crime

Death Penalty Decision
9:12 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Bales Defense Team Calls Army's Decision 'Disappointing'

High Desert Warrior

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:01 pm

The top forces commander at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord has decided to seek the death penalty against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the 39-year old soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year.

Bales is accused of conducting two predawn raids on villages in southern Afghanistan. The victims were mostly women and children and the Army says some of the bodies were burned. Prosecutors had asked for a death penalty trial and top commanders at Lewis-McChord agreed.

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Death Penalty
11:51 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Army Orders Sgt. Bales To Capital Court Martial

High Desert Warrior

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 3:56 pm

The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will face a general court-martial on 16 counts of premeditated murder and other charges. If convicted, the maximum penalty is death. The decision follows a pretrial hearing last month.

An attorney for  Bales says she's "disappointed" by the Army's decision to seek the death penalty against the Washington-based soldier accused of massacring Afghan villagers in March.

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School District Embezzlement Case
3:33 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

33 New Charges For Former Seattle Schools Manager Silas Potter

Silas Potter and his attorney Seth Conant in King County Superior Court Friday.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Former Seattle Public Schools manager Silas Potter faces 33 new felony theft charges for allegedly embezzling more than a quarter of a million dollars from the district.

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Law
3:58 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Long Sought Eco-Sabotage Suspect Surrenders

FBI

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 3:21 pm


A decade on the lam has ended for a suspect in a string of eco-sabotage attacks across the American West.  Alleged Earth Liberation Front fugitive Rebecca J. Rubin turned herself in at the Canadian border Thursday morning. 


Later in the day, she showed little emotion during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Outside the federal courthouse, defense attorney Richard Troberman explained why Rubin surrendered.  "She really wants to move her life forward without these impediments. It was just time," said Troberman.

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Sheriff's Office
6:59 am
Wed November 28, 2012

John Urquhart Sworn In Today As New King County Sheriff

King County Sheriff John Urquhart
KUOW/Deborah Wang

There’s a new sheriff in town, at least in King County: John Urquhart will officially take over as King County Sheriff today.

Urquhart was the long-time spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, and he was well known for his colorful press releases, with titles like: “Two Men Arrested After Dragging Cow With Car.”

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Remembrance
9:17 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Three Years Later, Former Officer Recalls Lakewood Shootings

The Lakewood Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial, which honors the victims of the November 29, 2009 Lakewood police officer shooting. Photo by Marques Hunter via Wikipedia

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:04 am

Three years ago this Thanksgiving weekend, an Arkansas parolee named Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop. Chris Sorrells was one of the first officers at the scene. In the years since, his life has changed dramatically.

Chris Sorrells is probably alive today because of a twist of fate. He says he would have been at coffee that morning with his fellow officers. But his wife had gotten up early with him and made coffee at home – something she didn’t normally do.

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Fraud
5:23 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Elusive Evergreen State Professor Found In Chile

Former Evergreen State College professor Jorge Gilbert. Photo from Openlibrary.org

Washington state is heading south in its quest to recover the largest ethics fine in state history. As KUOW reported this spring, a former Evergreen State College professor has evaded efforts to collect the $120,000 fine against him.

But the state hasn't given up just because Jorge Gilbert has moved to South America.

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