado movie theater could not have prevented a 2012 shooting that killed 12 people, a jury decided Thursday after victims argued that lax security allowed for the attack.
Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World
SPOKANE — The Spokane County Jail has entered into a $2.6 million contract with an Alabama-based company that specializes in medical treatment for inmates as the jail has struggled with recruiting medical staff.
Date: 05/19/2016 | Business Wire
UPDATE: He had been found safe as of 1 p.m.
EVERETT — Detectives believe an apartment fire south of Everett Wednesday was intentionally set by a woman who was in one of the units with her 11-year-old daughter.The suspect, 56, allegedly admitted to using matches to set multiple...
EVERETT — Roy T. Blair strapped a sleeping bag to the back of his motorcycle, borrowed $20 from his brother and hit the open road in 1988. He never picked up his last paycheck, and after a month with no word from her son, his mom went to police to report the...
Bellevue Police are investigating two hate crimes in which a man threw a sign at Black Lives Matter advocates that read “I hate n******” and “black lives aren’t worth s***” and a church’s Black Lives Matter sign was slashed.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Washington state man accused of trying to kill a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper wants statements he made to investigators barred from trial.
TACOMA, Wash. — A Tacoma woman is being jailed on $500,000 bail for allegations that she shot her ex-husband after confronting him and his girlfriend.
EVERETT — Heath Mitchell dodged a bullet Wednesday.
TULALIP — Authorities are examining a skull found on the Tulalip Indian Reservation earlier this week."Further tests are required to determine whether the skull is, in fact, human," Tulalip Tribes Police Chief Carlos Echevarria said in a written statement...