Two arrested in August killing of Kent man

Herald staff

RENTON — King County sheriff’s detectives have arrested two men for investigation of homicide in the August death of 21-year-old Kent resident Daniel Dabalos.

The two 20-year-old men live in an unincorporated area of King County near here. One was arrested at his home Wednesday evening. The other was arrested early Thursday at another residence.

Both were booked into the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Investigators released few details Thursday, saying a motive in the killing will not be released until the prosecutor’s office charges the men.

Dabalos’ body was found Aug. 17 on SE Pipeline Road east of Renton.

  • Protesters decry Mideast strife: About 100 people peacefully demonstrated Thursday in front of the Federal Building to protest violence in the Mideast. The Seattle protest was among dozens around the world inspired by days of clashes in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank that have left scores dead and more than 1,800 wounded, most of them Palestinians. The violence erupted last Thursday after a visit to Jerusalem’s sacred Temple Mount and Al Aqsa mosque compound by right-wing Israeli politician Ariel Sharon. Control over the site, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, has been the most contentious issue in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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  • Siblings expelled for false report: An 11-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother have been expelled from school for falsely reporting an abduction attempt. Seattle police said the two children made up a story that a man tried to grab them Wednesday while they were at a bus stop at 19th and Dearborn.

  • More fighter planes for museum: The Museum of Flight is negotiating to buy a collection of 29 historic fighter planes. The Champlin collection is now housed in Mesa, Ariz. The planes were collected over three decades by Doug Champlin, who looked for a buyer who would keep the collection together. The additional planes would bring to 140 the number of aircraft at the museum near Boeing Field. The museum is planning an expansion in the next three years that will double its size.

  • Couple OK after dip into Sound: An elderly couple who inadvertently drove their car through a guard rail and down a rocky slope to Puget Sound were rescued safely Thursday, a police spokesman said. The front end of the car reached the water but most of the vehicle remained on the rocks. The accident took place near the dock at the Point Defiance ferry terminal. Passersby helped pull the couple from the car. The 73-year-old driver and his 83-year-old wife were not seriously injured, Tacoma police spokesman Jim Mattheis said. The Point Defiance-Tahlequah ferry to Vashon Island was delayed briefly, Washington state ferry spokeswoman Liz Hoffman said.

  • Burned kitten dies: A kitten that was doused with diesel fuel and set afire has died after struggling for two weeks to recover from her burns. Purr Purr died in her sleep on Tuesday in her caretaker’s lap. The stray kitten was burned near a church outside Gervais on Sept. 11. Apparently she jumped into a tiny pool of water after she was set aflame but more than half her fur was singed. Marion County sheriff’s deputies are investigating. Donations and letters poured into the veterinary clinic from as far away as New York after a newspaper story about the 12-week-old kitten was picked up by local TV stations and then CNN. The money more than paid for expenses, and the extra was used to set up a fund to care for stray animals, officials said. Dr. Arthur Mills, a veterinarian at the Woodburn clinic, said Purr Purr probably was too young and fragile to make a full recovery. "It’s possible she just got very exhausted," Mills said. "It was just too much for her little system."
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