crime

Metal Thefts
4:32 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Costly Metal Thefts Prompt Push For Statewide Seller Blacklist

As trafficking of copper and scrap metal grows, copper pipes continue to be a target for opportunistic thieves.
Credit Michael Pereckas / Flickr

Stricter recordkeeping requirements for scrap metal dealers and sellers have not stopped trafficking in stolen copper wire and metal parts. That's according to Northwest police agencies and crime victims. So in Olympia Friday, Washington state lawmakers promised to look at further steps, including a possible blacklist of suspicious sellers.

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Inmates Released
4:29 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Lane County Releases More Jail Inmates Early

More inmates were let go early from the Lane County Jail Thursday.
Credit Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Thirty-two inmates walked out of the Lane County Jail Thursday morning without serving their full sentence. The Sheriff has closed more jail beds because of a lack of funding.

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Wash. Marijuana Law
5:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Washington State Patrol Doesn't Expect Big Changes From New Pot Law

The new law allowing marijuana possession contains a new limit on marijuana components in a driver’s bloodstream.
Credit Chmee2 / Wikimedia Commons

Officials with the Washington State Patrol say they don’t expect the initiative legalizing marijuana to alter their work very much. While the law contains a new limit on marijuana in a driver’s bloodstream, state troopers will continue to look at a driver’s behavior to see who is impaired.

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Psychiatric Patient Death
6:06 am
Wed November 21, 2012

One Patient Dead, Another Arrested At Eastern State Hospital

A patient was found dead early Tuesday at a psychiatric hospital in eastern Washington, leading to the arrest of patient in the same unit. The woman in custody is suspected of murder.

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Lakewood Shooting Anniversary
5:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Three Years Later, Former Officer Recalls Lakewood Shootings

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.

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Marijuana Legalization
4:08 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Letter To Attorney General Urges Cooperation On Marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Credit U.S. Department of Justice

A coalition of law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents have signed a letter asking U.S. Attorney general Eric Holder not to interfere with Washington and Colorado’s new legal marijuana laws.

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Campaign Donations
6:19 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Group Campaigning for Propositions 1, 2 and 3 Must Reveal Donors

A judge has ordered a group campaigning for Idaho’s Propositions 1, 2 and 3 to reveal its donors. But that doesn’t mean the list of names will be public any time soon.

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Marijuana Measures
5:08 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Pot Measures Would Widen Legal Chasm Between Northwest States

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Credit DEA

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

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Ore. Juvenile Killers
6:06 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Four Of 'Oregon Five' Juvenile Killers Go Before Parole Board

Sterling Cunio, one of the "Oregon Five."
Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Four years ago we brought you a story about five juvenile killers in Oregon. They received harsher sentences than some adult murderers because of what the state has called a “legal glitch.” Wednesday four of the so-called “Oregon Five” went before the state parole board.

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Wounded Canadian Border Guard
4:21 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Wounded Canadian Border Guard Identified

A Canadian border guard was shot in the neck at the Peach Arch Border Crossing on Tuesday afternoon.
Washington State Dept. of Transportation

Police in Canada have identified the guard shot at the Peace Arch border crossing north of Blaine, Wash. She is in stable condition as the investigation into the shooting continues.

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