crime

Public Official Safety
5:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Colorado DOC Murder Resonates With Local Public Officials

The Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot dead after answering the doorbell at his home Tuesday night. There have been no arrests yet in the death of Tom Clements. The case brings to mind an attack that took place just six months ago on Thurston County Court Judge Michael Brett Buckley.

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Gun Violence
4:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Summit On Gun Violence Focuses On Preparation

 Sheriffs, prosecutors, social service providers and others attended a summit on gun violence Wednesday, convened by U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. The sessions focused on mental health, the legal tools for  disarming dangerous people and other public safety topics.

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Legalized Marijuana
5:12 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Former U.S. Attorney Expects Organized Crime Will Target Legal Pot

Former U.S. Attorney John McKay
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

  Fronts for organized crime may try to get a piece of the action as Washington moves to implement legalized marijuana. That’s the prediction of former U.S. Attorney John McKay, a key supporter of Washington’s new pot law.

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Mohamud Verdict
5:05 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Mohamud Jury Alternate Says Verdict No Surprise

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.
Credit Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

 With sentencing ahead for the man convicted of Portland's holiday tree-lighting bomb plot, those who watched the trial are processing its outcome. One alternate juror says she was not surprised at the verdict.

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Wash. Embezzlement Case
5:40 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Guilty Plea In Largest Public Embezzlement Case In Washington State’s History

The state of Washington’s largest public sector embezzlement case ever moves forward Thursday with a guilty plea. A public works employee admits he took the money over more than 20 years in Franklin County in the southeast part of the state.

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Spittle-Covered Hamburger
4:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Wash. Court Finds Spittle-Covered Burger Could Produce “Emotional Distress”

Edward Bylsma discovered “a glob of spit” under his Burger King hamburger bun.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Under Washington law, is a consumer entitled to emotional distress damages when a fast-food employee spits in his or her hamburger, even though the consumer did not eat the hamburger? The Washington Supreme Court Thursday said the answer is possibly “yes.”

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Mohamud Trial
4:21 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mohamud Trial: Botched Recording Takes Center Stage In Court

Mohamed Mohamud
Credit Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

A botched recording took center stage Friday morning at the trial of an Oregonian accused of a 2010 bomb plot. An FBI agent testified why a key face-to-face encounter was not recorded.

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Foiled Suicide Attack
4:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

FBI Employee Believed Mohamud Was Ready For Suicide Attack

Mohamed Mohamud
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting website

Tuesday prosecutors played video clips of undercover operatives working with Mohamed Mohamud. He's on trial for a plot to detonate a bomb in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square two years ago. The entire operation was an FBI sting.

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Israel Keyes
6:37 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Search For Victims Lives On After Killer’s Death

Serial killer Israel Keyes.
Credit Photo courtesy FBI

December, a suspected serial killer from Washington killed himself in a jail cell in Anchorage, Alaska. Israel Keyes’ suicide abruptly halted progress into uncovering one of the widest-ranging serial killing sprees in the U.S. Now, the FBI is trying to piece together exactly what he did. As Jessica Robinson reports, investigators are struggling to connect seemingly random dots that they hope will lead them to other victims.

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Juvenile Parole
6:22 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Budget Fallout: Juvenile Re-Arrest Rates Spike After Parole Is Cut

Juvenile parole counselor Mel Fundanet meets with a 15-year-old offender and his father.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

We’re starting to see real world fallout from some of the state budget cuts made in last few years. One of the clearest examples in Washington is juvenile parole. Turns out the chief suspect in a recent high profile bar shooting had committed a previous murder – but did not qualify for intensive parole supervision because of cutbacks. One study finds juveniles who don’t receive parole are far more likely to be re-arrested within nine months of their release. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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