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UPDATE: Rifle Recovered at the Scene of the #CascadeMallshooting, Suspect Still At large 

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UPDATE 8:32 a.m. (PT): Authorities say they have recovered a rifle at the scene of the Cascade Mall shooting. The suspect is still at large, and a manhunt is underway. At this time, police do not have a name or positive identification on the suspect. Early descriptions based on witness accounts described the suspect as “Hispanic”; however, the race of the suspected gunman has not been confirmed by authorities.

Police say the suspect appeared to enter the mall without a weapon, and walked into a Macy’s approximately ten minutes later with a rifle. There, the suspect fired multiple times and killed four women at the scene (one man died of his injuries at Harborview Medical Center). Read the rest of this entry »

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True Crime Writer Ann Rule Dies

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Rule, who went to work briefly at the Seattle Police Department when she was 21, began writing for magazines like ‘True Detective‘ in 1969. She has published more than 1,400 articles, mostly on criminal cases.

True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 84.

Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, said Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Rule’s daughter, Leslie
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“Rest in peace to our beloved true crime author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule.”

— Rule’s publisher, Simon & Schuster

Rule passed peacefully and was able to see all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren before she died.

Rule’s first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” profiled Bundy, whom Ann Rule got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline.

“A lot of writers in her genre focused on the predators. That’s what made her special. She had a great empathy for the victims.”

— Rule’s daughter Leslie

“Rest in peace to our beloved true crime author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule,” Rule’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, Tweeted.

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Rule, who went to work briefly at the Seattle Police Department when she was 21, began writing for magazines like “True Detective” in 1969. A biography on her author website says she has published more than 1,400 articles, mostly on criminal cases.

[Read the full story here, at King5.com]

Rule has written more than 30 best-selling true crime novels, chronicling some of the most heinous murders. Read the rest of this entry »


#Seattle Police: No Charges for Man Stuck in Basketball Hoop on May Day

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SEATTLE — Seattle police say they aren’t pursuing charges against a shirtless man with a hammer who managed to get himself stuck in a basketball hoop.

Officer Drew Fowler said Monday the man was not booked into jail but sent to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The man climbed onto the hoop at Cal Anderson Park during May Day demonstrations Friday, though Fowler says it’s not clear if his actions were related to the protests.

Video showed him hanging upside down from the rim, sometimes by just one foot, as he waved the hammer around. It took several officers to get him down, helped by a firefighter who climbed a ladder to cut the net.

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The Battle of Seattle & The Silence of Bambi

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Obama Mute After May Day Riot Re-Ruins Seattle

Unlike Baltimore, Seattle is not governed entirely by members of the president’s Democratic party. One Seattle city council member belongs to the Socialist Alternative party

Tim Cavanaugh writes: The morning after hipster rioters turned a May Day demonstration into a replay of the 1999 Battle in Seattle, President Obama boarded Marine One and departed for an overnight retreat without commenting on unrest in U.S. cities that has spread to the Pacific coast.

“We’ve seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals — primarily African-American and often poor — in ways that raise troubling questions.”

— President Obama, last Tuesday

The president stopped to fist bump with the child of an Associated Press staffer on a sunny Saturday before choppering out of the capital. But he made no comment on the Friday night rioting in Seattle, Wash.

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“But he provided no such context for Friday’s confrontation between Seattle police and a crowd of largely white anarcho-syndicalists.”

Seattle rioters threw bottles and bricks at police; smashed and tagged property; and attacked reporters and other civilians in unrest that left three officers injured. Police Chief Chris Fowler declared Friday evening that the situation had “turned into a riot.”

“Obama beguiled readers of his exquisitely wrought memoir Dreams From My Father with tales of his youthful friendships among Marxist poets and punk rockers….”

Obama’s silence on the mayhem in one of North America’s most progressive cities contrasted with his loquacity earlier in the week, when the president as well as his staff spoke at length after Baltimore erupted in destructive but non-lethal rioting.

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“But the president has been less eager to attach himself publicly to historic economic-justice movements, or to their extensive legacies of violence.”

“We’ve seen too many instances,” the president announced Tuesday, “of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals — primarily African-American and often poor — in ways that raise troubling questions.”

“He is presently lobbying Congress for a bill that would give more power to the executive branch in order to conclude a Pacific Rim trade treaty — an agreement strongly opposed by his own party’s left wing.”

But he provided no such context for Friday’s confrontation between Seattle police and a crowd of largely white anarcho-syndicalists. White House pool reporters did not ask the president about the violence in the Emerald City, and the White House has not issued a statement. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Protestors Clash with SPD at May Day

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May Day: 3 officers hurt as rioters march through Seattle

SEATTLE — Police say black-clad May Day marchers hurled wrenches and rocks at officers and hit police with sticks as a Friday evening march through Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood turned violent, injuring three officers — two seriously.

An anti-capitalist protester smokes marijuana as he takes part in a May Day demonstration, Friday, May 1, 2015 in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

An anti-capitalist protester smokes marijuana as he takes part in a May Day demonstration, Friday, May 1, 2015 in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Police responded with pepper spray, pepper balls and flash bang grenades. Officers said several dozen vehicles were damaged. Windows were broken in neighborhood businesses.

“The march quickly went violent. The officers made the appropriate decision to stop that march at that point.”

— Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said one officer had a dislocated shoulder, a second had a broken wrist, and a third had a burn injury to his leg and ankle. They’re recovering at Harborview Medical Center.

Anti-capitalist protesters take part in a May Day demonstration, Friday, May 1, 2015 in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Anti-capitalist protesters, Friday, May 1, 2015 in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

“Thankfully, they’re all conscious,” O’Toole said. “We talked to them. They’re in good spirits. Just happy the situation didn’t become more serious.”

The injuries occurred at 7:30 p.m. when officers issued a dispersal order to the group and attempted to clear the street at Broadway and Howell, Seattle police said.

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Protesters hurled bottles, rocks, bricks, wrenches, and other projectiles at police, who responded by utilizing pepper spray and pepper balls to break up the increasingly violent crowd, police said. They added protestors also began pushing barricades and trash cans into roadways, and raided a fenced construction site for items they later burned in the street.

Capt. Chris Fowler declared the evening event had “turned into a riot.”

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The protestors marched west to the cusp of I-5 near Pine Street, briefly forcing the closure of the northbound offramp to Olive Street. But several dozen police officers used their bicycles, flash bangs and pepper spray to push the protestors back up toward Capitol Hill and eventually hemmed them in at the Seattle Central College plaza where they began what was billed as an anti-capitalist march.

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“The march quickly went violent,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said. “The officers made the appropriate decision to stop that march at that point.”

The protest crowd dwindled by late Friday night.

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Rioters severely damaged one media SUV, bashing in its windows and tossing a smoke bomb inside.

In all, officials said 15 men and one woman were arrested for investigation of assault, obstruction, and failure to disperse. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] LUCKY STRIKE: Lightning Strikes Two Jets on Approach to Sea-Tac Airport

Mid-Air Scare When Lightning Strikes 2 Planes Over Seattle 

SEATTLE —  reports: Some of the people on their way into Seattle Wednesday evening got quite the hello from Mother Nature as lightning struck two different jets as they approached Sea-Tac Airport.

“We were flying in and out of clouds, sunshine then darkness, sunshine then darkness. I was looking out the window when I saw this bright flash and this streak of lightning hit the top-middle of the right wing near the engine.” 

University of Washington student Owen Craft was out in the University District trying to film lightning strikes as a thunderstorm moved through and caught the two massive bolts as they passed through the planes’ fuselage.

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“Airplanes themselves are prepared for this kind of stuff and have the mechanics to manage lightning strikes. We did not receive any reports of precautionary landing alerts from any pilots Wednesday night either.”

—  Sea-Tac Airport public relations manager Perry Cooper, to ABC News

“I was stunned for a second because I couldn’t believe what I just saw,” Craft said. “After the second (plane) got hit, I knew I was on to something spectacular!”

One of those planes was an Alaska Air Flight 515 inbound from Orange County while another was Alaska Air Flight 731 that was coming into Seattle from Houston. Kim Dodge was sitting in Row 9 on the right side of that plane when the bolt hit.

“I think it hit the wing because there was an immediate loud crack and the cabin was bright for that brief second. There was this loud gasp in the cabin after it happened. The people behind me were starting to worry if it was going to affect the landing. It didn’t.”

— Passenger Kim Dodge, who was sitting in Row 9

“We were flying in and out of clouds, sunshine then darkness, sunshine then darkness,” she said. “I was looking out the window when I saw this bright flash and this streak of lightning hit the top-middle of the right wing near the engine.”

She said it looked like the bolt exited right below the wing.

“Instantly a sound, a plane move and a flash of light; probably the worst turbulence you’ll ever feel for 2 solid seconds,” said Anthony Porter. “It got people pretty shook up.”

— Anthony Porter, on the Orange County flight that was also hit by lightning

“I think it hit the wing because there was an immediate loud crack and the cabin was bright for that brief second,” she said. “There was this loud gasp in the cabin after it happened. The people behind me were starting to worry if it was going to affect the landing. It didn’t.”

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“We landed safely,” Dodge said. “It was startling.”

Anthony Porter was on the Orange County flight that was also hit by lightning:

“Instantly a sound, a plane move and a flash of light; probably the worst turbulence you’ll ever feel for 2 solid seconds,” said Anthony Porter. “It got people pretty shook up.”

But Porter said aside from the moments surrounding the strike, the flight was totally normal.

“It was alarming, but it was so quick, people knew something happened, but no one knew what happened,” he said. “It was a direct hit and 5 seconds before and 5 seconds after — smooth sailing, there was no turbulence.” He said the plane landed without further incident.

While being struck by lightning would sound frightening to those on board, airplane lightning strikes are not that uncommon and the jets are built to withstand the jolt. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] ‘Hot Sauce With That?’ Seattle Cop Pepper-Sprays Bystander, Invites Lawsuit

SEATTLE — A Seattle school teacher is suing the city after being pepper-sprayed by a police officer as he walked by a police line during protests on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 19.

“It was an irrational action, and that’s why we’re here.” 

— Hagopian’s lawyer

The incident in the South Lake Union area was caught on camera. Police were blocking streets with their bicycles and shouting for protesters to get back.

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That’s when Jesse Hagopian says he was hit in the face with pepper spray as he was talking on the phone to his mother and walking by the police line.

“I yelled out, my mom was in distress as she heard me yell and couldn’t see me,” Hagopian said at a news conference Wednesday to announce his lawsuit against the city.

Hagopian’s lawyer, James Bible, said, “It was an irrational action, and that’s why we’re here.” He is suing the city of Seattle for $500,000 in damages. Read the rest of this entry »


SEATTLE: Pioneer Square Shooting Leaves Man Seriously Injured, Pedestrians on Edge

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One bullet actually struck a window at Smith Tower. Luckily nobody inside was hurt.

SEATTLE — There were some scary moments in downtown Seattle when police say a gunman opened fire at 2nd Avenue and Yesler Way.smith-tower-postcard

“They chased the man who they believe had shot our victim but they were unable to catch him or keep up with him. They lost him a few blocks away.”

— Detective Patrick Michaud

One man was shot and was rushed to Harborview with life-threatening injuries.

The shooting happened just prior to a meeting with city leaders who are working to tackle crime that has plagued Pioneer Square.

Police responded just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning; the shooting happened when the sidewalk was filled with people heading to work. Read the rest of this entry »


Social Injustice in Seattle: Woman Arrested For Performing Sex Acts With Lawn Chairs

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Police say an intoxicated woman engaged in intimate acts with a family’s lawn furniture

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – A Seattle woman was arrested after taking off her clothes and engaging in some rather lewd behavior with a family’s lawn furniture, reports KOMO-TV.

The woman urinated on the lawn before “quite purposefully exposing her genitalia, and then posterior, to the family inside the home.”

An “extremely intoxicated” 33-year-old woman wandered into a yard on Beacon Hill, says the police report. The family inside watched in horror as the woman “hiked up her dress and engaged in an intimate act with several lawn chairs.” (read more)

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$50,000 in Marijuana Stolen from Seattle Dispensary

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Someone cut a hole in the wall at a Georgetown medical-marijuana dispensary and made off with $50,000 worth of pot this morning, Seattle police said.

An evidence technician was able to recover fingerprints and other evidence from the scene as well as video from surveillance cameras in the area.

Officers were called to the dispensary in the 5000 block of East Marginal Way South at 6:50 a.m. and discovered a large hole had been cut into the side of the business, police said. Officers also found marijuana strewn around the dispensary…(read more)

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GLOBAL PANIC OF JULY 2014 STRIKES SEATTLE: Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike

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For Seattle Police Blotter reports: Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle.

Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzznow-panic-and-freak-out_i-g-61-6183-1f81100z the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as a white, quad-propeller unmanned aerial vehicle, equipped with a camera—glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.

Police found no signs of damage to the top of the Space Needle

Security staff pointed out the fifth floor hotel room where the drone had landed, and officers went and contacted a man inside. The man told police he’d just flown his drone past the Needle, but disputed he’d struck anything.

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BREAKING: At Least Three Shot at Seattle Pacific University, Suspect in Custody

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Reuters reports: At least three people were shot at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, and the suspect was in custody, Seattle police said on social media.

The Seattle Times newspaper put the number of wounded higher, at seven, none fatally, and said that police were evacuating Otto Miller Hall on campus, but a police spokesman at the scene confirmed only three victims.

Seattle police had initially said via twitter that four people were confirmed shot but later downgraded that to three, saying a SWAT team was searching the campus and that authorities were receiving conflicting information about the number of victims…(read more)

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Seattle May Day Mayhem as Riot Police Wrestle Anarchist Protesters

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Protesters add garbage, signs, and other fuel to a fire in the middle of an intersection during the anti-capitalist demonstration.

Sam Creighton reports: Hundreds of anarchists clashed with police on the streets of Seattle yesterday, during the annual May Day riots.

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The protestors marked International Workers’ Day by marching peacefully while carrying banners branded with slogans such as ‘Die Yuppie Scum’ and ‘Anti-Capitalism and Anti-State’. However, a violent minority caused trouble once the sun went down, waging running battles with police officers. Read the rest of this entry »


Note From Kurt Cobain’s Wallet Scorning Courtney Love Released by Seattle Police

Twenty years after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was discovered dead in his Seattle home, police have released a note found in his wallet that was kept private until now.

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The note, which was obtained by CBS, mocks the rock idol’s vows with his then-wife Courtney Love, adding further intrigue to the two’s marriage and how that and his personal life led to his demise.

[See the book Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain at Amazon]

It reads: “Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife,” he wrote. “even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring…”

[See also: Kurt Cobain note found in wallet mocks ‘lawful shredded wife’ Courtney Love – NYDailyNews.com]

The note is written on stationery from the Phoenix Hotel outside of San Francisco and is in stark contrast to Cobain’s presumed suicide note that calls Love a “goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy.”

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Credit: Seattle Police Department

As well, Seattle Police have publicly released 34 photographs taken at the crime scene. See them in a gallery at the Seattle Police Department blotter website

[New Kurt Cobain death scene photos released by Seattle P.D. give previously unseen view of Nirvana singer tragedy – NYDaily News]

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[VIDEO] Kurt Cobain Apparently Still Dead: Police Reviewing Evidence 20 Years Later

A report published Thursday said Seattle Police were re-opening the investigation, but a spokesperson said a cold case detective was going back and looking at old files in preparation for the 20th anniversary of Cobain™’s death. 

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UPDATE: Seattle Police Deny Re-Opening Kurt Cobain Death Investigation: 4 Undeveloped Film Rolls Discovered in Evidence Vault

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UPDATE: Seattle Police are refuting the KIRO report, and in an effort to correct the record and quash rumors, are getting the message out that the KIRO news story is inaccurate. celebuzz.com disappoints conspiracy buffs with this headline: Despite What You’ve Heard, No the Seattle Police Department Has Not Reopened the Investigation into Kurt Cobain’s Death. SPD’s Twitter feed has the following:

Here’s the original KIRO report that started the controversy:

KIRO 7’s Casey McNerthney and Amy Clancy report: Nearly 20 years after Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home near Lake Washington, Seattle police have reexamined the case.

Last month, police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting for years in a Seattle police evidence vault. The 35 mm film was processed by the King County Sheriff’s Office photo lab under high security.

“Kurt went up there for one purpose, which was to commit suicide. And I beleive he did not want to be found and be revived, so he wanted to make a sure way to kill himself…”

Though the pictures have a slight green tint because of deterioration, police say they more clearly show the scene than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators. Police said the case was a suicide in 1994.

“…there were always these conspiracy theorists out there and so I was asked to look at the case and review it.”

— Detective Mike Ciesynski

kurt_cobain_1992“I was requested to look at the case because I’m a cold case detective because it is 20 years later and it’s a high media case,” said Detective Mike Ciesynski, who had the four rolls of film developed and conducted interviews. “And there were always these conspiracy theorists out there and so I was asked to look at the case and review it.”

Tonight only on KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Eleven at 11, we speak with the detective who re-investigated the case about the new details in the investigation.

“Kurt went up there for one purpose, which was to committ suicide,” Ciesynski said. “And I beleive he did not want to be found and be revived, so he wanted to make a sure way to kill himself.” Read the rest of this entry »


Sex Offender Steals Ferry? Seattle Ferry Theft A ‘Wake-Up Call’ For Security

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SEATTLE (AP) — A sex offender who authorities say managed to steal one of the boats used for Seattle-to-Canada ferry service had his bail set at $200,000 as company officials reviewed security procedures to try to prevent trespassers from getting on board the vessels in the future.

“We were very, very fortunate this individual did not run into a state ferry or grain ship out by the grain terminal,” Clipper Vacations CEO Darrell Bryan said. “It was a hell of a wake-up call.”

Samuel Kenneth McDonough was arrested by a SWAT team that boarded a Victoria Clipper on Sunday, seven hours after the ship motored away and drifted in Elliott Bay. McDonough, 33, was jailed for investigation of burglary, reckless endangerment, malicious mischief, and an outstanding warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

A King County judge set his bail Monday and prosecutors have until Wednesday to formally charge him. It wasn’t known whether McDonough has an attorney of record who could comment on his behalf. In a probable cause statement released Monday, McDonough told police he did not know how to operate the vessel or its lights.

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Aaron Alexis: ‘Anger-Fueled-Blackout’

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Aaron Alexis, who police believe was a gunman at the Washington Navy Yard shooting in Washington

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SEATTLE – The man identified by Washington D.C. police as a suspect in this morning’s shooting at a U.S. Navy Yard was arrested in Seattle in 2004 after an incident that he later described to police as an anger-fueled “blackout.”

Seattle Police say Aaron Alexis was arrested June 3rd 2004, a few days after shooting out the tires of a car parked in a driveway next to a home where he was staying in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Police say the morning of May 6th 2004, construction workers reported a man coming out of a house near where they were working and shooting out the tires of a Honda Accord that they had driven to the site and then returning to a nearby home.

Initially police say they couldn’t find the shooter, but a couple of days later they were able to track him down and arrest him outside his home.  Once they searched that home, police say they found a gun and ammunition in Alexis’ room.  Alexis was booked into the King County Jail for malicious mischief. Read the rest of this entry »