Volunteer brings felines to inmates, who help tame them
Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — Washington state health officials are appealing a federal court order to pay $1.3 million in attorney’s fees to lawyers of mentally ill defendants who sued the state for warehousing them in jails.
Date: 07/22/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A federal judge has sentenced two men to three years in prison for allowing another man to manufacture hash oil in their Bellevue apartment in 2013.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest
KELSO — The Cowlitz County sheriff’s office is investigating after a 55-year-old Longview man died at the Cowlitz County Jail.Authorities said there aren’t signs of foul play and it’s not clear yet how he died.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest
When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up.Such a greeting of the nation's first black president would...
Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists
President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted,...
Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists
EPHRATA — A Grant County corrections spokesman says a 50-year-old Moses Lake man has been found dead in his cell at the Grant County Jail in Ephrata.
Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — A Spokane County sheriff’s spokesman says a female inmate has died in the Spokane County Jail.
Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest
On April 20, Keaton Farris was arrested for failing to appear at a hearing for passing a bad check. He had no previous record. At the time of his arrest he told a Lynnwood police officer: "I'm off my meds and I'm pretty anxious right now but your badge is calming me...
Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell.
Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — President Obama will visit a federal prison in Oklahoma, White House officials said Friday, as part of his intensified push to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system.The Thursday trip will be "the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to a...
Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World
SPOKANE VALLEY — The Spokane County sheriff’s office says deputies in Spokane Valley are searching for a work-crew inmate who stole a county truck Tuesday morning.
TACOMA — An inmate at the Pierce County Jail was found dead in her bunk a day after she was booked into the jail.The Tacoma News Tribune reported that authorities say 47-year-old Winona Taraya, of Ocean Park, was found dead about 8:30 a.m.
YAKIMA — Yakima County is getting ready to allow certain people arrested for low-level, non-violent crimes to be released from jail while they await trial.
MALONE, N.Y. — With his escape partner killed, the surviving convicted murderer who pulled off an elaborate breakout from a maximum-security prison three weeks ago could have a tougher time eluding the army of searchers scouring miles of thick woods in far northern New York, police said...
Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World
WALLA WALLA — A Washington state Corrections Department spokesman says a fight involving multiple inmates at the state penitentiary outside Walla Walla has injured three offenders.
Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Corrections says two female inmates tried to escape Monday.Spokeswoman Elizabeth Craig says 47-year-old Christina Davidson and 31-year-old Nichole Whitaker ran away from their prison jobs at the agency’s main warehouse for food and supplies in Salem.
Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest
VANCOUVER — A spokeswoman for Washington’s Larch Corrections Center says two minimum security inmates have escaped from a work crew in southwest Washington.
Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest
DANNEMORA, N.Y. — The two killers who cut their way out of a maximum-security prison apparently used tools routinely stored there by contractors, taking care to return them to their toolboxes after each night’s work so that no one would notice, a prosecutor said Sunday.
Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World
Julius Caesar lay dead. The senators who took his life stood dumbstruck, faced with the foul deed they had done, and then fled in a panic. Mark Antony stared at the corpse in horror and then raged, "Cry ‘Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war." He picked up Caesar's...
Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists
DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Residents in rural New York, unaccustomed to locking their doors, day or night, were on edge Saturday as the massive manhunt for two killers stretched over an eighth day and the two men remained undetected after cutting themselves out of a maximum-security prison...
Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World
BEND, Ore. — Four deputies have been disciplined as Oregon’s justice department investigates the death of an inmate who overdosed while in the Deschutes County jail.
Date: 06/12/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has sentenced a 31-year-old King County man to seven years in prison for his involvement in eight bank robberies in Western Washington.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest
DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Two murderers who used power tools to escape from prison must have taken days to cut through steel walls and pipes and break through the bricks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as a $100,000 reward was posted for information leading to their capture.
Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — A Washington state board has denied parole to a man convicted of killing a Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy in 1978.The Kitsap Sun reported that the recent decision by the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board came in the case of Nedley G. Norman Jr.
Date: 06/02/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — The Washington Department of Corrections has signed a contract with a prison company to allow up to 1,000 of the state’s inmates to be housed in rural Michigan.
Date: 06/01/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — A 45-year-old woman who used a prison pen pal program to steal identities and file fraudulent tax returns has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.A federal judge sentenced Shannon Henderson, of Tacoma, for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on Friday.
Date: 05/30/2015 | Northwest
BELLINGHAM — Investigators in Bellingham say a Whatcom County Jail inmate has killed himself with a shaving razor.The Bellingham Herald reported that 50-year-old Timothy Blair Drafs of Bellingham was being held in a single cell.
Date: 05/29/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — The Legislature has responded to a federal judge’s order to cut wait times for crime suspects’ mental-health services to seven days or less.
Date: 05/29/2015 | Northwest
TECUMSEH, Neb. — A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska’s death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison, officials said Monday.
Date: 05/25/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — The Florida postal worker who landed a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol last month was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Washington on six felony and misdemeanor charges punishable by up to 9 1/2 years in prison, prosecutors announced.
Date: 05/20/2015 | Nation & World
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says a jailed vigilante leader should be transferred to another prison and allowed to see relatives who live in the United States.
Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest
MONROE — Detectives believe a prisoner serving time for manslaughter has killed again.An inmate in the Special Offenders Unit at the Monroe Correctional Center allegedly hit, kicked and stomped on a fellow prisoner May 9. Inmate Gordon Powell, 45, suffered head...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News
CALDWELL, Idaho — A southwest Idaho woman freed from prison after serving 12 years of a life sentence for an attack she says she didn’t take part in has been arrested.
Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — An inmate died in the Spokane County jail Wednesday morning shortly after he was arrested by Spokane police for violating a domestic violence order.
Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — An east Snohomish County man is headed to prison next month for shooting at an acquaintance in 2013.Paul C. Hackney, 72, was sentenced last week to a year and a half behind bars. He already spent eight months on electronic home monitoring.
Date: 05/12/2015 | Local News
PHOENIX — A female guard was sexually assaulted by a male inmate at an Arizona prison in the second such attack on an employee in the last 18 months, corrections officials said.
Date: 05/09/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — King County corrections officials say a 31-year-old inmate at the county jail in downtown Seattle died after having an apparent seizure.Capt. Troy Bacon said Tuesday that jail and medical staff tried to help the inmate late Monday afternoon. He was taken to...
Date: 05/05/2015 | Northwest
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. — Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press — from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago.But within the walls of this all-male complex,...
Date: 04/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists
MONROE — So much is familiar; so much is different.The granite steps leading up to the front door of the century-old Washington State Reformatory are still steep. The tall columns still look imposing.Mike Obenland, 51, climbed the steps and...
Date: 04/25/2015 | Local News
Ex-optometrist John Patrick O’Brien to serve more than 7 years
Date: 04/22/2015 | Local News
SPOKANE — A Spokane County jury has award $8 million to the family of an inmate who died at the Airway Heights Corrections Center after a diabetic episode.
Date: 04/18/2015 | Northwest
Beset by claims of barbarism after a gruesome botched execution last year and fearful that a U.S. Supreme Court decision could ban its execution drug of choice, Oklahoma would be the first state in the nation to execute inmates with nitrogen gas under a bill sent Thursday to the governor.
Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — A woman who gave birth in the Snohomish County Jail in 2013 has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court.
Date: 04/09/2015 | Local News
TACOMA — Officials with the Department of Corrections plan to make changes to a pilot program at two Eastern Washington corrections centers designed to improve security by changing inmate behavior.
Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Saying the state of Washington is violating the constitutional rights of some of its most vulnerable citizens, a federal judge on Thursday issued a permanent injunction requiring the state to provide mentally ill people with competency evaluations and treatment within...
Date: 04/02/2015 | Northwest
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex change surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.
Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World
FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Marshals have caught a fugitive federal prisoner and a corrections officer they say helped him escape a North Dakota jail.The U.S. Marshals Service says Wesley Brown III, 35, and Rachel Chepulis, 26, were captured Wednesday by authorities in North Bend, Oregon.
Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest
VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Clark County sheriff’s office says an inmate found unresponsive late Monday afternoon in his Vancouver jail cell apparently killed himself.Corrections deputies, medical staff and Vancouver Fire Department responders tried unsuccessfully to revive the man.
Date: 03/31/2015 | Northwest
PORT ORCHARD — A Kitsap Superior Court jury on Friday convicted a jail inmate of first-degree burglary and unlawful imprisonment for escaping his cell and attacking a fellow inmate.
Date: 03/28/2015 | Northwest
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco's public defender released findings Thursday of an investigation that indicates four sheriff's deputies are staging brutal inmate fights at the county jail and betting on them.Jeff Adachi, who detailed the findings of the investigation at...
Date: 03/27/2015 | Nation & World
CHICAGO — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left an Alabama federal prison early Thursday bound for a halfway house, where he begins his transition back into society two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.
Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted.
Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World
MONROE — An incident in the mail room of the Monroe Correctional Complex on Tuesday prompted a county hazardous materials response.
Date: 03/24/2015 | Sirens
PORTLAND, Ore. — Routine computer maintenance caused a major technical glitch that sent out thousands of false reports, saying prison inmates had been released, according to Oregon officials.
Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest
HILLSBORO, Ore. — A judge has sentenced a former Oregon jail worker to four years in prison for having sex with an inmate in a supply closet.The liaisons happened 13 times last year, a Washington County prosecutor said Monday.
Date: 03/16/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A federal judge has deemed unconstitutional Washington’s practice of holding mentally ill people in jails while they await competency evaluations and treatment and during a trial that starts Monday, lawyers for mentally ill defendants and the state will try to find a remedy.
Date: 03/14/2015 | Local News
They are Snohomish County's most at-risk kids. They have been accused of — or are serving time for — shoplifting, drug use, assault, burglary, tagging or other criminal behavior. Or they have violated probation, or skipped class so often a school district has filed a truancy...
Date: 03/11/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — A Tacoma woman who used a prison pen pal program to gather the personal information of her targets has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft charges.
Date: 03/07/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — Pierce County authorities say a man died in the county jail’s booking area hours after officers say he appeared to ingest a white substance as he was being arrested.
Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest
The prison sentences of eight members of an Amish sect were reduced by a federal judge in Cleveland on Monday after hate crime convictions were thrown out against them in a case involving hair- and beard-cutting attacks on other Amish in Ohio.
Date: 03/03/2015 | Nation & World
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A military judge has lifted his restraining order and is again allowing female prison guards to touch an alleged war criminal while moving him between Guantanamo’s most clandestine prison and legal appointments.
Date: 03/01/2015 | Nation & World
PENDLETON, Ore. — Thinking about going to clockmaker school? You might have trouble getting in.
Date: 03/01/2015 | Northwest
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas — Officers regained control of a South Texas prison where inmates had set fires and caused significant damage after taking over part of the facility, according to the private contractor operating the prison.
Date: 02/22/2015 | Nation & World
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas — Negotiations are continuing with the leaders of about 2,000 inmates who have seized control of part of a federal prison in South Texas in what a sheriff calls an “uprising.”
Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World
PORTLAND, Ore. — The widow of a slain Oregon prison inmate has settled a federal lawsuit filed against former state Department of Corrections chief Max Williams and three other prison supervisors.
Date: 02/20/2015 | Northwest
PORT ANGELES — A Clallam County Superior Court jury has convicted a Washington state prison inmate of assaulting a corrections officer with a homemade knife.
Date: 02/14/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — The United States is at a crossroads on matters of race relations and law enforcement, presenting “hard truths” that the public and police must confront, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.
Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — Despite angry protesters who at times shouted at council members, the King County Council has approved a contract for the development of a new youth jail and courthouse in Seattle.
Date: 02/10/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — When Joel Reuter lived in Arizona and suffered from several psychotic episodes, his father said he was civilly committed, received treatment and got better. But when he moved to Washington and began threatening his friends and acting erratically, the law did not allow his detention. As a...
Date: 02/08/2015 | Northwest
BOISE, Idaho — A Boise man serving two consecutive life sentences for two 2007 murders is now facing charges of assaulting a prison guard.Ada County sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr says Todd Hagnas has been charged in connection with an Oct. 30 incident at a prison south of Boise.
Date: 01/31/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The King County prosecutor’s office says a 23-year-old man has been sentenced to nearly 70 years in prison for a shooting outside a Federal Way bar in 2012 that killed one man and wounded four other people.
Date: 01/28/2015 | Northwest
For almost a decade, the 15 detainees considered to be the most dangerous at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been locked in a special top-security facility, deprived of some of the privileges granted to other prisoners, such as communal living, live television and periodic...
Date: 01/25/2015 | Nation & World
SALEM, Mass. — A Massachusetts man dubbed a "one-man crime wave" by police has been sentenced to up to nine years in prison for using a dumbbell in three smash-and-grab burglaries at jewelry stores.
Date: 01/21/2015 | Off the Wire
SEATTLE — Every week, they slide books through the metal detectors — novels by Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen, copies of the U.S. Constitution, texts on sociology, psychology and comparative religion.
Date: 01/20/2015 | Northwest
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has named three finalists from a national search to lead the state’s embattled corrections department.
Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — State lawmakers from Pierce County have called for sex offenders treated and released from McNeil Island to be sent back to where they came from.
Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — A recent federal audit of the Snohomish County Jail gave staff high marks for their efforts to prevent sexual assaults and sexual harassment behind bars.It was the county's first audit under the
Date: 01/14/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A convicted murderer from Snohomish County with a history of mental illness is evading the authorities tasked with keeping an eye on him.A fugitive bulletin for Lowell Gene Lowe, 52, was issued this week by the state Department of Corrections office in Everett.
Date: 01/13/2015 | Local News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s female prison population has reached an all-time high.The Alaska Dispatch News reported 581 women were in state custody on Jan.5.
Date: 01/11/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for beating a King County corrections officer unconscious in January 2011.
Date: 01/09/2015 | Northwest
LAS VEGAS — A convicted pedophile’s complaint about Nevada prison food has the state Supreme Court ordering an accounting of what’s in unnamed sack lunches and “chef’s choice” dinners given to inmates, and whether the meals are healthful.
Date: 01/09/2015 | Nation & World
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A former Idaho state trooper has received a suspended sentence of three years in prison but has also been ordered to serve 120 days in the local jail and perform 600 hours of community service.
Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest
Officials investigating inmate death at Idaho prisonBOISE, Idaho — Authorities say they are examining the death of a 48-year-old inmate found hanging by his neck in a jail cell at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in southwest Idaho.
Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest
MONROE — The state Department of Corrections and Walla Walla police are investigating the death of an inmate from Monroe as an apparent suicide.
Date: 01/06/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — In 1990, at the height of a decade-long crime wave that swept the nation, 2,245 people were murdered in New York City. In 2014, police investigated just 328 homicides in the five boroughs — a precipitous drop of 85 percent that's being duplicated in major cities...
Date: 01/04/2015 | Nation & World
PORT ORCHARD — The Kitsap County sheriff’s office says it appears that a 35-year-old county jail inmate found dead in his cell committed suicide.
Date: 01/02/2015 | Northwest
The number of Americans under supervision of state adult correctional systems has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, the federal government said Tuesday, while the number of people serving time in federal prison fell for the first time in more than three decades.The...
Date: 01/01/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — A 400-inmate jail built in Tumwater at a cost of $48 million to relieve the overcrowded Thurston County Jail has sat empty since it was finished four years ago.
Date: 12/29/2014 | Northwest
MONROE — As a young man, John Burkholder was a champion wrestler and bodybuilder.His athletic career culminated in his being named Mr. USA and Mr. North America before he retired from competition in the early 1980s and became a teacher.He attributes his...
Date: 12/27/2014 | Local News
SEATTLE — Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services said it complied with a Friday deadline set by the state Supreme Court to stop “warehousing” mentally ill people in emergency rooms and hospitals just because certified treatment facilities are already full.
Date: 12/26/2014 | Northwest
YACOLT, Wash. — At first glance, it seemed to be a typical Christmas party. A decorated tree in a corner and paper snowflakes hanging in the windows added a festive touch. Children painted pictures of snowmen and decorated sugar cookies. Wearing Santa hats, band members tuned their instruments and...
Date: 12/15/2014 | Northwest
RICHLAND — The Benton County jail is joining a growing number of corrections facilities in the state and beyond in helping some uninsured, soon-to-be released inmates apply for Medicaid coverage.
Date: 12/14/2014 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Washington state, under scrutiny for holding mentally ill people in jails instead of providing timely competency evaluations and treatment, is fighting efforts to have a federal judge rule quickly in favor of the defendants.
Date: 12/08/2014 | Local News
The U.S. military dropped off six long-ago cleared Guantanamo captives in Uruguay on Sunday — culminating a complex, on-again, off-again year-long deal to resettle the men in the nation of President Jose Mujica, himself a long-held political prisoner.
Date: 12/07/2014 | Nation & World
PASCO — Franklin County prosecutors agree with a medical examiner who determined the death of a man in the county jail at Pasco last July was caused by seizures due to alcohol and drug abuse.Prosecutors released their findings Thursday in the death of Mitchell Campbell, 26, of Richland.
Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest
BALTIMORE — The leader of a violent gang that controlled life inside one of America’s most notorious jails testified that he directed guards motivated by sex and money to smuggle in drugs and cellphones and facilitate attacks on inmates who challenged his authority.
Date: 12/04/2014 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — The state Department of Corrections says officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a 43-year-old inmate at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.
Date: 11/26/2014 | Northwest
ST. LOUIS — The owner of an Everett manufacturing company has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to The Boeing Company.
Date: 11/21/2014 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — A man who has been in prison for nearly two decades walked out of an Olympia courtroom as a free man Thursday, two years after his supposed victim recanted allegations that he molested her.
Date: 11/20/2014 | Northwest