crime

SPU Shootings
9:45 am
Wed June 11, 2014

SPU Shooter Charged With First-Degree Murder

SPU students pray and comfort each other after last Thursday's campus shootings.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The man held in the shootings at Seattle Pacific University could go to prison for life.

Aaron Ybarra was charged in Superior Court on Tuesday with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault for the shootings last Thursday. If convicted as charged, he could face up to 86 years in prison.

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Crime Data
3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Criminologist Says Murder Is Down, 'Only Thing Up Is Fear And Publicity'

Flowers are placed near a Seattle Pacific University sign following a shooting on campus last Thursday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Marcie Sillman talks with Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox about crime data and why we are so quick to search for a trend in the midst of tragedy.

Trauma Coverage
2:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

How The Media Can Help Prevent Mass Shootings

Flickr Photo/Travis S.

Forensic psychologist Dr. Park Dietz worries the media has encouraged copycats of mass shootings. Recently, there have been two college shootings in as many weeks.

“The longer we continue the coverage, the more colorful, emotionally-arousing and biographical about the shooter that coverage is, the more imitators we’ll attract,” Dietz told KUOW’s Marcie Sillman on The Record. Sillman spoke with Dietz on Friday, the day after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University left one dead and three wounded.

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Gun Control
3:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Washington Voters To Decide On Dueling Gun Initiatives This November

Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about competing gun ballot initiatives in Washington in light of the recent Seattle Pacific University shooting.

Prison Reform
8:23 am
Mon June 9, 2014

As Washington Prisons Crowd, Could Some 'Lifers' Get A Second Look?

In 2009, three-strikes offender Stevan Dozier was granted clemency. He stands in front of a mural at King County Juvenile Court that reads “never lose hope.”

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 3:51 pm

Stevan Dozier's crimes were violent purse snatchings. The final time, he hit his 69-year old victim in the face, knocked her to the ground and stole her wallet. As a result, Dozier was one of the first to be sentenced under the voter-approved "three strikes" law back in 1994.

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Crisis Response
2:19 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

What Is The Best Action In The Face Of A Shooter?

Marcie Sillman talks to Greg Crane, president and founder of ALICE: Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate. He explains what he believes are the best practices are for responding to an active shooting situation.

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Journalism
12:07 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Why KUOW Didn’t (Initially) Name The SPU Shooter

In journalism school, student reporters learn to never, ever, ever name suspects until they have been charged in court.

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Shooting
8:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Shell Casings On The Carpet: Students Describe SPU Shooting Scene

As the sun set on Thursday evening, students from Seattle Pacific University gathered outside. The church service they had wanted to attend following a shooting on their campus was too packed to accommodate them.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph describes the scene of the SPU shooting Thursday, including first hand accounts from students in Otto Miller Hall.

KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy reports from the SPU campus following a shooting Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, Daniel Martin received the text that every university president dreads: His campus was on lockdown. There was a gunman.

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Shooting
4:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Students Tackle Gunman In Fatal Seattle Pacific University Shooting

Jillian Smith, a 20-year-old student at Seattle Pacific University, took this photo as she ran out of the Otto Miller building. As she ran out, police rushed in.
Credit Courtesy Jillian Smith

Updated 9:20 p.m. PT:

One person was killed and three others were wounded on Thursday afternoon when a lone suspect entered a classroom building at Seattle Pacific University and opened fire with a shotgun, according to police officials.

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Public Policy
8:17 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Despite Law, Rape Victims Sometimes Pay For Medical Services

The effects of a sexual assault can be long-lasting, but the medical bills aren't supposed to be.

Yet a study published recently finds that despite federal efforts to lift that burden from rape victims, a hodgepodge of state rules mean some victims may still be charged for medical services related to rape, including prevention and treatment of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

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Law Enforcement
2:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Justice Department Renews Focus On Homegrown Terrorists

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:42 am

The U.S. has devoted billions of dollars to fighting terrorism overseas in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Justice Department is increasingly warning about the danger posed by radicals on American soil, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants prosecutors and FBI agents to devote more attention to the threat.

Nearly two decades ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, the Justice Department launched a group to fight domestic terrorism.

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#YesAllWomen
8:14 am
Mon June 2, 2014

A Six-Second Scream For All Women In Seattle

Katie Kuffel, right, debated whether to tell her story at a rally on Friday opposing violence against women. The rally stemmed from the May 23 shootings in Santa Barbara the week before. Kuffel's partner, Gerri DeSouza, joined her in a six-second scream.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Katie Kuffel was losing her nerve.

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Crime & Courts
8:13 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Fighting Public Welfare Fraud In Washington Keeps State Investigators Busy

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 4:38 pm

Fraud investigators in Washington state say they expect to announce a major case of public welfare theft next month.

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The 'Thrill And Addiction' Of Seattle Graffiti Artists

Grafitti artist Skeeze at work.
Courtesy of Skeez

Seattle’s art scene spreads from music to visuals, from studio to street. Two artists that go by the names of Baso Fibonacci and Skeez are living in the shadows of the misunderstood graffiti and street art world. 

“It’s so much of a thrill and an addiction,” Skeez said. “Even back in high school I’d be running around tagging up the hallways and bathrooms at school because it was my human nature to have to do it.”

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Economics And Crime
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Can The Promise Of Opportunity Reduce Crime?

Credit Robert Crutchfield's book "Get a Job."

Steve Scher talks to UW Sociology professor Robert Crutchfield about the research in his new book ,"Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, And Crime."

One argument for raising the minimum wage is that better pay will tie a person to the work in a positive way. More pay could give a worker hope that they will be able to  build a better life for themselves and their family. Research shows that  kids will pick up on that hope and be less likely to commit crimes. 

Crutchfield  has worked as a parole agent and a juvenile probation officer. His research focuses on the connections between labor markets, economic opportunity and crime. Basically, he says, a good job reduces crime. 

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